Drop-in Programs

Image of people enjoying drop-in activities including the clay studio, skating and badminton.

The Town of Oakville offers a variety of drop-in programs for all ages. More information is available in the Parks, Recreation and Culture program guide.

Please note: Schedules are subject to change and capacity restrictions may apply. Please contact the facility for the most up-to-date information.

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Aquatics

Diving

Youth drop-in diving classes will not be offered in the spring. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back later for updates as they become available, and explore online registration options in the meantime.

Recreational swimming

The Town of Oakville is pleased to offer many opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to enjoy public swimming throughout the year, including Waterfit classes and free swims sponsored by Tim Hortons. Please visit the Public Swimming page for more information.

Swimming lessons

Drop-in swimming lessons are offered at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre for youth and adults at the following times:

  • Youth on Tuesdays (July 9 to August 19), 8-9 p.m.
  • Adult on Thursdays (July 3 to August 21), 8-9 p.m.

Fees are $9.87 per person, per lesson for ages 12-14 and $11.15 (includes HST) per person, per lesson for ages 15+.

Arts and Culture

Oakville Museum

Museum exhibitions, programs, and special events are run out of Erchless Estate, Oakville's Old Post Office and the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. Click the Oakville Museum for more information.

P.A. Day Clay Studio Drop-in

Not home alone today? Drop in for a parented program of fun collaborative family clay projects at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). The ceramic technician will be available for assistance and to lead basic hand-building demonstrations in the clay studio. No wheel work.

The cost is $8 per participant and, if you want to keep your creation, there is a $5 fee for materials (includes clay, firing and glazing). Please note that clay pieces take up to three weeks to be ready for pick up. You will not be able to take it home on the day of your drop-in.

First-come, first-served and spaces are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-in passes are available for purchase 30 minutes prior to the start of each session. Join us from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following P.A. Days:

  • October 10 and November 21, 2014
  • January 30, February 13, March 20, April 24, and June 5, 2015

QEPCCC Studio Memberships and Drop-in Programs

Looking for studio time? Need space to work on your project? Want access to specialized studio equipment? The QEPCCC Studio Membership program is geared towards artists who are able to work without instruction. Click on the links provided for more information.

Saturday All Ages Clay Drop-in

Every Saturday afternoon 2-5 p.m., drop in to the clay studio at QEPCCC to muck around for fun! A studio technician will be available for assistance and to lead basic hand building demonstrations. No wheel work.

Fees are $8 per participant, and if you want to keep your creation it's $5 for clay (clay fee includes firing and glazing). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Clay pieces take up to three weeks to be finished; you will not take it home the day of the drop-in. Spaces are limited. First-come, first-served. Drop-in passes are available for purchase 30 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Basketball

Drop-in basketball for adults

Join other basketball junkies for friendly, recreational, adult pick-up basketball (ages 18+). Now offered at two locations:

Exception dates: August 4. This schedule is subject to change and capacity restrictions may apply.

Just $4 (including taxes) per player, per visit. Or, buy a 10-visit pass for $36.27. Non-instructional and unsupervised, children and youth are not permitted in the gym. Please bring your own basketball and wear non-marking shoes.

Drop-in Family Basketball

Get a great workout and have fun with your kids, playing basketball together! Just $4 per person, pay-as-you-play family basketball is offered in the single gym at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. This session runs until June 15.

Now offered at River Oaks Community Centre! Join us for Drop-in Family Basketball Fridays, 6-8 p.m., and Sundays, 3-5 p.m.

Please bring your own basketball, water bottle, and clean non-marking running shoes.

Drop-in basketball for youth

Join us for a fun game of pick-up basketball (ages 13-17) at Glen Abbey Community Centre (in the gymnasium):

  • Mondays, 4-6 p.m. (July 7 to August 18)
  • Fridays, 4-6 p.m. (July 11 to August 22)

Exception dates: August 4. Cancellations will be noted in the facility and online.

Bring your friends, keep fit, stay active, practice your skills and have a blast! Games are unstructured yet supervised and pay-as-you-play. Cost is $4 per person, per visit or buy a 10-visit pass for $36.27. Basketballs are provided. Please wear non-marking gym shoes and bring a water bottle! Call 905-815-5950, ext. 3568 for details.

