Recreation, Leisure & Culture Programs

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Offered - Starting Sept 14

COVID 19 Update

The Municipality of Port Hope, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture continues to plan a phased in approach to return to facilities and programming.  Through considerations and reviews with the local health authorities, modified programming and facility access has started.
 
Go to our Aquatics and Day Camp pages for more details on current opportunities. For information on children's programs and fitness opportunities, see the 'Children's Programs' and 'Adult and Older Adult Programs' section below. 

Recreation programs, schedules and drop-ins 

Port Hope offers a wide variety of recreation and leisure programs for all ages delivered by our caring, experienced staff. We are proud to hold a designation as a Youth Friendly Community and HIGH FIVE Accreditation.

 

link to register online

Aquatics and Programs Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our program evaluation for the program that you or your child is registered for.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PH-Programs 

Camp Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our camp evaluation for the program that you or your child is registered for.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/daycamp-2019 

Fitness Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our program evaluation for the program that you are registered for.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PH-Fitness-Evaluation  

Whether you are learning to swim, staying active, or becoming a certified aquatics leader, our aquatic programs promote learning valued skills and achieving your personal best in a safe and fun environment.  Aquatic programs follow the HIGH FIVE standards to quality recreational programming. We focus on developing friendships, skills, giving every child a chance to play and participate as well as having a positive relationship with a caring adult.

For all Aquatics programs visit our Aquatics page

 

 

 

 

 


Children’s programs follow the HIGH FIVE standards to quality recreational programming. We focus on developing friendships, skills, giving every child a chance to play and participate as well as having a positive relationship with a caring adult.

Please see the attached sections below to view the complete details on all the Fall 2020 programs.

Activities with Parents

Parents must actively participate in these programs listed below.  All classes are 6 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Register for any of these programs.

Art We Messy

A hands on crafty program for toddlers and parents to enjoy! Have fun making creative masterpieces that you will remember doing together forever. Each child will be provided with their own supplies to use during the program. Physical distancing will be managed and masks are strongly recommended. Only one parent/guardian with each child. Ages: 1-3 years

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. at Town Park Recreation Centre

Soccer Tots

A fun packed program for children to develop the skills needed to play soccer. You have to learn to kick before you can kick a winning goal! Children will learn a variety of skills and drills while developing their fine and gross motor skills. Child must be accompanied with one parent/caregiver during the program. masks must be worn into the building and participants are to maintain physical distancing.  Only one parent/guardian with each child.  Ages 2-4 years.


Thursday 5:30pm – 6:15pm at Town Park Recreation Centre

Activities Without Parents

Parents are not required to participate in these programs listed below.  All classes are 6 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Register for any of these programs.

 

Crafty Hands


Let’s get creative doing crafts and art projects. Children will work on new crafts each week based on a theme. Children will need to wear a mask in the facility.  Ages 6-8 years

Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm at Town Park Recreation Centre


After School Active Kids


A fun and engaging program for children ages 9-12 to participate in Physical Activity. Children will participate in drills, skill dvelopment, agility, balance and hand eye coordination. Physical distancing will need to be maintained and masks must be worn when entering the building. Masks can be removed when participating in vigorous activity.  Ages 9-12 years


Monday 4:00pm-5:00pm at Town Park Recreation Centre

Tiny Danc'as

A fun and creative introductory class to introduce little ones to rhythm, movement and music. Skills development is based on basic ballet, tap and jazz. Routines will be developed, and weekly activities based on themes. One Parent/caregiver will be required to participate with their child(ren). Participants will need to maintain physical distancing and masks are strongly recommended. Ages: 3-5 years

Tuesday 6:00pm-6:45pm at Town Park Recreation Centre

 

Halloween Spooktacular Bags

Purchase your Halloween Spooktacular Bag at the Town Park Recreation Centre for $5.00. Choose from 3 themes including Monster Theme, Bat Theme and Pumpkin Theme. Each Bag consists of games, activity sheets, crayons, crafts, treats and more! Orders must be in by October 21, 2020 and can be picked up at the Town Park Recreation Centre between October 23-25, 2020. Order online or phone 905-885-7908. Recommended ages are 11 and under. 

Spooky Story 

Program staff at the Town Park Recreation Centre will be posting a Halloween story for children to enjoy! Follow our social media to watch! Instagram: @municipalityofporthope Facebook: facebook.com/MunicipalityofPortHope

To view all of the Halloween activities offered this season, visit our Recreation and Leisure page 

 

All Youth programs provide youth with the development of life skills and focus on the 7 developmental needs of youth. All programs promote healthy choices and active living.

