Rec at Home – Virtual Recreation & Resource Center
Looking for some fun activities you can do at home while our facilities are closed? Georgetown Parks and Recreation is still your go to resource for staying healthy and connected. Keep checking back for updates to this page with videos and links to virtual resources to help you stay active and have a little fun – at home!
- Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more fun activities and the latest updates on COVID-19.
- Tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #GTXRecAtHome to share how you’re staying active at home! We may be isolated, but we aren’t alone.
For more information on City of Georgetown COVID-19 response, visit georgetown.org/coronavirus-information.
Do you have a suggestion for more virtual recreation? We’d love to hear it! Email us at email@example.com.
Please note, the City does not endorse, collect payment on behalf of, or receive funds to advertise any of the third-party sites or services listed or referenced on these pages.
(Disclaimer: Individuals should consult their physician before starting any exercise program or changing their diet to limit risks of injury).
Work out with Betsy Dansbury
Missing Betsy’s classes at the Recreation Center? Enjoy some of her workouts virtually!
7-Day Fitness Challenge
Download the 7-Day Fitness Challenge workbook. Videos are posted daily at 9 a.m.
- Day One video
- Recipe: Breakfast smoothie
- Exercise: 30-minute walk
- Journal Prompt: My favorite time of year is …..
- Day Two video
- Recipe: Easy, healthy pizza
- Exercise: Pushups + crunches
- Journal Prompt: Be the change because …..
- Day Three video
- Recipe: Greek yogurt dill dip
- Exercise: Yoga + sit-ups
- Journal Prompt: The best day of my life was …..
- Day Four video
- Recipe: Fresh fruit salad
- Exercise: Standing yoga poses
- Journal Prompt: If I could live any place in the world, it would be …..
- Day Five video
- Recipe: Parfait
- Exercise: Standing leg balance
- Journal Prompt: My favorite quote is …..
- Day Six video
- Recipe: Mom’s oil and vinegar salad
- Exercise: Dance
- Journal Prompt: Stream of consciousness
- Day Seven video
- Recipe: Vegetable + fruit loaded wraps
- Exercise: Wall sits + lunges
- Journal Prompt: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
For the Kiddos
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids.
- OPEN Online Physical Education Network – Active home physical education for kids and families.
- PE with Joe – Joe is holding kids’ workout classes every weekday at 9 a.m. on his YouTube channel.
- Fitness Blender Kids Workout – 25 minute game-based workout for kids.
- POPSUGAR Fitness Family Fun Cardio Workout – Fun for the entire family, with moves like frog jumps and hopscotch!
- Beachbody Kids Workouts – Helping families stay healthy and sane with some fun ways to expend energy together.
- Go Noodle – A great resource for getting those wiggles out through music and movement!
- Freestyle Sports – Keep ballin’ with the basketball drills on their YouTube channel.
Tivity Health has made available On Demand videos and a GO app for SilverSneakers members, along with streaming workouts on their Facebook page.
May is National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month is an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance with support from the American Red Cross, National Recreation and Park Association and World Waterpark Association.
As we head into summer, we’ll share resources and tips about water safety throughout the month of May!
The mission of Colin’s Hope is to raise water safety awareness to prevent children from drowning.
- Water Safety Quiz – This short quiz was designed for parents and caregivers to test basic water safety knowledge. The quiz will only take a few minutes and could help to prevent a child from drowning. Upon completion, you can print an official Colin’s Hope Water Guardian Certificate. Let’s fill up the Water Guardian Wall with water guardians from Georgetown!
- Water Guardian Pledge – Take the pledge and promise to be a responsible Water Guardian.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross believes that by working together to improve water competency – which includes swimming skills, water smarts and helping others – water activities can be safer… and just as much fun.
- The Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers – This FREE 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.
- WHALE Tales Parent & Caregiver Guide – Meet Longfellow! His WHALE Tales are short, engaging and age-appropriate videos that teach important water safety topics designed for kids in grades K-6. Each episode centers on a memorable rhyming phrase to help children retain what they’ve learned.
- Red Cross Mobile Swim App – This FREE app teaches drowning prevention, tracks swimming progress and more.
