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The City of Henderson is committed to providing our residents virtual enriching resources during this time of social distancing. While at home, Stay Rec Connected will help you stay active, explore your creativity and stay connected to friends, family and the community.

Some activities may require a Pinterest account. 

Visit this page often for new ideas or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Nextdoor for up-to-date information on our operations and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note: We do not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.

Story Time

Watch and listen to city leaders and community members read a book.


Stay Connected with Tru Physical Therapy

Videos to help you stay active. 


Meet our Instructors

Online classes with instructors of our parks and recreation classes. 

Have Fun Be Safe  Stay Connected


May 25-31

 

Move It Monday

Get ready to play workout bingo! Set the timer for 15 minutes and see if you can get a BINGO by performing five exercises in a row or blackout your card by completing them all. For our senior community we would like to share these five easy modifications


Try It Tuesday

Host a virtual group hang
Weeks of social distancing can be taxing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep in touch, with talking! Check out this article on the pros and cons of some of the most popular chat apps and get to gabbin’ with your bestie.

Backyard stargazing
Our skies are clearer than ever so now is a great time to get out in the yard and check out those stars!   You may even decide to head to an open, dark space out of town where you can safely distance from anyone else looking into the night sky. Here is a guide from the famous Farmer’s Almanac on what to look for in May.


Walk It Wednesday

Have you taken in the city views on our Henderson trails? We have a couple of trails that we recommend you visit to view the beauty of our City.

For the beginner Anthem East Trail is located in Anthem Hills Park. This is a paved trail and ADA accessibility. If you would like to continue onto a more intermediate hike. you can continue on to the McCullough Hills Trail.

For the moderate hiker we recommend the Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve. It’s best to park trailhead off Sunset Road and take the dirt trails to the top of the Mesa.

Share your Henderson city views with us!


Be Kind Thursday

Can you find all the words in our kindness word search? Happy word hunting!


FunCard Friday

Today we want to see the animal companions that have kept you company this spring. Post of picture of your pet on our Facebook page and be entered to win a $20 FunCard.


Sane and Safe Saturday

Things are heating up in Southern Nevada. It is important for us to stay hydrated and it is recommended that we drink between 8-12 glasses of water a day. Did you know that it is easy to create your own flavored water by infusing it with different flavors?  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Virtual Sunday

Today we are exploring the world. Explore.org has a collection of nature live streams from all over the world. You can watch elephants in Africa, a Bald Eagle feed her eaglets, or view the Aurora Borealis. The world is yours to explore.

 

 


May 18-24

 

Move It Monday

Commercial Break Move it Monday! You will have fun moving while you are getting your workout in. We have moves for all ages and fitness levels!

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Try It Tuesday

Connect with your quarantined ancestors

This is not the first pandemic the world has had to deal with and chances are you have a long-lost family member who lived through the 1918 Spanish flu Pandemic. Why not find out more about their stories and how they lived through pictures and historical records? There are many options online for ancestry searches. Who knows, you may find out you are related to a historical figure or your favorite celebrity.

Make a face mask – the fun kind

The key to amazing skin is in your kitchen. Recreate the spa experience with an at-home mask. Go ahead and pamper yourself with one of these easy homemade mask recipes or create one of your own. Your skin will thank you for it!


Walk It Wednesday

We have been getting a lot of normal walks around our neighborhoods and trails. Today we would like you to try a Silly Walk. Try walking very high on your tip toes, very low squatting down, take your feet out very wide, bring your feet in very narrow, walk very fast, walk very slowly, etc.

Think of all the ways you could walk around and take turns with your family and see if you can create your own special silly walk.

We would love to see videos or photos of you making your walk as silly as possible.


Be Kind Thursday

The regular school years would have just ended. Please take a minute to write a thank you email to your teacher Let them know what your favorite thing about the school year was and let them know they are appreciated!


FunCard Friday

Today we want to honor the 2020 graduates.  Let’s celebrate their hard work.  Comment on our Henderson Sports & Recreation Facebook page with their picture and we will award one person with a $20 FunCard.


