Children's Programs

Child Playing with Hoop

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

Children's Programs

We are excited to offer the return of children's programs this fall.  Registration is required for all children's programs.

Fall Session runs from September 19, 2022 to November 20, 2022.

Registration runs from: August 22, 2022 to September 14, 2022

FUNdamental Sports

A fun packed program for children to develop the skills needed to play different sports. Children will learn a variety of skills and drills while developing their fine and gross motor skills.

Ages: 2 to 4 years

Mondays: 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fee: $58.26

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre


An active program designed to develop flexibility, coordination, and balance along with fine and gross motor skills. Using gymnastics equipment, participants are encouraged to try different fundamentals of gymnastics. Also included as a focus is fitness and fun!

Ages: 4 to 6 years

Mondays: 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Fee: $58.26

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre


A fun packed program for children to play, stay active and make friends. Think gym class meets camp! Children will participate in a variety of instructor lead, active games and activities along with team building challenges!

Ages: 7 to 11 years

Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Fee: $87.39

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Tiny Danca's

A creative dance class for little ones to learn rhythm, movement and music. Participants will learn different dance styles while focusing on fun, balance improvement and coordination. A great way for parents to learn their child's dancing interests.  

Ages: 3 to 5 years

Tuesdays: 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Fee: $65.54

Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

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We also offer some drop-in program times for children, please check out the schedule for Children's drop-in programs

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 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 12 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.