The City becomes a buzz this time of year as friends and families get together to enjoy hot chocolate, turkey dinners and yummy sugar cookies. Just thinking of all the festivities makes us feel merry and bright. With the holiday season in full swing, it can be all too easy to neglect our habits to stay active and PLAY. Making time to play will reduce your stress, boost your depleted energy levels and ward off the anxiety that accompanies the craziness of this time of year. Plus, when you hit the New Year you’ll already have a head start on that 2015 New Year’s resolution you made to stay active and play every day.
Here are a few suggestions on ways to continue to PLAY throughout the holiday season and into the New Year.
1. Shoot some hoops or organize your own private skate with friends and family. All December you can rent gym time or ice time for over 40% off the regular prime time rate.
2. Take a stroll along the promenade at the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington and check out the Festival of Lights then head over to Rotary Centennial Pond were you can skate all winter, weather permitting, for free!
3. Free skating takes place throughout the holiday season compliments of our friends over at Tim Hortons. The fun begins December 20 and goes right through until January 3, 2015.
4. Join Bur Bear on January 2, 2015 to celebrate the re-opening of Mountainside Recreation Centre. Free activities take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Pop in and check out the facility improvements, a skating demonstration by Burlington Skating Club and the new teen space No Socks for Ivan. Meet artist Simon Frank and view his public art concept for Mountainside. Tim Horton’s free skates happen at 2 p.m.,3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
5. Shinny Hockey, is a great way to get active in the game without having the commitment of belonging to a formalized league. Lots of opportunities to drop-in with dedicated times for youth, adult, women and seniors.
6. Go for a swim. Yes, it may be cold outside which makes the pool seem surprisingly warm this time of year.
7. Drop into a fitness class! It is never too early to make a resolution to stay strong, live long and get fit! You can drop-in to any fitness or aquafit class at any time; no commitments, no initiation fees and no registration fees. For the entire month of January, all fitness classes (aquafit and landfit) are just a toonie (plus H.S.T).
8. Lego is taking over Tansley Woods’s Recreation Centre on New Year’s Day from 11 to 4 p.m. See the “Lego” movie screening, presented by Safari Children’s Dentistry, enjoy free swimming, Monkeynastix demo and activities, Burlington Youth Soccer Demo, face painting with BeeBop the Clown and so much more. To learn more about this event and other community events happening throughout the holidays, the City of Burlington events calendar has all the details.
As you go about your holiday shopping remember you can always give the gift of recreation to that special someone in your life. Holiday gift cards are available at designated recreation centres and can be redeemed for any of the City of Burlington recreation programs, drop-in programs and memberships. Tyandaga Golf Course also has gift cards for sale that can be redeemed at the pro shop, for membership or lessons. And remember, while golfing season is over, you are always welcome to hike or snowshoe on the course throughout the winter season.
Enjoy a happy, active, healthy, merry and bright holiday season.
Live and Play – Every day!