Virtual Recreation Center
This is your place for fun, education and resources through these wild and turbulent times. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences. In these challenging times, our Virtual Recreation Center will bring these programs and resources right to you and your family with the hope of making it easier for you to prioritize your health and well-being.
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Valentine's Day Recipes
Click on the owl below for links to simple, fun and easy Valentine's Day recipes for treats to make at home!
Snow Much Fun!
We are excited to welcome you to our latest edition of Recreation To-Go programs! Click on the icon below to get started.
Virtual Art Show
Click on the icon below and show us your talent, Stafford!
Mr. Jason’s Virtual Classes
The links below are a sure way to get creative in the kitchen or your at-home art studio with the entire family!
Stafford Township Recreation Department Virtual Egg Hunt
Thank you to all who participated, we hope you had fun!
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 (Disclaimer: Individuals should consult their physician before starting any exercise program or changing their diet to limit risks of injury).
For the Kids
- Princess Party Playtime
- Macaroni Kid of Southern Ocean County
- How-To Playground Games - This list of links will help you in your quest for outdoor activities to explore. A variety of traditional games, new twists on old games, international children’s games, and brain-stimulating activities have been included.
- Fitness Blender for Kids - Free fitness videos
- Cosmic Kids Yoga - Kid friendly videos
- Little Twisters Yoga - Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans
- 87 Energy-Busting Indoor Games & Activities
- Fluency and Fitness - Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.
- Go Noodle - Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
- The OT Tool Box - At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.
For All Ages
- Take a Virtual Fitness Class - There are plenty of FREE options online. Here are just a few: Facebook Social Network
- Silver Sneakers Exercise Class - Follow them on Facebook for live classes YouTube Video YouTube Video Facebook Social Network
- YouTube Video Do Yoga with Me - Free yoga videos
- Fitness Blender - Variety of free videos
- Nike Training Club - App filled with free fitness videos
Blink Fitness- Facebook Live sessions every day M-F at 8:00 AM
OrangeTheory At Home- 30-minute daily workouts
305 Fitness- Offering cardio dance live streams twice a day on YouTube. The sessions are held at 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Planet Fitness- Offering 20-minute livestreaming “work ins” at 7:00 PM daily.
Core Power Yoga- Offering free access to a limited collection of online yoga and meditation classes.
YMCA 360- On-demand videos including barre, boot camp, yoga and more.
Retro Fitness online classes on Facebook Live
Here are a few ways you can get outside!
New Jersey Audubon Society - World Series of Birding (WSB) – Special Edition 2020 is designed for people to be outside, enjoy birds, and raise money for conservation.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance - virtual Pinelands adventures on topics from history, to wildfires to native plants and organic gardening
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Walk the dog
Ride your bike
Plant seeds, flowers or a vegetable garden
Please note that Stafford Township does not endorse, collect payment on behalf of, or receive funds for any of the third party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.
Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day.
For All Ages
Connecting with Others
Call or Facetime a friend or relative and check in.
Write a letter or teach a child to write a letter and mail it.
Take advantage of digital content and online programs from the Ocean County Library System https://www.theoceancountylibrary.org/ and follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oceancountylibrary
Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for takeout or delivery orders.
Hold a virtual play date through FaceTime or Zoom.
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.
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Youth Helpline of New Jersey - connects youth with counselors for various issues, including stress of social distancing
Talking to Kids about COVID-19 - Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.
For the Kids & Kids at Heart
Visual and Performing Arts
Live Stream local musicians by joining Entertainment Clipboard
Daily Doodle lessons by Mo Willems.
FreeKidsCrafts - Lots of categories of ideas, templates and print outs.
Crafts by Amanda - Free arts and crafts ideas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
Artsology - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
Nature and Virtual Travel
Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
Architectural Wonders of Dubai - The emirate of Dubai's architectural wonders are considered nothing short of a marvel worldwide.
Nat Geo Kids - Learn about geography and animals from National Geographic.
Gardening - Guide to gardening for kids
Smithsonian Zoos and Museums - No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to your screen.
Virtual Field Trips- Visit famous zoos, aquariums, and museums
Just for Fun
ABCya! - Educational and fun online computer games.
All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
Maker Stations - 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
The Great Courses Daily - Take a tour through your favorite subjects, or discover topics you never knew you loved with these full-length free video lectures from The Great Courses.
Digital Book Spot - free or inexpensive books to download
STEM and Educational Resources
Mad Science - At home science experiments
The Franklin Institute - virtual science from Philadelphia
Storyline Online - Videos of children’s books being read with illustrations.
Bed Time Math - Math as a fun part of your daily family routine.
ECB - Games to get "into the book"
Conjuguemos - Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.
Science Spot - Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
The Happy Scientist - Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
Climate Kids - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
PBS Learning- PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials
Quizlet - For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.
Brainscape - Offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.
Banzai - Exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.
30 Educational Netflix Shows - List of educational shows on Netflix for all ages.
Please note that Stafford Township 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.
Covid-19 Information Resources
Stafford Township Office of Emergency Management
Addresses any concerns/questions regarding Covid-19 State of Emergency
609-597-1000 ext. 8265
If you are unable to leave your home are in need of assistance (groceries, prescriptions & other essentials) or wish to volunteer click the SHIP link above or call 609-597-1000 ext. 8583
Stafford Township Website www.staffordnj.gov