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Drop-In Activities Available for All Age Groups

Try a program or learn a new skill without the commitment of weekly classes. Drop-in activities including basketball, pickleball, badminton, Friday Night Fun Centres & Clubs, youth spaces, group fitness, and aqua fitness available on a first-come, first-served basis. No pre-registration required.

Drop-In Programs Schedule 

A COVID-19 Screening Survey is required to be completed prior to each visit
COVID-19 Screening Survey
Proof of vaccination required to enter TOA recreation facilities

Proof of vaccination (both doses of a two dose vaccine or one dose of a single dose vaccine plus 14 days) is required to enter Town of Ajax recreation facilities and participate in Town recreation programs as part of Ontario’s proof of vaccination system.

Note: The Province of Ontario has mandated changes to the proof of vaccination requirements.

  • Effective January 4, 2022, requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy. Individuals can download their enhanced certificate with QR code by visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
  • Strengthening the verification process for medical exemptions and clinical trial exemptions by requiring a certificate with a QR code. Organizations and businesses that are under the provincial proof-of-vaccination system will be advised to no longer accept physician notes as of January 10, 2022.
  • Proof of Vaccination for 12 to 17 years of age participating in organized sport and recreational activities will be required to provide proof of vaccination at all venues across the province.
    • For the purposes of participation in organized sports and recreational fitness activities, children turning 12 in 2022 will have a grace period of 12 weeks from their 12th birthday to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This allows for a reasonable opportunity for vaccination to be completed, and to accommodate the current recommended 8-week interval between dose one and dose two.

Proof of identity can be established using documentation issued by an institution of public body, provided it includes the name of the holder and date of birth. Examples include:

  • Birth certificate;
  • Citizenship card;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Government of Ontario or other issued identification card, including health card;
  • Indian Status Card / Indigenous Membership Card;
  • Passport; and/or
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • TOA Youth Fast Pass

Children may be required to provide identification, at the point of entry, to indicate their age and that they are exempt from providing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Patrons should arrive 10 minutes before program/activity start time to allow for check-in, vaccination checks and health screening.

TOA ID fast pass for 12 – 17 years old

In order to provide safe and convenient access for youth, patrons 12 - 17 may also request an ID fast pass – a Town-issued ID card that will allow access to Town of Ajax recreation facilities and programs without having to show proof of government issued ID on each visit. To receive your free fast pass, please stop by the Customer Service Desk at Ajax Community Centre, McLean Community Centre or Audley Recreation Centre. Please note, one-time verification of government issued ID required to receive your fast pass.

We appreciate your cooperation. The Town is committed to taking every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of staff and patrons from the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 - What We're Doing to Keep You Safe 

All programming adheres to Ontario Ministry of Health Guidelines, in consultation with Durham Region Public Health.

Town of Ajax Response to COVID - Winter Programs 2022

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Winter Virtual Recreation Programs Registration

Connect directly with your instructor during live-streamed classes that take place in a fun and interactive online setting. Don't miss out on your chance to register for: Preschool Classes, Art, Dance, SOS 4 Kids Home Alone Safety certification and Red Cross Babysitting certification courses, Kids Great Minds S.T.E.A.M computer programming, Sportball’s multisport classes, Afiwi Groove’s African-Caribbean dance classes and Group Fitness classes.

Find Out More and Register for Recreation Programs

Find Out More and Register for Group Fitness Classes

Inclusion Services

People of all abilities can participate in our programs and services. Special needs may include difficulty with physical mobility, behavioural challenges, developmental challenges, visual/hearing impairments, or medical conditions that prevent them from participating in a program/service without support. 

Please call 905-619-2529, ext. 7259 or email InclusionServices@ajax.ca to discuss options if your child/youth requires enhanced staffing or Inclusion Support Services.

Preschool & Kindergarten Programs

Learn & Play - Create & Play - Move & Play

See all Preschool & Kindergarten programs.

For more information on our preschool and kindergarten programs contact the Community Recreation Supervisor at 905-619-2529, ext. 7255.

Children's Programs

High Five LogoExplore high quality, creative & physically challenging programs for children 6-12 years of age. 

Town of Ajax programs are HIGH FIVE accredited meeting provincial standards for safety and quality. Committed to ensuring participants have a positive experience with our proven child-centered approach to development. Designed to encourage fair play, healthy competition and leadership.  Memorable, social and above all FUN! 

For more information on our children's programs contact the Community Recreation Supervisor at 905-619-2529, ext. 7727.

 Children's & Family Drop-In Sports
Take part in drop-in programs at the Audley Recreation Centre.

See all Children & Family Drop-In Sports.

Children's Registered Programs 

We have you covered with introductory skilled sports, dance, visual arts classes and more. 

See all Registered Children's Programs 

Youth Programs


Youth Friendly LogoAs a Youth Friendly Community, the Town of Ajax is committed to building a healthy, vibrant community that keeps young people a priority. Our programs and spaces are accessible, inclusive and aim to meet the needs of youth, which will make them feel more supported, connected, engaged, valued and safe. Our programs provide opportunities for youth ages 11 to 18. 

