Registered Play in the Park activities
Register your family and enjoy some outdoor playtime with facilitated games and activities. Play in the Park is a one-hour instructor led session, appropriate for all age groups. It is offered at 6 different locations within Strathcona County. Activities will feature a new theme each week and will include sports, wellness, music, movement, arts, crafts and nature. This registered, outdoor activity meets all Alberta Health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Find the schedule and register online with Recreation Online.
Play in the Park FAQs
1. How many spots are available for each one-hour Play in the Park session?Permanent link to How many spots are available for each one-hour Play in the Park session?
There are 15 spots available per location and timeslot.
2. What age range is Play in the Park for and how much does it cost?Permanent link to What age range is Play in the Park for and how much does it cost?
There is no age limit to participate in Play in the Park however there needs to be an adult participating in each family or cohort. Activities are geared for people of all ages and can be adapted based on ability.
Registration costs $4 per person and includes one hour of facilitated activities. Children under 2 years old can participate for free.
3. What do I need to know before I go? What precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?Permanent link to What do I need to know before I go? What precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Our Play in the Park Activities have been created following all Alberta Health Guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Participants must register in advance online with Recreation Online or by calling 780-467-2211.
- Participants can arrive a maximum of 10 minutes before the activities start and leave immediately after they finish.
- Come prepared, no washrooms or changing facilities will be available. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen, bring bug spray, bring water, etc.
- Participants must stay home if sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and will be asked a series of pre-screening questions before activities commence.
- Hand sanitization stations will be available for use before and after class.
- Equipment will only be shared amongst individuals from the same household and will be sanitized between use.
- Family groups will maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from each other and the facilitators at all times.
- Participants must follow all posted signage.
No equipment will be needed, unless indicated in the course description. Check the course description before registering for more details.
Equipment provided will only be shared among members of the same household / cohort and will be santized between use.
5. What locations is Play in the Park available at?Permanent link to What locations is Play in the Park available at?
All Play in the Park activities are outdoors. There will be signage on site to help direct you to the exact location.
- Strathcona Wilderness Centre (outside)
- Smeltzer Grounds
- Broadmoor Lake Park - Field A
- Ardrossan Recreation Complex Green Space (by the spray park)
- Glen Allan Recreation Complex Green Space (behind building)
- Emerald Hills Green Space (in front of Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion)
When does Play in the Park run?
📅 Play in the Park runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until August 27.
📍 Outdoor locations include: Ardrossan Recreation Complex (green space), Broadmoor Lake Park Field A, Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion (green space), Smetlzer House (green space), Glen Allan Recreation Complex (green space), and Strathcona Wilderness Centre (outside).
The DAYTIME schedule is available at all six outdoor locations during each time slot:
⏰ 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
⏰ 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
⏰ 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
⏰ 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The EVENING schedule is offered at the green space near Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion during each time slot:
⏰ 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
⏰ 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
⏰ 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Upcoming themes include:
✅ July 28 to 30 - Circus and Carnival
✅ August 4 to 6 - Space
✅ August 11 to 13 - Bugs
✅ August 18 to 20 - Around the World
✅ August 25 to 27 - Dinosaurs and Discoveries.
7. Where do I find the schedule and register for Play in the Park?Permanent link to Where do I find the schedule and register for Play in the Park?
Regisration for Play in the Park begins on Monday, June 22. You can register online and find the full schedule including date, time, location and activity type on RecOnline.Strathcona.ca. If you are unable to register online you can call 780-467-2211 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to register over the phone. New Play in the Park sessions are added to the schedule every two weeks.
Strathcona Wilderness Centre
Canoeing and Summer Camp programs are cancelled for the 2020 season.
The Strathcona Wilderness Centre is located in the Beaver Hills Biosphere, and offers programs year-round. Fall and Winter months include cross-country ski programs taught by certified instructors as well as ski coaching and instructor certification classes. We offer registration for cross-country ski classes in our Fall and Winter Recreation Guides.
In the the spring and summer months, take advantage of the nice weather and join us for programs such as canoeing, outdoor skills, nature awareness as well as wonderful summer camps for children and youth of all ages. Take it a step further with our Junior Outdoor Leader Program.
The day camps, overnight camps and programs form and severe allergy form can be found at the bottom of the linked page.
Find current program information in our Recreation Guide.