Experience the RA - Saturday, August 24 - 10am to 2pm

Experience the RA!

Saturday, August 24, 2019  |  10am to 2pm

We would like to welcome you to Experience the RA! a FREE Open House, where you can COME PLAY, TRY-IT and LEARN ABOUT all the RA has to offer. Come dressed to PLAY! with comfortable clothing and non-marking running shoes. We will supply all necessary equipment but please bring your own racquet or mat if you have one.


Inflatables (Slide/Obstacle Course & Games)  | 10:00am to 2:00pm | all ages  |  FREE
Location: Outside on the front lawn and next to the Sundeck
Big Smiles, Big Fun.

Family Swim To Survive | 10:00am to 12:00pm | all ages  |  FREE
Location:  Outdoor Pool
Swimming is an important and valuable skill for everyone in the family. Join us for our Family Swim to Survive program at the pool from 10am to 12pm. Your family will participate in a variety of learning stations and gain essential skills such as how to roll into deep water, tread water and swim 50 meters that could help you and your family survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

Public Swim & Pool Games  | 10:00am to 2:00pm |  all ages  |  FREE
Location: Outdoor Pool
Join our aquatics team for water games such as under-water treasure hunts, races and diving competitions! Families - feel free to stay until we close at 7pm to soak in all the fun our pools have to offer!
Regular admission fees will apply from 2pm to 7pm.

Glow Dodgeball   |  10:30am to 11:30am | all ages  |  FREE
Location: West Gymnasium (West Wing)
What better way to spend time with your family than glowing together? Bring all your family members to play a good ol’ fashion game of dodgeball with a new age twist! Family members will be provided with the glowing jerseys for participants, glowing neon paint (high-quality non-toxic body paint), and family friendly music! Soft balls will be used, head shots do not count and older children are instructed to play nice with our younger participants! Come get glowing!

Glow Skate   |  12:30pm to 1:30pm  |  all ages  |  FREE
Location: Ray Kinsella Arena (East Wing) - Skates are required and a helmet for those under the age of 12.
Once you’re done glowing in our gym join GlowSport for a family friendly skate where everyone is sure to shine! GlowSport provides everything from the glowing jersey rental to the glowing face paint and family friendly tunes. All you have to do is show up with your skates (and a helmet if you're under 12) to enjoy the experience. This is an environment where the WHOLE FAMILY is guaranteed to remember the experience for years to come! 

Outdoor Yoga  |  11:30am to 12:30pm - ages 14 & up  |  FREE
Location: Outside on the front lawn
This class uses gentle postures to rejuvenate the mind and body.

 Please bring your own mat.


Badminton | 10:00am to 12:00pm  |  all ages   |  FREE
Location:  Badminton Courts (Lower East Wing)
The RA Badminton Club has long been a community where new or old friends connect in this timeless sport. Young or old, competitive or recreational, all players have a place at the RA.

Basketball – Jr NBA  |  1:15pm to 2:15pm   |  Ages 5 to 9  |  FREE
Location: West Gymnasium (West Wing) 
What was more exciting this spring than seeing our Toronto Raptors win the NBA title? Join us to experience one-hour of our Jr NBA Program. This program is developed by NBA Basketball Operations and a team of experts in child development, physical literacy and basketball fundamentals. All equipment is age-appropriate and the coaches put an emphasis on being active and having fun. Come see what the hype is all about!

Beach Volleyball | 10:00am to 12:00pm  |  all ages   |  FREE
Location:  outside next to Sundeck patio (East Wing)
Join in the fun pick-up games of sand volleyball!

Fitness - Workout in the fitness centre  |  10:00am to 2:00pm |  ages 14 & up  | FREE
Location:  LifeFIT Centre 
Join the RA LifeFIT staff in our fitness centre and we will get you started! Drop in any time between 10am and 2pm. Guest fees are waived.

Fitness - Take a group fitness class  |  9:00am to 10:00am  |  ages 14 and up  |  FREE
Location: Courtside B (East Wing)
This BodyFIT class will strengthen the whole body and is perfect for all fitness levels.

Fitness - Take a group fitness class  |  10:15am to 11:15am  |  ages 14 and up  |  FREE
Location: Courtside B (East Wing)
This FusionFIT class is a blend of traditional Yoga and Pilates movements and is perfect for all fitness levels. Please bring your own mat.

Fitness - Ask the Experts & Test your Grip Strength  |  10:00am to 2:00pm  |  ages 14 & up  |  FREE
Location: Grand Hall
LifeFIT Personal Trainers will be in the “hot seat” answering all your fitness questions and testing your grip strength.

Ice Hockey – Skills and Drills with Ottawa Senators Alumni, Brad Smyth
Adult Women’s Session: 10:30am to 11:20am - FREE
Adult Men’s Session (Over 50 & Recreational level players): 11:30am to 12:20pm - FREE
Location:  Ray Kinsella Arena
We have a limited number of spots still available (after pre-registration) in both sessions.  Please show up at the arena and we will do our best to fit you in. Full hockey gear is recommended - helmet, stick and skates are required. 

Judo  |  10:00am to 2:00pm | FREE 
Location: DOJO (lower East Wing)
Stop by the Dojo to experience the RA Judo Club in action. Watch demonstrations on throwing techniques and have the opportunity to test your learnings!