For more information on youth programs, youth spaces, events, and opportunities to get involved, contact the Community Recreation Supervisor at 905-619-2529, ext. 7508 or email youth@ajax.ca.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Town of Ajax Youth. Please visit our Covid-19 page for all service updates.

 

Registered Programs

Learn a new sport, practice skills, gain a certification, or meet new friends.

See all Youth programs.

Drop-In sports

Take part in drop-in programs at the McLean Community Centre and Audley Recreation Centre.

See all Youth Drop-In programs.

Youth Spaces and Hubs

PLEASE NOTE: Youth Spaces and Youth Hubs are currently closed until further notice.

Youth Spaces

Drop in, meet new friends and take part in free activities! Our Youth Spaces are a safe and supervised drop-in space for youth between the ages of 11 to 18. Our Youth Spaces have pool, ping pong, foosball, large screen TV's, and video game consoles.

Visit our Youth Spaces at the Ajax Community Centre, McLean Community Centre and/or Audley Recreation Centre. 

 Youth Hubs

The Town of Ajax also offers a safe and welcoming space for high school students to hang out in, with structured and unstructured programming at the following youth hubs located in high schools.

The Spot (Located in the cafeteria at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate & Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School)

2 to 5 p.m.

Our Place (Located inside of Ajax High School)

3 to 6 p.m.

Please note, youth must be attending the high schools listed above to attend the program. Youth Hubs are closed during March Break and Summer Break.

Youth Engagement Advisory Committee (YEAC)

Youth Engagement Advisory Committee Winter Care Packages Poster

 

January 10, 2022 - February 7, 2022

 

The Youth Engagement Advisory Committee has collaborated with Durham Youth Services and is collecting donations in order to build winter care packages for youth in need. We want to help them through winter this year by providing care packages with essential items. YEAC’s goal is to create a minimum of 50 packages, but in order to do so, we need your help!

 

Drop-o­ffs will be accepted at the locations below (please follow all Covid protocols):

     Audley Recreation Centre- 1955 Audley Rd. N.

     Ajax Community Centre- 75 Centennial Rd.

     McLean Community Centre- 95 Magill Dr.

 

Suggested donations:

- Hats, mitts, scarves, socks               - Non-perishable snacks (Granola bars, crackers, etc.)

- New thermos                                   - New reusable water bottle

- Toothbrush/Toothpaste                     - Lip balm

- Vitamin C lozenges                           - Hand lotion

- Hand warmers                                 - Blanket

- Kleenex                                           - Masks

- Sanitizer                                          - Gift cards (Tim Hortons, Presto, Value Village, Mark’s Warehouse, Giant Tiger, Walmart and grocery stores)

 

Items not accepted:

- Baby furniture/equipment                  - Large furniture

- Used clothing                                    - Used toys

- Used toiletries

 

For more information on our winter care package program contact the Community Recreation Supervisor at 905-619-2529, ext. 7508 or email Youth@ajax.ca .

 Special Events

Virtual Ajax on Stage Showcase 2021 Poster

Ajax on Stage - Virtual Talent Showcase - Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 7 p.m.

Support local talent!

Join us as we unite for Ajax on Stage, a spectacular virtual event championing local talent.

Tune in Saturday, November 27 at 7 p.m. to the Town's Facebook page for our livestream event. Enjoy an instrumental performance, dancers, vocalists & other performers as they showcase their creativity & skill.

Hosted by Alex Whorms, an award-winning singer-pianist from Hamilton.

Learn more about Alex Whorms

Photo of Alex Whorms

Photo courtesy of Farell Trembley  

Alex is an award-winning singer-pianist from Hamilton who is known for the way she crafts music that is essentially a genre unto itself. Alex is exceptional in creating music that flows freely and flawlessly between styles and sounds, gracefully blending classic singer-songwriter pop, jazz, soul, rock, classical, and folk genres. Some of her many accomplishments include winning the 2019 Hamilton Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Music, earning praise for her “beautifully crafted pop songs” from Graham Rockingham of The Hamilton Spectator, and touring across Ontario to perform at events like Canadian Music Week in Toronto and New York City’s Sidewalk Café.

Although Alex had been performing in classical settings and musical theatre since the age of 12, Ajax on Stage was the first time she performed an original pop song on piano and voice - which is now her favourite way to perform. Alex performed in Ajax on Stage as a performer every year in high school and the showcase gave her an opportunity to hone her abilities as a singer-songwriter. Now Alex has come full circle from Performer to Host and we can’t wait for you all to see what is in store for this year’s 2021 Ajax on Stage showcase.

Cartoon Alex Whorms Playing the Piano with Holiday Decorations

 

Check out Alex's new holiday single "I'll Be Home For Christmas" on:

Youtube Spotify

Find out more about Alex Whorms!

 

 

Adult 18 years+ Programs

A variety of registered and drop-in programs to enrich your life! Learn a new skill or improve existing ones, meet new people or participate with friends, stay fit all while having fun. Break from the everyday grind and participate in something you love!

For more information on our adult programs contact the Community Recreation Supervisor at 905-619-2529, ext. 7243.

