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.

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.

Family Swim to Survive

Do you know what to do if you fall into deep water? Family Swim to Survive lessons provide families (parents or caregivers and their children ages 5+) with the necessary skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Qualified staff will teach you how to do a front roll into the water, tread water for two minutes, and swim 50 metres (two lengths of the pool). Lessons take place at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre. Visit the Getting Families Active page for more information.

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 101-201 on Tuesdays (March 18 to May 6), 8-9 p.m.
  • Adult 101-201 on Tuesdays (March 18 to May 6), 1:30-2:30 p.m. or Thursdays (March 20 to May 8), 8-9 p.m.
  • Adult 301 on Thursdays (March 20 to May 8), 9-10 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+.

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: April 21; May 2, 4 and 19; and June 30. This schedule is subject to change and capacity restrictions may apply.

Just $4 (including taxes) per player, per visit. 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.

Adult Drop-in Volleyball

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

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. (April 7 to June 23)
  • Fridays, 4-6 p.m. (April 25 to June 27)

Exception dates: April 21; May 2, 5 and 19; and June 30. 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. Please wear non-marking gym shoes and bring a water bottle! Call 905-815-5950, ext. 3568 for details.

Family P.A. Days at QEPCCC

Looking for something fun to do when the kids are home? Drop in for a parented program of fun, collaborative family art projects as well as recreational activities in the gym! Two session are offered:

  • A morning session in the Fine Art Studio, 10 a.m.-noon, and
  • An afternoon session in the Clay Studio, 1-3 p.m.

Spaces are limited and first-come, first-served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Instructors will be available for assistance. $8 per person, plus an additional $5 fee for materials if you want to keep your clay creation (includes firing and glazing). Projects take up to three weeks to be finished. You will not be able to take your piece home the day of the drop-in. Please note: no wheel work in the clay studio today.

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. Now offered at Glen Abbey Community Centre and Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, join us at the following times:

  • Mondays (April 7 to June 23), 9:15-11:15 a.m., at Glen Abbey Community Centre in the double gym.
  • Tuesdays (April 8 to June 24) and Thursdays (April 10 to June 19), 10:15 a.m.-12:15 pm., at QEPCCC in the single gym.

Exception dates: April 21, May 19 and June 30. 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 badminton membership

The Town of Oakville is introducing 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.

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. (April 7 to June 23)
  • Fridays, 9-11 a.m. (April 25 to June 27)

Exception dates: April 21, May 19, June 30 and 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. 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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

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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