Virtual Recreation & Resource Center

City of Upland Virtual Recreation & Resource Center

Our physical doors may be closed, but we're still here for you to provide your family with Recreation services, including fun-filled activities for all ages, virtual adventures, and helpful information for seniors.

Please click on the orange text to begin your Virtual Recreation experience or click on the blue printable pdf activities and resource information located at the bottom of the page. 


City Of Upland Race Back To School 14 Mile Virtual Fun Run

VIRTUAL FUN RUN DATES:  NOW through Wednesday, September 30th.
REGISTER ONLINE:  NOW through Tuesday, September 15th.


Join us for the second event in our Upland Trifecta Challenge series. Exercising for our mental and physical health has never been more important. Plus, this is the perfect way to jump-start your training for our Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, scheduled to take place in November.

Our virtual fun run is 14 miles long, honoring the 14 schools located throughout the City of Upland (elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, and adult school). You can run at anytime and you’re free to complete the 14 miles indoors on a treadmill or anywhere outside while practicing safe distancing and following all CDC guidelines. The best part is you get to choose the start and finish line and you can take as much time as you like to complete the fun run! Complete it in one day or divide it up among several days, as long as you complete 14 miles. You can complete the virtual fun run anytime through Wednesday, September 30th. Please note that this is a self-coordinated fun run with no setup, chip-timing, or coordinators on-site.

Proceeds from the virtual fun run will benefit the Upland Recreation and Community Services Build-A-Dream Youth Scholarship Program.

REGISTRATION FEE:  $25  Please click "RaceWire Register Online" link below to register.
Register Now!

EVENT PARTICIPATION INCLUDES:  Event tank top, custom medal, and swag gear.  All items will be mailed directly to your home so NO package pickup is required!  Just don’t peak at the medal until you finish!  Don’t forget to register early if you want your tank-top to wear for your virtual fun run.  Or, show your school spirit by participating in our virtual fun run with a T-shirt from your days in school or support the school your child attends!  Swag bags will start to be placed in the mail on Wednesday, August 24th.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR VIRTUAL FUN RUN RESULTS:  Runners will track their own results and completion is based on the honor system. Although there are no awards or prizes for the first to the finish line, we thought it would still be fun to keep track of the finish time for each participant. Once your virtual fun run is complete, you can submit your results HERE!  Results will be posted the week of October 5th. HERE!

CERTIFICATES:  Once results are posted, search for your name and click on the pin icon to the right. This will enable you to download the certificate on the right side of your screen.

PREMIER SPONSOR:  Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.

Don't forget to share your photos of our first ever virtual fun run at #RaceBackToSchool

Questions?  Please contact Upland Recreation and Community Services at (909) 931-4280.

Adult Fitness

Booty Fitness By Studio 30
Did you know that there are many other ways to target muscles of the glutes and hamstrings than just by squats or lunges? In our 4-week virtual session, with homework in between, you will see tightening, toning, and lifting of the booty. These 30-minute classes will leave you with a sense of satisfaction each evening, knowing that you are building muscle, strengthening and shaping the booty with smart, intense workouts.  There will also be a FaceBook group available for this class, providing extra workouts and to post virtual fitness class videos should you miss a live class.  Please Note: This is a virtual fitness class, offered through your personal computer. Class will not be held at Studio 30. The instructor will contact you regarding log-in information.  Classes begin on Tuesday, August 4th at 7:15 p.m. To register, please click the title of class.

Chair Aerobics For Seniors
The intention of chair aerobics is not to limit movement or keep folks off their feet, but rather to increase mobility, feelings of well-being, and encourage physical activity in people who might otherwise think that exercise is out of reach.  Pull up a chair and let's begin. 

Kettlebell Blaster & HIIT Camp
From the comfort of your own home, join Cathy Gonzales from Studio 30 for a two-week online session of Kettlebell Blaster & HIIT Camp.  New sessions are starting every other week. 