Older Adult 55+

Recreational and leisure activities, social clubs, volunteer programs and civic participation opportunities.

Affordable recreational, sport, fitness and general interest programs to help keep you active, explore a passion, or try something new.

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Winter 2022 - Live Virtual Fitness Programs for Older Adults 55+!

Get moving with live virtual classes! Join our knowledgeable, nationally accredited Town of Ajax instructors to keep you motivated, healthy and strong. There’s something for everyone, from beginners to advanced fitness levels and all ages! Fee applies.

Find Out More and Register 

For more information on older adult and senior 55+ programs, contact:

Older Adult 55+ Contests
55+ Amateur Short Story Contest

Contest is now closed. Stayed tuned for the winning entries!

55+ Amateur Photo Contest

Check out the winning photos of the Summer 2021 55+ Amateur Photo Contest. Brought you by the Town of Ajax and Ajax Public Library.

55+ Photo Contest Gallery

Older Adult 55+ Events

Let’s celebrate! Stay engaged by joining us at Town of Ajax events and programs throughout the year.

  • Information & Active Living Fair
  • Spring Fling Dance & Luncheon
  • Aging Well Month & BBQ (June)

View Event Calendar

55+ LINK Newsletter 

Winter 2022 - 55+ LINK Winter Newsletter

*Stay up-to-date on programs, events, news and information for older adults and seniors living in Ajax*

Senior Centre Without Walls (SCWW)

Free virtual programs older adults and seniors can participate in from the comfort of home. SCWW operates Monday through Friday.

To participate in the program via Zoom or call-in, contact:

View February 2022 Schedule  

*Please Note - February 1 Activity is 52 Card Bingo, please be prepared with a deck of playing cards* 

Craft Crate 

 

Craft Crate will return for the month of February 2022! You'll find this melt-and-pour base a go-to starting point for all of your soap making. Mix in your favourite fragrances and colours then pour into molds. Create perfect soap every time! Please note: Soap Making Kits are one design only. Registration opens on February 8, 2022 at 9am. Visit this page for registration forms or call 905-619-2529 ext. 7243

 

Please Note: The Craft Crate program is no longer a monthly initiative. Pop-up Craft Crates may be become available dependent on resources. Please visit this page at the beginning of each month for information on availability.

Let’s Do Lunch

Join Andy from the Health Depot Pharmacy as he dives into part two of his webinar series on February 16, 2022 at 12 p.m. covering the subject Sleep 101. There will be a lot of great information, make sure to have your notebook ready!

Health Depot Pharmacy - Sleep 101 Registration Form

Seniors Centres - Contact Clubs Directly for Memberships

December Monthly Newsletter - see Page 2 for current Activity Calendar


Ajax Seniors Friendship CentrePickering Village Centre
46 Exeter Road, Ajax
905-686-1573

29 Linton Avenue, Ajax
905-683-8460

See Activity Calendar in the December Monthly Newsletter for hours of operation. Please note Music 4 Life is a registered program, please contact Pickering Village Centre directly for more details.

For any questions, contact the Seniors Centres directly.

Please Note: Seniors Centres are receiving a higher than normal call volume at this time, it will take some time to respond. Thank you for your patience.

PROBUS Clubs

Two PROBUS Clubs operate in Ajax. PROBUS is a social club for retired and semi-retired individuals.

Membership includes monthly club meetings, guest speakers, and access to a broad range of activities, interest groups, and social events. Annual membership fee for each club.

Find out more about the PROBUS Clubs.

Ajax Public Library

Ajax has three library branches to serve you.

Find out more about the Ajax Public Libraries!

Indoor Walking - Program on hold until further notice

Ajax Walks

Free indoor walking program available at all three Town of Ajax community centres. Program runs from November to March.

For schedules and information, contact 905-619-2529, ext. 7243

Outdoor Tennis & Pickleball Courts

Outdoor public tennis courts and pickleball courts are open seasonally.

Find Out More

Volunteer Opportunities

Town of Ajax

Provides a variety of opportunities to get involved and volunteer within the community including: festivals & events, committees & boards, community engagement initiatives, and recreation programs.

View General Volunteer Opportunities Committees and Boards


Ajax Public Library

Provides a variety of volunteer opportunities including: library committees, visiting library service, and library programs.

View Library Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Durham

One-stop resource for community volunteer opportunities in Durham Region. Connect with not-for-profit organizations and charities actively looking for volunteers.


Service Clubs

Members perform volunteer work in their community either by hands-on delivery of programs or services, or by fundraising for other local charitable organizations. There are several active service clubs in Ajax.

Find Out More

Social Clubs & Interest Groups

There are a variety of local clubs and interest groups operating in Ajax. Most organizations charge a low cost, annual membership fee to join.

Find Out More

Group Fitness / Aqua Fitness

Let our fitness experts motivate you!

Group fitness classes are a great way to reach your fitness goals. Our certified instructors will show you how to build endurance, strength, and flexibility. We offer classes for all abilities and levels that everyone can enjoy. Choose to participate by having unlimited access to all of our Drop-In classes with a Membership or by attending a class when you can with our Pay-As-You-Go options.

See all Group Fitness programs.