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Welcome to the San Carlos Parks & Recreation Department’s Virtual Recreation Center!

This will be your virtual stop for fun, education, and resources. We are committed to ensuring that our community members have everything they need to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships, and continue to have fun from home.

Visit this page often or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for new ideas to keep you and your loved ones active, entertained, and engaged.

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Please note that we do not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.

Stay Active

Here are a few ideas for staying active indoors.

Take a Virtual Fitness Class. There are plenty of FREE options online. Here are just a few:

  • Do Yoga with Me - Free yoga videos

  • Fitness Blender - Variety of free fitness videos

  • Nike Training Club - App filled with free fitness videos

  • Youtube Home Workout Routines - Workouts ranging from 10 - 30 minutes. No equipment necessary!

  •  Orange Theory Fitness - Check out their free at-home workout videos 

  • Peloton - A mix of yoga, meditation, strength, cycling, running and more. (Digital app will be free for 90 days)

  • Barre3 - The ballet-meets-yoga-meets-Pilates classes are free for 15 days 

  • Daily Burn - Tailor programs for your level and goals. Also a variety of specialty programs  such as postnatal are available (60-day free trial )

  • CorePower Yoga On Demand platform - has yogis covered with a variety of free online classes 

  • Rumble - This fitness organization is offering free boxing workouts on Instagram live.

  • Barry’s Bootcamp - Focusing on strength and cardio, this organization offers live workouts on Instagram live.

  • Silver Sneakers - A health and fitness program that’s included with many Medicare Plans.

For the Kids

Outdoor Activities

  • Visit a local park - Our parks are free and still open to the public. Don’t forget to continue to practice social distancing, and to tag us on social media. 

  • Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are getting outside too.

Visual Arts & Music

  • Need Supplies? Michaels and JOANNs  is offering curbside pickup.  Oriental Trading is offering free shipping on all orders. 

  • JOANNs YouTube offers new craft-at-home videos every weekday at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Kid & family-friendly ideas in the morning and crafts for grown-ups in the evening. 

  • Michaels Stores Facebook offers a fun family activity every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live. Check out more inspiration and amazing projects on Michaels Stores YouTube

  •  Learn to Draw - A Disney series of how-to tutorials on drawing Mickey Mouse through the years.

  • Learn to Crochet - A one stop spot for the best free crochet patterns, tutorials, tips and articles on crochet

  • LUNCH DOODLES - Children's Author, Mo Willems invites all into his studio every day for his DIY Lunch Doodle

  • Arree's FREE Creativity Camp - Free writing, drawing and storytelling classes from award winning author/illustrator Arree Chung. 

  • The Palo Alto Art Center - Offering free live and recorded virtual art classes. Join artist Sam Price on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. for free virtual collage-making classes for kids and families of all ages.

  • FreeKidsCrafts - Tons of templates and print-outs to help you get creative.

  • Crafts by Amanda - Free arts and crafts ideas.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. 

  • Artsology - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. 

  • Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. 

  • Watch Broadway Musicals (7-day free trial)

  •  HBO is making almost 500 hours of top programming available to stream for free  through the end of April by downloading the HBO NOW or HBO GO apps or by visiting or

  • Fender - Learn to play guitar, bass, or ukulele.

Stay Connected

Although we’re all practicing social distancing physically, we can still stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day:

  • Video chat. There are several different video chat options to connect with friends and family: Zoom (Free for the first 40 minutes), Google Hangouts (Google account needed, App & Desktop, multi platform), Facetime (Apple users only), Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Messages, Discord (Must be 13 & up), and Marco Polo.

  • Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.

  • Write a letter.

  • Support a local restaurant - Click here for restaurants that are still open for takeout 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. Consider buying a gift card to support your local restaurant until they can fully re-open.
  • Volunteer - There are many opportunities to help those in our community. If you are able to assist our community members with shopping, medication delivery, or other tasks, please fill out a volunteer form. In addition, San Mateo County is also seeking volunteers ages 60 and under to help deliver food or other services to vulnerable members of our community.

  • 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, 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’re 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.

  • Headspace - An app that includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises. 

