Virtual Parks & Recreation

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Welcome to the City of Murrieta’s Parks & Recreation Virtual Resource Center! This is your place for helpful resources, education at home, and most importantly FUN during these uncharted times. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have the resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences.

Visit this page often or follow us on Facebook for new updates and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained, and informed. Please note that we do not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third-party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.

Have a great idea or resource you’d like to share? Email us!

Stay current on COVID-19 updates by visiting our website www.MurrietaCA.gov/coronavirus.

Parks and Recreation Month - Photo Contest

Each July, cities, districts, and numerous agencies across the United States find ways for their communities to explore everything local parks and recreation have to offer from playgrounds to rec centers, sports leagues, summer camps and more during July is Parks and Recreation Month!! This year has proved to be more challenging than ever before. This nation, this world, is facing a pandemic, systemic racism, unprecedented numbers of homeless, hunger, unemployment, and economic challenges beyond anything imaginable. We’ve all had to pivot to find alternate ways of teaching our students, getting in touch, caring for one another, and even recreating. This is why, for this July, the City of Murrieta wants to find out what recreation means to you by hosting a photo contest. It could be anything from a favorite memory at an event, a milestone reached in a particular City-run class or program, your favorite hiking trail, or even an architectural feature unique to Murrieta. 

Photographers are encouraged to submit high-resolution photographs fitting the theme of “Reopening Recreation.” The theme integrates the daily recreation lifestyle of residents engaged in activities that may have been restricted during the pandemic. Staff is looking for your perspective on life in Murrieta as it relates to Parks and Recreation. We encourage images that depict the vibrancy, vitality, and livability of our City as well as images with people in them, either from afar or close up.

Download the Photo Contest Overview packet and Photo Release agreement below:

2021 Photo Contest Overview

2021 Photo Release 

Photo Contest Category Winners

Sunrise/Sunset - Ricardo Pimentel

Lifestyle - Kalene Watson

Outdoors/Architectural - Danielle Leseberg


Parks and Recreation Instructors

For more information on class details or upcoming classes, please contact Michelle Hamilton at (951) 461-6111.

Creative Brain

Vidal Kenpo (Darryl Vidal)            

CYSC Cheerleading

Celine CoussouView Celine’s cooking content on her Instagram page HERE

Challenger Sports (Tiny Tykes Soccer)Go check out the numerous virtual soccer classes by clicking HERE.

Gus PolettiView Gus’s Tai Chi and instructional content on his Facebook page HERE

Mini Sports Skills with Janet CarbajalCheck out this awesome promotional video to learn more about the program. Click HERE to view.

Miss April’s Dance - View all of the awesome content that Miss April shares on her Facebook page HERE

Music Pups - View instructor Carol Meeks promotional video about her Music Pups program HERE

My Varsity Gymnastics - Learn fitness routines hosted by My Varsity Gymnastics recreation staff by clicking HERE.

Skyhawks Sports AcademyView Skyhawks Sports virtual summer series classes by clicking HERE.  

Connect with Others

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.
  • Facetime.
  • Support a local restaurant. Many restaurants 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Arts and Crafts

  • Happiness is Homemade - Let your kids express themselves through art! This website has great ideas for all ages.
  • What Moms Solve - Arts and Crafts in motion! Let your kids help build obstacle courses, games, and other fun activities to keep everyone entertained.
  • Busy Toddler - 40+ Indoor activities.
  • DIY Friendship Bracelets - Learn how to make a Friendship Bracelet! 
  • DIY BirdFeeder - Learn how to make a pinecone birdfeeder! 
  • DIY Lava Lamp - Learn how to make a Lava Lamp at home. 
  • Crayola - FREE coloring sheets for download.
  • Art Hub for Kids - Have your child watch and learn at-home art lessons.
  • Promenade Mall - Learn how to make fun 3-D art projects and even Origami projects!

Education 

  • FREE Virtual Summer Camps - Check out these FREE virtual summer camps being offering this year!
  • Kids Activities Blog - There are a lot of companies offering free subscriptions right now.
  • PBS Socal At-Home Learning - PBS SoCal and KCET provided digital resources you can access to continue learning at home. 
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar - In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats…and eats his way through the week.
  • The Spanish Experiment - Free Spanish lessons for kids.
  • Dr. Seuss - Dive into the world of Dr. Seuss by exploring Seussville! 
  • Stories.Audible - Listen to numerous stories, books, and fairy tales for children of all ages. 
  • We Are Teachers - Visit the We Are Teachers Facebook page for endless items to keep everyone entertained!
  • ABCya! - Visit this fun-filled educational site that has learning activities for all ages!
  • BrainPop - Keep your children engaged in educational activities for all school subjects. 
  • RIVCO Safe Routes for AllOnline Safety Series for Kids with interactive and fun activities.
  • Moon and Back - Check out this amazing website that has family activities, arts and crafts, and astronomy facts for all!

Fitness 

  • Good Housekeeping - Need to get some movement into your daily schedule? Here are some fitness studios and gyms offering free workout programs/routines.
  • Older Adult Workouts - Here are some great resources for older adults.
  • Fitness Blender - How about getting the kids involved?
  • Do Yoga With Me - Free Yoga videos.
  • Darebee - At-home workout plans for everyone. 
  • BeFit Videos - Hundreds of at-home instructional workouts.
  • Make Your Body Work - FREE instructional workouts in the comfort of being at home.
  • Hiit Workouts - FREE workouts for children and adults!
  • HASfit - FREE exercise videos for the Heart and Soul.
  • Harmony Place - Come learn about Endorphins, Running for health, and even the new trend of a Virtual 5k! Thank you, Marissa, Sydney, and Gigi for sharing this resource!

Food and Nutrition

  • Senior meal pick-ups are being offered at the Murrieta Senior Center. You must be a current participant of the Murrieta Senior Center lunch program or fill out an application prior to receiving meals. If you are interested, please call 951-461-6109 or email [email protected] .
  • Nomster Chef - Kid-friendly recipes to get your little ones involved in the cooking process. 

Music and Arts

  • Live Nation - View a list of virtual live performances from your favorite artists!
  • Mark Kistler - Watch live art instructional videos for FREE.
  • Knock Knock - Learn how to make an animated short video at home.

Science and Nature

Travel and Leisure 

  • Good Housekeeping - Check out this list of museums, zoos, and aquariums offering free virtual tours.
  • Explore - Live animal cameras throughout the world.
  • Disney - Check out a virtual parade!
  • Recreation.org - Helpful tips for indoor (or backyard) camping.
  • Travel Alaska - Take virtual tours and explore the marvels of Alaska virtually!
  • MSN Lifestyle - This article has all of the top attractions that everyone should virtually visit.
  • TitleMax - Sit back and embark on a new adventure for the entire family to enjoy! Thank you Austin and Lane for sharing this resource! 

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