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.
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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:
As our daily lives are becoming filled with more indoor time, there are still many ways to stay active and entertained.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium – Morning MeditOcean (guided meditation with ocean critters).
- Do Yoga With Me – Free Yoga Videos.
- Fitness Blender – Variety of free workout videos for a range of abilities.
- Nike Training Club – Free expertly designed workouts from world-class trainers.
- Swimming Specific Yoga – Free yoga classes geared towards swimmers
- Silver Sneakers – On-demand at home workout videos free for Seniors age 65+
- GoNoodle – Interactive Dance and Movement Videos. Great for the little ones!
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids.
- Little Sports – Animated Exercise videos for Kids.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Windsor Public Library – Visit Windsor Library’s website for eBooks and other valuable resources for all ages.
- Dads Worksheets – Free math worksheets, calculators, and more!
- Scholastic Learn at Home – Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. (PreK – Grade 9).
- Ranger Rick Free Digital Subscription – With schools and daycares closing across the country, Ranger Rick wants to help your family stay entertained and engaged in the natural world.
- Educational Companies Currently Offering Free Subscriptions.
- Top 10 CT Science Center Podcasts – Check out these 10 science podcasts that you can listen to on your daily walk or while relaxing at home.
- 20 Tips for Working From Home – If you’re new to working remotely, these tips from a home-office pro can help you stay productive and maintain balance.
- Duolingo – Learn different languages at home for free.
- NASA – See live streams of the International Space Station, educational activities for grades K-12, and more.
Take a Virtual Field Trip:
- Travel From Home – 13 virtual museums and galleries to tour
- Virtual Rides at Disney – From Disney World to Disneyland, you can experience the magic of mickey with these virtual rides. Go on rides like Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, and more!
- Virtual Tours of Five Different National Parks – Explore some of the country’s best national parks, from Florida to Alaska, right from your couch.
- Virtual Tours of Twelve Famous Museums – Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your home.
- Visit Forty-Eight World-Famous Sites All Around the World – Tour Buckingham Palace, swim through the Great Barrier Reef, and more!
- View Live Cameras at the San Diego Zoo – Watch and learn! View live cams of your favorite animals like baboons, elephants, giraffes, koalas, pandas, and more!
- iNaturalist Explore Map – Explore flora and fauna observations in your area
- Explore the National Cherry Blossom Festival Online – Go on a tour of the Tidal Basin, see ceremonies, and more.
- Mystic Seaport – Bringing the Mystic Seaport to you at home through a series of videos.
- Philharmonie Berlin Digital Concert Hall – The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until 19 April. But the orchestra will continue to play for you in their digital concert hall.
- Cincinnati Zoo Safari Activities – The Cincinnati Zoo has informational videos and quizzes that will teach you or your family all about their animals.
For the Kids (or kids at heart):
- Hold a virtual play date through face-time.
- Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
- COVID-19 Time Capsule – The COVID-19 time capsule gives your child an opportunity to document their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. They can write about how they are feeling, what’s happening at home and in their communities.
- Disney Fun at Home Activity Sheets – Different activity sheets for kids including connect the dots, coloring pages, writing activities and more. All Disney themed!
- Kiwico Kids at Home – Age specific activities, a parent toolkit, and DIY Experiments.
- Make a Pledge of Kindness – Autism Speaks is inviting friends and neighbors around the world to come together and make 2020 the Year of Kindness. Will you join us in pledging to create a kinder world this year?
- Learn Magic Tricks at Home!
- Educational videos for toddler-aged children.
- Brains on Podcast – Brains On! is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media.
- NOAA Science Activities – A roundup of NOAA’s most popular educational resources to help you and the kids learn about the ocean and atmosphere.
- 8 Mess Free Activities for Kids
- Listen to your favorite children’s authors as they read aloud their books.
- PBS Kids Games & Videos.
- Highlights Kids – Games, activities & videos for kids.
- Nomster Chef – Let the kids do the cooking! Fun recipes and videos that are easy to understand for kids in the kitchen.
- Over 150 Educational Shows on Netflix – From animals, to space, to history, there are all sorts of shows to watch when you want to relax, but still get some knowledge.
- 100 Activities to Do at Home During School Closures.
- Environmental Education Resources and Activities – A plethora of environmental education resources that were compiled by hundreds of educators in the field.
- Activity Hero Online Classes – Every day while school is out, kids and families can join Activity Hero’s online classes from any web browser. Their special guests will teach kids about art, medicine, music, business, science and more!
Stay Informed – Be in the Know:
Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.
- Town of Windsor Health Department
- Town of Windsor COVID-19 Updates Page – All COVID-19 related updates in the Town of Windsor.
- Windsor Public Schools – COVID-19 Distance Learning and Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC’s COVID-19 website.
- Windsor Senior Services – Still offering services to Windsor Seniors including weekly meals delivered or picked up, medical rides for life sustaining medical appointments, and can assist with placing grocery orders for delivery. Reach out to them Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at (860) 285-1992.
- See the Windsor Senior Services “Daily Check in” videos on Win-TV.
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.