Free Family Recreation Programs

Children swimming in a pool

Fall/Winter/Spring 2018-19

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.

Download & print the Free Family Fun 2018-19 Guide (PDF, 1.47 MB)

Monday


Gym

Open Social (55+)
Laurier, 12 noon to 1 pm

Open Gym 6 to 12 yrs
Central Memorial, 4:30 to 5:15 pm

Basketball 13 to 17 yrs
Winona, 7:30 to 9 pm

Swim

Leisure Swim
Ryerson, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Stoney Creek, 4 to 4:55 pm

Leisure Swim (Family)
Bennetto, 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Skate

Open Skate
Eastwood, 4:30 to 6 pm

Open Skate (Family)
Bill Friday/Lawfield, 12 to 1 pm
Coronation, 12 to 2 pm

Open Skate (18+)
Bill Friday/Lawfield, 11 am to 12 pm
Harry Howell, 2 to 3:30 pm

Tuesday


Gym

Open Gym (Parent and Tot)
Central Memorial, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Open Gym 6 to 12 yrs
Central Memorial, 3:15 to 5 pm
Norman Pinky Lewis, 6 to 7:30 pm

Open Gym 9 to 12 yrs
Riverdale, 7 to 8 pm
Westmount, 7 to 8 pm

Basketball 9 to 12 yrs
Laurier, 7:30 to 9 pm

Basketball 13 to 17 yrs
Norman Pinky Lewis, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Swim

Leisure Swim
Dalewood, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Laurier, 6:30 to 8 pm

Leisure Swim (18+)
Dundas Pool, 9 to 10 am

Skate

Open Skate
Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena, 4 to 5 pm

Open Skate (Family)
Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena, 4 to 5 pm, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Valley Park, 12:30 to 1 pm

Wednesday


Gym

Open Gym (Parent and Tot)
Bennetto, 11 am to 1 pm
Dundas, 9:30 to 11 am

Open Gym 6 to 12 yrs
Central Memorial, 4:30 to 5:15 pm

Open Gym 9 to 13 yrs
Winona, 3:30 to 5:15 pm

Open Gym 13 to 17 yrs
Laurier, 7:30 to 9 pm

Open Gym (Family)
Westmount, 5:45 to 6:45 pm

Basketball 13 to 17 yrs
Riverdale, 6 to 8 pm

Open Social (55+)
Huntington, 11:30 am to 1 pm

Swim
Leisure Swim
Central Memorial, 6:30 to 8 pm
Valley Park, 6:30 to 8 pm
Westmount 3 to 4:30 pm

Leisure Swim (Family)
Westmount, 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Skate

Open Skate
Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena, 3 to 5 pm
Eastwood, 4:30 to 6 pm
Morgan Firestone, 1 to 3 pm
J.L. Grightmire, 1 to 3 pm

Open Skate (55+)
Harry Howell, 2 to 3 pm
Stoney Creek, 2 to 3:30 pm

Thursday


Gym

Open Gym (Parent and Tot)
Central Memorial, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Open Gym 6 to 12 yrs
Central Memorial, 3:15 to 5 pm
Norman Pinky Lewis, 6 to 7:30 pm

Open Social (55+)
Dalewood, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Basketball 13 to 17 yrs
Norman Pinky Lewis, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Swim

Leisure Swim
Bennetto, 7 to 8 pm
Laurier, 6:30 to 8 pm

Leisure Swim (Parent & Tot)
Central Memorial, 9:30 to 10:30 am

Skate

Open Skate
Beverly, 3 to 5 pm
Glanbrook, 4 to 5 pm

Friday


Gym

Basketball 13 to 17 yrs
Central Memorial, 8 to 9:30 pm

Open Gym (Family)
Churchill, 6 to 7 pm
Valley Park, 5 to 7:30 pm

Open Gym 9 to 12 yrs
Churchill, 6 to 7 pm

Basketball 13 to 17 yrs
Churchill, 7:10 to 8:30 pm
Winona, 6:45 to 8 pm

Open Social (55+)
Stoney Creek, 1 to 3 pm

Swim

Leisure Swim
Riverdale, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Hill Park, 4 to 5 pm
Churchill, 7:15 to 8:15 pm

Leisure Swim Family
Bennetto, 6 to 7 pm

Skate

Open Skate (Family)
Eastwood, 5 to 6 pm
Inch Park, 1 to 2:30 pm
Glanbrook, 12 noon to 1:30 pm

Open Skate (Parent & Tot)
Eastwood, 4:30 to 5 pm

Open Skate (18+)
Bill Friday/Lawfield, 11 am to 12 noon

Saturday


Gym

Open Gym (Parent and Tot)
Central Memorial, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Open Gym (Family)
Huntington, 1 to 2 pm
Ryerson, 12:30 to 1:45 pm
Laurier, 12:15 to 1:30 pm

Open Gym 6 to 12 yrs
​Central Memorial, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Open Gym 9 to 12 yrs
​Hill Park, 2 to 5 pm

Basketball 7 to 12 yrs
Huntington, 2 to 3 pm

Basketball 9 to 12 yrs
Valley Park, 2:30 to 3:45 pm

Basketball 13 to 17 yrs
Huntington, 2 to 3 pm

Swim

Leisure Swim
Riverdale, 2:15 to 3:15 pm
Dundas, 2:45 to 4 pm
Brewster, 2:05 to 3:30 pm
Huntington, 2 to 4 pm
MacNab, 1 to 4 pm
Laurier, 1 to 3 pm
Churchill, 1 to 3 pm

Skate

Open Skate (Family)
Eastwood, 1 to 2 pm

Open Skate
Eastwood, 2 to 3 pm

Sunday


Swim

Leisure Swim
Ancaster, 2:15 to 4 pm
Riverdale, 2:15 to 3:15 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.