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Posted: February 26, 2017

Spring break is coming; are you ready?

By Felicity Youngward

Spring break for the kids is coming up; do you have a plan?

If not, I have some suggestions for you to keep the kids busy and engaged. Depending on our weather you may be able to break out the bikes or take the sleds out for a slide.

Free or cheap

Idlewild Park, Elizabeth Lake, Rotary Trail, NorthStar Rails-to-Trails, Cranbrook Community Forest. Take a walk somewhere – can you find signs of spring?

Sledding – weather and snow permitting – Idlewild & St Mary’s School. There is still a small hill beside Pop Price Park (pictured above, across from Bridge Interiors).

Outdoor skating – again weather and ice permitting – Baker Park, Pop Price, Fort Steele or check with City of Cranbrook Leisure Services for indoor skating times.

South Star Area – cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Cranbrook Public Library – They have Preschool and Toddler Storytime; Pick up some Spring themed books.

Wiggle, Giggle and Grow – Wednesday, March 22, and Wednesday, March 29 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for ages 0-6 @ Cranbrook Family Connections (next to Core Fitness) check out the CAPC Facebook Page.

Tumble Time – Thursday, March 23, and Thursday, March 30 – 9:30-11 a.m. for ages 0-6 @ St Mary’s School. Check out the CAPC Facebook Page.

Fort Steele Heritage Town – check out the animals. Are the lambs out yet? – by donation 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Fort Steele

Drive out to the Kootenay Trout Hatchery.

Check out a new playground – Rotary Park (downtown) McKinnon Park, Pop Price Park, Idlewild, Gyro playground.

Check out Pinterest and grab some crafting supplies from Crafty Creations at the Child Care Resource and Referral office (across from Safeway) or the dollar store.

Go splash in some puddles.

Build a fort in the living room and watch a movie.

Bake some cookies – again a great resource is Pinterest or just Google it.

Camps and other activities ($)

City of Cranbrook: Spring Break Swimming Lessons: Check out the Leisure Services Guide on the City of Cranbrook website, or call 250-489-0220. Or, City of Cranbrook Spring Break camps – Ages 5-12, the city is running a camp for each week of spring break. Check out Leisure Services Guide or call 250-489-0220.

Fort Steele – Ages five to12, Fort Steele is running a camp for each week of spring break. Check out their website or call 250-417-6000.

Spirit Rock Climbing Centre Kimberley– Are running several different programs during spring break, please check out their website www.spiritrockclimbing.com and look under Kids programs.

Arq Mountain Centre Cranbrook – Spring Camp programs, check out their website www.arqmountaincentre.com or Facebook.

Key City Gymnastics – spring break camps and programs. Call them at 250-426-2090 or check out their website.

Cranbrook and District Arts Council, are running daily/weekly Art Camps, check out their website www.cranbrookarts.com or Facebook.

Kimberley Alpine Resort – Down Hill Skiing, Lessons, half and full day skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing.

Fairmount Hot Springs/Radium Hot Springs – Go and have a soak in the hot springs.

Toy Lending Library – Located at the Child Card Resource & Referral Office (CCRR) Memberships are $35 per year and start April 1.

Felicity Youngward is Parent Representative, Cranbrook Early Years Committee

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