Drop-in Programs

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Online Drop-in Recreation Program Finder

Wondering what recreation programs are happening right NOW? Active Oakville is new a new online tool that will make it easier for you to find the most convenient time and place to get active and have fun.

Click the Active Oakville Drop-in Program Finder image to search for weekly drop-in fitness classes, swim and skate schedules, and more from the comfort of wherever you happen to be. Active Oakville displays drop-in programs available on a weekly basis. Now you can also search for:

  • Drop-in preschool programs,
  • Sports (including basketball, rock climbing, table tennis, and volleyball), and
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre studio availability.

This application can be viewed on all devices. Simply visit the web page and then bookmark or add it to your home screen for easy access.

Link to the Active Oakville page. 

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. Cancellations will be posted in the facility. Please contact the facility for the most up-to-date information.

Click on a heading for more information.

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 and Waterfit page 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.

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 Public Swimming and 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

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.

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.

All Ages Clay Drop-in at QEPCCC

Drop in for a parented program of fun collaborative family clay projects at QEPCCC during scheduled All Ages times and select P.A. Days and holidays. 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.

Information about special Clay Studio Drop-ins offered during the holidays and P.A Days follows.

Basketball

Adult drop-in basketball

Join other basketball junkies (ages 18+) for friendly, recreational, pick-up basketball. Just $4 (including taxes) per player, per visit. Or, buy a 10-visit pass for $36.27. Non-instructional and supervised, children and youth are not permitted in the gym. Please bring your own basketball and wear non-marking shoes.

Now offered at three locations:

Family drop-in basketball

Get a great workout and have fun with your kids, playing basketball together! 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.

Pay-as-you-play family basketball is now offered:

  • Fridays, 5-6:30 p.m., in the single gym at River Oaks Community Centre 
  • Fridays, 6-8 p.m., at QEPCCC (September 25-December 18, 2015 and January 8-March 25, 2016)
    (Note time change: 6-7:30 p.m., October 23, November 20 and December 11)
  • Saturdays, 5-7 p.m. at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre (September 19-December 12)
  • Sundays, 3-5 p.m., at River Oaks Community Centre
    (Note time change: 3-4:30 p.m., October 11 and November 15) 

Exception dates: 

  • October 9 and 23, and November 20, 2015 and January 29 and February 12, 2016 at River Oaks.
  • October 10 and 31 at Iroquois Ridge.

Youth drop-in basketball

Bring your friends, keep fit, stay active, practice your skills and have a blast! Games are unstructured but 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!

Join us for a fun game of pick-up basketball (ages 13-17) :

  • Mondays, 4-6 p.m. at Glen Abbey Community Centre (September 14-December 14)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:45 p.m. at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre (September 15-December 10)
  • Fridays, 3:45-5:45 p.m. at Glen Abbey Community Centre (September 11-December 18)

Exception dates: October 12.

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 Public Swimming and Waterfit page for more information.

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

Hockey and Skating

Please visit the Public Skating and Shinny Programs page for more information.

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.

Shinny hockey

Shinny hockey programs, including sessions specifically for players ages 50+, are offered at various Town of Oakville arenas. All sessions are self-organized and non-contact.

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.

Make Your Move

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. Join us for some family fun on Oakville's beautiful trails in the spring and fall. Visit the Let's Get Physically Literate 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

Oakville Museum

Explore the fascinating stories of our town this P.A. Day! Oakville Museum offers guided tours of Erchless Estate, the home of Oakville's founder Colonel William Chisholm. Featuring pieces from the Town of Oakville's historical archives, the estate is decorated in family-friendly period style.

Open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m., admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Permanent and feature exhibits are included. 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 Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) February 5, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The ceramic technician will be available for assistance and to lead basic hand building demonstrations in the Ceramics Studio. There will be no wheel work. Clay pieces take up to three weeks to be finished. First-come, first-served and spaces are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $8 per participant/per session. If you want to keep your clay creation there is an additional charge of $5 for the clay (clay fee includes firing and glazing).

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 with our 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:

Exception dates:October 12.

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

Badminton

Drop-in badminton is just $4 per participant (including taxes). Space is limited and first-come, first-served. Non-instructional and unsupervised, children are not allowed on the courts. Protective eye guards are strongly recommended. Please wear non-marking court shoes and bring your own racquet.

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 14-December 14)
  • Fridays, 9-11 a.m. (September 12-December 19)

Exception dates: October 12.

Adult badminton memberships

Adult Badminton (18+) memberships are available at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Visit the Fitness Centres page for more information about membership options.

Youth/Adult drop-in badminton

Join us for youth (ages 13+) and adult drop-in badminton at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (September 18-December 11, 2015 and January 15-March 11, 2016).

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.

Table Tennis

Drop-in for just $4 per person, per visit. Non-instructional and unsupervised. Please wear non-marking shoes and supply your own paddle and ball. Children and spectators are not permitted, unless children are participating in Family Table Tennis.

Drop-in table tennis for adults

Bring your paddles and ball for Adult Table Tennis (ages 18+), offered in the Northridge Room at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre at the following times:

  • Mondays, 6-8 p.m. (September 14-December 7)
  • Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. (September 17-December 10)

Exception dates: October 12.

Family drop-in table tennis

Parents and children (ages 5+) can drop in to Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and have a fun game of table tennis together Fridays, 6-8 p.m. (September 18-December 11, 2015 and January 15-March 11, 2016).

Tennis

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.

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.

Try-Before-You-Register special offer

Before our winter session starts, the Town of Oakville is offering you the opportunity to try a variety of pre-registered programs as drop-in classes! The drop-in fee is just $9.75 per person, per visit.

Adult drop-in fitness classes, including these special offers, are free with a Full Fitness or Fitness membership, or you can use a 10-visit pass.

Like the program? Register for the winter session today!

Please note: Offer applies to select programs only between Monday, December 14, 2015 and January 9, 2016. Classes vary by location. No substitutions.

Volleyball

Play for just $4 per person, per visit. Non-instructional and unsupervised. Children and youth are not permitted in the gym unless participating in Family Drop-in Volleyball. Please wear non-marking shoes.

Adults only

Drop-in volleyball for adults (ages 18+) is offered during the following times:

Family volleyball

Parents and children (ages 9+) can drop in and have a fun game of volleyball together Sundays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (September 20-December13, 2015 and January 17-March 11, 2016) at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre.

This is a non-instructional and unsupervised activity. Spectators are not permitted. Nets will be lowered for easy play. Balls are available to sign out.

Exception dates: October 11, 2015 and February 14, 2016.

Youth

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

The Oakville Youth Cenrtre location has now closed. A new youth centre in Glen Abbey is scheduled to open in 2016. Visit the Glen Abbey Youth Centre Development page for more information.

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