Pilates For Seniors
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.  Grab a beach towel or use an exercise mat. Take your time with each lesson and do what you can to move forward with your fitness abilities. 

Silver Sneakers Exercise For Seniors
Silver Sneakers is a health and fitness program designed for adults 65 years & up. Workout from home with live or recorded classes and how-to-videos to help feel stronger, have more energy, and for peace of mind.  A membership is required and is available at no cost for those with participating Medicare plans.

Tai Chi By Instructor, Robert Zailo
Tai Chi is the Chinese art of slow-moving meditation using dance-like, low-impact movements. Chi Gong is the development of internal energy (chi). Improve breathing, calmness, balance and coordination, while increasing strength and flexibility gradually. Yang style Tai Chi uses slow rhythmic movements to achieve greater health.  Once regular programming resumes, please join Robert in a Monday/Wednesday morning or Monday evening Tai Chi session.

Adult Special Interests

Crafeteria With Christen: No Sew Fleece Pillow
Let's join the Gibson Senior Center's Crafeteria craft project today and learn how to make a No Sew Fleece Pillow. With Christen's step-by-step video, you'll be crafting like a pro in no time! The pillows are perfect to add to your bed or couch decor or to give as a gift to someone special.  Follow the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to create this cute pillow!

Crafeteria With Christen: Watercolor Coasters
Let your creativity soar today with "Crafeteria With Christen"! Today, we'll learn the basic steps in creating watercolor coasters that will brighten up any room. Or, perhaps give a set as a gift to a friend or neighbor to brighten up their day.  Follow the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to create your own watercolor coasters.

Crochet Fun!
From beginner stitches to advanced, the projects and creativity can be endless!  Not only can you create some great projects like hats, gloves, doilies, sweaters, or scarves, crocheting is a great stress reliever!

Easy Crafts For Adults
Easy crafts for adults are are a fun way to relieve stress and rediscover your creative spark.  Let's get started!

Games, Games, And More Games
From the convenience of your living room, sit back and enjoy an online classic.  Perhaps a game of Chess or Backgammon.  Or, if you prefer a crossword puzzle, game of solitaire, sudoku, or mahjong.  There's something for everyone!

Jigsaw Puzzles For All Ages
Who doesn't love a good puzzle? Not only can they assist to improve your short-term memory, a puzzle can reinforce relations between brain cells and improve your mental speed, while providing the benefits of meditation and a means to help evaporate the stress in your life. And of course, puzzles can be a great source of entertainment!

Let The Pages Take You Places
From the convenience of your home, you may access best selling and classic eBooks, digital/audio books, and streaming videos, available 24/7 through Digital Audiobooks and eBooks at the Upland Public Library.  Browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or eReader.   E-cards are currently available at the Upland Public Library.

Paw Print Art
Simply dip your dog’s paw into the paint and create some floral shapes. Once the shapes are stamped out and ready to go, you simply wash the non-toxic paint from your dog’s paw and grab your paintbrush to continue your paw print masterpiece.

Cooking Fun For All Ages

Chipotle Guacamole!
Happy Cinco De Mayo!  To celebrate, let's grab some avocados and prepare a bowl of the tasty guacamole prepared by Chipotle. Follow the step-by-step tutorial to enjoy this tasty appetizer.

Cooking With Kathy: Fresh Mango Salsa
This fruity and spicy fresh mango salsa is yummy on just about everything!  Follow our step-by-step instructional video provided by Cooking With Cooper to turn plain old chips and salsa into a mouthwatering event.

Cooking With Kathy:  Frosted Lemonade
Frosted lemonade is the perfect icy lemon treat for a hot summer day, requiring only some basic ingredients. Cooking with Cooper shows us how simple this icy lemon treat is in her step-by-step instructional video.

Cooking With Kathy:  Pizza Waffles & Five-Minute Dipping Sauce
Cooking With Kathy's step-by-step tutorial for Pizza Waffles with 5-Minute Dipping Sauces is a simple recipe that will provide you and your little chef time together in the kitchen, allowing for a tasty afternoon snack as the end result.

