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.

HIGH FIVE Accreditation

High Five logoCity of Hamilton recreation programs are committed to ensuring Healthy Child Development for participants and are accredited members of HIGH FIVE®, which is built on the belief that all children deserve to have sport and recreation experiences that support his or her healthy development.

HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s quality standard for children’s programs. The City of Hamilton Recreation Division is a HIGH FIVE® Accredited Organization and as such serves as the benchmark for excellence in children’s recreation and sport programming, focused on healthy child development and offering the highest recognized levels of quality and safety. Our staff are trained in the Principles of Healthy Child Development and our programs are evaluated using the Quest 2 Tool. HIGH FIVE® makes a difference by giving every child the chance to benefit from quality programs.