Museum-Mania field trip was the most popular activity of the week

The parent-teacher interview day activity last week, Museum Mania, was a total hit.
‘Really Awesome’, ‘Best field trip EVER’ and ‘Can we do this all the time?’ ‘When is the next trip?’ were just a few of the comments from the HYC program participants, after the Friday trip to the Royal Alberta Museum.

Contributed photo Munsch Fun - Museum Mania participants check out Robert Munsch’s talking car with HYC Staff Cherisse Churchill

Contributed photo Munsch Fun - Museum Mania participants check out Robert Munsch’s talking car with HYC Staff Cherisse Churchill

The parent-teacher interview day activity last week, Museum Mania, was a total hit.

‘Really Awesome’, ‘Best field trip EVER’ and ‘Can we do this all the time?’ ‘When is the next trip?’ were just a few of the comments from the HYC program participants, after the Friday trip to the Royal Alberta Museum.

For parents looking to burn a couple hours and don’t mind making the drive, the RAM exhibits are fantastic. Everything from Robert Munsch’s talking house to the Goliath bird-eating tarantula (it’s alive, by the way) can be found in the labyrinth of educational, and just plain fun, displays and interactive exhibits. The members took in every room with complete enthusiasm and left the experience wishing for more.

A gift shop trip followed and left the shop staff looking slightly dishevelled but a few pennies richer.

On the way home, members popped out to burn a little steam off at the Camrose Mirror Lake park, much hill rolling ensued and back home they came, just in time for Mom and Dad! Another busy special event day with the HYC.

The Spark program was invited in on Thursday Goodsense Healthcare to check out the new facility and learn a little something about massage. The girls got some hands-on experience with neck and hand relaxation massage, were treated to a tour of the treatment rooms and took home little packets of the best bath salts ever.

The program members also learnt about the benefits of aromatherapy and relaxation, as well as different types of massage treatments. Everyone really enjoyed the experience and hope to use their new found knowledge on willing siblings and parents.

Energy had everyone participating after they completed their challenge to create an obstacle course to encourage others to get active. Members large and small, and the staff, were heartily cheered on by the creators as they ran the gauntlet of fun.

Everything from a parachute to hula hoops were involved in the crazy course and although it was not a competitive activity, there were clearly some who were born to dealing with a course such as this (clearly others were not, but we will let the staff remain un-named).

Keystone will be heading off this weekend for their annual conference, this year to be held in Gull Lake. The members are looking forward to reconnecting with other club members in the region and hearing some great keynote speakers.

Due to overwhelming interest in this year’s new full time program, Weird Science, the Wednesday activity will not be accepting new participants until sometime in the new year. Space is still available in the third session of Kids in the Kitchen, that also runs Wednesdays in the same time slot, with a start date of March 31.

Spark, Energy, Boost and Kidpower also have spaces still open, for anyone looking for a fun activity afterschool, and don’t forget the drop-in program that runs Monday, Tuesday and Friday after school.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters is still on the hunt for more mentors and brother/sister matches, so if you are looking for a fantastic way to give back to the community, contact Leanna at 742-KIDS(5437).

Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others. – A. Nielsen