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Playgrounds - Runs every July to August. 

Playgrounds is a FREE, inclusive, drop-in program for children ages 5* to 12. Playleaders are trained in first aid, arts & crafts, sports & games, behaviour management, inclusion and Healthy Child Development.
(*Children must be 5 years old as of program start date (July 6, 2015) to participate.)

View the Playgrounds 2015 Summer Key ad here: TBA

No registration is required. Sign up at a park. Playgrounds also offers Superkids.
For more information call 625-2350 or e-mail

  Playgrounds Sites 2015
 Monday-FridayMonday, Wednesday & Friday  Tuesday & Thursday
 John Jumbo Gardens
(Toivo St.)
 West Thunder C.C.                       
(Rink Shack)
 Sherbrooke School
 Ogden School
(JK Room)
 South Neebing C.C. 
(Main Hall)
 River Terrance
(Near Equipment)
 Vickers Park
(Near Equipment)
 North End C.C. 
(Rink Shack)
 Tarbutt Park
(Rink Shack)
 Volunteer Pool C.C.
(Main Hall)
 North McIntyre C.C. 
(Rink Shack)
 Vickers Heights
   Wayland Park C.C. 
(Rink Shack)
   West Arthur C.C. 
(Main Hall)
 County Park
  Current River Arena 
(Rink Shack Dick Waddington Park)
 Woodcrest School

Mondays to Fridays, starting July 6, 2015 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
All sites will be CLOSED: Fri. July 17, Fri. July 31, Mon. August 3, Fri. August 14 & Fri. August 28.
Locations pending August 24-27.

Locations & Age Specific Programming

Playgrounds is again providing age specific programming this summer. Children will participate in activities and games that are specific to their level of development.

Walk home policy

If your child willing be walking home from the program, please contact the office as our walk home policy has changed to increase the safety of participants.

Junior inclusion services (jis)

If extra assistance is needed for your child with special needs, JIS can provide limited FREE facilitation. Please call 625-2954 before attending to schedule a JIS Facilitator.

personal support worker

If your child will be attending with a PSW, please call 625-2954 before attending so that we can provide the best experience for your child.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What do children do in the Playgrounds Program?
Children will enjoy a different theme every day!  Days are packed with arts & crafts, sport & games, music & drama, as well as off-site events. Special guests drop by too! 

Should we bring a lunch? 
Children may return home for lunch or they can bring a NUT SAFE lunch to the park. Supervision between 12 noon and 1 pm is limited to one staff person. 

What else should we pack?
Bring plenty of water, a NUT SAFE lunch (if the child is not returning home for lunch), a snack, athletic footwear, and a hat. Please make sure the child is wearing sunscreen before visiting the park.

Are staff trained?
All staff is trained in First Aid and the High Five quality assurance program. High Five supports the healthy development of children in recreation and sport.

Can I volunteer with Playgrounds?
To volunteer with Playgrounds, contact us at 625-2350 or email

For more information:
Playgrounds is presented by the City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division. For more information on the Playgrounds Program please call 625-2350.