Virtual Recreation Center & Resources

Welcome to the Windsor Recreation & Leisure Services Virtual Recreation Center and Resource Guide! Here you will find video tutorials, crafts, fitness, games, and activities for all ages.  With our program cancellations, facility closures, and the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, we want to make sure you still have plenty of support. Our department is committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to stay inspired and creative during this time. This page will be updated every Monday by 5:00 PM with new activities and resources.

*Please note that we do not endorse nor have we received funds to advertise any of the third party sites listed or referenced on this page. 

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*Windsor Recreation & Leisure Services Online Learning Catalog: We offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

Hearts for Heroes: Support our First Responders

We need your help, Windsor! We are encouraging the public to participate in our “Hearts for Heroes” campaign to show appreciation for our First Responders that are working every day to keep us safe. A fun project to do with the family, cut out hearts, write positive messages on them, and put them on your front door or windows for them to see. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag us @WindsorCTRec on all social media. Let’s all work together to show support for those that continue to support us.

Videos from Windsor Recreation & Leisure Services Staff:

Stay Active:

As our daily lives are becoming filled with more indoor time, there are still many ways to stay active and entertained.

For Youth:

Outdoor Activities:

Please be aware that the current “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order requests that “Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people.” So, let’s explore what we can still do outside. (Remember to practice social distancing!)

  • Visit one of our local parks – Our parks are free and still open to the public for passive use. Northwest Park at 145 Lang Road, Windsor CT has 12 miles of trails that are still available.  View more information about Northwest Park, or see their trail map. Don’t forget to take a photo and tag us on social media: @northwestparkct.
  • Visit a nearby State Park – The trails and grounds of CT State Parks and Forests are open for solitary outdoor enjoyment, not group activities.
  • Go for a walk or jog around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are also using this time to get outside.   

Stay Connected:

Although we’re all socially distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day:

  • Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while, and check in on how they are doing.  (Especially the elderly, or those that are at greater risk of becoming ill).
  • Write a letter to a loved one. 
  • Video chat or send photos to friends or family.
  • Support a local Windsor restaurant – The Windsor Chamber of Commerce has compiled an up-to-date listing of retailers and restaurants, with their hours and how they’ve adjusted their services.  Let’s support our local businesses as much as we can!
  • Mobile Foodshare – Interested in volunteering? Volunteers are needed for the Mobile Foodshare program here in Windsor to pre-pack bags of food to be left on tables for client pickup.  Social distancing is practiced and gloves are provided.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories (including social media).  Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be stressful and upsetting.  
  • Talk. Connect with others that you trust and speak about your concerns, and how you are feeling.  Don’t keep everything that you are feeling bottled-up.
  • Practice Mindfulness – Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.  Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body, mind, and help reduce stress.
  • 21 Days of Meditation with Oprah – Join Deepak Chopra, Oprah, and millions of meditators around the world to find peace of mind in the midst of turmoil, and do your part to help our global community find hope and optimism.
  • CT Responds – Finding ways to be helpful is fulfilling, connects us socially, and lets us do something active at a time when we may feel dis-empowered. Donate food, call a neighbor, walk someone’s dog, or cook for someone who’s sick. To volunteer as a health professional, register with CT Responds.

Exercise your Brain:

Take a Virtual Field Trip:

For the Kids (or kids at heart):

Stay Informed – Be in the Know:

Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.

Stay Nourished:

Information on Food Resources in Windsor.

  • Windsor Social Services – For information regarding Social Services, see their full updated resource list here, or call them Windsor Social Services Department at (860) 285-1839 and see how they can help.
  • Windsor Public Schools Free Grab-n-Go Meals – The Governor’s message to nonessential businesses to close does not impact WPS free meals.  Food is available for pickup at Windsor High School, Clover Street School, and Oliver Ellsworth Mon-Fri from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
    • Please call the Windsor Board of Education at (860) 687-2000 for more information, or visit their website.

We are not alone, stay connected with us!  Visit this page for updated information, and follow the Windsor Recreation & Leisure Services Department Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or sign up for our newsletter on the right side of the screen for updates on more fun ways to stay active, engaged, and entertained.  

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