Sane and Safe Saturday

With the holiday weekend it is a great time to stay in with your family and host a backyard BBQ or picnic. Make it fun by playing yard games or cards on a blanket. Stay safe by applying sunscreen when outside and drink plenty of water. 

 

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Virtual Sunday

Today let’s take a trip to the ZOO!  Check in with elephants, giraffes and tigers. Oh my!   

 


May 11-17

 

Move It Monday

Today we are going to huddle up and get moving with NFL Play 60. Have fun working out with NFL players and cheerleaders. Explore the site for healthy recipes and fitness tips.


Try It Tuesday

DIY Tic Tac Toe

Learn how to make your own personal tic tac toe game that is also portable.

Plant a Container Garden

While we continue to social distance and shelter in place during the pandemic, bring the outdoors in by planting a container garden. Here is a great article to get you started.

Bonus – you can use your fresh herbs in the amazing quarantine dishes you are learning to make.


Walk It Wednesday

Today take a walk outside and observe all the colors around you. Look for things on your walk to represent each color. List or draw pictures of the items you find.


Be Kind Thursday

Did you know the Chicken Dance has its own day? Today is that day! Spread some laughter and joy by busting out your dance moves! You can’t help but have a good time when you do the Chicken Dance and that is sure to make someone else smile!


FunCard Friday

Did you know that today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY?  Today we encourage you to get into the kitchen and make some cookies.  Post your photo on our Henderson Sports & Recreation Facebook page for a chance to win a $20 FunCard.


Sane and Safe Saturday

As the school year officially comes to an end, we hope you can take some time to reflect on some of our greatest heroes during this time – our children! Here are some easy and fun templates to reflect on the 2019-2020 school year – and congratulations to all our graduates – Class of 2020!

 

Virtual Sunday

Today on our virtual field trip we are exploring national parks. Did you know you can visit  Yosemite National Park and see the views from the top of Half Dome or magnificent sight of Nevada Falls. 

Live national park tours and other natural wonders.   

 

 


May 4-10

 

Move It Monday

May the 4th be with you! We challenge you to Star Wars-inspired workout game. Watch the movies and get a workout in at the same time.

5 jumping jacks every time someone powers up a light saber
5 squats every time someone mentions the Death Star
1 burpee every time someone says Jedi
10 crunches when C-3PO or R2-D2 get damaged
5 star jumps when anything explodes

Seniors we don’t want you to miss out on the May the 4th fun! Become a yoga Master like Yoda. Follow along with these yoga tips from WebMd.


Try It Tuesday

Raiderette Art Challenge

Raider Nation, take on the Raiderette Art Challenge by drawing, painting, or crafting a Raiderette in your unique style.

Build A Fort

Building a fort is a classic rainy-day activity but it works just as well for home quarantine. Grab some blankets, chairs, pillows, and construct a little fort or camp in your living room or play area. Let the kids decorate the fort with whatever you have around the house. Using fairy lights, fake plants, “artwork” are just a few décor ideas.

One of the best activities to do in an indoor fort/camp is flashlight reading. It makes reading your favorite book even more special!


Walk It Wednesday

We are walking with our dogs today! Exercise is crucial to your canine’s health and Henderson has so many great trails to help your dog get the exercise they need. We want to see photos of your fur babies enjoying their favorite trails. Make sure all pets are on leashes and remember to continue to practice social distancing. Happy Hiking! 


Be Kind Thursday

I spy with my little eye...

Print out this Kindness I Spy game and see if you can find everything hidden!


FunCard Friday

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and time to celebrate mom. We challenge you to write a poem about your mom or what it means to be a mom. Haiku or sonnet, funny or sentimental, we’d like to read it. Post your poems on our Henderson Sports & Recreation Facebook post to enter to win a $20 FunCard. 


Sane and Safe Saturday

Use today to practice safe cooking skills in the kitchen and take a moment to clean out an area you have probably been using a lot - your pantry! Calling all dads and kids - see what you have on hand in the pantry to whip up one of these springtime favorites for mom before her big day tomorrow.

