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.

The Ontario Government announced the province is temporarily moving to a modified Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen. As of Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the Jack Burger Sports Complex and the Town Park Recreation Centre will be closed until the end of the provincial order. We are in the process of contacting user groups, and registered participants. As always, we thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these mandates.




Registration is currently on hold for all of our registration sessions.  Please check back for updates coming soon.



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.

Activities with Parents

Soccer Tots

Ready set kick!  Children will participate in a variety of soccer drills and games.  The focus for this program is an introduction to the sport of soccer and learning new skills.  Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate.  Masks are to be worn into the facility and can be removed when participating in vigorous activity. Parents/caregivers must show proof of vaccinations. Indoor shoes are required
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Fee: $35.95 (5weeks)

Tiny Tumblers

A fun approach to active play!  Parents and Tots work together to explore cooperative activities to get moving. Parent/caregiver must provide vaccination passport along with photo ID and wear a mask.  Children are not required to wear a mask. 
Indoor shoes are required.
Ages:  1 to 3 years
Mondays: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Fee: $28.76 (4 weeks)


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.