Lively Songs for Little People | Tuesdays and Thursdays
The Musicman’s casual drop-in shows continue to the end of May. At a small family-friendly rate, the weekly presentations include movement, song, dance, and humour. Each Tuesday the gathering point is a new location this year, the upstairs Food Court in the Confederation Mall downtown Charlottetown. Showtime is 10:45–11:20 am. On Thursdays families come to the Stratford Gym from 10:45 am–11:20 am. The show is called Lively Songs for Little People and has been an ongoing opportunity for young children’s and family’s initial social interactions.
Interactive theatre for young children at The Guild | Wednesdays
Linkletter music school and The Guild present Bubbles and Bells, interactive theatre for children four weeks old to four-year-olds. There will be fun stimulation, and lots of bubbles. This is a pay what you can at the door event. Every Wednesday, 10 am at The Guild in Charlottetown.
Youth Video Contest
The City of Charlottetown is working on a Community Energy Plan and gathering feedback from the public on how they can improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and continue to shift toward a more sustainable future. The youth of the Charlottetown are the future, so they want to hear from you. Create a short video showcasing your idea(s) for how Charlottetown can become a more energy efficient community. Get inspiration from how other cities in Canada and across the globe are tackling this issue, or from your own innovative minds. Your video can be on one or a combination of any of the following themes: Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Transportation, Community Energy Solutions (urban planning, sustainable development, energy storage, etc), Renewable Energy. You can enter as an individual of group in one of the following categories: Youth Age 6–18; Young Adult Age 19–23. Grand Prizes are: 1st Prize Tablet (or $ equiv); 2nd Prize Bluetooth Speaker (solar powered) (or $ equiv); People’s Choice Prize Device charging dock (solar powered). Visit www.Charlottetown.ca to review the rules and regulations. Prepare a short video (3 min or less) incorporating the theme(s) above. Submit your video and forms online or drop off directly at City Hall (required forms must be submitted with video for entry to qualify).
Bonshaw Young Choristers | Beginning January 20
Free Family Place Programs | Daily
Miscouche Playgroups take place at Miscouche Recreation Centre on High School St, Miscouche, Mondays 9:30–11:30 am.
Kinkora Playgroups take place at Seniors Room at Kinkora Place, 45 Anderson Street, Kinkora, Mondays 9:30–11:30 am.
Rock & Talk Playgroup takes place Mondays 9:30–11:30 am.
Baby Signs® Sign Language for Babies takes place Tuesdays 9:30–11:30 am.
Stroller Fit is hosted by Family Place at Credit Union Place walking track Tuesdays 1:30–2:30 am.
Bond to Literacy is held at 75 Central Street, Summerside, Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm.
Kensington Playgroups are hosted at Murray Christian Centre on School Street, Kensington, Wednesdays 9:30–11:30 am.
Bosom Buddies Breastfeeding Support Group is offered Wednesdays 10–11:30 am.
New Beginnings Prenatal Group is held Wednesdays 5–7 pm.
Beyond the Bump Postnatal Group is offered Thursdays 9:30–11:30 am.
Borden-Carleton Playgroups are held in the Community Library in the Fire Hall, 244 Borden Ave, Bordon-Carleton, Fridays 9:30–11:30 am.
Summerside Playgroup is hosted Fridays 9:30-11:30 am.
Hello Baby! Maternity and New Baby Expo are being hosted at St. Eleanors Community Centre, 1 West Drive, St. Eleanors, on February 4 from 1–4 pm.
Family Paint Night | February 10 & 17
Jedi at the Library: Star Wars Escape Room | February 12 & 26
The Friends of the Montague Rotary Library will present their first Star Wars Escape Room Fundraiser in February. The Star Wars Breakout Room will be open February 12 and February 26 from 4:00–8:30 pm at the Montague Rotary Library, 53 Wood Islands Road. While on a secret mission, Princess Leia was discovered and kidnapped by Empire forces. The Resistance has located her on the planet Earth within the Montague Rotary Library. Solve the puzzles and clues to free Princess Leia from her captivity. Grouped into teams of 10, participants will solve clues throughout the library. The program will last between 30–60 minutes and the team with the faster escape time will be awarded a grand prize. This is a family program and all ages are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required. Call 902-838-2928 to register your team of 10 (maximum) in advance or be teamed up with other players at the event. All proceeds will go towards local library literacy and programming initiatives in Eastern PEI. Hot chocolate, tea and coffee will be provided. Costumes are encouraged.
