Online Activities and Resources
Welcome to the City of Richmond’s online hub, a place for community members to stay connected, active and supported during this unprecedented time. In addition to enhancing individual and community well-being, your participation in Richmond Connects will continue to highlight our city as an active and healthy community as we continue to strive for excellence in wellness, recreation, sport, health and physical activity.
The hub’s recreational opportunities include virtual activities that cover physical activity, sports, arts, culture and heritage, in addition to wellness resources for all ages.
How to Register
- Online: Select one of the buttons to browse and register for online programs by age, including fitness classes
- Phone: Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
In-person and Online - All Programs
The City is reopening services, amenities and facilities impacted by COVID-19 with a carefully planned approach. Select the link below for all programs.
Preschoolers (up to 5 years)
Babytime with Richmond Public Library
Connect and help develop language skills with your baby through books, songs and rhymes.
Info: Virtual Babytime
Storytime with Richmond Public Library
Have fun sharing great stories and songs from the comfort of your couch.
Children (6-12 years)
Active For Life
Check out this great resource by this Canadian not-for-profit social initiative created to help parents give their children the right start in life through development of physical literacy. See below for some helpful articles:
Parenting through the pandemic: Simple tips to help you cope
A printable outline to help kids plan their own day
Parents: You're doing an amazing job (Elmo's dad agrees!)
7 signs your child may be feeling anxious (and what you can do about it)
6 mood-boosting yoga poses you can do with kids
Don't forget your ABCs by participating in this bi-weekly challenge that includes outdoor play, music, baking/cooking and mystery challenges!
Anti Boredom Challenge - Edition 1
Anti Boredom Challenge - Edition 2
Anti Boredom Challenge - Edition 3
Anti Boredom Challenge - Edition 4
Anti Boredom Challenge - Edition 5
Anti Boredom Challenge - Edition 6
Anti Boredom Challenge - Edition 7
Connect with Nature
Download the iNaturalist app and become a citizen scientist. Learn about nature, create and share useful data and connect with experts using this interactive app.
For more information: iNaturalist
The Importance of Staying Active
Physical Literacy Infograph
What is physical literacy?
Stay physically active during self-quarantine
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
How physical activity can help improve your sleep and overall health
Spring into Summer and join a six week Passport Challenge starting May 10. Stay safe, engaged, active and connected by participating in these weekly fun-filled challenges suitable for all ages from the comfort of your own home or outdoors.
Complete a weekly challenge and submit a photo proving your participation to TeamEngagement@richmond.ca to be entered into a chance to win a weekly prize of a $20 gift card related to that week's challenge! All entries over the course of the passport challenge will be entered to win a grand prize draw for a Family Fun Gift Basket on Wednesday, June 28.
Challenge #1: May 10 - Get your garden started
Challenge #2: May 17 - Take a walk around Richmond while achieving your daily step goals!
Challenge #3: May 24 - Take an adventure through Richmond's neighbourhood parks
Challenge #4: May 31 - Stay hydrated and try to drink 8 glasses of water a day
Challenge #5: June 7 - Get outside for some physical activity and stay active
Challenge #6: June 14 - Show off your artistic skills by making some chalk art outside
Keep a look out on community centre social media platforms for ideas, resources and activities that go along with each weekly challenge!
Download your digital passport: Explore Richmond - Passport Challenge
Summer Reading Club
Children of all ages are invited to join Richmond Public Library's free online Summer Reading Club! Starting June 15, stop by any RPL branch to pick up your reading booklet and stickers or register online at bcsrc.ca. Pick a reading goal for your family that you will work on at home and record your reading progress to collect stickers or earn digital badges. Complete all challenges to earn a medal at the end of summer.
Richmond Public Library Programs
The library is offering a variety of fun programs for kids, including Storytimes in the Park as well as science and technology programs hosted by Parks Canada and Scientists in Schools.
For more information: Richmond Public Library Events Calendar or call 604-231-6412
Youth (13-18 years)
Youth Team on Instagram!
The City of Richmond Youth Team has its very own Instagram account. Follow to see what's happening for youth in Richmond, #RichCityYouth
Follow us: @CityofRichmondYouth
Remote RYMP (Richmond Youth Media Program)
Participate in media arts skills sessions, virttual museum tours, online screenings and group discussion. RYMP is a referral based program for 13 to 24 year olds.Tips and Tricks
Stay Healthy at Home
Adults (19+ years)
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
The Canadian Mental Health Association has created a specific set of resources to support individuals and families stay well during these uncertain times. Register to access live counselling, peer support, crisis support and more.
To register: CMHA COVID-19 wellness site
The World Health Organization has released helpful information for parents during this time. Topics include learning through play, keeping calm and managing stress, talking about COVID-19 and more.
Info: World Health Organization - COVID-19 Parenting
English Corner Online
This program, offered by Richmond Public Library, will focus on everyday survival English, simple vocabulary and phonetic pronunciations. Suitable for intermediate level and above (LINC 4 and above) English learners. Registration is required.
For more information: English Corner Online
Note: Registration opens the Monday before each session at 10:00am.
Use Richmond's Walking Guide book to stretch and get some fresh air!
Richmond Walking Guide Book
Note: Some trails may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Check the following page for the most up-to-date closures: Affected City Services & Facilities
10 Functional Strength Training Exercises
Join West Richmond’s Fitness Coordinator, Murray Phillips as he walks through 10 easy exercises to do from home.
*Be mindful of your physical capacity and assess whether this workout is right for you. If it is too difficult, modify the exercises to suit your abilities or check out other classes or posts for more suitable workouts. Ensure you have no hazards around you, take breaks when necessary. Stay hydrated. Stop if you feel unwell or uncomfortable.
|10 Functional Strength Training Exercises
Our Senior Coordinators are here to connect! Many of the activities below offer an opportunity for dialogue and discussion with your local Senior Coordinator. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we can't wait to hear from you!
