Welcome to our online Recreation and Culture hub

While our physical locations are closed, we remain committed to helping our community stay engaged and active during the COVID-19 situation. Please join us for activities brought to you by our wonderful recreation and culture staff and instructors.  We’re planning to keep adding more activities, cultural tours, workouts and more.  So keep checking back!

#CanadaDayAtHome

The City of Cambridge recognizes that this year we will be connecting coast to coast virtually. Our #recfromhome team wants our residents to enjoy your day, and here are a few crafts and activities to participate in the celebration from home.

The Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day Committee is moving forward with celebrating Canada Day - but this year it will be live-streamed right to your living room! Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day...at Home!” will be a special online presentation suitable for the whole family. And what’s a celebration without all of YOU?!  

Want to celebrate nationally, join Heritage Canada.

June is Park & Recreation Month

Grab a camera and the attached bingo card, every time you complete an activity take a picture and check off that square on the card. At the end of the month submit pictures of you doing the activities and for every BINGO LINE you complete you will get one entry for a chance to win one of two $25 Dinner Gift Cards.

All entries should be emailed to blanchardj@cambridge.ca before midnight on July 1, 2020.

Recreation & Sport

Our activities will keep you on the go and moving at home.
  • Join Victor for Karate (print out) - work on your self defense focusing on the use of hands, elbows, knees, or feet to defeat opponents. 
  • Super Hero exercises (video)  - Join the coaches from our program partner Sportball for fun super hero exercises to keep the kids engaged and active.
  • Go Camping (video) - Join the coaches from our program partner Sportball for some engaging and active fun in anticipation of our beloved summer vacation of camping.

Fitness & Wellness

Stay active and healthy at home with our workouts.
  • Total Body Fusion #2 workout (video) - This second total body workout uses a variety of exercises to give your muscles solid strength and endurance with the use of bands.
  • Join Jill for Stroller Fit (print out) - Enjoy a walk or jog with intervals of yoga, ab blasts, cardio and stretching with your small children.
  • Mother & Daughter Yoga workout (video) - Grab your child(ren) or partner for a series of gentle posture exercises connecting your breathing and increasing strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Total Body Fusion workout (video) - This total body workout use a variety of exercises to give your muscles a solid strength and endurance workout without any equipment.
  • Baby & Me Yoga workout (video) - Be guided through a series of yoga poses designed to let your baby roam throughout the workout.
  • Meditation (video) - Different techniques will be explored to help you deal more effectively with stress and increase your health and wellness.
  • Yoga workout (video) - A gentle program of stretching, strengthening, breathing and relaxation.
  • Mother & Daughter Yoga #2 workout (video) - Our second installment of this wonderful program released in honour of Mother’s Day will guide you through poses connecting you and your child(ren).

Arts & Culture

Including art tours, crafts, photography and dancing!
  • Homebody by Esther Slevinsky - Art Exhibit (video) - Take a virtual tour of Esther Slevinsky's art exhibit Homebody, which would have been on display at the Centre for the Arts.
  • Zumba (video) - A fast-paced cardio workout combining dance steps like salsa, merengue and reggae tone.

Lifestyle and Leisure

Includes our #WorkFromHome series.
  • Desk Stretches (video) - Take some time to do a little movement throughout the day in the comfort of your home office.
  • Gardening Stretches (video) - Gardening can do wonders for your health but don’t forget the importance of stretching before and after to avoid injury.

Stay Social

Keep engaged with telephone and virtual programming

Wow Social

As part of the #RecFromHome program, we’re pleased to offer WOW Social, an extension of the Without Walls (WOW) telephone service that’s open to all older adults in the City. This program offers groups of 5 to 10 people the opportunity to get together over the phone for conversation, trivia games, bingo, and even musical sessions while our in-person programs and services are closed.

