Virtual Recreation Center
Welcome to the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department’s Virtual Recreation Center and Resource Guide! Here you will find video tutorials, arts and crafts, fitness, games and activities for all ages. With our program cancellations and facility closure, along with shelter at home recommendations, we want to make sure you still have plenty of #burlingamerec.
Our Department is committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to stay inspired and creative during this time. We 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.
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Updated March 25, 2020
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 videos
- Nike Training Club - App filled with free fitness videos
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Morning MeditOcean (guided meditation with ocean critters):
For the Kids
Did you know that the current Shelter in Place order allows 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 (don’t forget your Social Distance rules!).
- Visit a local park - Our parks are free and still open to the public. Don’t forget to tag us on social media.
- Visit a nearby County or State Park - these are all still open as well.
- Head to the beach. The beach is just a short drive away, with miles of beach to walk.
- 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.
Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day:
- Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
- Write a letter.
- Video chat or send photos to loved ones.
- 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 volunteer to help those in our community. The Second Harvest Food Bank is in need of extra help during this period of high demand. Sign-up for a shift on the food bank’s website. 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.
Exercise your Brain
- Visit Burlingame’s Virtual Library - The library has tons of free ebooks ready for your enjoyment as well as other valuable resources for kids and adults.
- SiliconValley4U is offering a free webinar to educate students/parents about value of coding, on Thursday at 1PM.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
- Visit one our our beautiful National Parks
- Explore the work using Google Earth! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
- Visit one of many museums around the work through their virtual tours.
- 20 more virtual field trips
- Watch Broadway Musicals (7-day free trial)
For the Kids (or kids at heart)
- Hold a virtual play date through Facetime.
- Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
- Listen to your favorite children’s authors as they Read Aloud their books
- Educational Resources
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Burlingame Library Kids Resources
- PBS Kids
- 150+ Educational Shows on Netflix
- Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
- 100 Activities to do at Home
Stay Informed - Be in the Know
Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.
- San Mateo County Health Department - This is the lead Agency in San Mateo County directing our community’s response to COVID-19.
- City of Burlingame - See the COVID-19 page for updates
- Burlingame School District - This link will take you to BSD’s dedicated page on COVID-19 info.
- Centers for Disease Control - CDC’s COVID-19 site.
A chat with California’s Department of Aging director on coronavirus and seniors
Visit these sites for information on food resources.
- Second Harvest Food Bank - Food programs for all
- Burlingame School District Student Meal Program - Obtain breakfast and lunch for your child while school is out
- San Mateo Union High School District is providing meals for any student under the age of 18 at San Mateo and Mills High School.
- Meals on Wheels - Meal delivery for older adults
- Burlingame born, Marty Joyce, is challenging all his students to make a video or Tik Tok making a homemade meal during social distancing and shelter in place. His handle is @martinjoyce95 his account has his and some of his students’ samples.
Recreation Resources available in Spanish
- Alejandro Maldonado- Meditation Aquí hay un enlace para varios videos sobre meditación guiada. Están destinados a enseñarle varios ejercicios de respiración.
- Tai Chi Para Principiantes - Para aquellos que necesitan un descanso del mundo real, aquí hay un video sobre los fundamentos del tai chi.
- Routina de Ejercicio Para Abdomen y Piernas- ¿No tienes acceso al gimnasio? No te preocupes! ¡Prueba esta rutina hecha para hacer en casa!
- Canciones Básicas en Espanñol