Community Services and Recreation - Virtual Recreation Center
Hello and welcome to the City of Paramount's Virtual Recreation and Resource Center. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships, and have interesting experiences. In these challenging times, our Virtual Recreation Center will bring programs and resources to you and your family with the hope of making it easier for you to prioritize your health and well-being.
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As our daily lives are currently filled with more indoor time. But there are many ways to stay healthy and active. (Disclaimer: Individuals should consult their physician before starting any exercise program or changing their diet to limit risks.)
Indoor Activities - Below are a few ideas for staying active indoors.
- Take a Virtual Fitness Class - there are a plenty of FREE options online.
- Here are specific videos for kids:
- Fitness Blender for Kids
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Little Twisters Yoga
- 87 Energy-Busting Indoor Games & Activities
- Fluency and Fitness - Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find more than 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. This site is best used for ages 4 - 8.
- Go Noodle - Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
- The OT Tool Box - At home OT, OT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.
- Outdoor Activities - Did you know that the "Safer at Home" order allows for individuals to "engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with the Social Distancing Requirements... such as, by way of example and without limitations, walking, hiking, and running"? Here's a few ideas.
- Visit a local park - Our parks are free and still open to the public. Don't forget to tag us on social media with #WeAreParamount
- Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all your neighbors who are outside too.
- Go for a drive - take a scenic drive around town or down Pacific Coast Highway.
Although we're all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these every day.
For all ages
Connecting with Others
- Call a Facetime a friend or relative you haven't spoken to in a while to check-in.
- Write a letter.
- Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders. Support your favorite places and order food for pick up or try Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you
- Here is list of local restaurants that are open from the Paramount Chamber of Commerce.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- A Better Way to Homeschool - A quick-start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1 - 2 months at home with their kids. It can also provide a time to slow down and enjoy our kids as they learn. This is for preschool through 8th grade.
- Tips for Working from Home - Advice from PC Magazine for those who are able to work from home.
Exercise your Brain
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Visit Los Angeles County's Library Webpage - The library has tons of free ebooks ready for your enjoyment.
- Work on Mindfulness - Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
For the Kids (Or Kids at Heart)
Connecting with Others
- Hold a virtual play date through Facetime.
- Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
- Over Coming Obstacles - Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.
Visual and Performing Arts
- Daily Doodle lessons by Mo Willems.
- FreeKidsCrafts - Lots of categories of ideas, templates, and print outs.
- Crafts by Amanda - Free arts and crafts ideas.
- National Park Service has released coloring pages of some of our nation's most treasured parks
- Online digital coloring pages.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
- Artsology - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
- Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theater, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
Nature and Virtual Travel
- Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world. Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium - Head to the Aquarium through their live stream.
- Virtual Museum Tours - Visit museums around the world through their virtual tours.
- San Diego Zoo - Check out their live animal cams and videos.
- The Environmental Nature Center - Educational videos geared toward school-aged children.
- Aquarium of the Pacific - A collection of webinars, live-cam footage, and classes for all ages.
- Nat Geo Kids - Learn about geography and animals from National Geographic.
- Gardening - Guide to gardening for kids.
- Smithsonian Zoos and Museums - No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to your screen.
- Yellowstone National Park - Check out the beautiful Yellowstone National Park from your living room!
- Play bingo outside with the help from Buddy the Bison
- Disneyland - Are you having Disneyland withdrawals? Do not worry, click the link to experience the happiest place on earth without ever having to leave your house!
- Also, while you're experiencing the happiest place on earth from home, make their famous churros! Find the recipe here!
- National Marine Sanctuaries - Take a virtual dive into our nation's marine sanctuaries
Just for Fun
- Storyline Online - Watch and enjoy as celebrities sit down to read classic children's stories!
- All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
- Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
- Maker Stations - Three free weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home. Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
- Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids ages 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
STEM and Educational Resources
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- PUSD Student Resources
- Bed Time Math - Math as a fun part of your daily family routine.
- ECB - Games to get "into the book."
- Conjuguemos - Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.
- Instructables - 3D printing projects and coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects.
- Science Spot - Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
- The Happy Scientist - Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
- Climate Kids - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
- PBS Learning- PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials.
- Quizlet - For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.
- Brainscape - Offers more than a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.
- Banzai - Exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.
- 30 Educational Netflix Shows - List of educational shows on Netflix for all ages.
Be in the Know
Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19:
- Los Angeles County of Public Health - This is the lead agency in Los Angeles County directing our community’s response to COVID-19.
- City of Paramount - Visit the City’s dedicated page for COVID-19 for up to date information.
- Paramount Unified School District - Visit PUSD’s dedicated page on COVID-19 info.
- Centers for Disease Control - CDC’s COVID-19 site.