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Play Free drop-in activities

Play Free is the City of Ottawa’s lineup of free drop-in activities for children and youth in 2023. The Play Free initiative is to encourage young people to participate and get active.

  • Children and teens (17 years of age and under) do not pay during the dates listed below. The dates are different for each category. 
  • Drop-in schedules vary by facility. Be sure to check the program times at each of the participating locations listed below. 
  • Register in advance where required! You’ll find this information in the schedules. 
  • Equipment may be required for some activities as detailed in the descriptions for sports, swimming and skating
  • A free weight and cardio summer membership for youth is also available.


  • Sports – From April 15 to June 25 
  • Swimming – Saturdays, June 3 to December 30 (wave swim only included on June 3) 
  • Museums – June 24 to September 3  
  • Skating – Daily from September 16 to December 23

Enjoy free drop-in programs if you’re under 18 years of age! See the schedules and registration requirements at the recreation centres listed below.


Saturdays from June 3 to December 30 – Free drop-ins just in time for summer! Wave swim not included.


Daily from September 16 to December 23 – A list of participating arenas and recreation centres will follow.