Recreation Department

Upcoming Events:

ONTARIO COMMUNITY CRAFT SHOW

It’s the 44th annual Ontario Community Craft Show! Join over 120 vendors for handmade crafts- everything from wood signs, crochet, chocolates, baked goods, blankets, Christmas ornaments, clothes, etc. on Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2021, at the Richland County Fairgrounds from 8:30 am to 3pm. Admission cost at the door is $2 per person, or a new toy(no stuffed animals).

Questions? Contact the Ontario Rec. Director at recreationdept@ontarioohio.org or call 419-529-2588 ext. 3202.

Virtual Recreation Department

Stay Informed

COVID-19 National Updates

  • Get the latest State of Ohio COVID-19 updates:

Helping Neighbors: If you are able to assist a neighbor who is 65 or older, or a neighbor who has an underlying medical condition, reach out via phone, text, or drop a note on their doorstep to ask if they need anything before you go to the grocery store or pharmacy. We are all in this together.

Help Hotline: If the news surrounding COVID-19 is making you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, call The Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK

Adults

Educational Resources

Free sudoku, crossword, and other games

Different card games online

Painting Classes with Art Sherpa

Take a free educational class

Stay Active

Yoga online class options

Enjoy a walk/run around your neighborhood and say “hi” to your neighbors (from a distance).

Go for a bike ride.

Working From Home

Tips on working from home with kids

How to survive working from home

Fun Activities

Out of ideas of things to do? Here are 50 free things you can do during lockdown

Learn a new language with Duolingo

Kids

Educational Resources

Activities for grades Pre-K-8th grade

Games and activities for Pre-K to 5th grade

Science and Nature Games and videos

Math, reading, and craft worksheets

Educational resources for all ages

Activities for pre-k to 3rd grade

More fun educational sites from coding to art

Adaptive Diagnostic Assessments: Measure a student’s proficiency and identify strengths and weaknesses in hundreds of subjects. Get an effective learning plan along with free tools to improve.

Varsity Learning Tools: More than 250,000 free practice problems in over 200 subjects. Also available as mobile applications.

Virtual School Day: Nearly 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”.

Good Housekeeping – Homeschooling ideas and summer camp activities

Homeschooling ideas– activities for those homeschooling kids this fall

YouTube channels

  • Camp YouTube — a digital learning experience to help parents recreate the fun of summer camp at home.  Summer camp themes include arts, adventure, sports, STEM and more
  • Crash Course Kids — bi-weekly shows on grade school science, including Earth, habitats, space and more.
  • Science Channel – learn about outer space, new technology and more.
  • SciShow Kids – the hosts explain fun, complex science concepts; do experiments and interview experts.
  • National Geographic Kids – videos feature animals, science, pets and more.
  • Free School – exposure to famous art, classical music, children’s literature and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way.
  • GEOgraphy Focus – explore geography, maps, flags, culture, languages and travel.
  • TheBrainScoop – explore the work and research of natural history museums.
  • Kids Learning Tube – educate kids through music and animation.
  • Geek Gurl Diaries – videos on programming, computer science, logic, electronics and more.
  • Mike Likes Science – science-inspired music videos.
  • Science Max – large-scale science experiments.
  • SoulPancake – in addition to the well-known Kid President shows, this channels offers content that explores and celebrates the ways humans seek connection.
  • Course Hero – study guides and videos for various subject matters.

Story time

  • Here’s a list of podcasts — featuring stories, meditation, music and more — for ages 2 through 6.
  • Celebrities are taking to social media to read children’s books to little ones staying home during this time. The Los Angeles Times curated this roundup of these posts.
  • Audible, which has the world’s largest collection of audio books, is offering free stories — in six different languages —  for kids as long as schools are closed. Start listening here.
  • Here’s a list of authors doing read-alouds of their famous books, as well as books by their favorite authors.
  • Storyline Online, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, streams videos of celebrities reading aloud children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations

Stay Active

Free workouts for kids

Yoga for kids

Great indoor activities for kids

Lots of fun videos to get kids moving

Get Creative

Free art classes

Metropolitan Museum of Art – explore art from around the world

Great free kids crafts ideas

Sony Pictures Kids zone – fun, hands on learning

Cooking for kids

Lunch doodles with Mo Willems

More art for kids

Teens

Educational Resources

Resources for reading, math, coding, etc.

Take a free educational class

Great Lakes Science Center offering free classes/experiments

Create stories and animations

Take quizzes to review subjects like biology, U.S. History, etc

Help with math from basic to Geometry and Calculus

Freerice is the ultimate platform for improving your vocabulary, SAT score, and the current state of world hunger. The non-profit site gives you vocabulary questions and donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Program with every answer you get right.

Google Arts and Culture is a platform that allows students to explore the world through thousands of artworks and artifacts provided by over 1,000 international museums, galleries, and institutions from all around the globe.

Teen Ink is a national magazine written by teens for teens. It’s a great resource where students can submit their own work and appreciate what their peers write.

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization committed to “changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.”

Everything from dance and music classes to STEM classes for free

Virtual School Day: Nearly 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”.

Adaptive Diagnostic Assessments: Measure a student’s proficiency and identify strengths and weaknesses in hundreds of subjects. Get an effective learning plan along with free tools to improve.

Varsity Learning Tools: More than 250,000 free practice problems in over 200 subjects. Also available as mobile applications.

Stay Active

Yoga online class options

Fitness Blender has a variety of fun at home workouts.

Enjoy a walk/run around your neighborhood and say “hi” to your neighbors (from a distance).

Go for a bike ride.

Older Adults

National Council on Aging Tips and Resources

Educational Resources

  • Mansfield/Richland County Library. Although our locations are closed there are still lots of ways you can use the library:

Free sudoku, crossword, and other games

Different card games online

Painting Classes with Art Sherpa

Take a free educational class

Learn a new language with Duolingo

Public Health Websites and tips on how to stay connected and buying online

Stay Active

Daily Exercises

Tai Chi classes

Enjoy a walk/run around your neighborhood and say “hi” to your neighbors (from a distance).

Exercise videos

Things to Keep You Entertained

Virtual tour of National Parks

Live web cams at San Diego zooWebcams and videos of Columbus zoo

Get crafty! Lots of great craft ideas


Questions? Need forms or more information? Contact our Rec. Director, Heather Hendrix, at 419‑529‑2588 ext 3202 or recreationdept@ontarioohio.org

You can also find out what is happening on our Ontario Recreation Department Facebook page.