Make Time to Play

10 ideas to help you make time to play…every day!

It is getting to that time of year when our precious spare time begins to dwindle. It was hard enough to find ways to play every day before the holidays, how are you supposed to do it now with shopping, parties, family and travel? Making time to play every day is important to reducing your stress, and boosting your depleted energy levels.

Here are 10 ideas 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. Beginning Dec. 14, you can rent gym time or ice time for over 35 per cent off the regular primetime rate.

2. Take a stroll along the promenade at Spencer Smith Park and check out the Festival of Lights. Afterward, head over to Rotary Centennial Pond where 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 Dec. 19 and goes right through until Jan. 3, 2016.

4. The city has partnered up with local volunteers in your neighbourhood to create 16 neighbourhood rinks in Burlington parks. You can check out the outdoor skating locations at Remember that the use of these rinks is weather-dependant. typique-large-01-tout-le-monde-patine

5. Shinny hockey is a great way to get active in the game without having the commitment of belonging to a formalized league. There are lots of opportunities to drop in, with dedicated times for youth, adult, women and seniors and sledge hockey.

6. Spend some quality time together over the holidays with your children 5 months to 8 years of age. Drop into the gym at Brant Hills or Tansley Woods Recreation Centres. Try the physical literacy obstacle course as a family and explore the toys and equipment provided.


7. Tobogganing is just one of the hallmarks of the Canadian lifestyle and is so much fun for the entire family. To view city parks that have been designated for tobogganing, go to

8. Go for a swim. Yes, it may be cold outside, which makes the pool seem surprisingly warm this time of year. Both recreational and lap swimming are available all year long.

9. Drop into a fitness class. Toonie Days are back! For the entire month of January, all fitness classes (aquafit and landfit) cost just a toonie. You can drop into any landfit or aquafit class at any time. There are no commitments, no initiation fees and no registration fees. It is never too early to make a resolution to stay strong, live long and get fit.

10. Get the New Year started at Tansley Woods Recreation Centre. Burlington’s 17th annual New Year’s Day event will be ringing in the New Year “Frozen” style. Meet and greet with the Ice Queen, Snow Princess and Snowman, take part in an interactive sing-a-long show and get your face painted with Beebop the Clown. Crafts, games and so much more are all a part of this family-fun day.nyd

Gift of Recreation: 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, snowshoe or toboggan on the course throughout the winter season. has all the information on swimming, skating, fitness or shinny hockey schedules and renting ice or gym time. You can also view upcoming events at Check it out today! Live & Play – Every Day!

Enjoy a happy, active, healthy, merry-and-bright holiday season

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