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

Stay Active

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:

For the Kids

Outdoor Activities

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.

Stay Connected

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

For the Kids (or kids at heart)

Stay Informed - Be in the Know

Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.

Stay Nourished

Visit these sites for information on food resources.

Recreation Resources available in Spanish

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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