There is plenty to keep the youngsters busy this summer thanks to the Stettler Child Care Society.
“We offer our Summer Fun Program in July and August for our school age children,” notes a release. “This program offers daily-themed activities as well as a field trip every week.
“This program has (also) been offered at a reduced rate to families in an effort to minimize the impact of summer child care costs.
“In years past, we have worked to find sponsors for many of the planned field trips to keep the parent costs minimal and ensure all of the children are able to participate.”
The Centre was first set up in 1976, operating from the lower level of the United Church in 1982 at which time it moved to the old hospital.
The name was then changed to Stettler Regional Child Care Centre.
The Centre is now located at 5702 – 48th Ave.
Over the years, the program has expanded to include infant care, out of school care, family day homes, Stepping Stones Playschool and their satellite centre Leaps & Bounds Child Care.
As to the summer fun opportunities, there are loads of them, said Alana McKenzie, program director.
This year, Summer Fun Field Trips include the Heartland Bowling Alley on July 18th, Dino’s on July 25th, Discovery Wildlife Zoo on Aug. 1st, the Jungle Farm on Aug. 15th, Discovery Canyon Aug. 22nd and the Lacombe Corn Maze on Aug. 29th.
Other fun activities slated to run through the summer include everything from Crazy Hat Day to visits to the splash park, the Stettler Museum and a Train and Elevator tour as well.
“We want to provide a quality program that keeps children active and involved,” said Kris Satre, the Society’s administrator.
It’s also about offering experiences that some of the children may not otherwise get to enjoy and explore, she said.
Satre also noted that the Society does not receive government funding, so the ability to run the programs relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors across the region.
“That’s something we always try to stress during our presentations – that we are not government funded. We rely solely on parents and the support of our community.”
For more information, call the office at 403-742-3590.