The City of Oshawa runs drop-in sports programs at Legends Centre, South Oshawa Community Centre, and Civic Recreation Complex, including soccer, ultimate frisbee, badminton, floor hockey, basketball, and preschool activities. Check the website for times, locations and fees. Indoor leisure swimming and ice skating are also offered year-round.
The Oshawa Public Library offers a variety of daily programs for children and teens, and all you need is a library card to register. Some are drop in, some require booking online, but all the programs are free. Check out the calendar here. The Childrens’ Department of the McLaughlin Branch has a MakerSpace, where people can gather together to learn, experiment, share and create, or explore independently, and provides a variety of high-tech and low-tech activities.
The YWCA of Durham runs an Ontario Early Years Centre, with free, daily, drop-in Play to Learn/Learn to Play for parents/caregivers and children ages six and under, with crafts, toys, learning activities and books for little preschoolers to explore. Click here for a list of locations and schedules.
Enchanted Castle indoor play facility offers drop in hours on Monday and Friday, from 10 am to 12 pm, and includes a toddler play area, large climbing structure, parent lounge, interactive floors and kid fun ballistics. Check the website for closures before you go! 133 Taunton Road West #3, at Somerville Street.
Check out the Robert McLaughlin Gallery‘s Art Tots on Tuesdays for a lively and fun gallery visit that helps toddlers develop early visual literacy skills. Explore colour in-depth, by looking at large colourful paintings, read stories and create! Children between 2 – 4 years old are welcome, accompanied by an adult. $8 per morning. Registration required. 10:15 to 11 am 72 Queen Street.
Coachlite Roller Gardens is an old fashioned roller skating (remember that retro sport?) rink in downtown Oshawa, offering all ages skate times on Friday evenings and during the weekend. Skate rentals available. Check out the full schedule here. 88 King Street West.
NEB’s Fun World has bowling, VR games, arcade, go karts, carnival rides, and a huge indoor playground, plus there’s also a lounge with a restaurant. 1300 Wilson Rd N.
Drop in to Ceramics Canada for walk-in creative fun everyday! Choose from ceramic or pottery painting, glass fusing, or hand building with clay. 100 Bloor Street East, Oshawa.
Play tourist in your hometown and visit a local attraction! Check out the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Oshawa Museum, the Ontario Regiment Museum, Parkwood Estate National Historic Site, or the Canadian Automotive Museum.