Adult Leisure

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McDonnel Street Community Centre

Discover a world of leisure at the McDonnel Street Community Centre, one of Peterborough's newest recreation hubs! Unleash your competitive spirit with our exciting calendar of drop-in recreation programs, including: darts, shuffleboard, and short mat bowling. If you're looking to add more fitness to your regimen, consider joining a drop-in chair exercise class, or stomp into the line dancing registration! Designed for adults but appealing to the young at heart, these activities provide the perfect combination of fun, fitness, and socialization. 

McDonnel Street Community Centre is located at 577 McDonnel St. just east of the Monaghan Road intersection. 

Drop-In Programs

All drop-in programs cost $3.50 per participant, per visit. Please plan to bring exact cash, only. 

  • Participants are encouraged to bring clean, indoor shoes.
  • Doors open at times listed. Play begins within 30 minutes of doors open. Plan to arrive within this 30 minute window to sign-in, pay your fee, learn the rules, meet other participants, and receive your play assignments (i.e. teammates or opponents, court or board to play on, etc.).
  • All drop-in programs listed are currently located at the McDonnel Street Community Centre. 
  • If there are no participants within the first 30 minutes of the scheduled doors open, the activity will be cancelled for that day. 
Short Mat Bowling

Short Mat Bowling is an indoor sport in which players attempt to score points by rolling a heavy ball along a flat surface. The objective is to gain as many shots as possible by getting their bowls closer to the jack than their opponents. 

Short Mat Bowling will return to the calendar of activities Fall 2024

Open Activity

The Open Activity Drop-In is our Summer special! We'll have a variety of activity offerings to suit your mood. Feel like throwing some darts? Want to toss some cornhole beanbags? In the mood to challenge a friend to a round of Scrabble? We'll have these activities and more to choose from. All skill levels are welcome - we're happy to help teach you our favourite games! 

Tuesdays: July 2 to August 27

  • Doors open at 12:30 p.m., play begins at 1:00 p.m.
  • Approximately 1.5 hours of play


Cornhole is quickly becoming one of the most popular leisure activities in North America. Play is similar to horseshoes, except players use cornhole platforms and beanbags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Players take turns pitching beanbags at the platform, scoring points when bags land on the surface of the board, or fall through a hole cut into the board. Cornhole can be played as singles or doubles. When the weather gets nice, we'll look to bring cornhole outside to enjoy the sun!

Cornhole can be played in the summer on Tuesdays as part of the Open Activity Drop-In


The object of shuffleboard (indoor, floor) is to propel discs by means of a cue onto a target shaped like a pyramid at the opposite end of the court - to score, to prevent opponent from scoring, or both.

Mondays: July 8 to August 26

  • Doors open at 12:30 p.m., play begins at 1:00 p.m.
  • Approximately 1.5 hours of play
Tabletop Games

The Tabletop Games drop-in is an open program for folks who like to sit down with friends and enjoy a couple of rounds of cards. During this drop-in, participants will have access to a variety of games including Scrabble, Mexican Train, Cribbage, and other card games. All skill levels are welcome - we're happy to help teach you our favourite games! 

Tabletop Games can be played in the summer on Tuesdays as part of the Open Activity Drop-In


Test your precision and aim in friendly competition with fellow Darts enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice, we encourage all skill levels to join. Enjoy camaraderie, improve your game, and aim for the bullseye in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. 


  • Doors open at 12:30 p.m., play begins at 1 p.m. 
  • Approximately 2.5 hours of play 
  • No program April 18 and 25 

Darts can also be played in the summer on Tuesdays as part of the Open Activity Drop-in

*Chair Exercise

Improve your range of motion, strength, and balance in this seated fitness class. This class may use resistance bands, balls or gliding discs in a safe and social setting. No experience required. Come join the fun!

Wednesdays: July 3 to August 28

  • Course code: 65049
  • Doors open at 1:30 p.m., class begins at 2 p.m.
  • 1 hour class

*Note: Chair Exercise is currently being offered as both a drop-in and a registered program.

Register for Chair Exercise

Registered Programs

Each of the programs listed below require advanced registration. Participants can choose to register online, register over the phone by calling 705-742-0050, or register in person at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre during regular operating hours.


Did you know that Yoga has been known to improve flexibility & balance, help reduce inflammation, and promote better posture and body awareness? Many people who practice yoga will also benefit from reduced levels of stress, anxiety, and improved brain function. These classes are not recommended for people who cannot easily get up and down off the floor. If you have an existing injury, it is recommended that you bring a cushion for added stability, support and comfort. We also recommend that you bring your own yoga mat, although extras may be available for use. 

Intro to Yoga
Thursdays: July 4 to August 1

  • Course code: 64100
  • Cost: $43.60 + tax for 4 classes
  • No Class July 18
  • This class is designed to introduce you to the basic yoga postures, some breathing techniques and will provide a general understanding of yoga. If you are new to yoga, or if you want a refresher to the basics, this class may be for you.

Register for Intro to Yoga

Yin Yang Yoga

Thursdays: August 8 to 29

  • Course code: 64101
  • Cost: $43.60 + tax for 4 classes
  • This class is composed of two distinct styles. The first half of the class uses the standing postures to warm the joints and muscles. The second half uses postures that soften the connective tissues by using longer holds of postures on the floor.

Register for Yin Yang Yoga

Line Dancing

Line dancing is fun for all ages and has fantastic music, gives you choreographed aerobic exercise, improves your confidence, and teaches you basic footwork that can be used in any dance situation. 

Line Dancing will return to the calendar of activities Fall 2024

Special Events

Recreation and Parks Services offer workshops, adult learning opportunities, and special events. Check back here for the latest schedule.

Man hitting baseball
Recreation and Parks Services offers a variety of registered and drop-in sport programs, such as, pickleball, badminton and more.
McDonnel Street banquet room
Adult Leisure
Programs offered include darts, short mat bowling, euchre and special events.
Register into fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, aquafit, and pilates. You can also drop into a variety of fitness classes.
Ice pad at Healthy Pad Arena
Drop-in skate programs such as Public Skating, Shinny and 50+ Skating are available through the winter months at Healthy Planet Arena.  
Parks and Trails

Explore our trails system that provides scenic routes throughout the City for pedestrians and cyclists. Get out and enjoy!


Arial view of aquatics centre
Public swimming is offered at the Sport and Wellness Centre. Join us for lane swims, wellness swims, fun swims and more.