Free Family Recreation Programs

Free Family Fun September 19, 2016 to June 19, 2017 - Part of the City of Hamilton's Affordable Access to Recreation StrategySeptember 19, 2016 to June 19, 2017

As part of the City's Affordable Access to Recreation Strategy, the following programs are being offered free of charge to all residents and families. Public ice programming begins week of October 1, check Skating & Arenas for location start dates. Some exceptions apply.

Age ranges

Preschool: 0 to 5 yrs | Child: 6 to 8 yrs | Youth: 9 to 12 yrs | Teen: 13 to 17 yrs | Adult: 18+ yrs  | Senior: 55+ yrs

Download & print: Recreation Free Family Fun Guide (PDF, 462 KB)

 

Monday


Gym

Open Gym
Central Memorial - 4:30 to 5:15 pm

Teen Badminton
Churchill - 6 to 7 pm

Teen Basketball
Pinky Lewis - 8:15 to 9:30 pm
Winona - 7:30 to 9 pm

Swim

Public swim
Pinky Lewis - 3 to 4 pm
Ryerson - 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Stoney Creek - 6:30 to 8 pm

Family swim
Bennetto - 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Arenas

Public skate
Eastwood - 4:30 to 5:45 pm

Family skate
Lawfield - 12 noon to 1 pm
Stoney Creek - 3:30 to 5 pm

Adult skate
Harry Howell - 2 to 3:30 pm

Tuesday


Gym

Preschool Gym
Central Memorial - 10:30 to 11:30 am

Teen Basketball
Riverdale - 7 to 8 pm

Youth/Teen Gym
Westmount - 7 to 8 pm

Swim

Parent & Tot swim
Pinky Lewis - 9 to 10 am

Public swim
Dalewood - 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Laurier - 6:30 to 8 pm

Senior/Adult swim
Dundas Pool - 9 to 10 am

Arenas

Family skate
Coronation - 2 to 3:30 pm
Mountain - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Valley Park - 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Wednesday


Gym

Preschool gym
Bennetto - 11 am to 12 noon

Open gym
Central Memorial - 4:30 to 5:15 pm

Open gym - Sports Mix
Central Memorial - 5:15 to 6 pm

Youth gym
Winona - 3:30 to 5:15 pm

Family gym
Westmount - 7 to 8 pm

Child/Youth Basketball
Pinky Lewis - 6:15 to 7 pm

Teen Basketball
Pinky Lewis - 8:45 to 9:30 pm

Family Cardio Dance
Tim Hortons Field - 6 to 6:45 pm

Swim
Public swim
Central Memorial - 6:30 to 8 pm
Valley Park - 6 to 8 pm

Family swim
Westmount - 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Arenas

Public skate
Eastwood - 4 to 5 pm
Market - 1 to 3 pm
Morgan Firestone - 1 to 3 pm
Mountain - 3 to 4:45 pm
Saltfleet - 12 noon to 1:30 pm

Senior skate
Harry Howell - 2 to 3 pm

Little Chillers
Carlisle - 3:30 to 5 pm
Rosedale - 4 to 5 pm

Thursday


Gym

Preschool Gym
Central Memorial - 10:30 to 11:30 am

Child/Youth Basketball
Pinky Lewis -7:15 to 8:15 pm

Teen Basketball
Pinky Lewis - 8:15 to 9:30 pm

Swim

Public swim
Bennetto - 7 to 8 pm
Laurier - 6:30 to 8 pm

Parent & Tot swim
Central Memorial - 9:30 to 10:30 am

Arenas

Public skate
Beverly - 3 to 5 pm
Glanbrook - 4 to 5 pm

Family skate
Chedoke - 1 to 2:30 pm
Parkdale - 1 to 2 pm

Friday


Gym

Child/Youth Basketball
Churchill - 6 to 7 pm

Teen Basketball
Central Memorial - 8 to 9:30 pm
Churchill - 7 to 8:30 pm
Winona - 6:45 to 8 pm

Family Gym
Churchill - 6 to 7 pm
Valley Park - 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Swim

Family swim
Bennetto - 6 to 7 pm

Public swim
Churchill - 7:15 to 8:15 pm
Hill Park - 4 to 5 pm
Pinky Lewis - 3 to 4 pm
Riverdale - 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Valley Park - 6 to 8 pm

Parent & Tot swim
MacNab - 9 to 10 am

Arenas

Family skate
Eastwood - 5 to 6 pm
Glanbrook - 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Inch Park - 1 to 2:30 pm

Little Chillers
Eastwood - 4:30 to 5 pm
Rosedale - 4 to 5 pm

Public skate
Eastwood - 6 to 8 pm

Saturday


Gym

Family gym
Bennetto - 12 noon to 1 pm
Huntington - 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Ryerson - 12:30 to 1:45 pm
Huntington Park - 1 to 2 pm

Youth gym
Bennetto - 1:15 to 2:15 pm
Hill Park - 3 to 5 pm

Teen gym
Bennetto - 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Dalewood - 2 to 3 pm
Hill Park - 3 to 5 pm

Open gym
Dalewood - 3 to 4 pm
Laurier - 11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Youth Basketball
Valley Park - 2:30 to 3:45 pm
Huntington Park - 2 to 3 pm (7 to 12 yrs)

Teen Basketball
Huntington Park - 3 to 4 pm (13 to 17 yrs)

Swim

Public swim
Brewster - 2:05 to 3:30 pm
Churchill - 2 to 4 pm
Dundas Pool - 2:45 to 4 pm
Huntington - 2 to 3:45 pm
Laurier - 1 to 3 pm
Riverdale - 2:15 to 3:45 pm

Sunday


Gym

Teen Gym
MacNab - 12 noon to 2 pm

Swim

Public swim
Riverdale - 2:15 to 3:45 pm

Family swim
Ancaster Aquatic - 2:15 to 4 pm

Age ranges


Preschool: 0 to 5 yrs
Child: 6 to 8 yrs
Youth: 9 to 12 yrs
Teen: 13 to 17 yrs
Adult: 18+ yrs
Senior: 55+ yrs

What to wear

  • When using City of Hamilton pools, all swimmers must change from street clothes to a swim suit and/or clean clothing used for swimming only.
  • Clothing worn in the pool must be free from rips/tears and permit individuals to participate safely in programs.
  • Denim (including cut-offs) are not permitted.
  • All swim attire must be appropriate for a general audience.

Recommendations for safe swimming attire

  • Clothing should be a light weight fabric
  • Form fitted clothes are preferred
  • Lifeguards may, at any time, ask for a demonstration of swimming ability if they feel there is a question of the participant’s safety. Please refer to the Facility Swim Test.

Reminders

Organizations should contact the Recreation Fee Assistance office at 905-546-2424  ext. 4659 for different program options.
Swim programs: To ensure safety, the Swim Admission Criteria will be enforced during all drop-in swim programs.
Gym programs: Open Gym - An unstructured gym time open to specific ages. Gym equipment will be made available if attendance warrants safe usage. Gym is supervised, but no structured programming is provided. Family Gym - Open to all ages with parent (guardian) supervision.