Tim Hortons Free Swim

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Every summer the local Tim Hortons’ in our area sponsor free swims at the City of London outdoor pools. These swims are a great chance to try out your closest pool or pool hop to another one that you’ve never had the chance to visit! Below is a list of all of the pools participating and the dates and times of their Tim Hortons free swims.

Byron Pool
1130 Brock Lane

July 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 26 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

East Lions Pool
1731 Churchill Ave

July 12 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm

July 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 28 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Gibbons Pool
2B Grosvenor Street

July 07 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 19 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Glen Cairn Pool
370 Chippendale Cres

July 15 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northeast Pool
1050 Victoria Ave

July 17 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northridge Pool
15 McLean Drive

July 09 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 25 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Oakridge Pool
825 Valetta Street

July 05 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Southcrest Pool
15 Hazelwood Avenue

July 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 18 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Silverwood Pool
36 Sycamore Street

July 11 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 23 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Stonarch Pool
1221 Sandford Street

July 05 from 3:00- 5:30  pm

July 14 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 28 from 6:00- 8:00 pm

Thames Pool
15 Ridout Street

July 04 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Westminster Pool
650 Osgoode Drive

July 08 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 24 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 08 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

City Outdoor Pools

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June brings sunshine and with sunshine comes heat and with heat comes the desire to jump in a big pool! If you don’t have your own in your backyard or you just don’t feel like cleaning it, we have some good news! The City of London Aquatics department begins opening their outdoor pools this week for weekends.

BYRON POOL

1330 Brock Lane

Opening June 27

EAST LIONS POOL

1731 Churchill Ave

Opening June 6

Saturdays 11:30 to 2:30

Sundays 2:30 to 5:30pm

GIBBONS POOL

2B Grosvenor Street

Opening June 27

GLEN CAIRN POOL

370 Chippendale Cres

Opening June 27

NORTHEAST POOL

1050 Victoria Ave

Opening June 27

NORTHRIDGE POOL

15 McLean Drive

Opening June 27

OAKRIDGE POOL

825 Valetta Street

Opening June 13 

SOUTHCREST POOL

15 Hazelwood Ave

Opening June 27

SILVERWOOD POOL

36 Sycamore Street

Opening June 27

STRONACH POOL

1221 Sandford Street

Opening June 6

Saturdays 12:00 to 3:00pm

Sundays 3:00 to 6:00pm

THAMES POOL

15 Ridout Street

Opening June 6

Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sundays 1:30 to 4:30pm

WESTMINSTER POOL

650 Osgoode Drive

Opening June 6

Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sundays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Swimming Lessons

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It may be hard to believe with the weather that we had on Easter morning, but summer is just around the corner! With summer comes the heat and the best way to beat the heat is to swim, of course. Whether you own a pool, have access to a pool or rarely make a splash, learning to swim is a vital life skill that all kids should learn to do. Just for safety’s sake, learning to fall in safely, swim to safety, and tread water are the bare minimum things that people of all ages should comfortably do to increase their chances of survival in the water and to have fun at a pool party! And if your child ends up becoming a little fish, they can always go on to be the next Michael Phelps or get the best summer job ever as a lifeguard.

London has many places to sign your kids up for lessons this spring to get them prepped and ready for the summer months. It’s a great time for a little refresher of their skills.

AQUATIC SERVICES

The City of London, Aquatic Services offers the most extensive variety of swimming and water safety lessons through the Red Cross for every level from babies to lifeguards. Lessons focus on both learning the strokes and how to swim, as well as how to survive and/or help in water situations.  They are offered at the city’s three indoor pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre in northwest London, South London Community Pool in south London, and Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre in east London), as well as out of Stony Creek YMCA. They have lessons for younger children during the weekdays, lessons after school, and on weekends. Their spring session begins at the end of April. The City of London has financial assistance available for families who cannot afford to pay for lessons on their own.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LONDON

The Boys and Girls Club in downtown London offers Red Cross swimming lessons for all levels and ages. Lessons are open to both members and non-members. The spring session has lessons on either Tuesdays or Saturdays beginning the last week in April/first week in May.

