Together at Home

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We know these are challenging times and we want to help you stay active, engaged and entertained while we’re all “together at home”. We’ll share new content each week that will get you moving, spark your creativity and hopefully brighten your day.

Come explore! Check out the videos and activities, ask our Recreation & Culture staff for tips and ideas on staying active at home for all ages and engage with the City on social media to share how you’re beating boredom and staying active #togetherathome.

Fitness

The City of Barrie is providing virtual fitness workouts through links in conjunction with Matrix Canada to help you stay fit and active while at home. Before participating in any new workout or fitness class, you should consult with your doctor to determine if you are able to participate in fitness classes and to avoid injury. By performing any exercises as shown in the City’s Together-at-Home virtual library, you understand and agree that you are performing them at your own risk. The City of Barrie, its officers, employees and agents, will not be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or harm you sustain as a result of our virtual fitness classes. Thank you for understanding. Remember to stay hydrated, work at your own pace, and take breaks if you need to. Have fun and enjoy the virtual workouts!

FIRM Body Weight Workout- Matrix Master trainer Amanda shows you a body weight workout you can do from the comfort of your own home. No fitness equipment required.


Featured Activities

At Home Mini Golf- Alex shows you how to make your own home mini golf course.

Stick Mobile- Kate shows you how to make a stick mobile, a fun nature craft made up of materials found around the house.

Tammy's Oatmeal Pops- Tammy shares her delicious Oatmeal Pops recipe and shows you how to make this fan favorite snack at home. Full recipe and instructions can be found here.

View more activity videos.


Planting 101

Wait To Prep Your Garden- Stephanie from Parks provides some helpful insight on the benefits of waiting for warmer weather before starting to clean up your garden.

Starting Seeds Indoors- Learn how you can start your summer vegetable garden now by planting your seeds indoors. For more tips, check out the Planting 101- Tip Sheet.


55+ Programs

Seniors Centre Without Walls

Connect and engage with other seniors through multi-person phone calls! This program is run by 55+ Centre staff and volunteers. Enjoy a variety of topics each week ranging from informal coffee chats and fun brain-stimulating games to health and wellness seminars and educational talks. The program is free and open to all seniors in Barrie.

Please view the weekly guide for program and schedule details. To register, email recinfo@barrie.ca or call 705-739-4223 and leave your name and phone number. Recreation staff will follow up with you.

Stay engaged and share some positivity

Stay engaged and informed by asking your questions to Rec and Culture Staff through the Q&A engagement tool. You can also get involved by participating in the weekly quick poll.

Share some positivity by printing out and colouring your favourite design from our printable colouring pages library. Take a picture of the page posted in your window and share on social media using #togetherathome.

We know these are challenging times and we want to help you stay active, engaged and entertained while we’re all “together at home”. We’ll share new content each week that will get you moving, spark your creativity and hopefully brighten your day.

Come explore! Check out the videos and activities, ask our Recreation & Culture staff for tips and ideas on staying active at home for all ages and engage with the City on social media to share how you’re beating boredom and staying active #togetherathome.

Fitness

The City of Barrie is providing virtual fitness workouts through links in conjunction with Matrix Canada to help you stay fit and active while at home. Before participating in any new workout or fitness class, you should consult with your doctor to determine if you are able to participate in fitness classes and to avoid injury. By performing any exercises as shown in the City’s Together-at-Home virtual library, you understand and agree that you are performing them at your own risk. The City of Barrie, its officers, employees and agents, will not be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or harm you sustain as a result of our virtual fitness classes. Thank you for understanding. Remember to stay hydrated, work at your own pace, and take breaks if you need to. Have fun and enjoy the virtual workouts!

FIRM Body Weight Workout- Matrix Master trainer Amanda shows you a body weight workout you can do from the comfort of your own home. No fitness equipment required.


Featured Activities

At Home Mini Golf- Alex shows you how to make your own home mini golf course.

Stick Mobile- Kate shows you how to make a stick mobile, a fun nature craft made up of materials found around the house.

Tammy's Oatmeal Pops- Tammy shares her delicious Oatmeal Pops recipe and shows you how to make this fan favorite snack at home. Full recipe and instructions can be found here.

View more activity videos.


Planting 101

Wait To Prep Your Garden- Stephanie from Parks provides some helpful insight on the benefits of waiting for warmer weather before starting to clean up your garden.

