Where to Find Programs for Kids in Durham Region

Looking for low-cost programs for children? Here’s where to start:

Check your community art gallery (like the Station Gallery in Whitby, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, or the Visual Art Centre of Clarington) for classes for children and youth, or drop in art programs that are either free or by donation.

Find your local city/town recreation guide and check out what kinds of active programs they offer. Clarington, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, and Oshawa all run a variety of low cost sport and aquatics classes for babies, youth, and teens, like skating, hockey skills, swimming lessons, dance classes, dodgeball, tennis, badminton, and many more! You can also find parented and non-parented classes for children under 6. If it’s creative programs you’re looking for, your municipality will also offer music, theatre, pottery, drawing, and art classes for children of all ages!

Drop into your local library and check out their program calendar. Libraries throughout Durham Region offer a huge variety of programming for babies, youth, and teens that are completely free of cost! Sign up for STEAM activities, enjoy story time, join a Youth Advisory Council or a teen book club – there are plenty of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy that won’t cost a penny.

The Abilities Centre in Whitby welcomes all ages and abilities. It’s membership based, and a monthly family membership (2 adults and up to 3 children) is $107. 54. A child/youth monthly membership is $33.71. There are a variety of memberships that provide unlimited access to the 125,000 square foot, state of the art Abilities Centre Facility with a range of inclusive fitness, sports, recreation, arts and life skills programs, classes and workshops.

Carea Community Health Centre provides a variety of no-cost programs for babies, children, and youth in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering. Try a cooking class, a ready for school program, family stay and play, youth league or indigenous program, plus many more.

The Boys and Girls Club of Durham offers a wide range of programs for teens and children ages 6 to 12 across the Durham Region, including aquatics, camps, Saturday Morning Breakfast Club, after school and evening programs.

Find an EarlyON Centre in Durham Region and take part in Play to Learn/Learn to Play drop in programs, or try a registered class! Programs are for children ages 6 and under, and are free of cost.

Take out a membership at the YMCA Oshawa and your child can access programs like martial arts, dance, swimming, basketball and soccer! Try a 7 day pass for free – find it online.