Submitted by Kit Darling

Well, here we are again! It’s Summer and things are opening up piece by piece. Remember to stay safe – sunscreen, water safety and stay hydrated. But we’ll still need some things to do indoors. Here are a few links to free things that can help dispel the blues, keep you moving and exercise your brain. There are some that are specifically for kids, other are more general or aimed specifically at seniors.


TVO Kids ( ) lists their program schedule for pre—school and school age kids to Grade 6, as well as resources, games and activities to support learning. They even have a section on Health and daily activities to stay healthy and active.

All Ages

Hamilton Public Library has a range of resources for adults and kids for learning and fun. ( ) You can get a library card online – it’s free and you can use that to borrow e-books, read magazine and newspapers on-line and more.

Go online to   Fun Stuff to do Online at Home | HPL  and explore ;

Tumblebooks offers online story books with audio, graphic novels for the older kids, e-books from early readers to advanced readers, videos and more.; Watch HPL staff story times and puppet shows online at ; Kanopy gives you access to critically acclaimed movies, foreign films and documentaries.; Overdrive lets you borrow from a library of 100,000+ e-books and e-audio books.; Magazines and Newspapers | HPL gives you access to The Hamilton Spectator, The Globe and Mail and newspapers and magazine from around the world; In Movies and Music  you can find Summa and Summa Kids (information and videos featuring Canadian and Indigenous voices) and Acorn TV gives you access to old favourites and new series of British TV and Film.

These are just a few of the resources that you can explore and enjoy through your public library.

Seniors and soon to be Seniors

McMaster University Optimal Aging Portal covers a range of topics for healthy aging. Have arthritis and miss the gym as much as I do? Want practical and research-based advice on a range of topics? This site covers it all. You can even get their weekly updates delivered to you email in-box.

The Ontario Government includes advice to seniors on how to stay active, falls prevention, etc.