The Loft Youth Room
Located at the
Aurora Family Leisure Complex, The Loft Youth Room officially opened on February 28,
2015 and houses an entertainment/media corner, pool table, electronic basketball, table tennis, air hockey and more. We also have new Gymnasium Drop-in Programs, a climbing wall and skate park. The Loft Youth Room is a great place for the youth of Aurora to hang out with friends. The best part, it's FREE!
The Loft Hours
Spring, Fall and Winter
Monday to Thursday - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday to Thursday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday - 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
*July 1 to August 31
Holiday Hours at The Loft
Canada Day - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Civic Monday - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Labour Day - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
How It Works
The Loft is designed to be a safe and supervised drop-in space for youth between the ages of 12 to 17. During operating hours, youth can come to The Loft to use any of the equipment onsite or simply spend time in the space. Check out the FAQs below to learn more about the space and how to use it.
How do I get into The Loft? Is there a fee or do I have to check in?
The Loft is located at the end of the second floor of the Aurora Family Leisure Complex. You can enter through the main double doors. There isn't a fee, but you will need to sign in with your name and time of arrival.
What can I do at The Loft?
The space has a variety of equipment and amenities including but not limited to an entertainment / media corner, pool table, electronic basketball, table tennis, and air hockey. You can stop by on your own or with friends. You can bring homework and hang out on the couches or meet new friends over a game of pool or ping pong. It's okay to just hang out too.
At various times during the year we host Movie Nights or other special events in The Loft. There is a bulletin board near the entrance with information about upcoming programs and other community events or opportunities.
I'm 11 but I'll be 12 really soon, can I come in The Loft?
The space was designed and created for youth between the ages of 12 and 17. More often than not, spaces that are both safe and engaging do not exist for users in this specific age group. While we're excited that users of all ages are interested in The Loft, we ask that everyone respect the designated ages of the space.
We always encourage parents/guardians or general visitors to stop by and take a quick tour if they're new to the area/facility. Our staff are happy to show you around and talk about available programs and services.
What if I want to go check out the Skate Park or the Gym – will I be able to get back in?
You are free to come and go from The Loft as you please. You only need to sign in once but can exit/enter as many times as you like during operating hours. Please note that staff are located inside the Loft only for supervision and not throughout the remainder of the facility.
Is The Loft supervised?
During operating hours, there is a youth staff in the Loft, but supervision is limited to the immediate youth room. The staff is available to supervise the space for appropriate behaviour and language, respond to first aid situations, and facilitate use of the space and equipment.
On Friday nights, due to increased programming and attendance, there are additional youth staff onsite who spend time in various areas of the building as youth are welcome to come and go from our program areas as they please. Due to the nature of the programming and services being offered, please note that supervision is limited to the availability of staff and the immediate needs of the programming occurring at that time.
Participants will only be supervised during scheduled Town recreation programs and services. Supervision does not extend to the outside of the building, Lambert Willson Park or the Skate Park.
The Town of Aurora has a positive, ongoing relationship with the York Regional Police. In efforts to keep all participants and facility users safe, York Regional Police will have a consistent presence at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex on Friday nights in these unsupervised spaces (ie. parking lot, Lambert Willson Park and Skate Park). Parents/guardians of Loft users should note that parks inherently are unsupervised spaces and our jurisdiction as Town staff will only be limited to the Aurora Family Leisure Complex facility.
While Town staff are not responsible for supervision of participants outside the facility, York Regional Police will be contacted if staff have reason to believe any users in the park or surrounding facility area are participating in any illegal behaviour or are in need of assistance.
Who are the youth staff who supervise The Loft and what do they do?
The youth staff are a group of Program Leaders who are typically ages 19 to 30. They have worked in our programs for a number of years and often have an interest in working with youth in a variety of fields including recreation, education, psychology, and social work. They will be recognizable in a Town uniform and name badge.
As mentioned above, staff will be in The Loft to supervise for appropriate behaviour and language, respond to first aid situations, and facilitate use of the space and equipment. They are there to engage with Loft users, ensure the guidelines are being followed, and promote positive youth development.
I want to leave my bag in The Loft while I participate in another program in the building – is that okay?
The Town of Aurora is not responsible for any lost or stolen belongings of individual participants and/or visitors to The Loft or the Aurora Family Leisure Complex. As the space is open and accessible, it is recommended that participants and/or visitors do not leave personal belongings unattended. Any items left at the time The Loft closes for the day will be dropped off at the facility Lost & Found beside the Customer Service Desk on the first floor.
Can I bring my bike/skateboard/scooter/roller blades into The Loft?
You can bring your bike/skateboard/scooter/roller blades into The Loft and there is even a bike/scooter stand inside the space for you to park your equipment. There are also several bike stands to on the west side of the building at the front of the facility.
For everyone's safety, please do not ride any of those items inside the Aurora Family Leisure Complex. All Skate Park users or general public must dismount their bike/skateboard/scooter/roller blades prior to entering the facility.
What are the guidelines or rules for using The Loft?
The Loft is meant to be a safe and fun space for all youth to enjoy. We encourage everyone to read and follow the list of guidelines below:
- The space is open to any youth between the ages of 12 and 17.
- All participants will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.
- Video games, gaming systems, and controllers must be signed out for each use.
- All music and video content accessed on The Loft equipment must be appropriate and "radio-friendly".
The following is a list of unacceptable behaviours or actions that if displayed, may cause a participant and/or visitor to be asked to leave The Loft and/or the facility:
- Verbal or physical altercations.
- Bullying and/or harassment of any kind including electronic use.
- Use of profane language.
- Inappropriate behaviour.
- Smoking or use of drugs/alcohol.
- Being intoxicated or suspected by staff to be under the influence of any substance.
- Use or possession of firearms or weapons of any kind .
- Damage of Town property.
- Misuse of Town facilities or equipment.
- Skateboarding/biking/rollerblading/scootering/running through halls.
- Disruption of Town programming or other facilities areas.
- Disrespectful or unsafe comments or actions towards facility users or Town staff.
- Unsolicited photographing or videoing of participants, visitors and staff.
Any participant and/or visitor violating these guidelines, constituting a public nuisance, or otherwise misusing the facility, can and will be asked to leave by any Town staff. If the person does not leave, the staff will call Emergency Services to have the individual removed. These persons may be banned from future use of the facility, either temporarily or permanently, depending on the nature of the incident.
If there are concerns, members of the public are asked to speak with the Town's Youth Staff to assist.
For more information, please call Nichole Campsall, Youth and Community Development Coordinator at 905-727-3123 ext. 4760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org