Welcome to the City of San Rafael Virtual Recreation & Resource Center!
This is your place for fun, education and resources as we keep physical distance but remain socially connected. Our goal is to ensure that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have essential experiences.
Visit this page often for new updates and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained and informed. Please note that the City of San Rafael does not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.
Take a Virtual Fitness Class - There are plenty of FREE options online. Here are just a few:
- Do Yoga with Me Free yoga videos
- Nike Training Club App filled with free fitness videos
- YouTube Free exercise videos.
For the Kids
The current Shelter in Place order allows for individuals to "engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with the social distancing requirements ...such as... walking, hiking and running." Take trips around your neighborhood and say hello, from a distance, to your neighbors who are getting outside, as well.
Marin County Public Health reminds Marin residents and visitors to stay local by riding your bike or walking to a local park or trail. Please note that as of May 23, every city, town, county, state and federal park is off limits to motorized vehicles in Marin, including open space preserves, Mount Tamalpais, Marin Municipal Water District lands, the Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods.
County-maintained paved paths, such as Southern Marin’s Mill Valley-Sausalito Multi-use Pathway and the Corte Madera Pathway, are open as well. These paths will stay open as long as people are adhering to the social distance guidelines, which calls for people to remain six feet apart.
Below are a few tips to help you take an active role in protecting your own well-being and happiness, especially during periods of stress.
- 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.
- 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.
- Calm.com - Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. We're feeling it too, and we wanted to share some of the tools we're using to take care of our minds and stay grounded.
Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally.
- Call a friend or relative to check in.
- Connect with a video chat program to see your loved ones.
- 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 Ubereats and have it brought to you.
- Volunteer - There are may be opportunities to volunteer to help those in our community.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Exercise your Brain
- Visit the San Rafael Public Library Online Offering a vast collection of digital materials and online services that you can access from the comfort of your own home – from eBooks and audiobooks, to digital magazines and news, as well as streaming movies and TV, and online learning services – all free with your library card!
For the Kids (or kids at heart)
- Hold a virtual play date through Facetime or other live feed application.
- Hootenanny -a virtual music and movement class led by Lauren O’Brien and Matt Commerce
- Take a Virtual Vacation - Explore the world using Google Earth! Use Street View to see places as if you’re actually there.
- Head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium through their live stream's.
- Visit one of many museums around the work through their virtual tours.
- Educational Resources
County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services - This is the lead agency in Marin County directing our community’s response to COVID-19. Please also check Aging & Adult Services for other information. (415) 457 – 4636
City of San Rafael - Visit the City’s dedicated page for COVID-19 for up to date information.
Center for Disease Control - CDC’s COVID-19 site.
Support our local restaurants! - Many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders. Order food for pick up or try out DoorDash or UberEats and have it brought to you.
SF-Marin Food Bank – Food Programs For All
St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room – Meal Program For All . (415) 454-3303