Texas Parks & Wildlife
- How to Put a Kid in a Life Jacket – Make sure your child’s life jacket fits safely by following these easy steps. Texas law requires that children under 13 years of age in or on vessels under 26 feet must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable PFD while underway.
- Water Safety – Boating and water safety resources from Texas Parks & Wildlife.
- Home Pool Essentials – Home Pool Essentials was jointly developed by the American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation to teach home pool owners the basics of pool and hot tub maintenance, along with strategies for creating a safer pool environment.
- Water Safety Coloring Sheets – Free printable coloring sheets that teach water safety tips.
We may be isolated, but we’re not alone. It is important to stay connected during this time.
The City of Georgetown Parks & Recreation Department is offering weekly phone check-ins to our senior members who would like to be called during the stay-at-home order issued by Williamson County. If you or someone you know would like a social check-in, contact Robert Staton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 930-1367.
Connect with Others
- Support a local restaurant – Many Georgetown restaurants are still open for take out and delivery orders.
- Mesquite Creek Outfitters – hosting Skeeter Sessions, live music on Facebook Live on Saturday nights.
- Austin City Limits on PBS – check out past performances from the longest-running music series in American television.
- Our Sunset Movie Series is one of our favorite events each summer! Relive past movies from the comfort of your living room. Sunset Movie Series faves streaming list – Find out where you can stream some of our favorite movies from the past.
- Go on a safari – Calling all explorers, it’s time to find your animal friends! There are animals in the windows of the Georgetown Public Library. Some are big and some are small. Can you spot them all? Join in on the fun by putting a stuffed animal in your window and for your neighbors to find. Share on social media using the hashtags #GTXSafari and #GTXCares.
- Chalk your walk – Spread a little love to your neighbors by decorating your driveway or sidewalk with chalk art! Share using the hashtag #GTXCares so we can see and share your creativity.
- Lunch Doodles – Daily art lessons with Mo Willems, children’s author of favorites like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
- Create a COVID-19 Time Capsule – Created by graphic designer and mother, Natalie Long, who has generously offered this worksheet packet for free download. These fun and educational worksheets will keep kiddos busy, and is a great keepsake for looking back on this time.
- TheColor.com – Download and print free coloring sheets
- Teen Social Distancing Challenge – Check out this challenge just for Teens from the Georgetown Public Library. The top player will win a $25 Amazon digital gift card!
City Nature Challenge
- City Nature Challenge – The City Nature Challenge is a global BioBlitz event held annually. This year’s event takes place April 24-27. To participate, explore your backyard to observe nature and share your observations through iNaturalist, a FREE app on your smartphone.
- Exploring nature in and around your home – Ideas and resources to help you look for, find, attract, and document nature in your house or yard!
All City of Georgetown playgrounds, pavilions, exercise equipment, athletic courts, drinking fountains, restrooms, the skate park, Blue Hole Park, and the Play Ranch at Garey Park are closed.
- Interactive Parks & Trails Map
- Parks & Trails Map (printable)
- All Parks Listing
- Social Distancing in Parks (NRPA)
- Cycling Etiquette during COVID-19
Our furry friends need exercise too! Check out these suggestions for distancing at the dog park.
Heading to Garey Park? The Play Ranch is closed, but all other park amenities remain open. The park entry is free of charge during this time. Park hours will remain 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Garey Park Wildflower Bingo – Did you know there are 24 varieties of wildflowers at Garey Park? Print out this Bingo card and see how many you can find!
- 10 Things to Do at Garey Park while practicing physical distancing.
- BioBlitz – Help us chronicle the biodiversity of the park by using your smartphone!
Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16 is the National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day. Due to social distancing measures, this year we are bringing the parks to you!
Family Resources – Find all of the resources you need to celebrate the day.
National Park Trust and Blue Star Families have created the ParkPassport app with the goal of allowing families and individuals to find parks, get outside and discover the power the outdoors has on quality of life. Create an account, find local, regional, state and national parks, earn badges for parks visited and outdoor recreational activities completed, and connect with other park enthusiasts and families across the country.