Drop-in Programs

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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

Recreational swimming

The Town of Oakville offers 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.

Additional Christmas Break Recreational Swims

Centennial, Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge and Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) pools will all be offering extra recreational swims during the holiday season. Please visit the Public Swimming page and open the recreational swim schedule for more information.

Tim Hortons Free Swims

The Town of Oakville is pleased to partner with Tim Hortons to offer free swimming at select times during the summer holidays. Please visit the Tim Hortons Free Swims and Skates page for more information.

Swimming lessons

Drop-in swimming lessons are offered at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre.

Youth 101, 201 and 301 are offered on Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. (October 14-December 2).

Adult 101 and 201 are offered at the following times:

  • Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (October 14-December 2)
  • Thursdays, 8-9 p.m. (October 16-December 4)
  • Sundays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (October 25-December 13)

Adult Endurance is offered Thursdays, 9-10 p.m. (October 16-December 4) and Adult 301 is offered Thursdays 9-10 p.m. (October 16-December 4).

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

Waterfit

Water exercising exerts less impact on lower joints and is suitable for swimmers and non-swimmers, men and women. Waterfit classes take participants through a warm-up, aerobic activities, muscle conditioning and a cool down, all in an aquatic environment. Pay-as-you-go or purchase a 10-visit punch card and drop-in for a variety of classes. Visit the Watefit page for more information.

Drop-in Waterfit classes are now included with a Full Fitness Membership! Visit the Fitness Centres page for more information.

Arts and Culture

Holiday Clay Art Daze

Ring in the New Year in the clay studio! Parented drop-in clay activities will be offered at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following days:

  • December 27 and 28, 2014
  • January 2-4, 2015

Create your own hand building projects ranging from functional coil pots to wild and crazy creatures! The studio technician will be available for assistance and to lead basic hand building demonstrations. No wheel work during this session.

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

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. Visit the Oakville Museum page 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 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 link 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

Adult drop-in basketball

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

Exception dates: October 13 and 27. 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.

Family drop-in basketball

Get a great workout and have fun with your kids, playing basketball together! Pay-as-you-play family basketball is now offered at two locations:

  • Fridays, 5-6:30 p.m., in the single gym at River Oaks Community Centre (September 12 to December 19)
  • Fridays, 6-8 p.m., at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (October 10 to December 5)
  • Sundays, 3-5 p.m., at River Oaks Community Centre (September 14 to December 21)

Exception dates: October 31. This schedule is subject to change and capacity restrictions may apply.

Please note: The October 17 session at QEPCCC will be held in the double gym and end at 7:30 p.m.

Just $4 per person, or buy a 10-visit pass for $36.27. Please bring your own basketball, water bottle, and clean non-marking running shoes.

Youth drop-in basketball

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. (September 15 to December 22)
  • Fridays, 3:45-5:45 p.m. (September 12 to December 19)

Exception dates: October 13 and 27. 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!

Fitness

Drop-in fitness programs

Our facilities are well-equipped, clean and staffed with friendly, qualified professionals. Are you looking to get fit? Play squash or racquetball? Have unlimited access to scheduled recreational skating or swimming? The Town of Oakville has a membership plan for you!

Become a member and enjoy all four fitness centres, including drop-in fitness classes. You can also pay-as-you-go or purchase a 10-visit pass. There are over 75 fitness classes to choose from each week including high and low impact aerobics, step, kickboxing, body sculpt, interval, core training, stability ball and more! Visit the Fitness Centres page for more information.

Waterfit

Water exercising exerts less impact on lower joints and is suitable for swimmers and non-swimmers, men and women. Waterfit classes take participants through a warm-up, aerobic activities, muscle conditioning and a cool down, all in an aquatic environment. Pay-as-you-go or purchase a 10-visit punch card and drop-in for a variety of classes. Visit the Watefit page for more information.

Drop-in Waterfit classes are now included with a Full Fitness Membership! Visit the Fitness Centres page for more information.

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

Now, you can book ice time up to TWO days in advance!

As a courtesy to our clients, we are enhancing our last-minute ice booking process. Visit the Same-Day and Last-Minute Ice Bookings page for more information.

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.

NEW! Adult 50+ Shinny Hockey

Self-organized non-contact hockey for adults 50+ starts September 22 at Joshua's Creek Arenas. Join us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-10:50 a.m. for just $7.50 per person. Goalies play for free!

Visit the Shinny Programs page for admission requirements and schedules.

 

Holiday Break drop-in programs

Additional Christmas Break Recreational Swims

Centennial, Glen AbbeyIroquois Ridge and Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) pools will all be offering extra recreational swims during the holiday season. Please visit the Public Swimming page and open the recreational swim schedule for more information.

