Recreation

Free Fun Recreation Programs

 Cover for the Family Fun Recreation Programming showing a man and a boy swimming

Fall/Winter 2019

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 Fun Guide Fall/Winter 2019- 2020 (PDF, 459 KB)

September 30 to December 2, 2019

Monday


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

High School Special
Westmount, 11:15 am to 2 pm

Open Skate - Family
Billy Friday Lawfield, 12 noon to 1 pm

Open Skate - Family
Coronation, 12 noon to 2  pm

Open Skate (18+)
Harry Howell,  2  to 3:30 pm

Open Skate 
Eastwood,  4  to 6 pm

Leisure Swim
Stoney Creek, 4 to 4:55 pm

Leisure Swim
Bernie, 4:15 to 5 pm

Leisure Swim
Ryerson, 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Youth Room (13 - 17 yrs)
Winona, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Youth Room (13 - 17 yrs)
Bernie, 5:30 to 9 pm

Leisure Swim
Central, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Leisure Swim
Huntington, 7 to 8 pm

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

Open Gym Soccer (13 - 17 yrs)
Churchill, 8 to 9:15 pm

Open Gym Basketball (13 - 17 yrs)
Norman Pinky, 8 to 9:15 pm

Tuesday


Open Gym - Parent & Tot
Central, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Open Skate - Family
Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, 11:30 am  to 12:30 pm

Open Skate - Family
Valley Park, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Open Skate 
Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, 4  to 5 pm

Youth Room (9 - 12 yrs)
Winona, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Leisure Swim - Family
Ryerson, 6 to 6:50 pm

Open Gym Basketball (13 - 17 yrs)
Norman Pinky, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Open Gym Basketball (13 - 17 yrs)
D.A Riverdale, 8:15 to 9:15 pm

Wednesday


Open Gym - Parent & Tot
Dundas Lions, 9:30 to 11 am

Open Gym (13 - 17 yrs)
Ancaster Rotary, 11 am to 12 noon

Open Skate 
J.L. Grightmire Market Street, 1 to 3 pm

Open Skate 
Morgan Firestone, 1 to 3 pm

Open Skate (55+)
Harry Howell,  2  to 3 pm

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

Open Skate 
Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, 3  to 5 pm

Leisure Swim
Norman Pinky, 3:45 to 4:45 pm

Open Skate 
Eastwood, 4  to 6 pm

Leisure Swim
Westmount, 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Leisure Swim
Dalewood, 6 to 7 pm

Youth Room (13 - 17 yrs)
Bernie, 6 to 9 pm

Youth Room (13 - 17 yrs)
Huntington, 6 to 9 pm

Leisure Swim
JTP, 6 to 7:30 pm

Leisure Swim
Huntington Park, 7 to 8 pm

Thursday


Open Gym - Parent & Tot
Central, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Open Skate 
Beverly, 3  to 5 pm

Open Skate - Family
Glanbrook, 4 to 5 pm

Leisure Swim
S.W. Laurier, 6:30 to 8 pm

Leisure Swim
Bennetto,  7 to 8 pm

Leisure Swim
Norman Pinky, 7 to 8 pm

Open Gym Basketball (13 - 17 yrs)
Norman Pinky, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Friday


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

High School Special
Westmount, 11:15 am to 2 pm

Open Skate - Family
Billy Friday Lawfield, 12 noon to 1 pm

Open Skate - Family
Glanbrook, 12 to 1:30 pm

Open Skate - Family
Inch Park, 1 to 2:30 pm

Chill / Plug In Youth Room
(12 - 17 yrs)

Ancaster Rotary, 3 to 8 pm

Leisure Swim
Hill Park, 4 to 5 pm

Open Skate 
Eastwood, 4  to 6 pm

Youth Night Gym (12 - 17 yrs)
Ancaster Rotary, 5 to 8 pm

Open Gym - Family
Bennetto, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Youth Room (13 - 17 yrs)
Winona, 5:30 to 8 pm

Youth Room (13 - 17 yrs)
Bernie, 5:30 to 9 pm

Open Gym - Family
S.W. Churchill, 6  to 7 pm

Open Gym (13 - 17 yrs)
Norman Pinky, 6  to 8 pm

Open Gym (9 - 12yrs)
S.W. Churchill, 6 to 8 pm

Open Gym - Family
Hill Park, 6 to 8 pm

Leisure Swim
Sir Allan MacNab, 6:15 to 7 pm

Leisure Swim - Family
Norman Pinky, 7 to 8 pm

Leisure Swim
S.W. Churchill,  7 to 8:15 pm

Saturday


Open Gym - Family
Norman Pinky Lewis, 11 am to 1 pm

Open Gym - Family
Huntington, 11:15 am to 12:45 pm

Open Gym - Family
Central, 11:15 am to 1:15 pm

Open Gym - Family
S.W. Laurier, 12:15 to 1:30 pm

Open Gym - Family
Ryerson, 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Open Skate 
Eastwood, 1  to 3 pm

Open Gym - Family
Dalewood, 1 to 2:30 pm

Youth Room (9 - 12 yrs)
Huntington, 1 to 2:30 pm

Open Gym - Family
Winona, 1:30 to 3:45 pm

Leisure Swim
H.G Brewster, 2:05 to 3:30 pm

Leisure Swim
D.A Riverdale, 2:15 to 3:15 pm

Leisure Swim
Bennetto, 2:45 to 4 pm

Open Gym Basketball (13 - 17 yrs)
Huntington, 2:45 to 4:45 pm

Youth Room (13 - 17 yrs)
Huntington, 2:45 to 4:45 pm

Sunday


Open Gym Family
Bernie, 12:30 to 2 pm

Leisure Swim
Dundas Pool, 1:45 to 4 pm

Leisure Swim
Ancaster Aquatic, 2:15 to 4 pm

Leisure Swim
D.A Riverdale, 3 to 4 pm

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.