Child Playing with Hoop

The Municipality of Port Hope offers many children's programs in the community. From tiny tumblers to junior chef, there is a program for everyone.

 

Due to Provincial legislation, effective March 9, 2021, recreational activities will be offered under the Yellow - Protect Zone of the Ontario COVID Framework. Patrons can reserve activities at the Town Park Recreation Centre and Jack Burger Sports Complex. The Ruth Clarke Activity Centre remains closed. 

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Upcoming Registration Dates

 

March/April Session 2021 March 15-April 18

Registration opens Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:45 a.m. to Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
The session will run from March 15 to April 18.
Registration will open at 5:45 a.m., online, in-person, and over the phone at Jack Burger Sport Complex
In-person and over the phone registration will open at 8:00 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre.
 

2021 Spring Session 1 April 19-May 23

Registration opens Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:45 a.m. to  Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
The session will run from April 19 to May 23.
Registration will open at 6:45 a.m., online, in-person, and over the phone at Jack Burger Sport Complex
In-person and over the phone registration will open at 8:00 a.m. at Town Park Recreation Centre.
 

2021 Spring Session 2 May 25-June 27

Registration Monday, May 10, 2021 at 5:45 a.m. to Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
The session will run from May 25 to June 27
Registration will open at 5:45 a.m., online, in-person, and over the phone at Jack Burger Sport Complex
In-person and over the phone registration will open at 8:00 a.m. at Town Park Recreation Centre.

Registration 

Conveniently register online for our children's programs or contact our Child and Youth Program Coordinator for questions about our programs and activities. 

Activities with a caregiver

Parents or guardians must actively participate in the programs listed below. All classes are six weeks in length, unless otherwise indicated.

Activities without a caregiver

Parents are not required to participate in the programs listed below.  All classes are six weeks in length, unless otherwise indicated.

Camp

 The Municipality of Port Hope is offering a Virtual STEM Spring Break Camp April 12-16, 2021.  Visit our Day Camps page for more information and to register.

PA Day programs

We offer drop-in programs for school aged children on P.A. days. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver (15 years and older). Our PA Day Craze schedule includes gym drop-in, swimming, crafts and more. For more information, visit PA Days.

Parks, Recreation and Culture staff have put together a list of fun activities you can do with your family for any season. Make sure you check out our Seasonal Activities page. 

HIGH FIVE® programming

The Municipality of Port Hope is a HIGH FIVE® accredited community. Our camp, program, and aquatic staff are certified in the Principles of Healthy Child Development. This allows our staff to make sure your child has the best experience possible. For more information, visit High Five Programming.

 

HIGH FIVE®

High Five LogoHIGH FIVE® is Canada's quality standard for children's programs and is an innovative approach to help us enhance program quality and provide positive experiences for children. HIGH FIVE® supports us with Training and Development, Program Assessments, Policies and Procedures and Awareness. HIGH FIVE® is a standard committed to assisting children along the path of healthy child development by:

  • Ensuring that program practitioners develop a high level of knowledge and expertise in child development; 
  • Helping parents to make informed choices and; 
  • Providing practitioners with the tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality. 

The Municipality of Port Hope is proud to be an Accredited HIGH FIVE® organization, maintaining the highest standard in Canada

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

It is proven that being active helps young kids:

  • Develop self-confidence
  • Improve learning and attention
  • Improve movement skills
  • Feel happier

Children 0 to 4 Years

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that infants (less than 1 year) should be physically active several times daily, particularly through interactive floor-based play. Examples of floor-based play include tummy time, reaching for toys, and crawling around the home. Toddlers (aged 1 to 2 years) and preschoolers (aged 3 to 4 years) should accumulate 180 minutes of physical activity at any intensity spread throughout the day. These activities include:

  • Activities in different environments
  • Activities that develop movement skills
  • Progression toward at least 60 minutes of energetic play by age 5 years

Children 5 to 11 Years

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that children should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. This should include vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days per week. Moderate-intensity activities include bike riding and playground activities. Vigorous-intensity activities include running and swimming.

It is also beneficial to include activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days per week.