The Premier of Ontario has declared a province-wide state of emergency and issued a stay-at-home order in response to rising COVID-19 variant infection rates.
Spring into action with unique opportunities to give back and focus on personal wellness through recreation and culture activities this spring season.
All programs offered follow strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Given the current province-wide stay-at-home order, the Spring Drive-Thru Donation Event has been postponed until further notice. Stay tuned for a new event date to be announced soon. We look forward to this opportunity to give back to our community when it is safe to do so.
Listeners will be entertained by the funny and rhyming verses while gaining a positive lesson about fire safety. Storytelling is provided in English, French, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Farsi. The link will be available from April 10 to 24.
Spring Break is a great opportunity for families to practice their home fire escape plan (French) and ensure they have working smoke alarms (French) on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas.
Check out the OPL Fire Safety Reading List for more information and resources!
Click on the tabs and links that follow for more activities and/or information.
Try a new sport without buying new equipment! In partnership with the Town of Oakville, branches of the Oakville Public Library have cricket, tennis, multi-sport kits, and more available to borrow with an Oakville Public Library (OPL) card. Call your local branch for more information.
Discover new authors, reads and movies with our Grab and Go bags. OPL staff expertly create discovery bags with up to five (5) fiction or non-fiction books or DVDs in a variety of genres. Available for Adults and Kids, you can order your Grab and Go bag in a seamless three-step process for contactless pick up by appointment.
OPL Picks for You is a personalized book-matching service. Fill in a short survey of what types of fiction/non-fiction books you would enjoy, and OPL staff will expertly choose the best reading materials for you. Contactless, by appointment pickup is available at your local branch or you can opt for the mail delivery option (*conditions and eligibility requirements apply).
COMING SOON: the stories featured at each location will be updated this spring.
OPL is excited to provide fun, self-guided walks based on selected children’s stories and poems. Take a stroll at one of the locations below and enjoy this fun and engaging way to combine physical activity and early literacy skills.
If you live nearby, spring into a self-guided StoryWalk at:
Spring is a great time to get active outdoors! Join us in our fitness challenge and choose your own seven (7) day adventure from the suggestions below. Please be sure to participate within your own comfort level, dress for the weather and always remember to bring your water bottle!
Walk, jog or run around your block to spend some time outdoors.
Walk to your neighbourhood park and enjoy 30 minutes of play on the playground with your family.
Try a yoga class, video, or engage in your favourite yoga practice. Feels good to move, stretch and release tension!
Engage your family in a stretching session! Have each family member select their favourite stretch. Takes turns sharing and trying each person’s favourite! Be sure to hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Try a body conditioning or strength class online! The Recreation and Culture department is offering a number of virtual progams for all ages and abilities. Some of them are free!
Pick an active, family favourite game and play for at least 30 minutes! Some ideas might include bocce ball, Frisbee, catch or tag!
Spring is a great time to dust off that bike and get outdoors for a ride! Try planning a 3 km, 5 km or 10 km route from your house. Don’t forget your bike safety and be sure to wear a helmet that fits properly.
Get active as a family and ride your bikes to school or to your neighbourhood park!
Roll with it! Make a list of 6-12 exercises and assign a number to each one. Grab one or a pair of dice and complete 10 sets or reps of whatever activity corresponds with the number rolled. Don't forget to roll just one die occasionally, so that you don't miss #1.
You can also play with a deck of cards and make a list that corresponds with the number value of the card. Jacks are 11, etc.
Let’s test your family’s strength and endurance! After a warm-up, each person gets to attempt a personal best for time or repetitions with the following exercises:
Oakville is home to many trails, so get outdoors and pick a new trail to hike! Don’t forget to dress for the weather and wear proper footwear.
Use sidewalk chalk to create your own obstacle course in your driveway! Encourage your children to incorporate their favourite exercises (ideas: jumping jacks, squats, lunges etc.) along with traditional obstacle course favourites (ideas: hopscotch, hula hoops, locomotion’s etc.). Have each person complete the course three (3) times!
Check out one of our outdoor tennis, pickleball, or basketball courts in your neighbourhood and challenge someone in your house hold to a match or game!
Does anyone in your family have a favourite sport? Challenge your family to play a match or game outdoors! Call your local branch for information about the Oakville Public Library’s Sport Equipment Lending Program.
If you live nearby, the Oakville Museum’s courtyard windows are dressed for spring. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate a new season and a little bit of our history.
Let pieces from the costume collection awaken your senses with the power of flowers. Unique dresses bursting with colourful blooms reveal fashion trends of the past as well as intimate details of the lives of the individuals who designed, made and wore them.
A spring stroll through the park calls for a parasol! As you wander the Oakville Museum’s grounds, uncover interesting facts about the flattering fashion accessory which served more than just a practical purpose.
Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? Your new octopus buddy will have lots of love to give! This no-sew yarn toy is easy to make through skills like braiding and tying bows. Make your octopus to play with or gift it to a friend.
If you don't have supplies handy, you can pick up a $5 Take and Make kit at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre starting Saturday, April 10. Please call 905-815-5979 to book a pick-up time from Monday to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Credit or debit payment only. No cash. While supplies last.
Now you’re ready to play with your new friend. Make sure you give them a fun name!
Get creative this spring and enjoy the outdoors!
Free for pickup at a number of Oakville Public Library location (while supplies last).
These kits include a garden craft activity and seed planting kit.
Or gather your own materials and make your craft at home
Visit OPL's website for operation hours for each location.
We encourage you to consider growing your own garden in the ground or in containers. Visit Oakville’s local community gardens to meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors!
We plan to release our family-friendly Scavenger Hunt as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Families will be able to learn about Oakville’s history, impressive public art, gardens, and more on this tour across Oakville.