EXCEL SWIM SCHOOL

Excel has six levels and a swim team. The program has been designed by swim coach and former Olympian, Paul Midgley, to prepare kids for swim teams and competitive swimming. Lessons are run out of Robarts pool in east London and the swim team is out of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. Their spring session runs from May to June.

FINAN SWIM SCHOOL

Finan has created their own swimming levels (Tiny Tot 1&2, Learn to Swim 1&2, Level 1-10). Finan focuses only on learning swimming strokes, not on water safety skills. Their spring session begins next week (mid-April). Finan operates out of two pools: the Ramada Inn on Exeter Road in south London and Sugar Creek (off Proudfoot Lane) in west London.

JOLLY SWIM SCHOOL

Jolly Swim School has over a dozen different swim levels beginning with Moms & Tots and advancing all the way up to Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. They teach lessons out of the Berkshire Club in southwest London on Sunday mornings. Their spring begins next week.

YMCA

There are three YMCA’s in London and all offer swimming lessons. The Bob Hayward YMCA in southeast London has their own levels for children from 3 months old up to 12 years old. The Centre Branch downtown offers the same YMCA levels as well as Swim-Able, a small class lesson for children with learning or behavioural barriers that prevent them from succeeding in regular swimming lessons. Stoney Creek YMCA in north London has swimming lessons that follow the Red Cross levels.

MAKING WAVES

Although Making Waves does not have a spring session, it is definitely worth mentioning and remembering for anyone who has a child with special needs. Children with disabilities are given 1:1 lessons with a volunteer lifeguard (Western students!) on Sunday evenings in the fall and winter. The lessons are held at the UWO Campus in the Western Student Recreation Facility. Children are taught swimming skills at their own pace and ability.

Spring-Summer Spectrum 2015

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The City of London Spring-Summer Spectrum was released last week and registration for all programs begins this morning, February 23rd at 8:30am.  The Spectrum can be found online or hard copies can be picked up at local arenas, indoor swimming pools, community centres, and libraries. The lessons and programs found in this Spectrum begin in April and run through to the end of August. This is also when you will be able to register your children for City of London Parks and Recreation day camps for the summer, swimming lessons at the outdoor pools, and all of the summer athletic leagues for adults, so take a look!

Registration can still be done online, by phone or in person. To register online, go HERE. You will need your client ID and your Account PIN if you have registered for Spectrum courses previously. Call customer service if you are unsure of your ID or PIN and cannot retrieve it by clicking Forget Password? Online courses must be payed for by credit card.

To register by phone call customer service 519-661-5575 Monday through Friday, 8:15am to 4:30pm. Phone registrations will require the course code and must be paid for by credit card as well.

To register in person, visit one of the following six locations. Payments can be made in cash, credit card, debit or cheque (post-dated cheques not accepted).

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street
North London Optimist Community Centre, 1345 Cheapside Street
Canada Games Aquatic Centre, 1045 Wonderland Road North
Market Tower, 151 Dundas Street, 3rd floor
South London Community Pool, 585 Bradley Avenue
Kiwanis Senior Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive

For information on financial assistance, see HERE.

Toonie Swims

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Did you know that every month the City of London Aquatics offer a scheduled swim at each of their indoor pools for only a toonie? What a great deal! The Canada Games Aquatic Centre is in northeast London at 1045 Wonderland Street north, the South London Community Pool is in south London at 585 Bradley Ave, and the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre at 656 Elizabeth Street.

The dates and times vary each month and are announced in advance on Facebook, Twitter, and the City of London website.

January is almost over, but there is one last swim for this month TONIGHT at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre from 7:30pm to 9pm. Grab your suits and towels and get the weekend started with a splash!

Community CPR Day

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There is no better way to spend your Family Day weekend than to spend it learning how to save their lives if it was ever needed. The City of London Aquatic Services is hosting a Community CPR Day on both Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15.

For just $5 per person, you can register for a 2.5 hour CPR clinic and learn the essential skills to help save a life. At the end, you will have your CPR-A certification! This is open to everyone 10 years and older.