Supporting Richmond Seniors
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, the City encourages residents to make time to stay physically and mentally well: eat healthy, be as active as possible and stay connected to others.
Info: Supporting Richmond Seniors
Richmond Seniors Resource Guide
1-on-1 with a Librarian
Have a question about Richmond Public Library's digital resources? Contact the library for 1-on-1 help with a librarian.
For assistance: Call 604-231-6413 or send a message https://www.yourlibrary.ca/ask-us on the "Ask Us" page.
Beyond the Books Club
4th Wed/month: 10:00-10:40am
Become more socially connected by joining in on free virtual group discussions to learn more about what books, movies, shows and podcasts are available.
Beyond the Books Club
Choose to Move Program
A collection of trusted resources to help older adults stay physically active and socially connected. See a full list of activities to support everything from building strength, balance and flexibility to mental health and printable resources.
Info: Choose to Move Website
Coffee and Tea Chat
2nd Thu/month: 10:30-11:30am
Let's connect! Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while socializing and building community. Relax and engage in light conversation and games. All meetings take place over the phone or the Zoom app.
To register: Contact your facility Seniors Coordinator
Gentlemen in Conversation
2nd Fri/month: 10:30-11:30am
Connect with new and old friends from the comforts of your home. This group offers the opportunity to share stories, ideas and laughs. Engage with others through a live conversation on Zoom.
Journey Through Time
2nd Wed/month: 10:00-11:30am
Travel back through time and discover the history of Richmond on this unique virtual tour. This program is offered in collaboration with the Friends of the Richmond Archives. Registration required.
Meals to Go at Seniors Centre at Minoru Centre for Active Living
The Seniors Centre at Minoru Centre for Active Living is offering a take-out service—for all ages - Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm (closed statutory holidays). Daily menu: minorucentre.ca/cafeteria.
Nutritious fresh and frozen items include $7.35 entrees, $3.15 soups and limited baked goods. Simply knock on the west doors (near the cafeteria) or call the Front Desk at 604-238-8450 during operating hours for entry into the building. While cash is accepted, the use of debit/credit tap payments is preferred.
These specialty programs are available for individuals who are unable to leave their homes to participate in recreational activities. Phone-In Programs are a great opportunity to stay socially connected with minimal technical requirements.
For more information: Phone-In Program Opportunities
Read, Relax and Rejuvenate
Energize the mind and stay connected with the new and engaging Seniors Newsletter! Read, Relax and Rejuvenate with special articles, brain games and recipes selected for you by your very own community Seniors Coordinators.
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 1
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 2
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 3
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 4
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 5
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 6
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 7
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 8
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 9
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 10
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 11
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 12
Seniors Newsletter - Edition 13
Participate in this easy wellness activity. What pattern of B-I-N-G-O can you complete this week?
Stay Connected, Healthy and Active
6 Simple Wellness Tips (that can be done daily!)
Take yourself for a walk in your backyard or around the block and enjoy nature's bounty through all your senses. Suggestions: keep a journal to record your observations.
The 5 Senses of Nature - Jun 2020
The 5 Senses of Nature - Jul 2020
The 5 Senses of Nature - Aug 2020
The 5 Senses of Nature - Sep 2020
The 5 Senses of Nature - Oct 2020
The 5 Senses of Nature - Nov 2020
The 5 Senses of Nature - Dec 2020
The 5 Senses of Nature - Jan 2021
The 5 Senses of Nature - Feb 2021
Virtual Meeting Backgrounds
Discover Richmond from your very own home with new downloadable #RichmondConnects backdrops for apps like WebEx and Zoom. Customize your virtual setting by downloading the images below to use as your background for video call meetings.
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Arts, Culture and Heritage
Use Internet Explorer 11+, Chrome or Firefox to virtually click on the buildings and take a 3D tour of exhibit buildings!
Info: Britannia 3D Tours
Short Guided Tours
Explore the secret corners, interesting artifacts and amazing stories of Britannia Shipyard.
Visit Britannia Short Guided Tours for more information.
Community Art Exhibitions: Online Edition
With the current closure of the Richmond Cultural Centre, art exhibitions that are usually enjoyed in the Upper Rotunda Exhibition spaces have been suspended. Until now! Enjoy art work from some of the Richmond Art Centre's Resident Art Groups virtually. Check back regularly as new pieces will be added continuously.
Info: Online Community Art Exhibitions
Richmond Art Gallery
Art At Work: Selling Your Artwork
A series of professional development workshops designed for visual artists. Presented by Public Art Richmond and Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with the City of Richmond Arts Services and CARFAC BC.
Info: Art at Work
Exhibiting Artists Interviews
Check out artists' works from the Richmond Art Gallery's archives to today.
Info: Exhibiting Artists Interviews
RAG@Home is a new way to enjoy the gallery from wherever you may be. Bringing you into the building virtually, RAG@Home ives everyone a chance to engage with art and our RAG Team through interesting and diverse programming, videos and activites. New content added weekly.
Online Artefact Collection
Explore over 2000 artefacts in the City of Richmond's collection.
Info: City of Richmond Artefact Collection
Take a virtual tour of the Steveston Tram.
Experience now: Interactive 3D Exhibit Tour (Compatible with Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11+)
Minoru Centre for Active Living
Richmond Art Gallery
Website: www.richmond.ca/artgallery and www.richmondartgallery.org
West Richmond Community Centre
Childcare Programs: www.westrichmondchildcare.org