Easy Meal Prep: Cooking For One Or Two
Do you enjoy cooking, but would like to cook a meal for just one or two people, rather than for a family of ten? Today's step-by-step tutorial will provide instruction on how to do just that!.  Today's menu:  Chicken Parmesan.

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cooking Course
Gordon Ramsay offers Ultimate Cooking Courses, teaching basic cooking skills on his YouTube channel.  Today's menu:  Pan-Fried Pork Chops & Peppers.

Homemade Ice Cream Without An Ice Cream Machine
Learn how to make ice cream without an ice cream machine with three simple no churn methods and fun flavor ideas.  Get your sweet tooth ready...

Make Ahead Freezer Meals
Hot breakfasts usually require significantly more time to prepare—something that we're short on most mornings.  Let's learn how to create three freezer meals that will come in handy on one of the crazy busy mornings.

Popsicle Time!
Warm weather means it's time for popsicles!  Kids, lets' learn how to make three different homemade popsicles that are inexpensive, nutritious, and delicious. Don't forget to ask for assistance from your parents.

Virtual Adventures For The Whole Family

Carnival Cruise Adventure
Take a break from what you're doing and go on an Instant Caribbean vacation! Carnival Cruise Line launched an Instant Caribbean Vacation in a full 360º interactive video.  Users can experience all the fun of a Carnival cruise from gliding down water slides, to relaxing on the beach, or just taking in the glorious sunset from the deck.  Don't forget to use the toggle on the top left screen to get the most out of your mini-vacay! Grab your suntan lotion and let's go on a virtual vacation.

Disneyland - Indiana Jones Adventure
Who says you have to stand in long lines to enjoy Disneyland rides? From the convenience of your own home, accompany intrepid archaeologist Dr. Indiana Jones on a turbulent quest, aboard military troop transport vehicles, through a dangerous lost temple guarded by a supernatural power.

Disneyland - Peter Pan Flight
From the convenience of your own home, fly over London aboard a pirate galleon to Never Land.

Disneyland - Pirates Of The Caribbean
From the convenience of your own home, embark on a swashbuckling voyage to a time when pirates ruled the seas.

Disneyland - Splash Mountain
Warmer weather is just around the corner...let's celebrate with a log ride at Disneyland!  Set off on a delightful log flume ride featuring characters and songs from the classic Disney film ‘Song of the South.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
Created by the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania and inspired by the magic-filled works of J.K. Rowling, this digital escape room experience not only brings you into the world of Harry Potter, but also challenges your brains!  Put on your wizard hat, get that robe steamed, and let's begin our adventure!

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Adventure
Explore the LEGOLAND Florida Resort virtually, through the twists and turns of The Dragon, an indoor/outdoor steel roller coaster.

Louvre Adventure
The Louvre was originally a fortress built by the French king Philippe Auguste. It was intended to reinforce the defenses that the king had ordered to be built in 1190 to protect Paris from attack via the Seine. Today, visitors can walk around the original perimeter moat and view the piers that supported the drawbridge.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Adventure
Located on the ocean's edge, the Monterey Aquarium is your window to marine life. Home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, and more, enjoy the amazing diversity of life found on and beneath the waves.  Although the physical doors may be closed, you can still enjoy a virtual visit and experience the Aquarium.

San Diego Zoo Adventure
he San Diego Zoo showcases more than 3700 animals that call the San Diego Zoo home.  Bring wildlife such as polar bears, apes, koalas, even pandas and tigers into your home when you visit. While watching the live cams, pick out your favorite animals and make a list of those that you would like to see in person!

Six Flags Magic Mountain Goliath Roller Coaster
Today, let's head on over to Magic Mountain and board Goliath!  As far as roller coasters go, there are beasts, there are giants, and then there is Goliath. Find out why bigger is better on this intense 70 mile-per-hour body-blaster that is not for the timid.

