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Youth Programs

Recreation Services offers programs designed for youth, with both free drop-ins at the Holly Rec Centre and registered programs.

Holly Youth Centre (HYC)

The Holly Youth Centre (HYC) is open to those ages 10 years and older, and offers programs and activities designed specifically for youth and provides a safe, creative, active and community-based environment for all young people in Barrie to enjoy.  

HYC Features

  • 1700 sq ft facility
  • Accessible
  • A Safe and Exciting Environment with a Games Room, Lounge, Kitchen and Computer
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday–Friday: 3:30pm–6:00pm   

Become an HYC  member today!

Becoming a member is easy!  Just come into the Holly Youth Centre, fill out a membership and you are on your way to FREE youth centre fun!

Volunteers Wanted

Are you looking for volunteer hours or just want to give back to the young people of our community?  The Holly Youth Centre is always  looking for young people and adults to volunteer. If you’re looking for school hours, community service hours or just want a fun way to get involved in the community, we want to talk to you! Acquire and complete a volunteer application form now! See Holly CC front desk for more info.

Additionally, if you are interested in volunteering to help run one of Recreations many special events email to be added to our volunteer call-out list!

Become a Sponsor

Help us open doors for young people through recreation and leisure.  Become a sponsor and experience the rewards!  For more information on becoming a sponsor please call Kate Ellis, Recreation Program  Supervisor, at (705) 739-4220 X5741

Registered Programs for Youth

Check out our courses for youth at

  • Mini Meals
  • Girls Night Out
  • NEW in January 2019: Family Games Night at the Holly Youth Centre
    6–8 pm on the second Friday of each month (summer excluded)
    By popular request, join us for an evening packed full fun games.Table tennis, foosball, Giant Jenga, Giant Chess game and your choice of our great assortment of board games.Come out and join in the fun! Children under 10 must be accompanied by a guardian or adult.  $2.00 drop in fee.

National Youth Week

Wednesday, May 1
​5:15pm - 6:00pm

3:30pm - 6:00pm
Nerd Wednesday
East Bayfield Community Centre
80 Livi​​ngstone Street East

Drawing and Comic Book Animation
Holly Community Centre
171 Mapleton Ave
Thursday, May 2

May 2, 3, & 7

3:30pm - 5:30pm

​3:30pm - 6:00pm
​Bad Art Night
Allandale Recreation Centre
190 Bayview Drive

Mural Madness
​Holly Community Centre
171 Mapleton Avenue
Friday, May 3
10:45am - 1:15pm
Youth Hub
Allandale Recreation Centre
190 Bayview Drive
Monday May 6

4:00pm - 6:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Inclusion Services Youth Drop In
Holly Recreation Centre
171 Mapleton Avenue
*Pre-register to save your spot - Course Code 39609​

Makers Monday
Barrie Public Library - Downtown Location
60 Worsley Street

Shak's World
Maple Grove P.S.
242 Grove Street East
​Tuesday May 7
​3:30pm - 5:00pm

4:00pm - 8:00pm

​6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tinker Tuesday & Taco Toonie Tuesday
Allandale Recreation Centre
190 Bayview Drive

National Youth Week Wrap Up Party
Holly Community Centre
171 Mapleton Avenue

Community Wellness Fair
Innisdale S.S.
95 Little Ave

National Youth Week Wrap Up Party

Wrap up National Youth Week with this showcase of youth talent!  Our Wrap Up Party shares our excitement about the arts and celebrates youth's positive contribution to our communities.  ​

Where:  Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie

When:  Tuesday May 7th 2018 4-8 pm

Cost:  Free of charge. 


  • Sense of Place Mural: Participants will work together using various media to complete a large-scale piece for permanent display in the Holly Youth Centre. 
  • Entertainment:  Highlighting some of Barrie's best, Emerging Artists!
  • Open Mic Night Local youth performers gather to perform in front of friends and family and show off their talent to the community! With FREE admission don't miss out!

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