Drawing with Maurice Bernard
Drawing lessons with Maurice Bernard will be held February 16 at the Summerside Rotary Library in the Inspire Learning Centre, 57 Central Street. Ages 6–9 will be from 10–11 am and ages 10–18 from 11 am–12 pm. Registration is required: 902-436-7323
Jack Frost Winterfest | February 16–18
The Jack Frost Winterfest presented by Island Coastal, returns to Charlottetown on February 16 to 18, 2018. The festival promises to keep the entire family entertained and inspired by winter fun. This year’s featured children’s performances are Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks live and Vancouver-based Bobs and LoLo. Paw Patrol characters, Chase & Skye will also be at the festival for meet & greets and photo opportunities. Performances will take place at the Eastlink Centre as part of the Live Family Stage on February 17 and 18. The Indoor Playland is also located at the Eastlink Centre. This venue offers face painting, balloon tying, bouncies, amusements and more. The magical Outdoor Snow Kingdom located will be located at the Charlottetown Event Grounds. This year’s Snow Kingdom features a Space theme with new ice slides, horse and sleigh rides, tube runs, ice sculptures by the Canadian Ice Sculpting team, snow play zones and food vendors. On February 17 there will be a Jack Frost Pancake Breakfast presented by ADL at the Shops of Confederation Court Mall, an outdoor family concert, and fireworks. Tickets can be purchased at jackfrostfest.com, by calling the Eastlink Centre at 902-629-6625 or by purchasing at the Lottery Booth at The Shops of Confederation Court Mall. jackfrostfestival.com
Teen Advisory Group meeting | February 20
Are you between the ages of 13 and 18 and looking to earn volunteer hours? Join the Teen Advisory Group. TAG volunteers attend monthly meetings and help come up with ideas and programs to run at the library. Also, they work with library staff to help make the library as welcoming and relevant as possible for the teens in Summerside. There will be a meeting on February 20 from 4–5 pm at the Summerside Rotary Library, 57 Central Street. This is a fun opportunity and any interested teen is welcome. 902-436-7323
Norman Foote | February 28
Internationally recognized children’s entertainer, Norman Foote, will take the Habourfront Stage on February 28 at 7:30 pm. Children and parents alike will be delighted by Foote’s music, humour, and showmanship. This is a Pay-What-You-Will show. Tickets: 902-888-2500
LGBTQ+ Youth Group | Last Tuesday of the month
LGBTQ+ Youth Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6–8 pm at Murphy’s Community Centre, Richmond St, Charlottetown. It’s open to all youth 18 and under. Allies are welcome. Come to meet peers, contribute to discussion, and participate in fun activities. Snacks and materials are provided. The group is facilitated by trained staff and volunteers.
Mental health resources at home
Mental health resources for children and youth are helping Island families from the comfort of their own homes. The online programming and telehealth services of the Strongest Families partnership have no wait times and fit families’ schedules, eliminating the need to travel, take time off work or school, or change normal routines. Over the past year, they have helped more than 130 families with children and youth ages 3 to 17 who experience behaviour, anxiety, and/or nighttime bedwetting problems. Families can be referred to the Strongest Families programs through their primary care provider or community mental health services by calling 1-866-833-5443. There are currently three programs offered: Behaviour program (for ages 3 to 12); Anxiety program (for ages 6 to 17); Nighttime bedwetting (for ages 5 to 12). Participants receive written materials and skill-demonstration videos (via handbooks or delivered by smart-website technology) as well as weekly telephone support from a coach. On PEI, the program represents an investment of $100,000 annually, funded from within Health PEI’s Mental Health and Addictions division. www.healthpei.ca/mentalhealth, www.strongestfamilies.com
Be a Big Brother/Big Sister
Visit our Library programs page for kids/youth and family events at your local library.