 

Virtual Sunday

It’s Mother’s Day!  Give mom the gift of flowers with a virtual visit to a garden. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

 


April 27-May 3

 

Move It Monday

Move It Monday challenge is to do 50 jumping jacks! You can spread them out throughout the day or do them all at once. Jumping jacks provide a cardiovascular workout while toning the muscles of the arms and legs.

Try It Tuesday

Start a Gratitude Journal

Reflecting on and documenting the things you’re grateful for can make you feel more optimistic, fulfilled, and content. Start a new healthy habit of writing down a few things you’re grateful for each day in a gratitude journal. You might leave this isolation period feeling happier than ever.

Here is a free printable and some additional information on the benefits to get you started.

Nerf Gun Fight

They might be made for children, but we think a proper Nerf gun fight would be fun for the whole family. Get your Nerf guns out (don’t forget the protective eye wear), assign each person an area of the house, activate stealth mode, and ATTACK! Award prizes tor the person who can invade someone else’s territory first, or perhaps the first person to make it into a certain part of the house without getting shot. 

Walk It Wednesday

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The City of Henderson is honored to have such dedicated volunteers who help promote safety and appropriate trail use through the Henderson Trail Watch program. Volunteers observe and document safety issues requiring attention and serve as a positive presence on Henderson. While out on your hike, see if you can spot one of our Trail Watch signs and share a selfie next to the sign. Learn more about our Henderson Trail Watch program here.

Be Kind Thursday

Today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day! Find a poem about kindness you like, write it down and keep it in your pocket all day long! Share your poem with us on our Facebook page – we'd love to read it!

FunCard Friday

Things are heating up in Southern Nevada so it is time to break out the grill! Today’s challenge is to show us what is on your grilling menu. Need some inspiration?  Check out what our friends at the Springs Preserve are cooking.

Post your picture or video in the comment section and you will automatically be entered to win a $20 FunCard.

Sane and Safe Saturday

We encourage you to be water safe especially if you have a backyard pool. Use Rad Tad's activity book to learn how you and your family can practice safe play in, on and around water. Don’t have a pool? No problem! You can still enjoy some of these at-home water activities.

  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Play a game using water balloons. Grab a bowl or pasta strainer and place it on your head to catch water balloons thrown to you.
  • Have a kiddie car wash – set toys that need to be cleaned in your bathtub for washing.


Virtual Sunday

Let’s explore the world and learn some history.  


April 20-26

 

Move It Monday

Happy Move It Monday! Are you ready to get that body moving? Spell out your name using the moves listed below:

A-10 tricep dips
B-15 push ups
C-10 jumping lunges
D-10 push ups
E-5 burpees
F-15 squat jumps
G-10 Supermans
H-10 step ups
I-10 moving planks
J-20 skaters
K-15 air jacks
L-5 donkey kickbacks
M-10 squat burpees
N-20 crunches
O-20 curtsy squats
P-20 wide-leg squats
Q-5 tuck jumps
R-15 standing crunches
S- 20 reverse lunges
T-10 lateral jumps
U- 15 frog jumps
V-5 diamond push ups
W-10 plank jacks
X-20 Russian twists
Y-10 180 jump squats
Z-1-minute plank hold   

Try It Tuesday

Listen to a podcast

This is a great time to explore the world of podcasts. You can listen to a podcast while cleaning, doing your at-home workout, or during a stroll around the block. Podcasts can provide up-to-date news or entertainment during this unusual time. entertain everyone. With an internet connection and a smartphone, you can download and listen to podcasts. For more information, here’s a quick guide for beginners.

Edible Art

Who wouldn’t love to eat pancakes shaped like a slice of pizza, a flower or an ice cream cone?  Here’s a short video on the basics to get you started.

