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Return to Children's Programs - What to Expect

(Updated on November 10, 2020)

For everyone’s safety and comfort, please review the following information carefully prior to returning to a Town of Aurora Children's Program. You will also receive an email prior to the start of your program(s) with additional information.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Program Modifications
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced at all times.
  • Emphasis on skill development and drills instead of game play to avoid physical contact between players. 
  • Activity tables and program equipment will be set up prior to program to ensure physical distancing is maintained at all times.
  • Where possible, equipment and material will be divided into kits/bins to ensure items are used exclusively by one individual or household.
  • After each program all equipment, tables and activity stations will be cleaned/disinfected before next use.
Facility Access & Participant Screening
  • Access to all Town of Aurora Facilities is limited to those who have pre-registered for a program or drop-in.
  • There are no spectators permitted in the facility for all children’s programs. Parents and Guardians may enter the facility to drop off their child, but must immediately exit after doing so. Parents and Guardians may re-enter the facility no more than 5 minutes before the end time to sign out their child from the program space.

  • Registration for Fall Programs will begin on Monday, September 28 for residents. Non-resident registration will begin on Thursday, October 1. Visit e-PLAY to register online.
  • As a part of registration, participants will be asked a series of screening questions. If participants answer “yes” to any of the questions, they will not be permitted to enter a Town Facility.
  • Participants are asked to come dressed for their program as the use of change rooms is not permitted at this time.
  • Upon arrival to the facility for your scheduled program, you will be met at the front entrance by a Facility Greeter. They will confirm your registration and ask the participant 1 affirmation screening question “When registering for the program, you answered screening questions in relation to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Have any of your responses to those questions changed?” If the participant answers “yes” to any question, they will not be granted access to the facility. The participant must exit the building and contact their local health unit for next steps.
  • All Staff will also be pre-screening before entering any Town Facility each day. 
Face Masks are Mandatory in all Town Facilities
  • The Town of Aurora will follow all York Region guidelines for mandatory masks as outlined in The Regional Municipality of York Medical Officer of Health Instructions to Businesses and Organizations Currently Operating (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), R.S.O. 1990 and related Regulations).
Physical Distancing & Signage
  • Participants will be required to maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • There will be floor markings and signage throughout each facility to promote and maintain physical distancing.
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Programming is modified and limited, to allow for staggered start and end times.
  • There will be one-way directional flow throughout the facility.
  • Participants are asked to arrive for their program no earlier than 15 minutes before their program start time and must leave the facility within 15 minutes of their program or activity ending.
Cleaning & Sanitization 
  • High touch surface areas will be cleaned and sanitized between programs and activities throughout the day.
  • Program supplies and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after each program
  • Individual program supplies will be provided when possible.

Children's Programs

Ages 5 to 12 years

Children's Programs

The Town of Aurora's Community Services Department strives to provide a variety of recreational opportunities that are best for your child and their development through our innovative and active programming. We are committed to providing children in the community with high quality, age appropriate programming that focuses on physical literacy, creativity, childhood development, social interaction and fun.

We offer a wide range of Children’s programs for participant ages 5 to 12 years:

  • Sport Programs
  • Physical Literacy Programs
  • Dance Programs
  • STEM Programs
  • Arts & Craft Programs

Note: Some of our Children’s programs require a parent or guardian to remain on-site for the duration of the program. 

Physical Literacy

Physical literacy has been identified by experts in physical education, sport, and even cognitive science as a key ingredient in raising healthy, happy and successful children. It provides the foundation for kids to enjoy physical activity and sports, but it also has far-reaching implications for their brain development, scholastic performance, and overall wellbeing. Research shows that it is very important to start developing physical literacy in early childhood prior to adolescence.

The basic recipe for developing physical literacy includes structured and unstructured play opportunities, combined with intentional instruction in fundamental movement skills, such as jumping, skipping, hopping, throwing, catching, etc.

Did you know that The Town of Aurora offers recreation programs that specifically address physical literacy and targeted movement skills? We pride ourselves on being a leader in physical literacy programming.

Program Instructors
The Town of Aurora's Children’s programs are run by highly energetic and enthusiastic instructors, as well as being First Aid and CPR trained. We also work with a number of experienced, professional service agreement contractors who are specialists in their respective fields. 
Virtual Winter Break Workshops - Kids Great Minds

The below programs are run in partnership with Kids Great Minds. These programs will be online via video conference where a Kids' Great Minds instructor will provide the live lessons. An email will be sent to families with a link to join the program, as well as software instructions. 

