Listen to your art! Find a fun hobby at Vaughan community centres this fall

Registration for fall and winter recreation programs and swim lessons starts this week

Parents: as you’re making back-to-school schedules for the kids, consider squeezing in some after-school activities. Hobbies are healthy for children – it keeps them energized and alert, making studying easier and grades better.

Vaughan community centres and the City Playhouse Theatre offer recreation activities for all interests and abilities. From playing just about any sport (pickleball included!) and dancing to computer programming and painting, Recreation Services has planned fall and winter hobbies to suit whatever heart’s desire.

Some new courses include:

The 2017/2018 Fall and Winter Recreation Vaughan Guide highlights all City-operated recreation programs. Here are some recommended picks:

NEW Vaughan Playschool

A positive, play-based learning environment that helps prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. Available at seven community centres across Vaughan, featuring morning, afternoon and weekend classes. Bonus: all students receive a swag bag on their first day of the program.

Vaughan Sports

Competitive sports leagues (with an optional off-season training program) for ages 5-17 years old. Kids can choose from ball hockey, basketball, bocce, indoor soccer, karate, tennis, volleyball and lifesaving. The competitive season includes a championship tournament between all community centres, plus a team t-shirt and temporary tattoos.

Skate and hockey lessons

Overcome on-ice apprehension with learn-to-skate lessons – offered at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks across Vaughan for all ages, including adults. Private and advanced skate and ice hockey lessons are available too.

NEW City Playhouse Academy Theatreworks

The City Playhouse Theatre is looking for adults who can act, sing and/or dance to perform a live Broadway musical revue – complete with costumes, makeup, sets and props.

Vaughan Enriched Day program

A program for adults with special needs who require supervision during weekdays. Instructor-facilitated group activities like bocce, bowling, social games, swimming and exercising in the fitness centre, designed to reduce social isolation and loneliness. Practical household tasks, cleaning and cooking are also taught. A similar day program called Community Connections is available for older adults.

Swim Lessons

Also included in the guide are swim lessons, plus aquatic leadership courses to prepare youth for employment as a lifeguard or swim instructor – we’re always hiring!

For program information view the Recreation Vaughan eGuide, a digital publication with direct links to online registration, which begins Aug. 22. Fall programs start September 23.

Recreation Vaughan Guides were delivered to residents in July. Copies are available at Vaughan community centres, libraries and City Hall. For assistance, call Recreation Services at 905-832-8500 or email RecCSD@vaughan.ca.

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