  • Calm - Audio meditation & mindfulness resources. 

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Morning MeditOcean (guided meditation with ocean critters). 

San Carlos Library

  • eBooks  - The Library has tons of free eBooks ready for your enjoyment. 

  • eResources - eAudiobooks, streaming media, digital newspapers, and eMagazines are available for you to check out instantly. 

  • Text Library with Questions -  Have a library-related question? Texting service is available seven days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

  • Virtual Programs - Check out the Library's free online events for the week including storytime, afternoon doodling, and open lab. 

  • Education Resource Page -  Tools and resources to make distance learning a little easier including homework help, live online tutoring, early literacy tools, and more. 

Exercise Your Brain

  • SiliconValley4U is offering a free webinar to educate students/parents about value of coding, on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

  • The Tech Interactive of San Jose has pulled together a collection of lesson plans and activities that you can adapt for at-home learning. You’ll find a variety of materials for different grade levels, subjects and levels of independence. 

  • Harvard University - Take advantage of free online courses. 

  • Harry Potter themed Digital Escape Room - You can complete this escape room as a group or as individual. You can also compete against friends and try it multiple times.
  • Girls Who Code is making Computer Science educational activities available for download free of charge. 

  •  Code for Fun - Free introduction classes to coding for youth ages 7-15. 

Virtual Field Trips

Stay Informed

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

Stay Nourished

Visit these sites for information on food resources.

Helpful Articles

Stay Active & Engaged with San Carlos Staff & Instructors 

  • The San Carlos Youth Center  will be hosting after school drop-in via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities during this time. Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email. If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso at

  • Skyhawks Sports has provided family resources for sports classes and virtual instruction.
  • Kidz Love Soccer is offering a new online program to keep the soccer learning and fun going! Each week they will share a simple game you can play at home. 
  • Funtastic Workshops will be updating their YouTube channel weekly with simple and fun science experiments to do at home.
  • Playwell TEKnologies Facebook LIVE: Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m., you and your child may learn the fundamental principles of engineering and physics all while playing with LEGOS! Participate in the Facebook Live by following @playwelltek on Facebook.

Spring Fun for the Community

  • Sidewalk Chalk Challenge! This Spring we are challenging San Carlos residents to chalk their sidewalks and driveways with positive messages, inspiring images, or even jokes for your neighbors to see while on their walks around town. Take advantage of the sunshine and #chalkthewalk. No chalk at home? No problem! Check out Homemade Sidewalk Paint Chalk
  • #RocktheWalk Challenge! As we all know, sometimes a simple message of kindness can spark joy and brighten someone's entire day. The goal of this challenge is to sprinkle some positivity around San Carlos with a pretty painted rock and inspirational message. How it works: 1. Find a rock. It can be any size or shape, as big or small as you like! Just make sure at least one side of the rock is smooth. 2. Clean your rock with soap and water. 3. Decorate your rock! Create a design, write a positive note, or thank those on our front lines. All you need is a sharpie! For extra decoration, you can add glitter, paint, pompoms, googly eyes, etc. 4. Seal your rock. (Although not necessary, using a coat of Mod Podge will protect your rock from the elements). 5. Place your rock at the front of your home or in your garden so those walking by can find it and enjoy it. Make sure to tag us @scparksandrec *Please do not touch rocks placed outside other’s homes as we continue to practice social distancing.
  • Community Butterfly Hunt! Join us for a fun activity that honors the beautiful mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and special women in our lives this Mother's Day. Hunt Rules:
    • Print out and decorate a butterfly template and hang it in the front window of your home by May 8. If you don’t have a printer, create a colorful butterfly with any materials you have at home. (We suggest using your handprints as butterfly wings). 
    • Encourage your neighbors to join in on the fun!
    • Hunt through your neighborhood with the special women in your life the weekend of May 9-10 and see how many butterflies you can find!
  • Safety Rules:

    • Follow Social Distancing Guidelines

    • Only hunt with people in your household

    • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between others

    • If you don’t feel like walking, drive!

You are not alone - connect with us! Visit us here often, and follow our Department on Instagram and Facebook for new ideas to keep you and your loved ones active, entertained, and engaged.