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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spring & Summer Registration Starts Soon

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DiscoverRec: The latest news on recreation and culture programs, services, memberships and events!

Registration Starts Soon!

Swimming and Aqua Fitness Programs
Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Monday, March 2 at 9 pm. In-Person Registration on Tuesday, March 3 during regular business hours.

All other Recreation Programs and Summer Camps
Online and Touch Tone Telephone Registration (613-580-2588) – starting Wednesday, March 4 at 9 pm. In-Person Registration on Thursday, March 5 during regular business hours.

What you need to know for registration.

March Break Adventures for Kids

March 16 to 20 offers a perfect opportunity to try something new, improve your sports skills and make new friends at the many day camps across the city. Days filled with physical activity, games, songs, crafts and special events, guarantee there will be no boredom in this city. Our qualified and certified staff are busily planning for exciting times in March.

Ottawa's largest selection of camps comes with enthusiastic and trained leaders. Our programs offer top value and quality you can trust.  Find an adventure in your neighbourhood.

Browse the Holiday Schedules for Public Skating and Public Swimming to get active with your kids.

Discover new classes and summer camps

City of Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Culture Services programs are divided by language of instruction into two guides: the Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs

Preschool programs are for kids!

Toddlers learn to share, explore, and try different things. Singing, messy play, riding toys, climbing, catching, throwing, make believe, following and circle time, make these outings stimulating and creative. Be ready for the beach this summer. A swimming class leads to a skill that will last a lifetime. Is your toddler a budding artist, a tumbling gymnast, the next hockey or dancing star? Find out what their interests are in our specialized classes.

Children thrive on fun!

Learn a new skill, make new friends and develop a talent. Fun is a major component of every recreation class. Be creative, active or both! Art, badminton, cartooning, dance, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, improv, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, LEGO®, pottery, skating, tap, volleyball, writing, yoga and Zumba® – just to name a few!

Get active – take a fitness class!

Parks, Recreation and Culture offer quality fitness classes with knowledgeable staff in facilities in your neighbourhood and across the city. City facilities have gyms, aerobic studios, weight rooms, pools, and arenas. Register for a spring class, purchase a membership or drop in today. With Aquafitness through to Zumba®, we cover the spectrum from beginner to experienced, from crawling babies to sitting yoga. Learn a Sport for Life; practice your skills and drills and sign up to play the game. You can count on us to activate your spare time.

Learn a new hobby!

From painting to karate, spring is the perfect time to take a class with a friend or meet people with your interests. Learning a new skill and experiencing different activities stretches your brain and increases your confidence. Learn Spanish for your vacation; take ballroom dance with your partner or teach your dog some new tricks.

Family Time Action!

Spend quality time with your friends and family skating or swimming in city pools and arenas. Drop in for badminton, basketball, or ping pong. Check out the Recreation eGuide for family classes and workshops this spring.

Summer Camps Make Memories

Childhood memories are created from the adventures and learning that go along with making new friends and spending quality time with caring leaders.. Kids will experience themed fun in neighbourhood camps, explore new media in arts camps and develop new skills in sports programs. Find the program to challenge that special child in your life and register now to avoid disappointment.

Youth leadership programs: Real training; Real certificates; Real experience

The City of Ottawa offers a full range of leadership programs for youth 13 and up. Summer is a great time to start to become a leader. With three different levels based on age, you can become skilled and ready for employment and even meet the 40 hours for high school community service requirements.  Make this a fun summer that will change your life!

Tired of winter and need an escape from the cold?

Are you planning a "stay-cation" over March Break and looking for things to do with the kids?  Then we can help you!  Visit your local swimming pool and enjoy our indoor tropical climate and clear waters for family fun or lap swimming for a great water workout. Use our handy search tool for times and locations.

Ride the Waves at Splash! Quebec and Ontario March Breaks

Come play in our "surf" with extra wave swims during Quebec and Ontario March Breaks. March 2 to 6 wave swim from 1 to 4 pm. March 16 to 19 wave swim from 1 to 6 pm, plus March 20, from 1 to 8 pm. Fun for the whole family.

Calling all Teens who want to learn to swim! 

Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven at 3500 Cambrian Road is hosting a Teen Participaction Challenge Event, Saturday, March 21 from 10 am to noon.  Learn the most basic skill of swimming – how to float!  A light snack comes with the lesson. $5/teen.  

Spring into Art this March!

Young at Art – Deadline Fast Approaching!
Submit your Young at Art 2015 application form by March 6!  ottawa.ca/youngatart

The Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Nepean Creative Arts Centre are offering over 15 March Break camps for ages 3 to 14 years of age.
Young Masters Watercolour at Nepean Visual Arts Centre
Explore the world of watercolour like the masters did. Experience a step by step introduction to watercolour, textures, composition and design. Dive into the beauty that is watercolour this March Break! 929427

The Creative Word at Nepean Creative Arts Centre
A creative writing program that encourages self-expression through the discovery of stories, poetry and the spoken word. Discover fun writing exercises and play with words to create a writing notebook or a reading of your own. Follow your voice within! 933967

Now in print: Older Adult Activity Guide

As part of the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan residents can soon pick up a printed copy of the Older Adult Activity Guide which lists information about programs and activities from Parks, Recreation and Culture, Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Public Library. The Spring-Summer guide will be available at Churchill, Heron, Kanata and Nepean senior centres as well as recreation centres, client service centres, and libraries in late February. Check out the 50+ Adults guide online.

Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven

When the Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven officially opened on November 29, 2014, it was a proud moment for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department, not to mention a welcome addition for residents in one of the City's fast-growing communities.

The $54 million, 160,000 square foot, state-of-the-art complex also became the first recreation facility in Canada to have been designed and built based on the True Sport principles of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun for all.

Historic pieces of Nepean Sandstone, which were part of the original construction of the Mackenzie Tower on Parliament Hill's West Block in 1878, were salvaged and reused as the complex's date stones near both main entrances.

Now that it is open, the complex offers a range of recreational activities for all ages. Facility highlights include: 
·        Six lane, 25-metre lap pool with one and three-metre diving boards, and a Tarzan Rope
·        Leisure pool with jetted seating and a Lazy River
·        Two NHL-sized ice rinks (one rink is accessible), four accessible change rooms, four standard change rooms, two alternate needs change rooms and one unisex referee change room
·        Artificial turf sports field designed to meet CFL and FIFA design standards
·        Gymnasium with a second storey walking track, a fitness centre, and seven multi-purpose rooms
·        4,000 recreation and cultural programs offered each year
·        More than 175 employees employed at peak operations
·        Parks and plazas and two unique children's playgrounds. 
For more information on City recreation programming, facilities and memberships, please visit ottawa.ca/recreation.