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Virtual Family Recreation & Resource Center

Welcome to the City of Martinez’s Virtual Family Recreation and Resource Center! This page was created to help 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.

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Indoor Fitness Activities

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:

Adults

Do Yoga with Me - Free yoga videos

Fitness Blender -Free workout videos for every fitness level 

Jazzercise on Demand –14-day free trail available 

Peloton Fitness App – Free for 60 days

Live Streamed Fitness Classes

Active Older Adults 65+ Fitness and Wellness

Free Yoga with BIrd - New videos weekly

Virtual Race Series through the Un-Cancelled Project

Children

Fitness Blender for Kids - Free fitness videos

Cosmic Kids Yoga - Kid friendly videos

12 YouTube Channels that encourage kids to get moving indoors

Music and Movement - GoNoodleGames

Fitness Tips for Kids - Games and nutrition tips for kids 


Activity Ideas for Children

  • Learn how to make 5 different paper airplanes, that fly far!
  • 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.
  • Visit one of many museums, including the Smithsonian, around the world through their virtual tours.
  • Virtual School Activities
  • Play Well Lego Activities - Facebook live stream on Saturdays
  • Use Storyline Online for storytelling and stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
  • Check out an astronaut reading to you through Story Time From Space
  • WHAT’S (IN)side? shows you what things look like that are cut in half! Starting out as a 2nd grade project, this YouTube channel has evolved to finding out what is inside all kinds of objects.
  • Educational podcasts for kids.
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cam and their livestreams on their Facebook page provide entertainment and education for all ages.
  • Why Can't I Go to School? "Why I can't go to school" digital social story about the Corona Virus by Conscious Discipline. 
  • Free Time for Kids Free Time for Kids - digital library with kid-friendly journalism, activities and quizzes for educators and families. 
  • Paris Musees Paris Musees - collection of 14 museums in Paris.
  • The Winchester Mystery House - free virtual tours.
  • A list of several family friendly online resources ranging from reading out loud, reading along, weekly science experiments, draw with me sessions and more.
  • Zoo- Live Cameras  - watch livecams from zoos all around the world.
  • Check out the Zoom Programs offered by our local Boys & Girls Club of Contra Costa - STEM, art, story time and more.
  • Experience virtual travel across the United States. You can choose a couple or experience all that the country has to offer by taking a virtual road trip across the country from the comfort of your home! Don't wait, just click here.

Contra Costa County Library Programs

Visit the Contra Costa County Library website to access digital resources, databases, ebooks, and virtual programing

Get access to the Contra Costa County Library digital resources: No Card, No Problem

Contra Costa County Library Video Storytime

Contra Costa County Library Art Contest: Frontline Heroes
Submit an art project highlighting a local hero

Virtual Library Events
Attend storytimes, informational workshops, meditations, and get technology help

Visit the Martinez Library Facebook page for the latest updates on library services


Recreation Resources Available in Spanish

Alejandro Maldonado - Meditation
Aquí hay un enlace para varios videos sobre meditación guiada. Están destinados a enseñarle varios ejercicios de respiración.

17 Fun Educational Crafts to do with kids Ages 5-8
¡Aquí hay 17 manualidades educativas que puede hacer con sus hijos utilizando materiales que se encuentran en casa!

Tai Chi for Beginners
Para aquellos que necesitan un descanso del mundo real, aquí hay un video sobre los fundamentos del tai chi

Workout Routine for Abs and Legs
¿No tienes acceso al gimnasio? No te preocupes ¡Prueba esta rutina hecha para hacer en casa!


Stay Connected

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.
  • Facetime or Duo.
  • Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for takeout or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash, Postmates or Ubereats and have it brought to you.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Netflix Party – watch Netflix with your friends online.
  • Check out a list of games you can play online with your friends and family.
  • Try playing a board game online with your friends too.

Stay Relaxed and Practice Self Care

During this time it is also important to stay grounded. Take some time to take care of yourself. Some suggestions are listed below:

  • 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. Click HERE for guided meditations in English and Spanish
  • For relaxing music check out Yellow Brick Cinema to improve mental wellness.
  • Watch livestreamed concerts from your favorite artists. Some of those shows are listed on Billboard.com and Glamour.
  • YouTube has put together a playlist for folks to stay home #withme.
  • Get help when you need it.  The Contra Costa Crisis Center, in conjunction with Contra Costa 211, has created tip sheets for students, teens, parents of young children and parents of teens as they navigate the challenges of living through the COVID-19 crisis.

Nourishment

Visit these sites for information on food resources.

Martinez Restaurants
Open for delivery and pick-up

Food Bank of Contra Costa
Distributes food to low-income people at community sites and makes food available for other non-profit organizations serving ill, ready, and infants.
4010 Nelson Avenue, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 676-7543

Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
Provides community-based food programs and partner services that focus on basic needs.
835 Ferry Street, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 293-4792

Monument Crisis Center
Provides food, education, and referrals to individuals, families, children, and seniors in need, regardless of legal status.
1990 Market Street, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 825-7751


Household Needs

Stores offering home delivery of groceries and/or household and miscellaneous items.

Nob Hill
*Senior Essential Bags available curbside or in store.
- Home delivery
- Curbside pick-up (at rear of store)
(925) 370-9400

Lucky
- Home delivery through instacart.com and doordash.com

Safeway (north of Highway 4)
- Home delivery/Curbside Pick-Up
(925) 229-0212

Safeway (Virginia Hills)
- Home delivery/Curbside Pick-Up
(925) 933-0540

Wal-Mart
- Home delivery/Curbside Pick-Up
(925) 313-5716

Bill's Ace Hardware
- Home delivery
- Curbside pick-up
service@billsacehardware.com
(925) 228-6135

Home Depot
- Home delivery
- In-store pick-up
(925) 335-0223


Giving/Donating

If you are interested in donating to local non-profit organizations providing services to Martinez seniors and families in need, please consider the following:

Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa
PO Box 3195, Martinez, CA 94553
(866) 669-6697
mowcc@cchealth.org
From their website: “We bridge the widening gap between an ever increasing number of frail homebound elders in need of Meals on Wheels in our County, and insufficient government funding for these critical services….The average Meals on Wheels participant in Contra Costa County is 80 years old, lives alone or with a co-dependent spouse, and has one or more chronic health conditions that prevents them from preparing or shopping for nutritious daily meals.”

Food Bank of Contra Costa
4010 Nelson Avenue, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 676-7543
From their website: “Mission: Leading the fight to end hunger, in partnership with our community and in service of our neighbors in need.”

Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
835 Ferry Street, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 293-4792
From their website: “We provide community based food programs and partner services that focus on basic needs.  We nourish lives!”

Monument Crisis Center
1990 Market Street, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 825-7751
From their website:  "We are a family resource center that provides food, education, and referrals to individuals, families, children, and seniors in need, no matter your legal status.  We are here to help you!  Together we succeed!"

 


Federal, State, and Local Updates

What the U.S. Government is Doing

Veterans Stimulus Payment Information Update

CDC Website - Coronavirus Disease 2019

Subscribe for CDC Email Updates on COVID-19

California Department of Public Health

Contra Costa Health Services Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


What to do if you suspect you are sick

What You Need to Know

What to Do if You Are Sick

Stop the Spread of Germs

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease

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