Games and Animations Programming (Ages 8 to 11)

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for children to be introduced to the basics of coding and game design. Using Scratch (from MIT), a fun and easy to use multimedia software, children will create games and animations while also solving problems and communicating ideas using stackable blocks of code. Required: A computer (PC, Mac or Chromebook), microphone and speakers.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Mon

Dec 21

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$50.00/1

20259

Tue

Dec 29

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

$50.00/1

20260

Virtual Reality Character Design Workshop (Ages 8 to 11)

This workshop is for every child interested in 3D Character Design and Virtual Reality (VR)! Children will be introduced to creating an industry level, and textured 3D character. This character will then be added to a personalized 3D environment created by your child. Required: A computer (PC or Mac), microphone and speakers.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Mon

Dec 21

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

$50.00/1

20262

Tue

Dec 29

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$50.00/1

20261

IPad© Game Creation Workshop (Ages 9 to 12)

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for kids to be introduced to the basics of video game creation on their IPad©. By the end of the workshop participants will have created their own game as well as learnt coding concepts such as; If statements, conditions, variables, sequencing and more. Note: An Apple© Ipad is required for this program (other tablets will not work). A computer, microphone and speakers are required for the video.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Tue

Dec 22

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$50.00/1

20263

Cartoon Animation Workshop (Ages 8 to 11)

Dive into STEAM with animation technology. Children will be introduced to the creative world of cartoon animation, learn the basics of animation design and incorporate the animating principle of 'squash and stretch'. At the end of the workshop, children will experience first-hand the potential for what great animators they can become! Required: An Apple© Ipad or Android Tablet is required for this program. A computer, microphone and speakers are required for the video.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Tue

Dec 22

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

$50.00/1

20264

Virtual Winter Break Workshops - Engineering for Kids

The below programs are run in partnership with Engineering for Kids. These programs will be online via Zoom where an Engineering for Kids Instructor will provide the live lessons. An email will be sent to families with a link to join the program, as well as additional information. 

Some workshops require a supply kit to be picked up. Details will also be emailed to families prior to program start. Kits will be available for pick-up outside a Town of Aurora Community Centre. 

Children – Engineering for Kids – Junior Toy Making (Ages 4 to 7)

At this fun and educational virtual/ live workshop our youngest engineers will use the engineering design process to build their very own mechanical toys! Students join a virtual private meeting to interact with other students and instructors and follow the steps to build their toys. 

The Workshop's supply box will be ready for pick up outside one of the Town's community centres a few days before the workshop. Details will be communicated with the enrolled families.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Wed

Dec 23

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$70.00/1

20294

Children – Engineering for Kids – Junior Marine Engineering (Ages 4 to 7)

What causes something to sink or float? How can engineers help explore and protect the ocean below? 

These questions and more are all explored in this fun Junior Marine Workshop. Students will explore the concepts of marine engineering and design floating machines. Students join a virtual private meeting to interact with other students and instructors and follow the steps to build their toys. 

The Workshop's supply box will be ready for pick up outside one of the Town's community centres a few days before the workshop. Details will be communicated with the enrolled families.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Mon

Dec 28

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$70.00/1

20295

Children – Engineering for Kids – Junior Inventors (Ages 4 to 7)

We have opened up the workshop for fun, creativity, and of course - engineering day! Students will invent new machines and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process. Students join a virtual private meeting to interact with other students and instructors and follow the steps to build their toys.

The Workshop supply box will be ready for pick up outside one of the Town's community centres a few days before the workshop. Details will be communicated with the enrolled families.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Wed

Dec 30

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$70.00/1

20296

Children – Engineering for Kids – Minecraft Design (Ages 8 to 12)

At this fun workshop, students build their very own Minecraft Roller Coaster & Automated Vending Machine! Students will have to navigate several engineering and teamwork challenges to do so. Students will draft blueprints and plans on paper before beginning to create it in Minecraft to make it as much like the process of designing a real Roller Coaster. Teamwork is the key to success! 

Students may use their own Minecraft PC account or Engineering For Kids will provide a temporary username & password to login to Minecraft. 

Workshop Requirements: Computer (PC)/Windows, Solid Internet

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Wed

Dec 23

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$50.00/1

20293

Children – Engineering for Kids – App Development (Ages 8 to 12)

At this workshop, Students will dive deep into the BitsBox platform and learn to code apps. This app development platform is designed specifically for children and they will learn to code their first apps. 

Workshop Requirements: A computer/laptop, a mouse (recommended but not mandatory) and a solid internet connection.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Mon

Dec 28

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$50.00/1

20297

Children – Engineering for Kids – 3D Design (Ages 8 to 12)

3D designing is one of the most widely applicable and fun inventions on the tech scene today!

Students in this workshop will learn the basics of computer-aided design (CAD) using kid-friendly interfaces and a foundational approach. They’ll be in charge of what they create and the overall design while instructors provide them with the instruction. 

Workshop Requirements: A computer/laptop, a mouse (recommended but not mandatory) and a solid internet connection.

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Wed

Dec 30

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

$50.00/1

20298

Camp & P.A. Day Programs

The Town of Aurora offers Camp and P.A. Day Programs throughout the year, in addition to Summer Camps during the summer months. Learn more about our Camp Programs at aurora.ca/camps 

Contact

Victoria Kendra
Community Programs Coordinator
905-726-4761
vkendra@aurora.ca 

Chiara Mabrucco
Community Programmer
905-727-3123 ext. 3528
cmabrucco@aurora.ca 

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