Walk It Wednesday

Today we are going to explore the Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve Trail. Not only is there 2.8 miles of beautiful trail, you will also see Wickiups. Wickiups are a semi-permanent, domed dwelling formerly used by certain Native American and First Nations tribes. Take us with you on your hike and post pictures of your discoveries to our Henderson Sports & Recreation Facebook page.


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Be Kind Thursday

Let’s spend the rest of April completing this kindness challenge! Print the template and color in a piece of confetti every time you do something kind. Can you fill all the confetti by the end of the month?

FunCard Friday

It’s time for Spring Dance Recital. If you have taken dance, music, acting, voice, or any other lessons at your local recreation center, we want you to show off what you learned. Post your video as a comment on our Henderson Sports & Recreation Facebook page and you might win a $20 FunCard. Use the FunCard to continue your lessons this summer or for any of our programs or activities.

Sane and Safe Saturday

The weather is warming up and we want you to stay safe in the sun when you step out for some fresh air in your backyard, your neighborhood or on a trail while practicing social distancing. Here are a few tips to help you acclimate to the heat:

• Drink plenty of water or sports drinks
• Take frequent breaks in shaded areas
• Quickly identify any heat illness symptoms - especially if there has been any previously known heat-related illness
• Wear clothing made with breathable materials and cover as much skin as possible

Stay safe in and around water this summer. Learn more about drowning prevention and how you can be a water watcher!

Here is a fun water safety activity to help your kids learn how to keep safe this summer.

 

Virtual Sunday

Something is fishy!  Let’s go visit aquariums and see what the fish are up to. 

 


April 13-19

 

Move It Monday

We know it can be tough to find ways to mix up your at-home workout. The popsicle stick workout jar is a great way to switch up your routine and keep you moving all week. You will need to gather popsicle sticks and six different colors of paint or markers.

Step 1: color each of your popsicle sticks a different color. Each color represents a workout category: cardio, core, legs, arms, back, and chest.

Step 2: write one exercise on each popsicle stick for the workout category. Check out this site for some exercise ideas:

https://saofitness.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/popsicle-stick-workout-jar/

Try It Tuesday

Salt Dough

Salt dough crafts are inexpensive and made with items you have around the house. These also make great gifts. Perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
½ cup water

Instructions:
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water. Knead the dough until smooth and easily shaped into a ball. Roll out and use cookie cutters for different shapes or trace around your hand with a knife for hand print ornaments. Use a straw to cut a hole for later when you want to hang the ornament. Let air dry for 2-3 hours or dry in a 200 degree oven 40-60 minutes.  Decorate using acrylic paint. Any leftover dough can be stored in an airtight container.

Let's Dance!

Find a dance on TikTok and master it! You can do this by yourself or as a family. Send the video to a friend or family members and challenge them to get in on the fun.

Walk It Wednesday

The Creosote bush is the signature plant of the Mojave Desert providing a food source and shelter to many desert animals. The leaves on this evergreen shrub are very small, thick, and shiny from the wax that helps them hold onto water. These leaves are especially aromatic after a rain.

While walking on our desert trails, see if you can spot the Creosote Bush. Take a snapshot and share with us the beauty of the desert.

We recommend exploring McCollough Hills Trail, River Mountains Loop Trail and Armargosa Trail.

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Be Kind Thursday

We are so thankful for the work of our healthcare providers and first responders. Let’s show them our appreciation. Use this card to say thank you and post to our Facebook page for everyone to see.

FunCard Friday

It’s time for a DANCE PARTY!  Turn up the tunes and show us your moves! Post your video on our Facebook page and you might win a $20 FunCard.   

Sane and Safe Saturday

Are your days starting to blend together? Take a look at this activity list on Pinterest. Maybe you’ll find something new to try!

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Virtual Sunday

If you love going to the theater, then this week’s virtual field trip is for you.  Broadway and the West End have invited the world to join them as they stream award-winning musicals and plays. You can also see your favorite award-winning actor perform from their home. New plays and interviews are updated daily.  