Sessions will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and are 30 to 45 minutes in duration. Examples of activities being planned for WOW Social include:

  • Musical entertainment
  • Fitness and exercise programs
  • Health & wellness – meditation, mindfulness, caregiver support
  • Brain games & trivia
  • Education and information
View the WOW Social program schedule
WOW Social upcoming program schedule
Date Session Registration number
Fri, Jun 26 Summer Trivia 18246 
Mon, Jun 29 Jeopardy 18247 
Tue, Jun 30 Music with Cameron Caton 18430 
Thu, Jul 2 Canada Day Discussion 18357 
Fri, Jul 3 Name that Tune 18365 
Mon, Jul 6 Table Topics: Weddings 18366 
Tue, Jul 7 Music Therapy Explained 18341 
Wed, Jul 8 Common Factors 18367 
Thu, Jul 9 Games We Played as Children 18368 
Fri, Jul 10 Jeopardy 18369 
Mon, Jul 13 Travelogue to the Netherlands 18370 
Tue, Jul 14 How to Protect your Money 18352
Wed, Jul 15 Comedy Time 18371
Thu, Jul 16 Movie Chat 18372
Fri, Jul 17 Canadian Trivia 18373
Mon, Jul 20 LOL-Laughing Out Lawed 18374
Wed, Jul 22 Survey Says 18375
Thu, Jul 23 Random Topics 18376
Fri, Jul 24 Television, Comics, Novels Trivia 18377
Mon, Jul 27 July IQ - Trivia 18379
Wed, Jul 29 Let's Reminisce 18380
Thu, Jul 30 Travelogue to Osaka Japan 18381
Fri, Jul 31 Brain Teasers 18382

How to participate

Different themes and programs will be offered each day. Those interested can check the program schedule to decide which days they want to participate. Participants must register in advance for their chosen days. For those participating in the program for the first time, or those requiring support to set up an account, please allow up to 48 hours for initial enrollment.   

To register online, click on the schedule above to register for your session, or call Service Cambridge at (519) 623-1340 if you require assistance.

WOW Social is free, however some sessions have limited space. Waitlists will be available for sessions that are full and recreation staff will schedule additional sessions if needed.

For more information, please contact Nicole Cichello, Supervisor Recreation – Older Adult Services at cichellon@cambridge.ca at (519) 623-1340, x4398.

  

#WaterSafetyAtHome

As the warm weather approaches; we at the City of Cambridge want to ensure that everyone stays safe while using their backyard pools and hot tubs.  Join us for our #WaterSafetyAtHome as you continue to practice physical distancing.

 Stay connected

Keep in touch with your community with new social media accounts that will be active during the closures. 

  • Youth Instagram - follow our youth account for updates and posts on youth-related news in Cambridge.
  • 50+ Centres Facebook - missing your fellow 50+ recreation centre visitors? Follow our Facebook page dedicated to posting older adult-related news in Cambridge.  Your 50+ Centres team has also compiled community resources for all aspects of recreation and leisure for older adults while practicing social distancing.
  • City of Cambridge Facebook and Twitter - follow these accounts for city-wide updates and information.
  • Cambridge Farmers Market - follow them on social or the market has developed a really great recipe book for your cooking enjoyment.
Cambridge Neighbourhood Associations

Check out the amazing things that the various neighbourhood associations of Cambridge are doing to combat boredom during COVID-19.

Allison Neighbourhood Association
Alison neighbourhood community centre strives to provide inclusive enriching programs, services, and community events where communities can grow together.  We continue to provide opportunities to connect from home during COVID-19. We are excited to grow with you! 
Greenway Chaplin Community Centre
Greenway-Chaplin community centre connects community members by offering neighbours and friends recreational, educational, and supportive programs.  These programs are now being offered virtually on our social media platforms, including our Facebook page.
Langs Farm Village Association
Langs continues our commitment to serve the community, while ensuring the safety of our staff and neighbours. For more information about our virtual programs and services, please visit our website.
Preston Heights Community Group
The Preston Heights community group is offering virtual programming for children, youth and families.  We have a roster of activities designed to engage and entertain children and youth at home as well as get the whole family involved. All are welcome to join and participate.  For more information email justinw@prestonheights.ca.
Silverheights Neighbourhood Association
Silverheights neighbourhood association is excited to offer virtual programming during this time.  We offer a variety of programs and activities, from live art and cooking classes to our Kids Bordem Busters to Zoom programs.  Please note that zoom programs do require registration. Program information available on our website.