Welcome to Middleburg Heights Virtual Recreation Center. With current restrictions in place due to COVID-19, we are committed to supporting the well-being of our community in a new way.
It is important for all to have access to a variety of resources to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle during this challenging time.
Inside this virtual recreation portal, you’ll find online programs to take part in and resources to explore to stay active both physically and mentally. Continue to visit this page and follow us on social media for new updates and ideas to keep you and your family healthy, entertained, and informed.
STAYING HEALTHY AND ACTIVE TOGETHER
CAS Unboxed Classes
CAS UNBOXED brings the quality arts programs you expect from Baldwin Wallace University's Community Arts School straight to your home! Virtual classes are led by expert BW CAS faculty and are specifically designed for an online, 5-week format. Students will receive weekly interactive video lessons and opportunities for personalized feedback from the instructor.
- Learning Style: visual and logical
- Skill Development: following directions, hand-eye coordination, creativity, problem solving, and early engineering Includes:
- Soap Box Derby Mini Car kit
- 5 lesson activity book
What's the best part? All the materials you'll need for the class will be shipped directly to your door before the program begins.
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Soap Box Derby G3 Educational Packages
The Derby’s STEM-Based Mini Car program uses the tools and values of Soap Box Derby racing to encourage and build love of STEM. This 1:13 scale car is easy to assemble and gravity driven.
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Great Lakes Science Center Camp Curiosity
The STEM HQ staff at Great Lakes Science Center is ready to welcome everyone back to Camp Curiosity this summer! New this year, for our K-8 campers we are offering both @Home and @GLSC camp experiences to best fit the needs of your family. Both options have been designed with your child's health and safety in mind. All materials are provided by the Science Center -- let us take care of the science! We have an individualized adventure available for your child that is also convenient for you, whether you're working from home, or back to commuting.
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Little Stars Gymnastics
Dance To EvOLvE
Older Adult ProgrammingProgramming and resources for Older Adult's can be found here. An outreach call center has been established at the Community Center. If you need non-life-threatening help please call 440.234.2255 Monday-Friday between 9 am-4 pm.
We Thrive TogetherWe Thrive Together Website
Earth WeekIn recognition of Earth Week (April 20-24, 2020) go to https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/ that has cool, fun games to play to learn how we can all keep our planet healthy which will keep us healthy as individuals and families!
Backyard Wildlife Photo ContestGet outside, snap some pics, and brighten our day! Upload your wildlife pictures from your backyard to our Facebook page or Our New Instagram Page (Install the app to follow our photos and videos @middleburgheightsrec. Click here to create an Instagram Account) use #MHRDBACKYARD when you caption your photo to win bragging rights for best picture. You only have until Friday, May 1, 2020 to participate in this contest, so get outside!
Madden 20 Virtual League & Tournament!Middleburg Heights Recreation is hosting it's first Esports program, Madden 20 Virtual League & Tournament! Register online now!!!
If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Kemp by E-Mail.
Practice Baseball Skills from Home with the Cleveland Indians Sock Drawer SeriesEven though we’re away from the diamond right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep practicing your baseball skills. You can perfect your fundamentals from home while having fun with our new Sock Drawer Series! The Sock Drawer Series features video explanations of drills and games you can do right from home. All you need is a rolled up pair of socks, a glove and a few other household items. Our first three videos include the games of Flip, Flip Tennis and a “Selfie” exercise to help you practice your fielding and catching skills. Catch new Sock Drawer Series videos as they are released by following our community-based social media accounts, @TribeInspires, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To view the whole Sock Drawer Series, check out the Indians Youth Baseball & Softball playlist on their YouTube channel.
We Are All In This Together MarathonJoin in on this fun and friendly “race” that you can do ANYWHERE & ANYTIME for 30 days starting on Wednesday, April 1! All you have to do to is Click Here, follow the instructions and finish this “virtual” marathon in London, England (we will draw names from those who complete the course for some great prizes on Monday, May 3). Because you are signing up through the Rec. Dept., the cost is ONLY $3 (that’s a $14 discount)!!! If you have any questions, contact Steve at 440-234-2255 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please LIKE and SHARE this with your friends around the city, state, country and world for that matter. We Are All In This Together and Will Get Through This Together!!! Marathon Information Page
The Beat Must Go On Virtual RunSince the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the American Heart Association has been closely following the guidance from the CDC and state and local health officials regarding our events. The safety of our guests has been and will continue to be our top priority. As a result, the AHA will be cancelling the physical Heartbeat 5K previously scheduled for Saturday, April 18th and will be making this event VIRTUAL..The Beat Must Go On! VIRTUAL EVENT?! What does that mean? The Beat Must Go on will be a month-long mile tracking competition. That's right...mile tracking...Let's get to work! WHAT'S THE GOAL? The AHA is challenging each participant to log 100 miles within a 4-week time frame. If you make it to 100 miles…don’t stop there…keep going!! We want to see how many miles this running community can achieve! The goal is to stay active indoors and outdoors, while having fun and relieving stress! The Beat Must Go On Information Page
Sports at Home
Fairmount Center for the Arts Virtual ProgrammingFairmount Center for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization located in Geauga County, offers programs in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and fitness. During Ohio’s stay-at-home order, it is offering programs and classes for all ages on its website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. This painting and drawing lesson, used as part of the Northeast Ohio Parent KidStream video series, features Linda Merchant Pearce demonstrating how to create a sunset in watercolor. To view the painting and drawing lesson, click here.
Youth Art Projects
- 30 Day Lego Challenge
- Air Dry Clay
- Learn to Weave
- Lunch Doodles
- Soap Carving
- Chip Tube Kaleidoscope
- Mini Compost Jar
- Children's Museum of Cleveland Kids Percussion Program
- Nightly Opera Streams
- Cleveland Orchestra Podcast
The Cleveland Orchestra Music Explorers
Water Safety for Kids
Staying "Safe at Home" includes water safety, too.
Families have always played a vital role in teaching kids how important it is to learn to swim and behave safely in and around the water. That's even more true today when most schools, swim clubs and recreation centers are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Red Cross wants to help parents, caregivers and kids to learn and share water safety knowledge and skills together. If your child isn’t able to take formal swim lessons right now, you can still help them learn to be safer around backyard pools, ponds or other natural bodies of water. We hope your family enjoys a safe, healthy and fun summer!
Click here for the ARC Water Safey for Kids Page.
Dryland Training for Swimmers
Dryland training (often referred to as Strength and Conditioning) is activity done on land with the intended purpose of increasing strength, flexibility and overall physical mobility. This includes a number of different movements and exercises ranging from beginner to advanced skill level. Some exercises that are commonly performed include: Pushups, sit-ups, squats, etc.
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For more swim workouts like the ones featured here, download the MySwimPro app through either the Google Play or Apple App Store.
American Red Cross Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers
The Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers Online Course focuses on developing an awareness of the risks of drowning and how to minimize those risks, especially for young children. This online course teaches parents and caregivers about the concepts of the circle of drowning prevention, water competency and the chain of drowning survival. It also provides guidance for applying water safety to common environments and situations where children are most at risk for drowning.