April 6-12

 

Move It Monday

All Ages

Healthy Henderson Fitness Challenge
We miss seeing you at our facilities being active. To stay motivated and moving, we challenge you to do 15 squats every hour. Have fun and get your family and friends involved. For our senior community, check out this link from Senior Lifestyle magazine on how you can benefit from squats. https://seniorslifestylemag.com/health-well-being/how-the-squat-is-the-most-important-exercise-for-seniors/

Try It Tuesday

Family Time Capsule

This is a time we will never forget! Preserve your family memories by creating a time capsule. This is a great project for the family and all ages will love getting involved with the fun. How amazing will it be to open this time capsule in one, five or 10 years and see how much life has changed. Here’s a link with instructions to get you started.

https://craftyourhappiness.com/2016/01/05/diy-family-time-capsules/

Census 2020

While you Stay Home For Nevada, register for the census at my2020census.gov and help shape our state’s future.

Walk It Wednesday

Get ready for a fun, safe and healthy outdoor activity for your family. See what you can find on our Pittman Wash Scavenger Hunt.

Be Kind Thursday

Brighten someone’s day and take a few minutes to write a letter, send an email, or call someone to let them know you care. Here's a letter you can use to help spread some kindness. 

FunCard Friday

It’s FunCard Friday! Are you up for the Challenge? Watch for a post on the Henderson Sports & Recreation Facebook page for a chance to win a $20 City of Henderson FunCard!

Sane and Safe Saturday

Here is a fun way to break up the day get some fresh air. Try out a backyard scavenger hunt. 

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Sunday 

Let's visit a museum. Did you know you can virtually visit museums all over the world like the Smithsonian Natural History Museum or the National Gallery of Art?  Here are a few more ideas:

Museum Virtual Tours

Google Arts and Culture partnered with more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their collections and spaces, way before the coronavirus pandemic. This is a great way to spend some time at home and see some of the greatest museums and collections around the world.

 


March 30-April 4

 

Move It Monday

Family Activity

Make family fitness fun with these awesome workouts from some of your favorite online trainers.
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Senior Activity

Silver Sneakers has some great options for our seniors. Check out these four easy chair exercises.
Click here 

Try It Tuesday

Youth Activity

There’s no escaping quarantine right now, so why not have a little fun and create your own escape room?  Designing your own escape room is a great way to battle cabin fever and you can alter the theme and puzzle difficulty to suit different ages and audiences. Here’s one we love that incorporates common household items and is geared towards kids. Good luck and happy escaping!

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Adult Activity

Have you ever seen the beautiful painted windows during the holidays? Make this easy and quick DIY window paint recipe and have your kids create their own window masterpieces. The best part? It easily washes off leaving a blank canvas for the kids to create again. Take advantage of the warmer weather and create some art! 

Ingredients you’ll need:
Washable paint
Dish soap
Flour

Mix all ingredients together. The mixture will be quite thin, so you’ll need to add a bit of flour to thicken. The amount of flour you add will depend on your preferred consistency. Add a little flour at a time so that you can get the thickness just the way you want. Adding the flour is optional however, we’ve found the additional flour makes the paint stick to the paintbrush and window better and doesn't run as much. If you have older kids who want to paint an actual picture, the flour is a must. The additional flour also make the colors brighter on the window. 

If you want to take this project one step further, check out this link on handwriting practice using painted windows. What a great way to spend an afternoon and have the kids burn some energy too.

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Walk It Wednesday

For some outdoor fun, take a walk on the St. Rose Parkway Trail . Take a good look around as see if you can catch the Tortoise and the Hare along the trail. We want to see your photos. Have fun and share on social!

Be Kind Thursday

Take a look around your home and find acts of kindness with this Kindness Scavenger Hunt 

 

FunCard Friday

It’s FunCard Friday! Are you up for the Challenge? Watch for a post on the Henderson Sports & Recreation Facebook page for a chance to win a $20 City of Henderson FunCard!

Sane and Safe Saturday

Are you in it to WIN it? Check out these indoor games with common household items to spark some Saturday fun. Click here