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VIRTUAL PROGRAMS  #KeepingWellandConnected

The Recreation and Culture team is eager to get people of all ages active, creative, and engaged! An excellent opportunity to achieve these things is by participating in one of our virtual programs.

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JOIN THE CHASE

DOWNLOAD THE APP JOIN THE GAME PLAY TO WIN PRIZES

 

 

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Good Old Hockey Game

Since Welland is a hockey community and the NHL is starting again, let's play a game that has to do with all things hockey in Welland – have fun!

Game Begins: February 22, 2021 @ 8am

Game Ends: March 12, 2021 @ 10pm

Game Code: B58EK4

 

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March Madness

It's March Madness, even if March Break is delayed! Join us and take a peek at our missions while having some fun participating this month! Winner will get a Gift Card to Ripley's Aquarium!

Game Begins: March 12, 2021 @ 8am

Game Ends: March 31, 2021 @ 10pm

Game Code: JWVBZX

 

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All Things Spring

Let's go looking for signs of spring, included are some Earth Day activities! Winner of this game will receive a badminton set that includes the net, racket and birdies.

Game Begins: April 1, 2021 @ 8am

Game Ends: April 30, 2021 @ 10pm

Game Code: WKZZ4L

 

Important Facts:

  • Goosechase is an app that requires to be downloaded on an electronic device as participants are required to submit photos and videos to play the game and win.
  • The City of Welland Recreation and Culture Division is responsible for creating each Goosechase Game and the missions.
  • If participants have any questions, email recreation@welland.ca
  • Each Goosechase game will have a start and end date.
  • Participants have a chance to win a prize for each game.
  • By signing up and participating in the City of Welland Goosechase Scavenger hunts, you agree and approve content to be used and made public for promotional use by the Recreation and Culture Division
  • If the mission is requesting participants to be out in the community, it is the responsibility of the participant to adhere to COVID safety regulations.
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How to use Goosechase

Join Game
Once you login to the Goosechase app on your device, the first thing to do is join a game. Just search for the name of the game or enter the specific game code within the app.

Complete Missions
To complete a mission, select it from the list and follow the instructions to receive the allotted points. Sometimes you’ll be submitting a photo or video, while other times, you’ll be checking-in at a specific location or solving a puzzle or riddle. Missions change from game to game, but the fun and excitement will always be there. Remember that while you receive the points right away, all submissions are subject to review by the organizer.

Track Opponents
The ability to see everything as it happens is one of the best parts of GooseChase. That’s because whenever someone completes a mission, it’s added to the activity feed, and the rankings are automatically updated.

Achieve Glory
When time runs out, the game may be done, but the fun is not over. That's because organizers still need to announce the final scores after they review the submissions. It's why you should always push hard until the very end because you don't know if the teams ahead of you will have taken any shortcuts!

Thanks to our game sponsors

Note: Registrant must have access to an electronic device – phone, tablet, laptop, or computer with internet access, and must have an email address on file in order to participate. Zoom link will be provided to registrants prior to the program. The zoom link sent from the Recreation and Culture Department is to be used by the sole use of the registrant and not shared with others. Zoom conversations and videos will be recorded and monitored to ensure appropriate behaviour is demonstrated.

Virtual Drop-In & Chat

Join others for a virtual Drop-In & Chat program that will take place through ZOOM! Registrants do not require a valid membership to access this program. Don’t forget to make yourself a coffee or tea to relax and catch up!

Register for this free program by clicking the above button or email recreation@welland.ca or simply by phoning a Customer Service Clerk at 905-735-1700 ext. 4000.

Fee/session: Free

DAY WINTER SESSION TIME CODE
Mondays* February 1 to March 29 10:30am to 12:00pm 10436
Wednesdays January 27 to March 31 1:30pm to 3:00pm 10437
Fridays January 29 to March 26 10:30am to 12:00pm 10438

*Cancellation: February 15


Virtual Chat 'n Craft

Laugh, chat and socialize, virtually, while working on your craft! All talents welcomed! Sewing/Crocheting/Knitting.

DAY WINTER SESSION TIME CODE
Tuesdays February 2 to March 30 10:00am to 12:00pm 10439

Virtual Sassy Scrappers

This fun filled 1.5 hour weekly activity is for people to get together, virtually! Chat and work on scrapbooks, cards, etc. You can work together and show one another how to create simple, yet beautiful keepsakes.

DAY WINTER SESSION TIME CODE
Thursdays February 4 to April 1 9:30am to 11:00am 10441

Virtual Woodcarvers

Carve your own work of art along with others, virtually, who share their love of carving!

DAY WINTER SESSION TIME CODE
Thursdays February 4 to April 1 12:00pm to 2:00pm 10440

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts for kids are fun, easy and inexpensive, using things you have at home. And, the weather doesn’t matter since you can choose a hunt geared for inside or out. Click on any of the scavenger hunts and have fun.


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Acts of Kindness

Click on the heart graphic, and download this list of 30 acts of kindness to to help you stay connected.

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Bingo #1

Click on the bingo card, download and play the Beat the Bordom Blues Bingo Card #1.

