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Fun in the City’s Greenspace

Every Wednesday from 12–1 pm in Rochford Square, Charlottetown, activities for all ages will be he [ ... ]

PEI Lobster Festival

June 25
Souris Celebrate PEI lobster at the PEI Lobster Festival hosted by Chef Michael Smith in the [ ... ]

A Parade of Stories
Saturdays in June & July

In a free workshop presented by The River Clyde Pageant, children ages 8–12 will learn theatre improv games and explore dramatic play to unleash their imagination and bring their ideas and stories to life. No experience is necessary, just an interest in stories and acting. This workshop is an opportunity for kids to create material to be performed in the 2017 Pageant. Workshop leader Jane Wells has been creating plays with and teaching drama to children for over 20 years in schools and community recreation programs throughout Toronto. The workshops run Saturday mornings in June and July at New Glasgow Christian Church. Info/register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Wild Child Forest Camp

You can now register for PEI’s first Wild Child Forest Camp. The summer programs are week long camps from 9 am–4 pm each day and take place entirely outside. Located near Charlottetown, camps will run out of Bomber Callaghan Park, next to the Hillsborough Community Centre (199 Patterson Dr). Ages range from 4–12 years old. All funds from the program will go towards running the free Nature Immersion program offered to day cares across PEI throughout the year. Wild Child Forest Camp provides kids with an opportunity to be immersed in nature, and follows the ideas of emergent, experiential, inquiry-based, and play-based learning. In Forest Camp, kids may build stick structures, collaboratively create works of art, problem solve, climb trees, catch insects, play pretend, and listen to birds. For info/to register: visit wildchildatlantic.ca, check facebook page at Wild Child PEI, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 902-940-2263. Rotary Royalty, IMPACT! Fund, PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund, and the City of Charlottetown support Sierra Club programs in PEI.

 

Confederation Ceilidh at the Mall
Until August

Michael PendergastCeilidhs will take place at Confederation Court Mall, Charlottetown at 10:30 am on Fridays until the end of August. Musicman Michael Pendergast will entertain all ages with traditional, Maritime and PEI songs and stories.

  
Youth gathering
June 23–25

The Baha’i community has organized a youth gathering (ages 15–30) from June 23–25 at Centre Goéland in Wellington, PE, with the vision that youth from all backgrounds can gather to learn from one another, and together, strive for both personal and community transformation. The gatherings are spaces created for all youth from any culture, gender, race, religion, or nationality, who want to explore ways of contributing positively to their communities. Preregistration is required so food and accommodation can be arranged. To pay for the venue, a registration fee of $20 will be charged. There will be funds available for any who need financial assistance. (Cost should not be a barrier to attend this gathering). For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-626-5206. Register online at goo.gl/forms/k8YT7X2pw1h0SnB42.

 

Fête de la Saint-Jean
June 24

The Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean is hosting a Fête de la Saint-Jean on June 24 from 11 am–3 pm at 5 Acadian Drive, Charlottetown. There will be live music, games for kids and lots of poutine.

 

PEI Touch a Truck fundraiser
June 25

The 3rd annual PEI Touch a Truck fundraiser, hosted by Family Place, will be held from 1–4 pm on June 25 at Slemon Park (main entrance, then follow the signs). This family–friendly event will allow children and guests to see, touch and learn about a variety of vehicles and how they operate. The afternoon will include food, music by Michael Pendergast, magic shows with Mr. Magic, face painting, and more. Proceeds support Books for Babies, a hospital based early literacy program. Info: Family Place, 902-436-1348, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.laurafamilyplace.wix.com/pei-touch-a-truck.

Stratford Scout Troop 2017/2018 
Early registration ends June 30

Stratford Scout Troop offers adventurous programming for children (Beaver Scouts ages 5 to 7 and Cub Scouts ages 8 to 10) with activities that include nature hikes, snowshoeing, camping, canoeing  and much more. Scouts give children a chance to meet new friends, learn cooperation and teamwork skills, and develop self-confidence. Save by registering early for the upcoming 2017–2018 (September–June) season.  New Scouts are eligible to join for the remainder of this season and for the entirety of next season with their early registration fee. Early registration ends June 30. Register online or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

 
Sail with Tall Ships
June 30–July 2

The Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is offering the experience of a lifetime to youth ages 15 to 25. The event will see a fleet of 40 tall ships sailing Canadian waters to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The ships will visit ports in Québec, Ontario and the Maritimes, including Charlottetown from June 30–July 2. As part of the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, youth can join the Sail Training International trainee program to sail on one of the ships. Trainee positions are primarily offered to youth ages 15 to 25, but Sail Training International does have a program for applicants 25 years or older. With the exception of the ships of national navies, all the ships accept both novice and experienced sailors. Applicants with reduced mobility can also apply. Forms to express interest in the program are available online and once filled out, a representative from Sail Training International will contact the applicant within 48 hrs to explain the different options based on interests, availability and budget. Details are available online at www.sailonboard.com or www.rdv2017.com/en/trainee/). Questions can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Details on the overall initiative are available at www.RDV2017.com.

