Virtual Recreation Center
Stay Informed, Stay Prepared, Stay Engaged – STAY HOME! We can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives by practicing social distancing and staying at home.
#stayinformed by reading and sharing the City of Richmond COVID-19 page!
#stayprepared by following County Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Follow social distancing guidelines, avoid panic buying and stay inside unless you are conducting essential activities.
#stayengaged with your friends, family, and neighbors.
If you are seeking help, the City of Richmond has also created a Health and Information and Community Resource page with comprehensive information for food, seniors, schools, small businesses, renters, transportation, internet, and TV services, and volunteer opportunities.
Show us what you are doing to flatten the curve - tag us on Facebook @richmondcsd or Instagram @richmondcsd and use #RichmondAtHome!
- Richmond Public Library has many free online resources you can access with just your library card. Take advantage of e-books, audiobooks, and many more educational resources from the comfort of your home! If you don’t have a library card yet, you can sign up for an OverDrive Instant Digital Card, which will grant you access to e-books.
- Scholastic at Home has day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
- National Geographic for Kids offers fun, educational games, and resources for kids to learn about animals and virtually explore our planet.
- Starting April 1, check out Dav Pilkey at Home! Every Friday at 6:00 A.M., Dav Pilkey - known to many for his bestselling Captain Underpants book series - will post new, fun video content, including how-to-draw demonstrations and engaging read-a-louds. Dav Pilkey at home is a collaboration between Dav Pilkey, Library of Congress, and Scholastic.
- Harry Potter At Home has the touch of magic you need in your home, with quizzes and games to help you to relive the popular book and film series.
- Learn about three types of microbes - bacteria, viruses, and protists - with American Museum of Natural History on their website and by downloading their Microbes Coloring Book and Scavenger Hunt!
- Stream read alouds with celebrities on Storyline Online to help your children improve their reading skills.
Stay Engaged with Fun Activities
- Free Spider Solitaire Games Online!
- 101+ Ideas to Keep Kids Busy
- Do a scavenger hunt at home.
- Learn how to grow food in your own backyard! Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library has free handouts and courses on beginner food gardening, seed starting, seed saving, and organic gardening.
- Preserve and nurture our environment with The Watershed Project’s Do-It-Yourself Earth Day 2020 activities: home gardening, trash and biodiversity monitoring, art contest, and virtual classrooms for kids!
- Participate in a Cook-Along Class with your kids! Check out the latest recipe videos!
- Check out "Let’s Make Music Live" with Instructor Andrea Gaspari on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 10:30 A.M.
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- Feeling stressed? Need a little laughter to lighten your spirits? Join Laughter Yoga on Zoom Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 AM and Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 10:30 AM. Zoom application required. Note: This is NOT a yoga class with poses!
- Fill in a coloring book, available for from from Richmond’s very own NIAD Art Center.
- Take live art classes on Instagram Live, Mondays through Fridays starting at 10:00 A.M.
Virtual Fitness (For a Fee)
- Bring life back into your workout with Richmond-based IBX Fitness: a full-body group fitness program with a personal focus. Digital classes are offered Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. and Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Sign up now and get your first class for free.
Virtual Fitness (Free)
- Participate in free P.E. with Joe live workouts on YouTube, Mondays through Fridays starting at 9:00 A.M.
- Take some free yoga classes, with videos available for all ages. Find the one that fits you!
- Access hundreds of free full-length workout videos at FitnessBlender.com.
- Register for Family Justice Center’s Inner Strength Yoga Zoom courses, every Monday at 5:45 P.M.
- Get It Girl Fitness, based in El Sobrante, offers free live community fitness classes once a week on their Facebook page.
- Chris Hemsworth, known for his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is offering a free 6-week trial of his workout app Centr to new users. Sign up online to start your trial today!
- Create your own customized home workout plan with adidas Training by Runtastic, which includes demos by fitness trainers to guide you through. adidas is also offering an optional 90 days of free premium membership to support you during shelter in place. Download adidas Training by Runtastic for free on Android or Apple iOS.
- Join Under Armour’s 30-day "Healthy at Home" fitness challenge through their free MyFitnessPal app.
Include Your Kids in Indoor Exercise!
- Here are some exercises to do with your kids!
- Try out Cosmic Kids Yoga.