The Taj Mahal
Built by a 17th-century Mughal emperor in memory of his favorite wife, who died during childbirth, the Taj Mahal is one of the most lavish and romantic architectural tributes on earth. 

Tuscan Botanical Gardens Adventure
Let's head over to Arizona's Tuscan Botanical Gardens to view their Butterfly Exhibit, allowing people all over the country to enjoy and visit some tropical beauty.

Waterslide Adventure
There's no need for swimsuits or suntan lotion today - our waterslide adventures can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch, in your air conditioned house.  We'll be traveling to Bangkok today for this summer adventure..

Youth Fitness & Outdoor Fun

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Making your own sidewalk chalk paint is super easy. You more than likely have the three required ingredients in your pantry.  The children will be painting the sidewalk and driveway in no time after following the DIY video.

Fitness For Kids With Twenty Online Fitness Activities
Let's put the fun back into fitness with online fitness videos for kids that are safe and effective for kids of all ages!

Homemade Bubble Fun!
Who doesn't love bubbles?   Learn how to make your own homemade bubbles and bubble wands!  Ingredients:  1/2 cup warm water, 4 T liquid dish detergent, and 2T glycerine.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden
Create a whimsical, miniature fairy garden using a large planter and some terra-cotta pots or an outdoor version with some spare wood and craft paint.

Outdoor Fun For Kids
Game on! Let's have an action packed summer with easy, kid-friendly outdoor games!

Ultimate Water Balloon Games
Let's put a splash of fun into your backyard activities this summer with Ultimate Water Balloon Games! Get out the hose and your balloons, and let's have some summer-time fun.

Youth Special Interests

Breath Meditation For Kids
A calming breath meditation designed to introduce kids to mindfulness. Kids imagine a sail boat rising and falling over waves as they inhale and exhale and use mental imagery to see their breath as color as they observe the sensation of it passing through the nostrils. Finally they cultivate beginners mind imagining they were once a fish and are feeling air in their lungs for the first time.

Create Your Own Butterfly Puddler
To have a really successful butterfly garden, you will also want to provide them with butterfly nectar and fresh water in a butterfly puddler. Butterflies drink by “puddling”. They sip at shallow puddles of water in mud or sand instead of landing in large open water areas.  Learn how to create your own butterfly puddler with air dry modeling clay and simple tools by visiting our link.  

DIY Scrappy Self-Portraits
Help your kids create their own 3-D self portrait using scrap pieces of wood and plenty of imagination.

First Aid For Feelings
A free 16-page downloadable workbook, available in English and Spanish, designed to help kids cope during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Fur, Feather, Fin - All Of Us Are Kin Virtual Story Event
Join the Busy Bee Virtual Story Event with special guest Diane Lang -- author, educator, and nature enthusiast, as she reads her picture book "Fur, Feather, Fin - All of Us are Kin."

Home Base For Kids
A safe and fun digital community for kids, where kids can explore islands based on their favorite book series.  Kids will love the trivia games and live chats with authors.

Jigsaw Puzzles For All Ages
Who doesn't love a good puzzle? Not only can they assist to improve your short-term memory, a puzzle can reinforce relations between brain cells and improve your mental speed, while providing the benefits of meditation and a means to help evaporate the stress in your life. And of course, puzzles can be a great source of entertainment!

JumpStart For Kids
JumpStart offers a wide variety of fun activities for kids to help engage the young ones with activities to make learning fun.

Kids' Wooden Robot Workshop
With items found around the house, you and your kids can learn to make cute, wooden robot toys.

Learn How To Draw A Dog
Learn how to draw a dog with just a few steps and just a few supplies, by following an art tutorial for kids and beginners.

Let The Pages Take You Places
From the convenience of your home, you may access best selling and classic eBooks, digital/audio books, and streaming videos, available 24/7 through Digital Audiobooks and eBooks at the Upland Public Library.  Browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or eReader.   E-cards are currently available at the Upland Public Library.

