We’re committed to offering children and youth recreational opportunities that support their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Throughout the pandemic, we continue to offer activities with a focus on fun and connection!

We also post weekly virtual events on our website.

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On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Safety measures
  3. Virtual programs
  4. In-person programs
  5. Camps
  6. Accessibility and support
  7. Free activities
  8. Resources for parents
  9. Emergency childcare
  10. Mental health resources

COVID-19 updates

Many City of Kitchener indoor and outdoor facilities are beginning to open for limited public use

Visit our COVID-19 updates page to learn what's open and closed as well as how city services are affected.


Safety measures

Here is what you and your child can expect at our in-person child and youth programs:

  • program staff will be screened daily and provided with required information and training on work specific procedures and processes related to COVID-19 
  • provincial public health directives are being followed to minimize risk
    • number of participants and staff in a room
    • acceptable program activities
    • increased frequency and supervision of hand hygiene
    • enhanced cleaning protocols and frequency
    • physical distancing expectations
  • participant screening will take place every day before attending program
  • to minimize the risk to program participants and staff, non-program participants will not be allowed beyond the screening table
  • we will be attempting to place siblings in the same group to limit household exposures
  • there will be no offsite field trips, or onsite special guests

These are just some of the current practices and protocols we are putting in place. More specifics will be distributed in the program information package around one week before the start of programs to capture the most current directions of the provincial and federal governments, and the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit.

Our programs will continue to offer children and youth opportunities to be physically active, creative, expressive and connected and support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children and youth and their families.  


Virtual programs

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In-person programs

Open the accordions below to learn about our in-person programs. Subscribe to this page to get an email when we add new programs or update program information.

Teen Zone

Age: 12 to 17

Start date: July 5

This weekly, registered, in-person program for youth aged 12 to 17 includes activities like sports, arts and crafts, group games, board games and so much more! As part of this program, youth will help choose the games and activities they want to do and will hang out with other teens in a supported space.

Register


Camps

Visit our camps page to learn about:

  • summer camps
  • March Break camps
  • holiday camps
  • PD and PA day camps

Accessibility and support

If your child has a disability and needs help to take part in a program, you can request leisure support.

We offer financial support through our leisure access fee assistance program.


Free activities

Check out our week at a glance page to find free activities for the whole family.


Resources for parents


Emergency childcare

The Region of Waterloo is offering emergency childcare for parents who provide critical services in our community (list of eligible workers) who have exhausted all other care options for their children. Fees will be paid by the province. Care is available for children from birth to age 12.


Mental health resources

  • Here 24/7 mental health crisis support offered by KW Counselling by phone at 1.844.437.3247 or online 
  • Front Door child or youth mental health support. Call to make a telephone or video appointment. Please contact them directly at 519-749-2932, and press “1“ to speak to staff. 
  • Kids Help Phone- 24/7 virtual support service offering professional counselling, information and referrals as well as volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French at 1.800.668.6868. 
  • Good2Talk A free, confidential mental health support service providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to postsecondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.  
  • LGBT Youthline: If you’re a LGBTQ2+ youth and want to talk with another youth who might get what you are going through you can reach out to YouthLine. Call 1.800.268.9688 or text 647.694.4275. Please note they are only available during certain times. You can also CHAT LIVE with someone who gets it on their website.
  • Big White Wall: An online support environment for people looking for help with depression and anxiety. Free to all Ontarians.