Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Welcome to the City of Atascadero’s Virtual Recreation and Resource Center! This is your place for fun, education, and resources through these wild and turbulent times. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences. In these challenging times, our Virtual Recreation Center will bring these programs and resources right to you and your family with the hope of making it easier for you to prioritize your health and well-being.

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Have a great idea or resource you would like to share? Email us at recreation@atascadero.org.

NEW!  Check out our NEW 10,000 Steps A Day Challenge!  Click HERE for the guidelines on how to get started and the Journal that you can turn in for a fun prize!  

Stay Active

As our daily lives are filled with more indoor time, there are many ways to stay healthy and active.

Indoor ActivitiesHere are a few ideas for staying active indoors (Disclaimer: individuals should consult their physician before starting any exercise program or changing their diet to limit risks of injury).

Outdoor Activities

Did you know that the current Shelter at Home order allows for individuals to "engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with the Physical Distancing Requirements...such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking and running." Here are a few ideas (don’t forget your Physical Distance rule of 6'!).

  • Visit a local park - Our parks are free and still open to the public. Don’t forget to tag us on social media.
  • Visit a nearby County Park with wide open spaces - These are still open, but check ReadySLO.org before you go to make sure! 
  • Explore your local hiking trails! 
  • Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are getting outside too.
  • Go for a drive.

Stay Connected

Although we are all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these each day.

  • NEW!  Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
  • NEW!  Monterey Bay Aquarium - Head to the Aquarium through their live stream.
  • NEW!  Virtual Museum Tours -  Visit museums around the world through their virtual tours
  • Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check-in.
  • Write a letter.
  • FaceTime.
  • Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for take-out or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you.
  • Volunteer - There are many opportunities to volunteer to help those in our community. ECHO shelter or Loaves & Fishes is in need of extra help during this period of high demand.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Work on Mindfulness - Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

Exercise your Brain

For the Kids (or kids at heart)

  • NEW!  Kidz Love Soccer Virtual classes (deadline to register is 7/9) 
  • NEW!  Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
  • NEW!  Origami.me - Learn how to fold pieces of paper into pieces of art!
  • NEW Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
  • Hold a virtual playdate through Facetime.
  • Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
  • 5-minute crafts
  • Take a Virtual Vacation - Explore the work using Google Earth! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
  • Head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium through their live stream.
  • Visit one of many museums around the work through their virtual tours.
  • Daily Doodle lessons by Mo Willems.
  • Arts and Craft Activities
  • FreeKidsCrafts - Lots of categories of ideas, templates, and print outs.
  • Crafts by Amanda
  • Educational Resources

Be in the Know

Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.

Stay Nourished

Visit these sites for information on food resources.

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