Virtual Recreation Center & Resources
Welcome to the City of Bellflower’s Virtual Recreation and Resource Center! This is your place for fun, education, and valuable resources during these unprecedented times. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences.
Visit this page often or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter 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 at adminPR@bellflower.org.
As our daily lives are filled with more indoor time, there are many ways to stay healthy and active.
Here are a few ideas for staying active indoors.
- Take a Virtual Fitness Class - There are plenty of FREE options online. Here are just a few:
- Do Yoga with Me - Free yoga videos
- Fitness Blender - Variety of free videos
- Nike Training Club - App filled with free fitness videos
- For the Kids
- OC Dance Productions - Free virtual dance classes
- Kidz Love Soccer - Free virtual soccer classes
- Fitness Blender for Kids - Free fitness videos
- Cosmic Kids Yoga - Kid friendly videos
- Steve Spangler Science - Free at home science experiments
- GoNoodle - Engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
- Outdoor Activities
- Individuals are permitted to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking and running, provided they comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines including maintaining at least 6’ between individuals. Here are a few ideas:
- Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are getting outside too.
- Go for a drive.
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.
- Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for take-out or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out DoorDash or Uber Eats 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.
- Work on Mindfulness - 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.
- Exercise your Brain
- Visit Los Angeles County’s Digital Library - The library has tons of free audio and e-books, movies and TV, and music ready for your enjoyment as well as online classes. You can even apply for a digital library card!
- For the Kids (or kids at heart)
- Hold a virtual play date through Facetime.
- Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
- Take a Virtual Vacation - Explore the work using Google Earth! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
- Head to the Long Beach Aquarium and visit their exhibits virtually through their webcams.
- Visit one of many museums around the world through their virtual tours.
- Scholastic Learn at Home – Educational resources.
Be in the Know
Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.
- County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health - This is the lead Agency in Los Angeles County directing our community’s response to COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control - CDC’s COVID-19 site.
- City of Bellflower – Check for updates on City services, Council Meeting schedules and agendas, facility closures and City news.
- Bellflower Unified School District – Check for updates on school closure dates.
Visit these sites for information on food resources.
- Let’s Feed L.A. - Connects those in need to those that can help.
- Los Angeles Regional Food Bank - Food programs for all. Click “get food” to search for a food pantry near you.
- ABC Unified School District’s Student Meal Program - Obtain bagged breakfast and lunches for your child while school is out, including those that may not be enrolled in the ABC district.
- Long Beach Unified School District’s Student Meal Program - Serving breakfast and lunches for your child while school is out, including those that may not be enrolled in the LBUSD district.
- Los Angeles Unified School District’s "Grab & Go" Food Centers – Providing two nutritious meals to students daily while school is out, including those that may not be enrolled in the LAUSD district.
- Meals on Wheels - Meal delivery for older adults for registered participants (no new registration is being accepted at this time).
- Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services - Temporary delivery services program. Those in need and unable to leave home due to COVID-19 can have deliveries made 24/7. Assistance can be requested at 1-888-863-7411.