Finding recreational activities for kindergarten and school-aged children, and getting help paying for them

Finding recreational activities for kindergarten and school-aged children, and getting help paying for them

Finding the right program

Starting around ages four and five, many children show an interest in organized recreation, arts and sports programs. Our tip sheet Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Programs for Children  contains a comprehensive listing of clubs, lessons and leagues for children and youth that are offered by not-for profit groups in Greater Sudbury. If your child has special needs, see the topic titled Finding activities for kids with special needs.

Parks and Recreation Ontario's High Five guide explains what you should expect from a quality recreation or sports program.

Our topic titled Deciding when your child is ready for organized sports links you to information about when children are developmentally ready for different sports. 

School sports teams usually start at Grades 3 or 4. These can provide great, low cost opportunities for children to learn and compete in a supportive environment.

Getting help paying for programs

Families who could use some help paying for their children’s activities can apply for an assisted membership at the YMCA. It offers programs like swimming, dance, gymnastics and judo.

Parents may also qualify for financial support from the Jumpstart program ( It can help low-income families with children aged four to 16 cover the cost of registration fees and equipment. Fill in the online application or call the Sudbury YMCA at 705-688-7300 for help completing it.

The P.L.A.Y. Program is another program that can help with fees. The P.L.A.Y. program is offered by the Human League Association and is dedicated to removing barriers, so children can participate in organized sport and recreation. Parents can go to the website ( to fill out an application.

If your child is involved in sports at a competitive level, the fees are likely beyond what the Jumpstart or P.L.A.Y. can help with. Check with the sports group your child is playing with to see if it can help cover your child’s costs or give you some ideas of places to ask for financial assistance.

The Community Calendar also includes free activities for kids in this age group. These include:

  • kids and tweens programs at the Greater Sudbury Public Library
  • Feel Free to Feel Fit swims at Greater Sudbury pools
  • free family skates on PD days and Tim Hortons free skating and swimming on school holidays at Greater Sudbury rinks

Informal play

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of informal, free play with friends and neighbours. Neighbourhood/ Playground associations throughout Greater Sudbury offer activities like open air rinks and neighbourhood festivals that are open to everyone. The contact for each association is listed in the community contacts section of the City's Leisure Guide or by calling 3-1-1. 

If this doesn’t already happen in your neighbourhood, you and your kids many want to invest some effort in getting it started. Your child may benefit as much from being part of this type of community initiative, as from being a member of a sports team or organized program.


This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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