In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Markham’s Recreation Department is now offering the Pop-up Park Program – providing safe and convenient 1.5-hour programs for kids ages 6 to 12.
The Pop-Up Park Program includes a variety of classic outdoor camp games and physical literacy activities modified to adhere to physical distancing protocols. There are also icebreakers, stories, brain games, and creativity challenges! Each program will be centred on fun, making friends, getting active, and connecting with nature.
Programs will be available at 32 parks across the City. Get outside, get active and have some fun this summer!
All programs support the development of your child’s physical literacy as part of the City’s ‘Markham in Motion’ program. Developing these skills help kids gain confidence and motivates them to lead healthier active lives as they grow up. Physically literate children are happier, healthier and more confident which leads them to perform better in school!
Public health guidelines and protocols will be in place, including:
Limited number of participants
Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols.
Completion of COVID-19 online self-assessment is required before participating. Registered participants must show confirmation of completed assessment upon arrival.
Washrooms are not available at all park locations.
In the event of severe weather, the program will be cancelled and parents will be notified by email. Please ensure that your email address is up to date so that you receive notifications. In addition to e-mail, the program status would be updated.
Parents and/or guardians are required to remain on site.
Participants should bring a hat, filled water bottle, sunscreen and a towel
If participants register within the same week of the program date, please bring registration confirmation.
The safety of everyone at the program is our number 1 priority. Please read the following to help your child have a smooth transition back to in-person programs and allow everyone to have a safe and enjoyable program.
Arrive early on site and show your child the safe spaces in the park
Practice physical distancing. Teach them what is a safe distance and how to follow visual markings when present.
Teach them what is a face covering or mask and that people are using them to keep clean and safe. Note face masks are not required when physical distancing is possible. Participants are welcome to wear masks if they choose.
Remind children to avoid touching their own face and encourage them to practice “catching” their cough or sneeze in their elbow.
Remind children to recognize their own personal belongings and to use them when needed. Remind them not to touch other people’s belongings.
Talk about patience with new routines, environments, and new program instructors.
Encourage them to ask questions and reassure them that safety measures and program leaders are here to keep them safe