Virtual Recreation Center

Welcome to the Community Services Virtual Recreation Center!  Here, you will find a collection of digital recreation resources.  The City is committed to keeping program participants safe during these challenging times.  The Community Services Department also would like to offer you and your family new and creative ways to stay busy, active, and engaged.  We hope that by bringing these resources to your fingertips, you will be able to prioritize your health and well-being. 

Many of the City’s contractors and service partners offer these resources for free!  The City will update this page with new information periodically.  Please note that 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 this page.

Online Recreation

Virtual Art Exhibits

Enter our Virtual Art Show! Print out the below sketch (click it- its a link!) of our beautiful Lake Forest, color it in, then scan your artwork or take a picture and send it to with your name and age.  Your artwork will be featured right here, at the Virtual Recreation Center! 

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Like to create on a larger canvas?  Show us your creativity using sidewalk chalk!  Enter our Chalk Talk art exhibit by creating your artwork, taking a photo, and submitting it to  Entries will be posted right here, at the Virtual Recreation Center.

Chalk Talk

Online Recreation Classes

The City is working with its partners to offer you great online recreation resources.  The following list will be updated as more opportunities become available. 

Youth Classes

  • Playwell TEKnologies Facebook LIVE: Weekdays at 10am, you and your child may learn the fundamental principles of engineering and physics all while playing with LEGOS! Participate in the Facebook Live by following @playwelltek on Facebook.
  • Super Soccer Stars: Virtual Soccer Classes Starts 3/3/2020
  • Music Together: Music Classes
  • Skyhawks: Keep your kids active and burn some energy while they’re at home! The Skyhawks Sports family activity database is packed with activities to keep your kids active and engaged during school closures.  Click here to access the database!
  • Distance Learning with the Simthsonian National Museum of Natural History: Bring a Smithsonian Scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How!  These scheduled video webcasts are for school aged children in grades 3 through 8.  Click here to sign up.

Adult Classes

  • Inspire Yoga OC: Recorded Yoga Sessions and Live Virtual Classes
  • Health and Wellness Classes with HOAG: Live Streaming Classes
  • The Science of Being Well: "In this course, you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits." Sign up here.
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Learn about marine mammals and how the Pacific Marine Mammal Center steps in to nurse injured wildlife back to health.  Each class is geared toward a different age group.  Classes are limited to 100 web connections per session.  Pre-registration is required.  Click here to learn more!

Check back later for more!

Tones at 2

Beginning on March 27, 2020, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) will host virtual classes geared towards elementary aged children covering various aspects of the OCFA.  "Tones at 2" (that fire lingo for "fire tones at 2 p.m.") will air every Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. for two weeks and is accessible through OCFA’s Facebook - click here!

Zoo and Aquarium Live Streams

Want to know what your favorite animals are doing right now?  Take a peek using these zoo live streams! 

Museum Tours

Many of the Nation’s leading museums are offering free virtual tours.  Use the links below to begin your tour today!

The Clubhouse Senior Center

The Clubhouse is here to help our 50+ population stay active and engaged during this time.  Below, please find helpful links to fun games, continuing education, physical exercise, books, and magazines!

If you would like someone to talk to, the Institute on Aging is hosting a Friendship Line.  Call the 800-number below and speak to a new friend for 10 minutes.
  • Friendship Line: (800) 971-0016 
Age Well Senior Services is offering two meal programs for seniors age 60+.  The first is a Home Delivered Meal Program (HDM).  To participate, seniors must enroll with Age Well.  The second is a Grab&Go lunch program during specified times Monday-Friday at any Age Well location. Visit Age Well's Website here to enroll in the HDM program and for more information.

Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest

One of the most beautiful things about skateboarding is how much it has grown and adapted to fit the surrounding environment.  When massive droughts struck California in the 1970s, transition skating was born from an abundance of empty pools.  Years later, when cities began building sculptures, ledges, and plazas, us skaters gradually evolved into graceful street technicians.  Now, in the time of social media, skateboarding has branched into everything from fashion, daredevils, DIY enthusiasts, and much, much more.  We have proven countless times that we are able to adapt and thrive in any situation, and this current one is no different.

In keeping with temporary safety guidelines, Etnies Skatepark is pleased to announce that it will now be hosting digital programs that you can participate in from home!  Accessed via our Instagram, these programs will include things such as contests, trick-tips, Skatepark trivia, and at-home projects to keep you all busy until we open up again.  Follow the link to join up and stay stoked!  Click here for more!

Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center

Don’t Sit, Let’s Keep Fit

Stay up to date on Sports Park and Recreation Center News and Contests on Instagram and Facebook.

Special Needs Resources

Special Needs and stir-crazy? Please check out the programs below for ideas on how you can beat boredom while our facilities remain closed! If you require more specific assistance, then please refer to our “Special Needs Resources” page by clicking here

Other Resources

The current state of events has caused many to postpone or cancel their events and/or meetings.  The following resources may help you, should you find yourself in this position. 

Stay in the Know!
Are you in need of non-medical resources (i.e. food delivery or mental health services)?  The State of California created a hotline to assist you in finding these resources in your area.  To access this hotline, call  (833) 544-2374.

Planning to get outside today? Please practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between you and your neighbor.  Also, you may wish to bring disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer with you when you leave your home.  

City News
OC Health Care Agency
Center for Disease Control
California Department of Parks and Recreation

For questions regarding facility closures, please call (949) 461-3536.

Canceled/Rescheduled City Events:

  • March 28, 2020: Pet Expo
  • April 3, 2020: Bunco or Bust
  • April 11, 2020: Bunny Blast
  • April 11, 2020: Etnies Egg-Cellent Egg Hunt and Festival of Colors
  • April 25, 2020: Special Needs Resource Fair
  • June 12, 2020: Movie in the Park
  • June 20, 2020: Summer Concert - SantanaWays and The Ultimate Stones