Children's Programs

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The Municipality of Port Hope is excited to offer the return of children's programs, with each session bringing something new and exciting. There is a program for everyone, whether you like sports, dance, or science! Each program focuses on fun, team building and fostering friendships. Please note that registration is required for all children's programs.

Please note that our fees have increased for 2023.
View the our recreation fees and charges.

megaphoneRegistration for Winter 2 Aquatics and Programs

Winter 2 Aquatics: Registration opens January 30, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. 
Winter 2 Recreation Programs: Registration opens January 31, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
Registration closes on February 8, 2023.
Winter 2 Session runs February 13 to April 23, 2023
Program session is 9 weeks with a break March 10 to 17, 2023 for March Break

Register online to avoid line-ups or find out more ways to register
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Children's Programs

These Children's Programs will be offered during the Winter 2 session.

Soccer Tots - Parented

A fun-packed program for children that helps develop the fundamental skills of soccer. The lessons disguise the learning through games and activities while simultaneously improving their fine and gross motor skills and building independence, self-confidence, and friendships.

Guardian participation is not required but they are needed to stay in the room with the children.

Mondays: February 13 to April 17, 2023

Ages: 2 to 4 years

Time: 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Price: $38.92

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

There will be no classes on February 20, March 13, and April 10, 2023. 

Kidnazium

Using gymnastics equipment such as balance beams, mats, monkey bars and more, participants will learn different fundamental movements of gymnastics. This active program is designed to develop flexibility, coordination, and balance along with improving fine and gross motor skills. All with a focus on fun!

Mondays: February 13 to April 17, 2023

Ages: 4 to 6 years

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Price: $38.92

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

There will be no classes on February 20, March 13, and April 10, 2023. 

Art We Messy - Parented

This is a hands-on, crafty and imaginative program for toddlers and adults to enjoy together. Toddlers will create different crafts each week, exploring textures and colours, while guardians can leave the mess behind! Be sure to dress to make a mess!

One adult per child is required for this program.

Tuesdays: February 14 to March 28, 2023

Ages: 1 to 3 years

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Price: $33.35

LocationTown Park Recreation Centre

Mad Science - Junior

In this STEM program, we focus on the "S" - Science! These fun, educational, and engaging classes aim to spark your child's imagination and curiosity with different hands-on experiments each week.

Thursdays: February 16 to April 20, 2023

Ages: 6 to 8 years

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Price: $76.68

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Mad Science - Senior

In this STEM program, we focus on the "S" - Science! These fun, educational and engaging classes aim to spark your child's imagination and curiosity with different hands-on experiments each week.

Thursdays: February 16, 2023 to April 20, 2023

Ages: 9 to 12 years

Time: 6:40 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.

Price: $76.68

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Register January 31!

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®

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.