Virtual Recreation Center

Activities For All Ages!

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Earth themed activities: - NEW!

Sound Map Activity! Click here

Swim Lessons at Home! Click here

Family Water Safety! Click here

May is Water Safety Month so we are re-sharing videos we made last years for you to teach your kids at home!

New! At-Home Scavenger Hunt! Click here 

New! Junior Giants at Home registration is NOW OPEN! 

 Sign up for our first virtual season and bring the fun of the field to your home. During the 4-week season, Junior Giants learn the fundamentals of the game and are introduced to important lessons in health, education & character development!

The live, age-specific practices include indoor friendly exercises, Word of the Week talks and training videos from the @SFGiants coaching staff! Let’s root for the home team - sign up now at   

Read with us! Learn, Swim, Grow Videos

Indoor Activities

  • Take a Virtual Fitness Class - There are plenty of FREE options online. Here are just a few:

For the Kids

SLO Swim Center - Swimming theme activities


  • Pride - PG
  • The Sandlot - PG
  • Chasing Mavericks - PG
  • Surfs Up - PG
  • Lilo and Stitch - PG
  • The Guardian – PG 13
  • Soul Surfer - PG
  • North Shore - PG
  • Blue Crush – PG 13
  • Gidget - G
  • Wild About Safety with Timon & Pumbaa: Safety Smart In TheWater - G


  • Llama Llama Learns to Swim
  • Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim
  • Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool
  • Maisy Learns to Swim
  • Froggy Learns to Swim
  • Dora the Explorer – Swim, Boots, Swim
  • Peppa Goes Swimming
  • Danger Rangers in Cool By the Pool
  • Otter Let’s Go Swimming
  • My First Swim Class


  • The Beach Boys
  • Jack Johnson
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Baby Shark

Art and Music


Kids Love Soccer

Online Sports Activities

Sporting events: Just because all sporting events have been cancelled doesn’t mean you cannot watch sports. Check out the new (and intensely addicting) craze sweeping the world – marble racing on YouTube:  

NEW: Family 4 week Challenge: Family ‘contest’ where person who improves their scores the most over the set time, wins the challenge.

  • Longest timed plank
  • Longest side plank – both sides
  • Number of pushups in 1 minute
  • Number of situps in 1 minute
  • Number of burpees in 2 minutes
  • Longest Superman (laying flat, arms and legs outstretched & off ground)
  • Number star jumps in 2 minutes
  • 2 mins of mountain climbers
  • Longest Wall-sit (back against wall, knees over toes, keep thighs parallel to ground)
  • Number of chair dips in 1 minute
  • Timed Run or Speed Walk around your Residential Block
  • 30 Day Family Fitness Challenge - examples

Have the kids create a score sheet and do these every day (or every other day) and keep track of your families’ progress.

Other fitness challenge ideas:

Activities for Older Adults

The Clubhouse Senior Center:  The Clubhouse is here to help our 50+ population stay active and engaged during this time.  Below, please find helpful links to fun games, continuing education, physical exercise, books, and magazines!

Live Educational Streams

Zoo Cams

Want to know what your favorite animals are doing right now?  Take a peek using these zoo live streams!

Educational Resources

National Parks Virtual Tours

World Class Museums

TRAVEL the World

Exercise your Brain

  • Visit San Luis Obispo’s Virtual Library - The library has tons of free Digital ebooks, magazines, resources and online streaming of movies, just to name a few.

 Ranger Services at Home Activities

Great Apps to help entertain Children Outdoors:

  • For plant identification use: Seek by iNaturalist
  • Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab
  • eBird by Cornell Lab  

All About Birds - Virtual Birding!

  • Build a plant press & start an herbarium (plant library): You can clip a piece of the plant and press it into a plant press book! - Click Here
  • Wilderness Wednesday Challenge: Go on a hike in open space to look for the wilderness Wednesday resident of the week 
  • Scavenger Hunts: Go on these scavenger hunts or make up your own as a family - Click Here
  • Start a Nature Journal: Click Here
  • Seven Sisters Crossword Puzzle: Click Here
  • National Geographic: Native Americans - CA | Click Here
  • Build a Bird House: Habitat is very important for birds! You can build the perfect nest box for your backyard! Click Here
  • Type in the region then select ‘Open Woodland’ or ‘Town’ then pick the species of bird house you’ll build. Click Here

Build an Owl Box

Owl’s are a key predator to keeping rodent populations down. Some people even use them to manage their land and take care of their crops.

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society - Barn Owl’s: The Secret Saviors of Napa’s Wineries

  • Activity: Owling at night - use your ears and eyes to possibly see owls in the act. They like to sit on telephone poles at sunset. Click Here

Recreation Resources available in Spanish

  • Alejandro Maldonado- Meditation
    •  Aquí hay un enlace para varios videos sobre meditación guiada. Están destinados a enseñarle varios ejercicios de respiración.
  • 17 Fun Educational Crafts to do with kids Ages 5-8
    • ¡Aquí hay 17 manualidades educativas que puede hacer con sus hijos utilizando materiales que se encuentran en casa!
  • Tai Chi for Beginners
    • Para aquellos que necesitan un descanso del mundo real, aquí hay un video sobre los fundamentos del tai chi
  • Workout routine for Abs and Legs
    • ¿No tienes acceso al gimnasio? No te preocupes ¡Prueba esta rutina hecha para hacer en casa!



Become a Class Instructor!

Our Community Services division also strives to provide quality recreational activities in the form of classes and camps. For information on becoming a class instructor for the City of San Luis Obispo review our contract class instructor policies here.


New July 1st Fee Rates will be as follows
Technology Processing Fee – 1.74% (All Front Desk Transactions)
Credit Card Fee – 2.61% (All Front Desk Credit Card Transactions)
Credit card & ECP (electronic Check Payment) Refund Fee - $0.10 cents
ECP Fee – 3.09%
Online Processing fees (Tiered pricing structure):
Program fees under $150 = 7% + $1.00
Program fees $150 - $500= 3.79% + $5.50
Program fees above $500 = 2.71% + $10.50
*Minimum Service Charge = $1.00
The City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing recreational opportunities to all ability levels. We welcome people with disabilities into our recreation programs through specialized programs and inclusion opportunities. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination of for individuals with disabilities, if you need specialized assistance to participate in any City sponsored classes, events or activities, please contact the front desk staff (805-781-7300 & In order to best accommodate your individual needs, we ask that you let us know of any accommodations needed at the time of registration and or at least 48 hours in advance of any City sponsored program. For further information on accommodation requests contact the front desk staff (805-781-7300 & 711 California Relay Service (which is also capable of handling TTY calls) is also available. The 711 service is available for those calling from within California.