Hockey and Skating

Recreational skating

The Town of Oakville is pleased to offer many opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to enjoy public skating throughout the year, including free skates on P.A. Days sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada and free skates during the holidays sponsored by Tim Hortons. Please visit the Public Skating page for more information.

Same-day ice bookings

Same-day ice booking is now available at all facilities, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Shooter pad rentals are also available at Joshua's Creek Arenas, River Oaks Community Centre, and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

Visit the Arena Ice, Floor and Shooter Pads page for more information.

Shinny hockey

Various shinny hockey programs are offered. All sessions are self-organized and non-contact. Visit the Public Skating page for admission fees and schedules.

Make Your Move Family Day

Join us on Family Day to try out great programs and activities for FREE! Visit the Family Day web page for details.

Preschool Programs

Drop-in Playtime

Drop-in Playtime is a great opportunity for you to play along with your little one on child-friendly equipment, as well as meet and mingle with other parents or caregivers. This is a parented program for children (crawling to 5 years old). The cost is just $4 for a parent and child, with a fee of $2.50 for additional siblings. Join us at Glen Abbey Community Centre at the following time:

  • Mondays (July 7 to August 18), 9:15-11:15 a.m., at Glen Abbey Community Centre in the double gym.

Exception dates: August 4. Cancellations will be noted at the facility.

Storytimes

The Oakville Public Library offers a number of free, fun and interactive Storytimes (click on the link to pre-school and children's programs) at all branches for parents and caregivers to introduce their children to stories, songs and rhymes that promote early literacy skills:

  • Baby’s First Storytime: Ages 6M-18M
  • Toddler Storytime: Ages 18M-36M
  • Family Storytime: All ages

Racquet Sports

Adult drop-in badminton

Join us for adult drop-in badminton (ages 18+) at Glen Abbey Community Centre during the following times:

  • Mondays, 1-3 p.m. (July 7 to August 18)
  • Fridays, 9-11 a.m. (July 11 to August 22)

Exception dates: August 4. This schedule is subject to change. Cancellations will be noted in the facility.

Just $4 per participant (including taxes), enjoy pay-as-you-play badminton on three courts. Or, buy a 10-visit pass for $36.27. Space is limited and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-instructional and unsupervised, children and youth are not allowed on the courts. Protective eye guards are strongly recommended. Please wear non-marking court shoes and bring your own racquet. For more information, please call 905-815-5950, ext. 3568.

Adult badminton memberships

The Town of Oakville has introduced a pilot program for Adult Badminton (18+) memberships at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) only. Visit the QEPCCC Recreational Programming page for more information.

All ages P.A. Day drop-in badminton

Join us at River Oaks Community Centre (in Room A) on Friday, June 6 for all ages P.A. Day drop-in badminton from 1-2:30 p.m. Regular admission requirements apply. For more information, please call 905-338-4186.

Squash and racquetball

Add a courts option to your fitness membership or pay-as-you-go. Squash courts can be booked online.

Tennis courts

The Town of Oakville boasts 64 public courts in 28 parks, with seven locations offering evening play seasonally. Visit the Tennis Courts page for more information.

Rock Climbing

Our 20-foot wall at QEPCCC has the look and feel of real rock, providing you with a unique climbing experience. There are eight top rope stations and 16 possible routes to choose from, whether you have never climbed before or want to try something more advanced.

Our routes are maintained and changed on a regular basis by experienced route setters to keep the climbs interesting and challenging. We offer you a clean and comfortable learning environment with qualified and enthusiastic staff for support. Visit the QEPCCC Rock Climbing Wall page for more information.

Skateboard Parks

The Town of Oakville has three outdoor skateboard parks, one indoor skateboard park, and a partnership with the YMCA of Oakville to operate a moveable skateboard park at River Oaks Community Centre during the summer.

Admission to the Kinoak Indoor Skateboard Park is pay-as-you-go or you can purchase a 10-visit pass. Visit the Skateboard Parks page for more information.

Volleyball

Join us Wednesdays, April 9-June 18, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at QEPCCC, for adult (ages 18+) drop-in volleyball. Cost is $4 per visit.

Youth

The Town of Oakville offers several programs, training and volunteer opportunities for youth ages 13 to 19*. We also operate three youth centres.

*Youth in grades 6-10 are welcome at the QEPCCC Youth Centre.

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