Virtual Recreation Center
Welcome to the City of Atlantic Beach Recreation & Special Events Department’s Virtual Recreation Center!
The Virtual Recreation Center will serve as a place for you to obtain resources and links to FREE online fitness, fun and educational activities for various ages. The Recreation & Special Events Department is committed to ensuring the City of Atlantic Beach community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, maintain mental wellness, and continue to have fun from home.
Visit this page often for new ideas to keep you and your loved ones active, entertained, and engaged.
Have a great idea or resource you’d like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
As our daily lives are filled with more indoor time, there are many ways to stay healthy and 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
- Jazzercise - On demand cardio classes
- Sweat with SELF - Workout Videos Online
- Active by POPSUGAR - Fitness tutorials, workouts, and exercises that will help you on your road to healthy living, weight loss, and stress relief.
- Cooking How-To’s - The Food Network cooking videos
For the Kids
Here are a few ideas for keeping children engaged.
- Hold a virtual play date through Facetime.
- Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
- GoNoodle Dance Routines
- Fitness Blender for Kids - Free Fitness videos
- KIDZ BOP Daily Dance Break
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Sworkit - Kid friendly workouts
- At Home Scavenger Hunt
- Funology – Fun activities for children
- Starfall Phonics Skills
- 87 Energy Busting Indoor Games & Activities
- Rainy day fun indoor activities
- Bop along with Jack Hartmann - Kid friendly music videos to learn sign language, classic kid’s songs, and the alphabet.
- Scratch Garden - Educational songs for teaching young minds.
- Busy Toddler - Fun activities for all ages.
- Alaskan Wildlife Viewing - Webcams let you watch Fish, bears and looms, oh my!
- Little Fox - Fairy tales and classic stories.
- Funology - Crafts, projects, recipes, and more for young children
- Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, activities, and crafts.
- Crafts, activities, mazes, and dot-to-dot worksheets.
- Printable worksheets for toddlers.
- Read, play games, or hang out with Dr. Seuss.
- Cooking for Parents and Kids
- Senior Aerobics by Tracy Aiello - Gail Baker Center Senior Aerobics
Did you know that the current guidelines allow for individuals to engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with the Social Distancing Requirements...such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, and running.
Here’s a few ideas (For everyone’s safety, don’t forget your social distancing rules!)
- Visit a local park. Our parks are free and have great walking trails and open space to maintain Social Distance. Walk or bike through your local park to get a little Vitamin D. Atlantic Beach parks remain open during the City’s emergency declaration; however, certain activities such as basketball, pickleball, tennis and racquetball are prohibited. Also, playgrounds, skateboard park, and public restrooms are closed.
- Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are getting outside too.
- Go for a drive.
- APRIL 17, 2020: Beach now open during limited hours for ’essential’ activities. ..
The hours Jacksonville’s beaches (including Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Hanna Park) will be open are 6 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. For the time being in Atlantic Beach, ocean rescue staffing will be limited and lifeguards will not man chairs; as such, swimmers are advised to use extreme caution.
In Atlantic Beach, the 18th and 19th street beach-access parking lots remain closed.
As defined in an executive order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, essential activities may include the following provided social-distancing guidelines are followed: walking, running, biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, surfing, and taking care of pets. Sunbathing is prohibited and beachgoers may not lay out towels or blankets. Also, chairs, coolers and grills are prohibited, as are groups of 10 or more people.
For the partial beach re-opening to be successful during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, it’s imperative that people follow social distancing guidelines and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. For everyone’s safety, even greater social distancing than the 6-foot-foot rule is strongly encouraged on the beach to account for wind and the movement of others.
Since we are all social distancing physically, here are some video-communication options that technology currently has to offer and other ideas to help us stay emotionally connected.
- Facetime a friend or loved one to check on them. Facetiming - Apple’s video communication App
- Zoom - Video Communication
- Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
- Write a letter ... the ol’ fashioned way, with a pen/pencil and paper.
- Support a local restaurant, many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders. Who’s open and who’s closed? Click here for the Atlantic Beach restaurant list. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you. Please email email@example.com if you have helpful information/updates to share.
Virtual Art Gallery
Paint, draw, build, use any materials, all styles, all ages & skill levels welcome.
THEME: SPRING AT YOUR DOORS
Submit art to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- Name & age of artist
- Title of Artwork
- Attach scanned document or photo of the art piece
Virtual Songwriters’ Concert
Songwriters’ Concert - Hosted by Mike Shackelford featuring songwriters during Songwriters’ Concert at Adele Grage Cultural Center.
Practice mindful meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment with breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
- The Mindful Movement - Mediation for Adults
- Meditation for kids - Kid Friendly Meditation videos
- Mayo Clinic - Information on mindfulness
- Calming breathing cycle
- 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, and get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Exercise Your Brain
- Visit Jacksonville Public Library online - The library has Downloadable e-books, audio-books, and streaming movies.
- Learn a new language with Duolingo.
Virtual Field Trips
- Head to the Jacksonville Zoo through their Live Sumatran Tiger webcam.
- Take a Virtual Vacation - Explore the world using Google Earth! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
- Virtually Ride a Disney Amusement Ride
- National Geographic Kids - Visit one of many museums around the world through their virtual tours.
- Great Wall of China - Take a virtual trip and see history come to life.
- The Louvre - Virtual tours in Paris, France and see artwork.
STEM at Home
Let’s have some hands-on STEM fun at home! Explore these virtual activities and lessons for all ages.
- Sid the Science Kid (elementary)
- NASA Kids Club (elementary)
- Thinkport Education (early childhood, elementary, middle, high)
- American Museum of Natural History – Ology (middle)
- 3M Young Scientist Lab – Family Activities (families)
- 10 Easy Science Experiments (families)
- Code.org – Computer Science (elementary, middle, high)
- Scratch – Drag and Drop Coding (elementary, middle, high)
- Tynker – Online Coding for Kids (elementary, middle, high)
- Pitsco Education (elementary, middle, high)
- Math Playground (elementary, middle)
- STEM Read Aloud (elementary)
- STEM Activities to Foster Curiosity (elementary)
- STEM Resources/Classes-(families)
- Novel Engineering - Literacy-Based Engineering (families)
The City of Atlantic Beach has a Facebook page for Recreation and Special Events.
Visit us and "like" us if you would like to keep up to date of city’s recreational events via Facebook!