Holiday Clay Art Daze

Ring in the New Year in the clay studio! Parented drop-in clay activities will be offered at QEPCCC  from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following days:

  • December 27 and 28, 2014
  • January 2-4, 2015

Create your own hand building projects ranging from functional coil pots to wild and crazy creatures! The studio technician will be available for assistance and to lead basic hand building demonstrations. No wheel work during this session.

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

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. Visit the Oakville Museum page for more information.

Oakville Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us on Saturday, November 15 to kick off the holiday season. Visit the Oakville Santa Claus Parade website for more information.

Tim Hortons Free Skates

The Town of Oakville is pleased to partner with Tim Hortons to offer free skating at select times during the holiday season. All public skates are subject to admission rules and capacity restrictions. Please visit the Tim Hortons Free Swims and Skates page for more information and skate times.

Pre-registered programs and camps are also available during the holiday break (December 27, 2014-January 4, 2015). Please visit the online registration page for more information.

Make Your Move -- Getting Families Active

FREE Guided Trail Walks

The Recreation and Culture department is proud to provide programs and services to help residents of all ages live healthy, active lives. Thanks to a $104,310 two-year grant from Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF), the Town of Oakville can offer families more opportunities to get out and get active — together.

Join us for some family fun on Oakville's beautiful trails. Visit the Getting Families Active page for more information.

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.

P.A. Day drop-in programs

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). Go to the Arts and Culture section for more information.

P.A. Day Preschool Playtime

NEW! Check out the P.A. Day Preschool Playtime drop-in at QEPCCC from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on October 10 and November 21, 2014; and January 30, 2015. Cost is just $4 for one adult and one child (crawling to 5 years old), and $2.50 for each additional child. Go to the Preschool Programs section for more information.

P.A. Drop-in Rock Climbing

Additional drop-in rock climbing times are offered on select Halton District School Board P.A. Days (November 21, 2014 and January 30, 2015). Visit the QEPCCC Rock Climbing Wall page for more information.

RBC P.A. Day Skates

The Town of Oakville is pleased to partner with RBC Royal Bank to offer free public skating on all elementary Halton District School Board P.A. Days. Visit the RBC P.A. Day Skates page for more information.

Pre-registered programs and camps are also available for Halton District School Board P.A. Days. Please visit the P.A. Day Camps page for more information.

Preschool Programs

Drop-in Playtime

Play along with your little one on child-friendly equipment, while you meet and mingle with other parents or caregivers! Drop-in Playtime is a parented program for children crawling to 5 years old. The cost is just $4 for one adult and one child, with a fee of $2.50 each for additional children. Join us:

  • Mondays, 9:15-11:15 a.m., at Glen Abbey Community Centre in the double gym.
    Fall session runs September 15 to December 15, 2014, except October 13 and 27.
    Winter session runs January 12 to March 30, 2015, except February 16 and March 16.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in the double gym.
    Fall session runs September 9 to December 16 and September 11 to December 18, 2014, respectively.
    Winter session runs January 6 to March 31 and January 8 to April 2, 2015, respectively.
  • Wednesdays, 1-3:30 p.m., at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre in the gymnasium.
    Fall session runs September 10 to December 10, 2014.
    Winter session runs January 7 to March 25, 2015, except March 18.

NEW: Check out the P.A. Day Drop-in at QEPCCC from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on October 10 and November 21, 2014; and January 30, 2015.

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. (September 15 to December 22)
  • Fridays, 9-11 a.m. (September 12-December 19)

Exception dates: October 13 and 27, and December 5. 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.

Adult badminton memberships

Adult Badminton (18+) memberships are available at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). 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. Now, unlimited access to squash and racquetball is included in the Full Fitness membership. Visit the Fitness Centres page for details. 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

Drop-in rock climbing (ages 3+)

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.

P.A. drop-in rock climbing

Additional drop-in times are offered on select Halton District School Board P.A. Days November 21, 2014 and January 30, 2015, 1-3 p.m. Visit the QEPCCC Rock Climbing Wall page for more information.

Seniors Services 50+ drop-in programs

Your town-wide Oakville Seniors Services 50+ membership allows you to access drop-in activities, as well as Seniors Services 50+ pre-registered programs, at five locations! Many drop-in programs also charge a nominal fee per participant (in addition to the membership fee).

Activities offered include: badminton, book clubs, bridge, carpet bowling, the Colborne Computer Club, hall walking, pickleball, snooker, social dance, table tennis, and more! Visit the Seniors Centres page or pick up a copy of the Seniors Services Newsletter, for more information.

The proceeds from drop-in fees, as well as a portion of class fees, are used to repair, maintain or replace the furniture and equipment that is used by the members.

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 8-June 24, from 8 to 9:30 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.

*Now, if you are 12 but turning 13 years old before the end of the calendar year (after July 1), you can sign up to become a member at Bronte and Oakville Youth Centre. Youth in grades 6-10 are welcome at the QEPCCC Youth Centre.

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