Pickleball | 10:00am to 12:00pm  |  ages 18 and up  |  FREE
Location:  Badminton Courts (Lower East Wing)
It looks like tennis, sounds like ping pong and favours the same light-on-your-toes action of badminton. But pickleball is a sport in its own right, and an explosion of popularity has made it a fast-growing sport in Canada. 
Pickleball is easy to learn, incredibly social and downright fun.

Photo Club - Photo Op  |  10:00am to 2:00pm  |  all ages  |  FREE
Location: LifeFIT studio (Central link)
Say Cheese.... The RA Photo Club will be on hand to take free portraits on a first-come, first-served basis. (Headshots, family shots or single portraits).

Stop by for a Slice! Live Demo  | 11:00am to 2:00pm  |  FREE 
presented by RA partner C.A. Paradis
Location: Sundeck Patio 
We will be cooking up pizzas using the Ooni Koda and the Ooni Pro pizza ovens - multi-fuel pizza ovens that heat over 900°F and cook pizza in under 2 minutes!  Enjoy free samples. Cooking outdoors has never been simpler.


Archery Club  |  10:00am to 2:00pm 
Location: Grand Hall
RA Archery Coach Bruce Malmberg and Club volunteers will be on hand to answer all things Archery at the Club's information booth in the Grand Hallway.

Canoe Camping Club | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Grand Hall
Interested in learning more about the RA Canoe Camping Club? Stop by their information booth to see how you can get involved. The Club does weekend trips, week day trips and even overnight trips. All skill levels are welcome, there are many workshops and training programs offered.

Chess Club | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Grand Hall
Do you have what it takes?! Don’t forget to drop by the RA Chess Club table during your visit. The Club will have a couple of boards setup for play as well as information on how you can join the Club.

Curling Club  |  10:00am to 2:00pm 
Location: Grand Hall
Find out all about the game of curling. Try your skills at our miniature table curling game!
Click here for more info on the Curling Club.

Event & Conference Services  |  10:00am to 2:00pm 
Location: Grand Hall
We look forward to serving you! The RA Centre offers rooms with capacities of up to 300 for meetings, dinners and special events. An additional 13,000 sq ft are available for trade shows and exhibits. Outdoor facilities and the fully licensed Sundeck are available for BBQs and corporate functions. Whether it’s a full sit down dinner or an intimate cocktail party, the staff at the RA will always provide outstanding catering and professional service. Stop by the RA's Event & Conference Services booth in the grand Hall to find out more.

Gun Club | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Grand Hallway
Did you know the RA Centre has the only indoor Gun Range in the Ottawa area? Our executive members' main priority is safety and they enjoy having fun. Stop by the information booth to find out more about both our recreational and competitive shooting sports.

Ski and Outdoor Club | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Grand Hall
The snow isn’t falling yet, but maybe you are dreaming of snow and hills. If so be sure to visit our Ski and Outdoor Club's information booth. Find out all the amazing day, weekend and weeklong trips the Club has planned and see how you can get involved.

Sports Leagues  | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Grand Hall
Stop by the League booth in Grand Hall and chat with our League staff about the variety of adult league sports offered at the RA, including: Basketball, Ball Hockey, Ice Hockey, SloPitch and 3-pitch, Volleyball – Indoor and Beach

Squash Club | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Grand Hall
Always wanted to try Squash or maybe you currently do and want to try out a new club? Did you know the RA Squash Clubs run a number of leagues, round robins and even Learn to Play programs? Come meet our Jr. Professional Tarun at the information booth to find out more. The RA Summer Open Tournament will be happening at the same time, be sure to check them out in the Squash viewing gallery. 

Stamp Club | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Grand Hall
The RA Stamp Club has been active within the community for over 60 years now. They will be displaying some of their history at their information booth, please stop by and see how you can get involved with this amazing Club. Don’t forget to bring your young ones! The Club has put together some starter collector kits for youths to get then going. So cool!

Stitching Group | 10am to 2pm
Location:  Grand Hall
Bring your needlework, knitting, crocheting or any other "stitching" project and our welcoming group of stitchers will offer advice or simply chat about your shared passion!  New to stitching?  Come learn a few stitching basics - We'll get you hooked!

RA and House of Sport Partners | 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: West Lobby
The following RA and House of Sport partners will be in the West Lobby answering all your questions about their services and areas of expertise.

Mann Lawyers, Canadian Blood Services, Riverstone Retirement Communities, Elysian Insight



Click here for information on how to get to the RA, where to park and other useful information.


Special Experience the RA Offer - Enjoy 10% off all food and beverage purchases on Saturday, August 24 from 10am to 2pm.


CaféRA will be open 9am to 2pm featuring locally roasted, fresh brewed coffee, a selection of chilled beverages, iced coffees and espresso-based drinks as well as a variety of sandwiches and baked goods.

The Fieldhouse Sports Bar & Grill (our popular licensed restaurant) will be open from 8am to 5pm for breakfast or a comfortable eat-in lunch.

The licensed Sundeck Patio will be open from 11am to 2pm offering delicious barbecue options and chilled beverages in a fun and engaging outdoor space.  Challenge your family and friends to a game of giant Jenga, volleyball or other fun, casual games.