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Activities & Sports

Families

Kingston offers many opportunities for families to spend their leisure time together in casual or organized activities.

Depending on the season, Kingston's many parks and green spaces are ideal for hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming, boating, skating and skiing. During the warmer months, it's not uncommon to see parents with young children strolling or cycling around city parks and along the waterfront.

During the cold weather, family activities change to skating, cross-country skiing and other winter sports. The city has several hilly areas where parents can take their children sliding and tobogganing in the winter. Outdoor skating rinks and playgrounds are also natural gathering spots for parents and children.

Families can also participate in planned activities. The city has a number of "moms and tots" programs where parents and young children can take part in musical activities, swimming and other organized physical movement. The Kingston Frontenac Public Library has programs for children ranging from babies up to teens. The Ontario Early Years Centre offers programs for parents with children aged six and under.

The Kingston Family YMCA delivers a wide range of programs for individuals and families that promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Throughout the year, the city has many "fun runs" that raise money for charitable causes and attract physically active families.

Kingston also has many museums and historic sites that are popular with families. The Agnes Etherington Art Centre offers family programs that include tours of the galleries. Fort Henry is another local landmark that offers many different programs and special events geared to families.

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, can be obtained from City Hall, libraries and recreation centres, or can be downloaded from the city's website.

For More Information

Cycling in Kingston
The City of Kingston encourages bicycling as a healthy and inexpensive form of transportation. Includes information about bike racks, bicycle trails and pathways, protective helmets, hand signals and the rules of the road, as well as a video on Kingston as a bike-friendly community.

Parks & Trails
City parks and trails available for public use listed by type: area parks — which are large-area multi-use parks; walking trails — some of which are internal to Kingston, while others pass through; and specialty parks — offleash dog parks and skateboard parks. There is also a city parks map that provides an overview of all the city parks.

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

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.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre: Children & Family Programs
A list of programs for families, including dates, times and contact number for more information.

Kingston Family YMCA
The Kingston Family YMCA is a charitable organization that runs programs for families and people of all age groups.

Kingston and the Islands Ontario Early Years Centre
The Kingston Early Years Centre offers programs and activities for children up to the age of six and their parents.

Fort Henry
Kingston’s Fort Henry runs programs, tours and activities for families and visitors.

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.

Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK)
This religious organization provides religious and other social services for Muslims. As part of this it manages the Islamic Centre of Kingston, has a women’s group, youth group, mom’s and tots playgroup, a school, and a library with resources in English, Arabic and Urdu. A list of Muslim businesses and volunteer opportunities is also available on the website.

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.

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