Paper Mouse Corner Bookmark
With just a few supplies and some added creativity, learn how to create these super cute tiny paper mouse bookmarks. Keep them for your reading adventures or share with friends and family.

Paw Print Art
Simply dip your dog’s paw into the paint and create some floral shapes. Once the shapes are stamped out and ready to go, you simply wash the non-toxic paint from your dog’s paw and grab your paintbrush to continue your paw print masterpiece.

Quick & Easy Science Experiments For Kids
Enjoy ten science experiments for kids with household items.

Scholastic Learn At Home
The Scholastic Learn At Home series offers day-by-day projects to keep kids, grades Pre-K through 9th reading, thinking, and growing.

Scholastic Teachables

The editors of Teachables have created a free collection of worksheets and activities for your kids, Pre-K through 8th grade.

Science Flix
From weather to our cell phones, science is all around us!  Kids can watch, read, and explore hundreds of science topics including Earth Science, Space Science, Physical Science, Health & The Human Body, and more!

Sea Animal Paper Plate Crafts

Kids, get out your paints, scissors, colored pencils, paper plates, a plastic cup, and your creativity and let's build Sea Animal Paper Plate Crafts, by following a step-by-step tutorial. 

Spanish Immersion Zumba Camp For Kids: Live & Interactive
Kids, let's have some fun in our four-day Latin adventures in our Spanish Immersion Zumba Camp!  From culture, language, dancing, exercising, and laughing you will learn all about the Zumba dance while learning the Spanish language.  Please note:  This is a live and interactive class.  Parents will be contacted with log-in information for use via computer.  This class is held at the convenience of your own home.  Classes are scheduled to take place beginning Tuesday, August 4th.  To register, please click class title.

Stress Balls For Kids
Learn to make tactile sensory balls using balloons and other materials around your home.  You can even accessorize them to look like any character you choose.

Ten Fun-Filled Experiments For Kids

Cloud In A Bottle, Bouncy Egg, and Bending Water...These are all easy science experiments that will amaze kids, all with items located around the house.  Let's have some fun!

Young Rembrandts Cartoon Art: Virtual Fun
Our Young Rembrandts Fun Art classes are now available from the safety and comfort of your own home! The registered student will receive a link to each class via email. Students will have the option to participate and complete the lessons at their convenience.  This four-week session includes lessons in drawing fundamentals and cartoons! Students will have a blast as their lessons revolve around nature, as students learn to draw different types of bugs, summer camp scenes, and beautiful exotic animals, such as killer whales and flamingos.  Pre-registration is required.  Classes scheduled to take place during the months of July and August.  To view scheduled dates and to register, please click the title of this class.

Savory Summer Backyard BBQ's

Summer weather means spending time outdoors with friends and family and bringing out the BBQ for some tasty summer meals and summer memories.

This week, follow Upland Recreation and Community Services for our Savory Summer Backyard BBQ posts and perhaps try a new recipe that could become your new summer favorite!

Homemade Fresh Lemonade & Sweet Lime Iced Tea

Enjoy a new refreshing taste!  Recipes provided by

Barbequed Picnic Chicken

Topped with a zesty homemade BBQ sauce, this savory barbequed chicken recipe is sure to be a hit this summer with friends and family.  Recipe provided by


Cucumber, Tomato, Avocado Salad

The cucumber, tomato and avocado salad is a super simple healthy salad that packs a punch of flavor. This great little salad will fit in perfectly for any summer BBQ.  For step-by-step instructions, please visit Cucumber, Tomato, Avocado Salad.

Easy Grilled Corn On The Cob

Put a twist to the outdoor classic of corn-on-the-cob. The chipotle-lime butter is sure to tickle the taste buds this summer!  Recipe provided by

Grilled Vegetable Hacks

If you are looking for additional barbecue ideas and a means to add some beautiful summer colors to your dinner plates, these tips for grilling vegetables will come in handy this summer.  To view video, please visit Grilled Vegetable Hacks.

