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Posted: July 9, 2017

It’s summer time, let the games begin

By Felicity Youngward

Summer break for the kids is here; do you have a plan?

If not, I have some suggestions for you to keep the kids busy and engaged.

Free or Cheap

Take a hike or ride a bike, Idlewild, Elizabeth Lake, Rotary Trail, Rails 2 Trails, Cranbrook Community Forest, Eager Hill, The Buttes.

Cranbrook Public Library (check out their Facebook page for details)

Story time for toddlers to age 12 at various times

Walk on the Wild Side Summer Reading club

Go check out the Community Garden (next to McKinnon Park) and go dig in the dirt.

Parents in the Park – Wednesdays in July and August 10-12 a.m. @ Rotary Park. Ages 0-6 years old, older siblings are welcome.

Bring hat, water, swimwear and sunscreen.

Drive out to the Fish 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.

Cranbrook History Centre – Summer Jr. Paleontologist Program. Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. (ages 6-12) $5 per participant.

Free Family swims at Western Financial Place on: July 15 from 12-1 p.m. and August 19 from 12-1 p.m.

Pack a picnic, your shovels and buckets and go to the beach…

Moyie Lake

Wasa Lake

Jim Smith

Splash park time – If it is 22 degrees or warmer the water will be on!

Rotary Park (downtown)

Kinsman Park (up by COTR)

Learn to Fish programs at local lakes – check out the website (ages 5 and older)

Camps and other activities ($)

City of Cranbrook –

Summer Break Swimming Lessons: Check out the Leisure Services Guide on the City of Cranbrook website, or call 250-489-0220

City of Cranbrook Summer Break camps – Ages 5-12, the city is running a camp for each week of summer break. Check out Leisure Services Guide or call 250-489-0220

Fort Steele Heritage Town–

Ages 5-12, Fort Steele is running a camp for each week of summer break. Check out their website or call 250-417-6000.

Take the family for a visit, there is a new exhibit running during the summer “Ice Age Mammals” check out the Fort Steele website for admission prices

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

Arq Mountain Centre Cranbrook – Summer Camp programs (full and ½ days), check out their website or Facebook.

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

Drop in on Saturdays (Family) $8 per participant 1:30-3 p.m.

Drop in on Tuesdays (Junior 0-5) $5 per participant 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Radium Hot Springs

Fairmont 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 Apr 1.

Kimberley Underground Mining Railway opened July 1.

Summer Theatre Camp – Ages 6-12, Details inside the current Cranbrook Leisure Services Guide

East Kootenay SPCA Summer Camps –

Blue Lake Camp (now known as Columbia Outdoor School) camps for six-years up to teens. Three to six night camps. Funding available. Check out their website.

Get out and explore and if you discover something that isn’t on this list, please share on our Facebook site.

Lead image: Hiking up Eager Hill. e-KNOW file photos

Felicity Youngward is coordinator for the Early Years Committee

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