Out and About with the Kids

When it’s too cold to go out and about

Courtney Rupertus
When it’s too cold to go out and about

Anyone else and their children suffering from cabin fever due to the cold weather? We definitely are.

This is of course the first winter I’ve had to manage with two children, two and under, and sometimes it can be a challenge making sure everyone gets enough fresh air and burns enough energy when the temperatures dip below -15.

Luckily, Valemount has a couple of drop-in programs throughout the week that make starting your vehicle and getting out and about worthwhile. In fact, you can pretty much fill up most of your week with fun and free activities this winter!

We just missed the end of Mother Goose and her Goslings which was held on Monday afternoons from January 14 to February 18 at Robson Valley Community Services. It was aimed for children 5 and under to enjoy songs, rhymes, stories, snacks, and some indoor play with their parent or caregiver! We really hope they run this program again soon so that we can attend.

Still running on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am is Move with Me! another free drop in program for kids 5 and under at the Valemount Community Hall. Children and their caregivers can come and learn about tempo, sounds, play, and movement in a relaxed environment. The last day for this program will be March 11.

For parents who may be missing the social aspect of the warmer months, The Gathering Tree has graciously created Mom and Tots time every Tuesday from 10 am until noon, where you and other caregivers can comfortably enjoy your coffee and a treat with your children and socialize together.

Another free drop-in that will be continuing through the last of the winter months is Babes Café. This is a relaxed, free play group for children 3 and under and their caregivers to get out of the house without having to chance a frostbitten nose! Held on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9 until 11 am at Robson Valley Community Services.

Love 2 Learn with Cara and Addy has two Saturday sessions left, March 2 and March 16, from 10 am until 12 pm. With this one, you can drop in, but they like you to register ahead of time so that they can bring enough snacks and supplies for everyone. You can simply call them at VCAS 250-566-4826 and let them know you’d like to come!

This is the perfect opportunity to do messier crafts with your child that you maybe wouldn’t necessarily have the supplies to do at home. You also read stories and engage in more structured play.

Finally to round out the week, there is still Family Swim Sundays at the Best Western Pool. They’ve recently adjusted the age requirements as follows: Families with children 0 to 6 are welcome from 1 until 2:30 pm, with the waterslide closed. Families with children ages 0 to 12 are welcome from 2:30 to 4 pm, with the waterslide open. The fee is $10 per family and the remaining dates are March 3, 17, 24, 31, as well as April 7 and 14.

When it’s too cold to go out and about
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