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While recreation programs and facilities are closed through at least May 31, due to the shelter in place order for the COVID-19 pandemic, your friends at Hercules Parks and Rec have put together a list of ideas to keep you busy at home during this time.  We hope that everyone remains safe during this closure and we hope to resume programs in the not too distant future.  

With that said, the Parks and Recreation Department would like to remind everyone to stay healthy and active.  As our daily lives are filled with more indoor time, there are many things that we can do…

Hercules Virtual Recreation Resource Center

The City of Hercules Parks and Recreation Department has put together a list of resources for you.  The ideas listed below were put together to help inspire you to try something new, to help pass time and to help you find services that can simply help your day to day situation during this Shelter in Place order.

Please Note:  The companies and products listed below are provided as general information. The City of Hercules does not specifically endorse or have a connection with these businesses. The list is meant to help you keep busy, active, safe and healthy.



  1. - Early learning Academy for children ages 2-8 online curriculum. (7 day trail & discount now.)
  2. – meditation for kids and family-free 10 sessions.
  3. - Actor reading children’s books with illustrations.
  4. PBS kids and Parent Resources. Kids educational games and videos. Play and learn!


  1. – Online science network for kids to explore fun facts. The website is packed with games experiments, videos on earth science, animals and plants.(free)
  2. – Movement Powers Change. Children are engaged with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Get up and dance…..
  3. All-Ages – - resource for families to help with anxiety and education.
  4. – Creative writing and drawing. Learning games and activities that spark imaginations.(7 day trail)
  5. –Apps and Games that stop Sibling Rivalry. Sibling rivalry games to help kids deal with conflict and cooperation.
  6. – Kid friendly recipes, and step-by-step videos.(All-Ages)
  7. -Kids Cooking – Age appropriate kids cooking lessons .Children from any age can help in the kitchen and learn culinary skills. (Free)


  1. – Inspirational and information to help tween make the best choice when comes to nutrition and fitness.(You tube)
  2. – 15 great Apps to Play with Tweens.
  3. -1000 classes for 0 -18 year’s old. Classes are all online supporting small businesses. Classes from preschool art, cooking, storytelling, teen studio art and learning to code. ($ cost money per class.)

Free Apps:

  1. Messenger Kids

    Safer Messaging and Video Chat (Facebook, Inc – Developer)

    • Parent Dashboard:  Parents can manage their kids’ contact list, and monitor messages on the Messenger Kids app.  When kids block contacts, parents are notified.
    • Fun Filters:  Kid-friendly filters, reactions, and sound effects make video chats with friends and family even better.
    • Worry Free:  Parents can set usage limits when it’s bedtime, and there are no in app-purchases or ads.
    • Creative Convos:  Stickers, GIFs, emojis, and drawing tools give kids more ways to express themselves.
    • East Start:  No phone number required.


  2. HomeCourt – The Basketball App
    To support the global community during the COVID-19 pandemic, all HomeCourt features are unlocked through April 30th.

    HomeCourt uses just your iPhone or iPad to capture and analyze how you play – from shots, to your dribbling, to your movements.  Integrating NBA-backed instruction with engaging, guided workouts powered by AI, you’ll learn new skills in a way that feels less like training and more like a video game.  HomeCourt captures all your activity and provides a complete picture of how you’re improving over time.  You can share your skills within your community or even with the NBA through NBA Global Scout.

    YouTube videos:
  1. Basketball Training: -
  2. Workout/Fitness:  POPSUGAR Fitness -


  1. Elevate Basketball & Fitness Training:  elevate_bball_training
  2. Sports Performance Training:  maxedut_24


 Food Delivery:   There are several different options available, here are a few...


Safeway Delivery:
Lucky’s:  Delivered through InstaCart


 Door Dash:
Uber Eats:

Meals on Wheels: (510) 412-0166

Local Food Bank Information:

Stay Connected Online:   Here are a few options to stay connected with friends and or groups…

Video Chat

Facebook Live:


Call an old friend that may be alone

Take a class:      Depending on your interests, there are literally hundreds of classes available online.

Online classes


General Entertainment and Online Tutorials:

 You Tube

INFORMATIVE VIDEO…For parents and kids.  How to see germs spread (Coronavirus)

Indoor Activities:

  • Take a Virtual Fitness Class: there are plenty of online options.
  • Dust off the old Video Game systems (Wii, XBOX, etc) and “Just Dance”, or pull out the Wii Fitness, Wii Sports games, or perhaps old fitness tapes/discs you may have.
  • Create a video and send it to friends with a challenge.
    • Example: dress up and lip sync to a song.Send it to your friends with a challenge to “do better”.
  • Pull out the board games, cards, puzzles, chess, checkers, etc.
  • Build that model airplane or car that you’ve been putting off for longer than you care to remember.
  • Organize your closet/garage/attic…whatever you have been putting off.

 Outdoor Activities:  
*Please be sure to observe proper physical (social) distancing of at least 6 feet for everyone’s safety and well being

  • Visit a local park: our parks are free and still open to the public.
    • As of Th 3/31/20
      • all playgrounds have been closed due to County Health being “high touch” surfaces.
      • Bathrooms will remain open for the time being. Please note, they are cleaned once a day. For your own health, it is recommended to bring your own hand sanitizer.
      • All  picnic tables, playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts and Dog parks are CLOSED while the shelter in place order is in effect.

        This will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our Community.

  • Visit Regional Parks: however the public is encouraged to check for up-to-date information on closures.

(All picnic areas, restrooms, water fountains, swim facilities/areas, playgrounds, campgrounds, group campsites, backcountry campsites, sports fields, kiosks, and reservable facilities are closed.)         

When using the parks, trails and open space, here are some tips to follow…Trails

  • Learn to juggle.
  • Walk, jog, run or bike on one of the many trails in town.
  • Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to your neighbors.
  • Work in your garden.
    • Plant seeds or vegetables and start to grow your own.

    Stay Connected:

  • Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
  • Write a letter.
  • Facetime.
  • Connect with others.You need it, and they probably do too!
  • Take a break from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media.
  • Take care of your body.Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
    • support a local restaurant: many restaurants are still open for take-out or delivery orders.
    • or try out one of the many food delivery services and have the food brought to you.

    Exercise your Brain:

  • There are many e-book options available.Super easy to start too.
  • Take a virtual vacation by exploring the globe using Google Earth.
  • Many museums have virtual tours.
  • Play educational games.
  • Do a crossword puzzle.
  • Play Sudoku games.
  • Draw.
  • Take up a new language you are interested in learning.

Look for more to come…