For all Youth programs visit our Youth and Activities page

Youth Events 

Youth Events are a guaranteed good time! We have a wide variety of activities are available for you. 

The Youth Action Committee is hosting a Halloween Costume Contest for grades 7-12. The 3 categories will be Scariest, Most Creative and Best Special Effects Makeup. October 31 will be the last day to submit your photo. Post a photo of your costume to your Instagram page and tag @municipalityofporthope. A prize will be given to the winner in each category and winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 3. All costumes and makeup must be tasteful and appropriate. Contact the Child and Youth Coordinator for more details at the Town Park Recreation Centre. 905-885-7908 | youth@porthope.ca

Youth Programs

Youth programs offer youth the opportunity to build self-confidence, learn new skills, and build new relationships.

Youth Action Committee 

The Youth Action Committee is composed of driven and enthusiastic leaders from ages 12-18 who strive to see positive development toward youth recreation and culture throughout the Municipality of Port Hope.  Contact the Child and Youth Coordinator today for more information at youth@porthope.ca.

Ages: 12-18 years

Youth Centre 

The Youth Centre has had a complete makeover!  The Youth Centre is a space where youth can socialize and engage in activities with their peers at no cost.  Activities include ping pong, xbox, air hockey, fooseball and a new arcade machine with over 90 games.  Due to COVID 19, the maximum number of participants at this time is 6, physical distancing must be maintained and masks must be worn in the facility. Please reserve your visit in advance.The Youth Centre is only available for youth ages 12 years and older.

Available dates and times:

Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00pm-5:00pm

Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Saturdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cameco Gym Drop-in

See below a list of activities and times that the gym is open for youth.  Physical distancing must be maintained during all activities.  Participants will need to wear a mask when in the facility and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when not in play.  Participants need to reserve their spot by contacting the Town Park Recreation Centre at (905) 885-7908.

Youth Basketball Shoot

Wednesday and Fridays from 3:30pm-5:00pm

Ages 16 years+

Cost: $1.00 per participant

 

Ice skating is a low-impact activity that enhances fitness and improves balance and coordination. Various activity options allow you to spend time with family and friends.

For the Skating schedule visit our Arena page

The Municipality of Port Hope's Day Camp provides children with memories that will last a lifetime. The Day Camp program follows the HIGH FIVE standards of quality programming and is led by trained and qualified staff.

For the Day Camp information visit our Day Camp page or see the information below.

Camp Details

Nut-Sensitive Environment - Due to nut allergies, we ask that NO NUTS or other nut-added products be brought to camp.

Sick/Absent Campers - If your child is displaying signs of illness, please do not send them to camp for the consideration of other campers and staff.  If your child will not be attending camp on a day that they are registered, please call the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908 or e-mail daycamp@porthope.ca to notify staff.

Medications - If a child requires prescription medication on a regular basis that is to be administered at camp, please note the following procedures for sending medication to camp.

  1. Parents must indicate at registration the type of medication, dosage, and optimum time of dispense.
  2. Only send the correct dose for the week.
  3. All medications must be in its prescription bottle with the child's name and dosage.
  4. Staff are not permitted to administer nonprescription drugs at camp.

Day Camp - Our Day Camp is offered for ages 4-12 years. Our trained staff will be sure to offer your child a fun and unique experience.     

Please bring:

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Backpack to carry everything in
Whether you're looking to stay active, meet new people or engage with your community, we have a variety of classes, drop-ins & events for you to participate in.

Outdoor Fitness Park

The outdoor fitness park at Cavan Street Park is ready for you to use.  This equipment, geared to ages 13 years and up, is available to those who are out on the trail, or those that want to enjoy the benefits of physical activity in an outdoor setting.

Art & Culture Programs and Workshops

Interested in art and culture programs?  Please share your ideas with Sherrie Aldred, Recreation and Culture Coordinator at saldred@porthope.ca

Try one of our arts AND culture programs!

Fitness Programs

Which fitness class is for you?  Did you know that the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend adults and older adults participate in 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week?  Sign up for our fitness classes and take your first steps towards a healthier you!  All classes are 6 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Registration: 

Fall Session 2: Nov 2 - Dec 13

Registration dates: Oct 19 - Oct 28

For our Fall 2 session the following programs will be offered:

Register for any of these programs.

Muscle Strengthening and Conditioning

Using small weights and your own body weight participants go through a series of exercises to help improve posture, strengthen muscles and learn to stretch correctly to benefit the entire body

Mondays - 9:30am-10:30am at Town Park Recreation Centre

Hatha Yoga

Build on your poses and strength using proper alignment and breathe control. Helps to reduce stress and increase energy.