Starting Seeds Indoors- Learn how you can start your summer vegetable garden now by planting your seeds indoors. For more tips, check out the Planting 101- Tip Sheet.


55+ Programs

Seniors Centre Without Walls

Connect and engage with other seniors through multi-person phone calls! This program is run by 55+ Centre staff and volunteers. Enjoy a variety of topics each week ranging from informal coffee chats and fun brain-stimulating games to health and wellness seminars and educational talks. The program is free and open to all seniors in Barrie.

Please view the weekly guide for program and schedule details. To register, email recinfo@barrie.ca or call 705-739-4223 and leave your name and phone number. Recreation staff will follow up with you.

Stay engaged and share some positivity

Stay engaged and informed by asking your questions to Rec and Culture Staff through the Q&A engagement tool. You can also get involved by participating in the weekly quick poll.

Share some positivity by printing out and colouring your favourite design from our printable colouring pages library. Take a picture of the page posted in your window and share on social media using #togetherathome.

Have any questions or looking for health and wellness advice? Post your question here to be answered by Recreation and Culture staff.

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    Ideas for our 2020 Graduates from Grades 8, 12, College or University. This is a special time and a transitional time in our kids lives. What thoughts to be able to celebrate these brave resilient kids who will go without Grad trips, proms or ceremonies. A virtual all purpose on line celebration maybe? Thank you so much for this portal of Together At Home.

    Linda asked 17 days ago

    Hi Linda,


    Thanks for the inquiry! We agree that it is unfortunate that graduates won’t be able to celebrate the way they had envisioned. The good news is there are still lots of ways to celebrate! While we hope the schools will all do something special (like a virtual graduation ceremony) There are also some of these happening online. For example YouTube is hosting a virtual graduation on June 6th. The ceremony will feature speeches from Barack and Michelle Obama. Then afterwards various musical artists will be performing for a virtual grad night after party. You can find more info here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxpTjcouaeQ


    The Province has announced that they are encouraging schools to celebrate when it’s safe to do so, even if it means delaying celebrations, which is good news, but other ideas of things you can do yourself at home to celebrate the milestone includes; getting dressed up for the big day and have an at home photo shoot, hosting a drive by car parade congratulating the graduate, and/or making a congratulatory video montage highlighting some of the great moments of the graduates life with their family and friends! We recommend using the song Graduation (friends forever) by Vitamin C! It is a classic that will be sure to bring out all the emotions!  


    We did a quick Google search and found there are lots of other great suggestions online as well! Our biggest tip of all is to ask the graduate how they would like to celebrate, and then see what you can do to bring those ideas to life, but don’t forget to include a few surprises in the mix!


    Good luck!

    - Recreation & Culture Team

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    I would like to see a half hour exercise program for those seniors that are stuck at home watching the same Covid thing over and over. Most do not have access to computers. I thought Rogers 10 would be a great answer. Exercise to encourage them to move and stretch. Most have elastic bands. This group of special people need this for their mental health. Please let me know if, when and where this could be accomplished. I am a psw and I will share it with my colleagues.

    Sonja asked 20 days ago

    Hi Sonja - please see the section on the Together at Home page below the Paper Airplane video "55+ Programs - Seniors Centre without Walls".  There are a variety of different programs and they do not depend on the use of computers.  Please check out the section and let us know if you have any further questions.  Please pass along to all of your colleagues.  Thanks for the amazing work that you do in our community.

    The Recreation & Culture Team

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    Are there any exercise videos available? I have worked out with Cathy and Suzanne weekly at East Bayfield - 9:15 am classes for the last several years and enjoy them immensely. Have either of these ladies created videos we can do at home?

    Marie Empringham asked 20 days ago

    Thanks for reaching out to the Rec & Culture staff - we can’t wait to see you back in the Recreation facilities but until that time comes, we are working on getting fitness videos on the Together at Home site for everyone to enjoy.  We are aiming to have videos and tips available in the next couple of weeks.    Please keep checking back for updates.  

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    Big fan of the Bee Hotel video! How long so you expect it to take for bees to check in to the hotel?

    22 days ago

    Once the weather warms up and our flowers and plants begin to grow, the bees will start returning to your garden and looking for your hotel.  Look to see them later in the spring - Recreation & Culture Team