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Enjoy a variety of experiences and activities with family and friends during seasonal times. Check this page frequently for community challenges, holiday and seasonal fun.  The Parks, Recreation and Culture staff are continually coming up with creative activities to keep you active and engaged during this pandemic.

The government of Ontario has implemented a Province-wide lockdown. This measure prohibits use of all indoor recreation activities.  More details regarding COVID-19 impacts to the Municipality are available on the COVID-19 webpage

Please watch our website for virtual programs being offered regularly.

Spring Activity Booklet

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture has developed an activity booklet with fun, creative activities for everyone all related to Port Hope.

Download your copy here

This booklet is full of fun activities and information about Parks, Recreation and Culture and what to look forward to in the coming months such as: events, June is Parks and Recreation month, Easter activities and more.  Continue to watch our recreation page on a regular basis to keep informed on all of our updates.

 picture of the cover of the activity booklet

Spring activity booklet content

Activities included in this booklet are listed below

Fitness tips for at home

Fitness tips for at home

  • Use water bottles or bottles with sand for weights
  • Challenge yourself – see how many squats you can do and do 1 more each day for a month
  • Use a wall for Push Ups
  • Tricep dips on a chair
  • Step ups on the stairs
  • Jump rope
  • Use tape to make a line on the floor and jump back and forth over the line
  • Throw on some music and dance 

Kids Superhero workout

  • Lay on your tummy, lift your arms and legs off the floor like your soaring through the air
  • Run really fast on the spot
  • Stand in a lunge position with your arms up – this is your brave position
  • Superhero’s jump far distances – stand in one spot, bend your knees and pump your arms and jump as far as you can.  See if you can beat your distance each day  
  • Crawl on the floor using your arms to move you
Port Hope bingo

Try out these spring activities

  • Go for a bike ride
  • Skip rope
  • Plant a garden
  • Fun or walk the track at Town Park Recreation Centre
  • Try a yoga class
  • Try Hula Hooping
  • Skip some stones at the river/beach
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Take a hike on a trail
  • Visit the Cavan Street fitness park
  • Tay out the equipment at Riverside Park
  • Visit the skate park at Town Park Recreation Centre
  • Watch a sunset or sunrise
  • Play basketball
  • Explore a conservation area
  • Reorganize or redecorate your bedroom
  • Pick up some garbage in your neighbourhood
  • Walk the track at Baulch Road
  • Try something new or learn a new skill
  • Do something nice for someone
  • Bake some cookies
  • Reserve a swim at Jack Burger Sports Complex
  • Paint a rock and place it at Peace Park on Cavan Street
  • Visit the Port Hope east or west beach
Spring crafts

Bubble art

Have some fun and create a masterpiece using bubbles.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Original Blue Dawn Dishwashing Soap
  • 1 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Mix sugar in the water until sugar dissolves.
  • Slowly add dishwashing liquid

Instructions

Divide mixture up into jars and add food coloring as desired-- 5-10 drops per 1/4 batch of solution.

Note: Bubble and bubble solution may stain – best used outside and wear clothes that you don’t mind if they get stained.

Once you have made your bubble solution blow some bubbles onto a piece of paper to make some bubble art!  A straw makes a great tool to blow bubbles with.  Have fun!

Edible marshmallow paint

A fun and exciting way to decorate your cookies, graham crackers, or any yummy dessert! Bring the family together for a decorating party and try out this recipe that is fun for all ages!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of marshmallows (about 12 large marshmallow)
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • Food colouring
  • Popsicle sticks or Paint brushes (new and cleaned brushes)
  • Small containers, one for each colour of food colouring you plan to use

Instructions:

Add your cup of marshmallows to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat marshmallows in the microwave for 30 seconds. The marshmallows will expand. Next, stir in the water and microwave the mixture for an additional 30 seconds. Stir well so the heated marshmallows melt completely. Keeping stirring until the mixture is smooth. If needed, microwave in 15 second intervals until the marshmallows are melted. Once melted, stir in the light corn syrup until it reaches the right consistency. Using your small containers, add some of the marshmallows to each one and add a few drops of food colouring. Let the mixture cool.

Time to paint! Using a popsicle stick or paintbrush, paint your coloured marshmallow mixture on to your dessert. Create some fun designs, try a rainbow, or use your imagination. Have fun!

Port Hope scrambler and answers

Below are some words to unscramble that represent the different equipment and machines the Parks, Recreation and Culture staff use to maintain our facilities and parks.

  • BMNZIAO
  • CIE GREED
  • PPHRICE
  • CRUKST
  • YOPLMAI
  • EDEW TAREE
  • ELTIRRAS

 Answers to the above scrambled words

  • ZAMBONI
  • ICE EDGER
  • CHIPPER
  • TRUCKS
  • OLYMPIA
  • WEED EATER
  • TRAILERS
Cold water safety

Below are some tips to cold water safety

  • Drowning doesn't just happen to non-swimmers in the summer.  Approximately 35% of drownings In Canada occur from October to April when most people have no Intention of going Into the water.
  • The temperature of water in lakes, rivers and oceans during the summer in Canada is often very cold.
  • It is important to be prepared and to be aware of the risks associated with cold water.
  • Wearing a lifejacket is the most important thing you can do to survive an unexpected fall out of your boat into cold water.
  • A lifejacket will keep you afloat and keep your mouth out of the water so that you can breathe and so that you can get back to the boat.

If you fall into cold water

  • Look for your lifejacket and put it on if you are not already wearing it.
  • Try to get as much of your body out of the water as possible.
  • Try and get back into your boat.
  • Crawl on top of your boat if it has overturned.
  • Minimize your movement as moving increases heat loss.
  • Hug your body or huddle with others to minimize heat loss.

Source: www.lifesavingsociety.com

ALL children should learn to swim. We can teach them.

Please visit our aquatics page to learn about swimming lessons.

Port Hope trivia and answers
Test your knowledge of Port Hope, can you answer the questions below?
  1. What Port Hope Street has a North, a South and a Little? 
  2. In 2020, the Port Hope Santa Claus Parade was modified, making it the ____ annual.
  3. How many Port Hope Civic Award categories are there? 
  4. What is the name for the “make your own boat, anything that floats” category in the traditional Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny Race? 
  5. In what year was the Jack Burger Sports Complex revitalized? 
  6. How many historic barns are featured in the ACO Barn Quilt Project? 
  7. Where is Port Hope’s outdoor fitness park located? 
  8. What is the name of the local service club who ran the beer gardens at the 2019 Port Hope Canada Day celebration? 
  9. Where is the Little Station House located?

Answers to the above trivia questions

  1. Hope Street: N, S and Little Hope
  2. 84 annual
  3. 9
  4. Crazy Craft
  5. 2015
  6. 23
  7. Cavan Street Park
  8. Port Hope Rotary
  9. Lent Lane, or 1 Elias Street - it's all about perspective

Finding Farley

In celebration of what would have been Farley Mowat’s 100th birthday on May 12, 2021, the Municipality has proclaimed May 10 to 16 Farley Mowat Week and renamed a local Park, Farley Mowat Park, to pay tribute to the iconic Canadian author, amid other celebrations planned by the Rotary Club of Port Hope.

These themed activity sheets can help your family observe Farley Mowat Week safely from home. Click the button below to download a word scrambler, word search, colouring sheets and more:

Download Finding Farley activities

Make sure you visit our Community Events page for other fun activities happening around the Community.