Backyard Grill Desserts

Looking for a post-barbecue dessert? These easy recipes using summertime fruit as sure to please.  To get started on these tasty desserts, please visit Backyard Grill Desserts.







Summer Camping Fun: Camping 101

Whether in your backyard or out in the "wild", camping is great summertime fun! Follow Upland Recreation and Community Service this week for some great ideas while spending your time outdoors!

First, let's take a look at a Camping 101 For Beginners video showing you the simple way to go camping. It's very easy to go camping your first time and be successful. Even beginners will enjoy camping like experienced campers. 

To view this information, please visit Camping 101 For Beginners.

All Natural DIY Insect Repellent

Let's start off with some DIY All Natual Insect Repellent. Don't let those pesky insects ruin your time spent outdoors.

With just a few ingredients, you can learn to make natural insect repellent yourself, which is safe, effective, and costs much less than to buy it.

List of ingredients and instructions provided by

Easy To Make Meals

For the kids:  Not only is this walking taco recipe easy to make, it’s certain to be a treat for the kids, too.

For the adults:  Take you sausage and summer vegetable to the next level with our easy to grill recipe, sure to please all campers!

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S'mores & More S'mores

What kind of cookie can top a s'more at a cookout? One that is topped with an adorable candy campfire, complete with tiny toasted marshmallows on sticks. Bring a batch of these to your next camp-out -- whether deep in the woods or just in your backyard -- and watch the smiles break!  For a step-by-step instructional video, please visit Campfire Cookies Step By Step Recipe.

For those that prefer to sit by the fire to make their campfire desserts, how about placing a new spin on the classic? Although there's nothing wrong with the classic combo of a few squares of chocolate with a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers, these s'mores dessert recipes take the beloved campfire snack to whole new level.For those that prefer to sit by the fire.  For a step-by-step instructional video, please visit Ultimate S'mores Step By Step Recipes.

Campfire Games For The Whole Family

The great outdoors are already, well, great, but you can make the experience even more fun with these family activities. 

For campfire game ideas, please visit Campfire Games For The Whole Family.

Blueberry Cinnamon Bread

If there's a little more time (and a little more room in the cooler) it doesn't get much more delicious. Just a few simple ingredients can transform a store-bought loaf of cinnamon bread (with assistance from extra ingredients and aluminum foil) into a super tasty campfire breakfast meal! 

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Let's Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - All Week!

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, let's celebrate with some fun and original cookies all week long!

One bite of these Delicious Cowgirl Cookies will have you hitchin' up the wagons and headin' out west! Yee Haw!

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Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Let's celebrate with an old classic, but with a clever twist...a package of instant vanilla pudding mix! What a treat!

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Germantown Cookies

Have you been in search of a new cookie recipe that combines the delicious flavors of orange zest, coconut, and oats? These chewy, buttery cookies might just be what you have been looking for!

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Cranberry Hootycreeks

Not only are Cranberry Hootycreeks a delicious cookie, they make for a beautiful gift for any occasion! Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar in the order listed, add a gift tag, and you have the perfect gift for a friend of family member who has a passion for baking goodies.

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Gluten Free & Vegan Shortbread Cookies

For those that prefer a healthier sweet treat, let's try the Gluten Free & Vegan Shortbread Cookie. With a shortbread texture and added crispness, these are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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Peanut Butter Cookies: Sugar Free & Full Of Flavor

These cookies are truly a gift for those who are diabetic or are watching their sugar intake! With a crumbly and crunchy edge and chewy center, you get the best of both worlds! To switch it up a bit, add a splash of vanilla.

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Birthday Bones

When baking up your next batch of cookies, don't forget your four legged fur-ever friend! This is a great healthy option, that will provide a wagging tail of approval. Birthday Bones should be stored in the refrigerator.

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Printable Activities For At Home Fun

Please click on the blue printable pdf activities below.


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