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Activities & Sports

Children & Youth

Kingston offers a large selection of programs and activities for children and teenagers. Participating in sports, music, dancing, clubs and other activities helps young people become involved in the community. It also provides an opportunity to make new friends and improve their English-speaking skills.

Many different organizations in the Kingston community provide programming for children and youth. For example, children who learn how to play a musical instrument can participate in a number of organized music ensembles for young people. The Kingston Youth Orchestra is made up of high school-aged musicians while younger children can join the Youth Strings.

The Church Athletic League is a longstanding Kingston organization that sponsors non-competitive hockey and other sports for boys and girls.

The Kingston Field Naturalists runs a special program for junior and teen naturalists designed to stimulate their interest in nature and the environment.

The City of Kingston runs a variety of programs for children, including neighbourhood drop-in programs and summer day camps. In the summer months, the city operates wading pools and splash pads for youngsters in a number of municipal parks. The Kingston Frontenac Public Library also has programs for babies, young children and teens.

Some of the other activities offered in Kingston include:

  • Swimming lessons and competitive swimming
  • Ice hockey, shinny hockey and ball hockey
  • Figure skating and power skating
  • Choir
  • Dancing and theatre
  • Arts and crafts
  • Gymnastics
  • Cooking and baking classes
  • Skateboarding
  • Sailing, windsurfing and canoeing

A detailed listing of programs and activities for people of all ages is published every spring and fall in the city's Recreation and Leisure Magazine. Free copies are distributed throughout Kingston and can be obtained from City Hall, libraries and recreation centres. The magazine can also be downloaded from the city's website.

Financial Assistance

To ensure young people have equal access to recreation programs, the city provides spaces at a reduced cost through Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids or P.R.O. Kids. Information about P.R.O. Kids is available on the city's web site.

The city also has a Subsidy Program for Affordable Recreation in Kingston (SPARK) that allows residents of all ages to participate in municipal recreation and leisure programs at a reduced cost. Information is available on the city's website.

For More Information

Municipal Fee Assistance Program
Information on discounts for Kingston Transit and municipal recreation programs available to low-income Kingston residents. Includes how to apply to the municipal fee assistance program, the deadline for applications, maximum level of assistance, and who qualifies, plus a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on fee assistance and a downloadable application form.

Ontario Trails Map
Ontario Trails Council online mapping tool listing various recreational trails across Ontario. Find a trail based on location and activity.

KFL&A Public Health Dental and Oral Health
A list of the dental screening and treatment programs provided by the Kingston public health department. Includes information on a treatment assistance fund and a sports mouthguard program. There are also links to downloadable health information sheets and other resources, some of which are available in French.

Sports & Recreation Clubs
A list of local sporting organizations and clubs for people of all ages in Kingston.

Sports & Recreation Directory
A list of Kingston sports and recreation resources, including tours, sports facilities, equipment rentals, conservation areas, etc.

Recreation Activities and Programs
General information on programs and activities offered by the City of Kingston for people of all ages. Includes a link to the registered programs, where you sign-up and pay for a series of sessions in advance. There is also a list of drop-in options, where you can participate on a per-class basis.

Adapted Programs — For Developmental Disabilities or Rehabilitation Needs
Social, leisure and recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental challenges. Also programs for those with special rehabilitation needs (such as cardiac patients). Activities include bowling, gym, swimming, billiards, dancing, yoga and sporting events.

Programs for Children
Information on programs for children provided by the City of Kingston.

Frequently Asked Questions About P.R.O. Kids
Information on the P.R.O. Kids program. Includes who is eligible, what programs are available, how to qualify, who can be a reference, what are the guidelines for applicants.

Church Athletic League
An organization spanning all religious denominations that organizes hockey and other sports for boys and girls from five to 17 years of age. Learn to skate and power skating programs also offered.

Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area
An organization that provides a variety of activities for children four to 18 years of age, including summer camps and evening programs.

KFL&A Public Health — Youth
Kingston’s public health department has programs and services for young people.

Survival Info for Young Newcomers in Ontario
Information about volunteering, finding a job, school and settlement services for young newcomers.

Youthconnect.ca
Information about opportunities to volunteer, jobs and community programs for youth.

What are activities for high school students?
Information about programs offered by school before and after school hours and mandatory volunteer activities for high school students.

Kingston Young Field Naturalists
A program for junior and teen naturalists that promotes an interest in natural history through a variety of activities.

KFPL Schedule of Events
The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) has programs and events for adults, children and families with babies and older children and teens. View details and register for the programs.

Recreation & Leisure Guide
Bi-annual (spring and fall) magazine filled with all the activities and programs offered by the City in print format. Includes information on facilities; booking; parks, trails, & gardens; and events, as well as arts, fitness, and recreation programs for all age groups and the whole family. Is available on the right-hand side of the page in PDF format.

ISKA Multicultural After School Group for 8–12 Year Olds
A once-a-week Immigration Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) after-school program for newcomer youth aged 8-12. Activities include movies, fun, games, and homework help, as well as newcomer orientation and settlement services.

Programs for Youth
Information on programs for youth provided by the City of Kingston.

PA Days & Holiday Activities
The City offers a variety of activities at its facilities to keep children and youth busy on PA days or holidays when they are not in school.

ISKA Immigrant Programs
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) have many programs to help people connect with and become active in the community. Includes a variety of social events, ethnic cooking classes, a sewing club and a senior’s group.

ISKA Newcomer Youth Programs
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) has many different programs — including a youth group and homework club — geared towards newcomer youth between the ages of 13-24. A video showcasing the program is available.

Queen’s AMS Clubs by Category
Queen’s University Alma Mater Society (AMS) -affiliated club listing by category. Categories include: academic, arts, business, common interest/social (i.e. games, cooking, interests, etc.), politics, and sports amoung others. Includes links to full profiles of each club as well as to the full club listing.

QUIC Associated Clubs
Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) has various associated clubs and organizations, each of which has membership open to international and Canadian students. Clubs are organized by geographic regions, religious groups, or social action interests.

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