Tuesdays - 9:00am-10:00am at Jack Burger Sports Complex

Please note that the time of this class has changed from previous sessions.

Functional Fitness 1

This class is for those who have limited mobility and want to focus on range of motion, strengthening major muscle groups, and improving balance. Chairs will be available for those who need them however they will not be used for the entire duration of class. Through the use of yoga balls, resistance bands and light weights you will gain strength and confidence in your abilities and improve your day to day life!

Tuesday and Thursdays - 9:15am - 10:00am at Town Park Recreation Centre

Functional Fitness 2

This class will focus on range of motion, strengthening major muscle groups, and improving balance. Chairs will be available for some of the exercises; however will not be needed for the whole class. Yoga balls, resistance bands and weights will be used to gain strength and confidence in your abilities and improve your day to day life. This class will be for those looking for a bit more of a challenge.

Tuesday and Thursdays - 10:30am-11:15am at Town Park Recreation Centre

Somatic Yoga

Somatic Yoga is based on functional movement similar to Feldenkrais. The class will include somatic movement and yoga postures.

Wednesdays - 9:00am-10:00am at Town Park Recreation Centre

Body Ball

Body Ball is a full body muscle strengthening class that engages your core and strenthens muscle groups.  Improves balance, reflexes as well as increases resistance to injuries.  Participants are required to bring their own stability ball.

Wednesdays - 10:30am-11:30am at Town Park Recreation Centre

We are excited to continue to offer programs. We are constantly evaluating programs and reviewing provinical guidelines to determine our next steps to programming. Things will look a little different this fall with new protocols in place to ensure the safety of our participants and staff.

All programs will be by appointment only! At this time we can not offer our normal drop-in programs to ensure health and safety protocols and gathering limits. Schedules will be posted each week on Thursdays for the following week. See below a list a programs being offered and current days and times. 

Reserve your spot.  Reservations will open on the Thursday for the following week.

All programs are for ages 18 years and older unless specified.  

Reserve your spot for any of the programs.

Programs offered - Starting Nov 2 and schedules subject to change.

Badminton - Geared to older adults.  Low impact indoor sport in a fun, recreational and social atmosphere. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Indoor Shuffleboard - Geared to older adults.  Try out your strength and coordination with this fun and social program. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Tuesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Pickleball for Beginners - A sport in which two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball (similar to a whiffle ball) over a net.  This timeslot if for beginners only and only 1 court is available at this time.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Tuesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Pickleball - A sport in which two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball (similar to a whiffle ball) over a net.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

 Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30am-12:30pm

Port Hope Walkers - Participate in the Indoor Walking program and stay safe while being active.  Enjoy some exercise while meeting new people.  This program is FREE!

Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8:00am-8:45am

  1. Pre-register for your program either online or over the phone at 905-885-7908
  2. Payments must be made online or over the phone if you are reserving days in advance. Reservations made the day of can be paid when you arrive. Reservation space is limited.
  3. Payment by credit card and debit are encouraged, however, cash and cheques are still being accepted.
  4. Please arrive only 5 to 10 minutes before your program, as you will not be permitted to enter the building early.
  5. Complete your attendance and screening with customer service.
  6. Once registered, you will be directed to an area to wait until you can enter your program space.
  7. Masks are required in the building at all times unless you are on the gym court participating in a physical activity.  Masks must be worn when you are off the courts at all times or while waiting between games.
  8. Please bring your own equipment.
  9. Showers are not available at this time.
  10. After your program please quickly leave the building so we have time to clean and disinfect before the next group enters the building
  11. The schedule will be posted each week on Thursdays and reservations open at 6:45 a.m. Schedules are being reviewed and may be adjusted based upon use.
  12. We welcome your comments and feedback. On your way out, let us know we are doing.
  13. We will all need to work together to keep TPRC staff and patrons safe. Everyone needs to do their part, please be kind to each other during this challenging time.
  14. Refunds and transfer of days are not available at this time.

Patrons can expect the following changes:

  • Shorter program sessions, reduced program options and schedule changes
  • Reduced capacity and access to programs by registration or reservation only
  • Potential for Line ups outside of the facility - please do not arrive early for your program to avoid waiting outside
  • Weekly communciations and schedule releases for reservations every Thursday
  • Screening upon entry and a new check in process
  • Some protocols for managing traffic flow and access to facilities, limited use of changerooms
  • Removal or limitations on some equipment to ensure health guidelines are being met

 


Our 55+ centre provides an opportunity for community engagement, social inclusion and physical activity through a wide variety of programming available. Become a member of the centre to enjoy the benefits our programs have to offer.

For all Ruth Clarke programs visit our Ruth Clarke Activity Centre page