The CPR Clinics will be held throughout the day in multiple locations around the city: Canada Games Aquatic Centre, Earl Nichols Arena, North London Optimist Community Centre, Kinsmen Recreation Centre, Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, and South London Community Pool.

You must register in advance and spaces have begun to fill up. If you have ever considered taking a CPR course or have in the past but it has expired, this is a fantastic opportunity to get certified, get educated and be prepared.

For a full list of locations and times or to register, go to the City of London website HERE.

Summer Jobs with the City

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It may be snowy and cold out right now, but if you have a teen or older child thinking about getting a job this summer or even if you are thinking about finding a new job yourself, then now is the time to apply! The City of London is hiring for many of their summer programs and are currently accepting applications.

AQUATICS

The City of London Aquatics department is a fantastic summer employment opportunity. The City is currently hiring for building attendants to clean and maintain the pools, cashiers for the pools, wading pool lifeguard, and instructor/lifeguards for the indoor and outdoor city pools. All aquatic staff must have a current Emergency First Aid and CPR, as well as a Vulnerable Persons police screening. Please see individual listings for the specific qualifications, especially for lifeguarding.

DAY CAMPS/PLAYGROUNDS

If playing with children all day sounds like the ideal job, then one of the positions within Day Camps and Playgrounds are where you should look. This would be a great place to get experience working with kids with special needs and disabilities, kids in diverse social situations, organizing groups and leading groups through activities. They are hiring positions such as Playleader, Camp Counsellor, and Tennis Instructor.

GOLF

The City of London runs three golf course in town and they are hiring for their summer staff. They are looking for people for their food service crew staff and supervisors, golf course starter/ranger, and pro shop cashier.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is the place to be in the summer! If you love kids and love being outside, have a look at some of the positions available inside the castle this summer. Concessions, building and ground attendants, Play Leaders, Day Camp and Mini Camp Counsellors are just a few of the exciting ways to spend the summer months.

Don’t delay with your applications! Each posting has it’s own closing dates – some are this Friday, January 23, some are mid-February.

Holiday Activities

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Sixteen days at home with all of the kids begins today! While most of us will have some holiday events at some point, there may still be a lot of down time to fill up and keep the kids busy. Here is what is open and when:

KIDSCAPE

Kidscape is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  They are running a day camp for $22/day on December 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, and January 2. For more information and to register, visit HERE.

ADVENTURES ON WONDERLAND

Adventures on Wonderland is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

December 24 and 30 they close at 4pm. AOW is CLOSED on December 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

LONDON AQUATICS

All three indoor city pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre, South London Community Pool, Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre) are open over the holidays with added recreational swim times.

Note that all three pools close at 11:00am on December 24 and December 31 and are CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1. For a full schedule of swim times, see HERE.

PUBLIC SKATING

The city skating rinks are open and ready for you! For skating times and locations, see the full schedule HERE. For Tim Hortons free skate times and locations, see HERE.

Weather permitting, the FREE rink at the Covent Garden Market is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Victoria Park is also FREE and open from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily, closed between 5:30-6:30 for ice resurfacing.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is open for your skating adventures around the park. For their full schedule and hours of operation, see HERE.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Children’s Museum is open for visiting and they are also hosting day camps for children 3 to 12 years old. Camps run from 8:30am to 5:30pm on December 22, 23, 29, 30, and January 2.

The Museum is closing early at 2:00pm on December 24 and January 31, and is CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1.  Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa through art and exhibits. For full hours and schedule of events, see HERE.

MOVIE THEATRES

Let’s all go to the movies! The Family Favourite movie at SilverCity this morning (December 20) at 11:00am is Fred Claus. There is no Family Favourite currently scheduled for December 27.

If you want to take your kids to the movies, there are some great kids movies playing over the holidays, including:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

Annie (PG)

The Penguins of Madagascar (G)

Big Hero 6 (PG)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 (PG)

Into the Woods (PG) *opening December 25

For the Cineplex schedule (SilverCity in Masonville or Westmount & VIP) see HERE. For Rainbow Cinemas see HERE.