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Bingo #2

Click on the bingo card, download and play the Beat the Bordom Blues Bingo Card #2.

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Alphabet Activities

Click on the letters, download and complete the Alphabet Activities.

Welland Recreation & Culture wants you to stay well and active this winter. Here are some activities to keep you busy and safe during the winter days ahead.

Connect at a Distance

Social distancing and staying apart doesn’t mean you can’t connect. Here are some things you can do in your neighbourhood that can lift your spirits and those around you.

  1. Check-in on a neighbour or senior with a neighbourly postcard or card while respecting COVID-19 safety protocols.
  2. Lend a hand with snow shovelling or ask your neighbours for help. You could shovel snow at the same time!
  3. Invite neighbours to set up lawn chairs on their own front lawn or driveway while you do the same on yours. Visiting outdoors at a distance over a cup of hot chocolate can really warm up the neighbourhood (each providing their own hot chocolate, of course!)
  4. Ask a neighbour if they would like snow people in their yard. Members of your household can make them while your neighbours watch from the comfort of their own residence.

Explore

Outdoor Rinks
Outdoor ice surfaces are found in various locations across Welland. Some of these are City-operated while others are community-operated. For a full list, visit www.welland.ca. Please remember to adhere to Provincial regulations before you head out to the rinks.

Playgrounds
Have you been on a swing lately? Visit our parks and playgrounds, and even just people watch. Please remember to adhere to Provincial regulations before you head out to the playgrounds.

Tobogganing/Sledding
The City maintains toboggan/sledding hills at several locations with safe run-outs, safety signage and reduced hazards. Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility. Slide at your own risk. Please remember to adhere to Provincial regulations before you head to the hills.

Shop Local
It is true when they say every small business does a happy dance after a purchase! Shop local when you can, whether it be for dinner, a birthday, or a holiday.

Goosechase Welland
Have you been playing along with our City of Welland Goosechase Games? Check out Virtual Scavenger Hunts on this page.


Create

Winter in Welland can be fun and beautiful at the same time! Some ideas are:

Arts and Crafts
Use our parks, trails and backyards to gather nature pieces – rocks, leaves, sticks etc to create your own art masterpiece at home (weather dependant)

Jump Rope
Jump rope is a cyclic activity, it can help you improve your coordination. Important tip: Keep your head up: Jumping rope is about timing, and if you look down and wait for the rope to pass you then you'll likely trip. A better approach is to look straight ahead and jump as the rope crosses your line of sight, which will guarantee better rhythm as you skip.

Find Constellations
You'll never know what's written in the stars for you if you can't read them. Depending on your location and the time of year, different stars will be visible. There are a lot of different resources online which can help you identify the position and shapes of constellations. A star map can help you locate each constellation. AstroViewer will create a customized star map based on your location to help get you going. You can also download their interactive sky map for reference if you don’t have internet access.

Snow Painting
Use spray bottles or squirt bottles, fill them with water and food colouring. Build snow sculptures and then use the coloured water to paint them.

Giant Tic Tac Toe
Play a giant game of tic-tac-toe in the snow. Draw the board and use twigs and acorns as Xs and Os.

Winter Gardening: Sowing
Yes, you can garden in winter. It’s called Winter Sowing. Have you ever heard of winter sowing? Winter Sowing is a method of propagating new plants for your gardens simply by starting seeds outdoors in the winter. Learn more at getbusygardening.com

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Be Active

Walking Trails
Walking is free, fun and good for you and members of your household. Walking can also help build community. While out walking, say hello to your neighbours from a safe distance and get some exercise. Pro tip: when it’s icy, try walking with poles and slip-on snow cleats for your boots.

Merritt Island and Welland Canals Trail is a 6.1-kilometre loop trail that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running. Visit www.welland.ca to learn more about Welland's canal trails. Please remember to adhere to Provincial regulations before you head out.

Public Art
The City of Welland Public Art Collection contains more than 25 pieces of artwork, many of which are located outdoors. Visit www.welland.ca to learn more about sculptures and monuments in Welland.

Winter Picnic
Warm-up around a campfire, roast marshmallows, enjoy cocoa outdoors, or go for a winter picnic with members of your household!

Winter Sports
Who said football and soccer were just for the sunny seasons? Grab a ball and have some fun. Snow bowling is fun too!

Welland Historical Walk
Learn your town’s history - Since we are all spending more time at home than normal, now is the perfect time to learn the history of where you live and squeeze in a little education and outdoor time too! Drive, walk, or bike (weather dependant) to important areas in your city, and read historical markers. Visit www.welland.ca to learn more.

Create your own Winter Walk Day
You and those in your household pick a times during the week and go for a walk. Get to know your neighbourhood: Did you ever notice how beautiful your neighbours’ garden was, even in the winter? Take a new route, can you walk further than you did last time? How many animals did you seen along the way?

Whatever happens this Winer, we want you to Stay WellAnd Active both mentally and physically. Stay safe Welland!

Community Partners offering Services and Programs

Alzheimer Society Niagara Region alzheimer.ca

Welland Public Library wellandlibrary.ca

Red Cross redcross.ca

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