- Common Sense Media’s top list of movement apps, games, and websites
- Help your kids stay in shape with free virtual sports drills from National Academy of Athletics. Available sports include volleyball, soccer, baseball, basketball, and football.
Festivals, parks, and museums are now offering virtual tours and live video streams for your family to enjoy at home:
- Get your fill of cuteness by viewing live video streams from zoos like San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Oakland Zoo.
- Immerse yourself in the beauty of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
- Go on a virtual journey with your family of National Parks.
- Take a virtual tour of one of many museums around the world.
- Yellow Stone Park has a virtual tour available as well.
- Jam out to live music concerts with your favorite artists on NPR Live.
- Visit some local gardens, virtually, courtesy of Bringing Back the Natives. Richmond’s The Watershed Nursery and Annie’s Annuals and Perennials are featured Richmond gardens.
- Take your kids on virtual Disneyland rides! Great for really young kids.
- The National Park Foundation published a list of park activities you can do from the comfort from your home.
Stay Connected to Your Friends and Family
Tag us on Facebook @richmondcsd or Instagram @richmondcsd and use #RichmondAtHome to show us how you are flattening the curve!
You are allowed to engage in some outdoor activities with people in your immediate household under the current shelter-in-place health order, as long as you follow the mandatory social distancing requirement (maintaining at least six feet between individuals).
Effective 11:59 P.M. on March 31, 2020, please be aware of the following updates to the health order that impact your outdoor activities in public spaces:
- Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
- Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
- Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
Check out the infographic below about social distancing in public parks and trails, and make sure to follow these guidelines while engaging in any of our suggested outdoor activities.
Get some fresh air at one of over 50 City of Richmond Parks!
Richmond is also home to 5 East Bay Regional Parks. There are several other regional parks in the area too! All campgrounds, restrooms, and water fountains are closed at this time, and some regional parks may be closed. Check the website for current park closures.
Find one of Richmond’s several Little Free Libraries to donate or take home a book. Follow these guidelines for best safe practices of using the library during this time.
Become a citizen scientist with The Watershed Project! Help monitor trash using a debris tracker app, and record observations about pollinators and birds using the iNaturalist app to support biodiversity efforts.
Go camping in your backyard!
Take a stroll around your block. When you come across your neighbors, you can say hi while maintaining social distancing!
Don’t forget to check out the City’s Health Information and Community Resources page in addition to these below.
Richmond residents who are over 55 years old are eligible for the City of Richmond’s R-Transit/Paratransit program.
Senior Meal Programs
- For a comprehensive list of food distribution in West County, including those listed below, view Contra Costa County’s map of locations.
- Richmond Senior Center (2525 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA 94804) offers a 7-day meal pickup program for seniors. Seniors can purchase a 7-day meal plan, which includes milk and bread, by calling 510-307-8087 by 5 P.M. the Friday prior. Meals are picked up at the Richmond Senior Center on Tuesdays at 11:15 A.M.
- Current Richmond Senior Center Paratransit riders are eligible for meal delivery for the senior meal program, also by calling 510-307-8087.
- Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano hosts free food giveaways for seniors at Booker T. Anderson Community Center (960 S 47th St, Richmond, CA 94804) every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 9:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M. For more information, contact Kelly Carroll at 925-676-7543 ext. 234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meals on Wheels delivers meals five days a week to seniors over 60 years old. Learn more by calling 510-412-0166 or visiting their website.
Many stores with locations in or near Richmond are offering “Senior Shopping Hours” for seniors and at-risk individuals. We recommend calling the store nearest to you to confirm these times, as hours may vary by store:
- Berkeley Bowl: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
- Costco: 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. - Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Lucky: 6:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. - Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Safeway: 7:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. - Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Smart & Final: 7:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
- Target: First hour of store operations
- Trader Joe’s: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
- Walgreens: 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. - Tuesdays
- Whole Foods: One hour before the store opens to the general public (generally 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.)
Senior Health & Fitness Activities
- The AARP 15 Minute Workout will help keep you active!
- Try some sample workouts from the National Institute on Aging.
- Stay prepared by following County Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Follow social distancing guidelines, avoid panic buying and stay inside unless you are conducting essential activities.
- Get your exercise by following along with workout videos for seniors from Go4Life or finding out ways to stay physically active in your home.