 

Macphail Woods camps
July 3 to August 18 (select weeks)

Macphail Ecological Woods Forestry Project offers summer camps for youth in Orwell. Becoming a Naturalist Week 1 runs July 3–7, Young Ecologist Week 1 runs July 10–14, Nature Discovery Week 1 is July 17–21, Becoming a Naturalist Week 2 is July 24–28, Young Ecologist Week 2 July 31–Aug 4, Nature Discovery Week 2 is Aug 7–11, Bushcraft Ecology runs Aug 14–18. Camps run Monday through Friday, from 9 am–3 pm, regardless of the weather. The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is an initiative of the Environmental Coalition of PEI. It combines protection of the natural areas with wildlife enhancement, forest stewardship, watershed protection, environmental education and ecological research. For info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.macphailwoods.org, 902-651-2575, macphailwoods.org/summer-camps/

 

Island Rock Camps

Andrew Waite (photo: submitted)Holland College School of Performing Arts (SoPA) is partnering with Andrew Waite to present three one-week Island Rock Camps for music students ages 9–18 on the college’s Prince of Wales Campus this summer. The day camps give participants the opportunity to perform with others. Island Rock Camps are taught by Waite and fellow Andrew Waite and the Firm band members, Nikki Waite, George Maros, Evan McCosham, and Bruce Rooney. McCosham and Rooney are both graduates of SoPA’s Music Performance program. The camps place students in small ensembles, where they work with a leader musician, choose and arrange material together and present their work at the end of the week in a concert. All three of the Charlottetown Island Rock Camps will take place in SoPA’s Music Performance Buildings on the Prince of Wales Campus. In addition to the camps running in Charlottetown, there will be camps in Summerside and Montague, and a Perth-Andover Camp in New Brunswick in partnership with Larlee Creek Hullabaloo Festival. Info/register: islandrockcamps.comhollandcollege.com/sopa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 1-800-446-5265.

 

Kids Art at Monticello Schoolhouse
Wednesdays in July

Children ages 6 and up can step back in time to the 1840's and take an art class in the historical Monticello schoolhouse. Upcoming classes are: Drawing on birch bark (July 5); Weaving (July 12); Clay (July 19); and Printing (July 28). Call or text 902-215-0941 to register. Located at 12685 Northside Road, Souris. 

 

PEI Has Talent competition
Register before July 14

Singers, dancers and instrumentalists ages 6 to 22 years are invited to take part in this year’s PEI Has Talent competition and showcase at the Crapaud Actiplex in Crapaud as part of the Crapaud Exhibition. Preliminaries take place July 27  at 6 pm. Finals are held Friday, July 28 at 7 pm. Prizes awarded are: Junior (6–11 yrs)—1st prize $150, 2nd prize $100, 3rd prize $75; Intermediate (12–17 yrs)—1st prize $250, 2nd prize $150, 3rd prize $100; Senior (18–22 yrs)—1st prize $300, 2nd prize $200, 3rd prize $125. Only vocal, dance and instrumental selections are accepted in all age groups. Register before July 14 online at crapaudexhibition.com, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Della Ferguson at 902-658-2626.

 

NEXT150 for young leaders
August 31

Young emerging leaders in Atlantic Canada are invited to participate in NEXT150 Atlantic Canada Conference and Model Parliament—a unique opportunity for young minds to discuss issues and solutions relevant to the next 150 years of Atlantic Canada in August. In honour of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, events and celebrations are taking place on local, regional, and national levels. With plenty of opportunities in 2017 for Canadians to come together, learn from each other, and understand Canada’s past and present, NEXT150 Atlantic Canada is a chance to acknowledge the last 150 years and visualize the next 150 years in the region. This NEXT 150 Conference will bring together stakeholders and future leaders to set a vision for our region. NEXT150 will partner with the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for the Model Parliament portion of the Conference where the NEXT150 delegates will debate and vote on their desired direction of Atlantic Canada. The conference, from August 31 to September 2, 2017, will capture and consolidate solutions proposed by twenty-four emerging leaders from across the region. Applications are now being accepted from innovative and passionate young leaders from Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. The application and information regarding the conference can be found at www.next150ac.com.

 

Navy League Cadets
Thursdays

Free program for youth ages 9–12 meets every Thursday from 6–8 pm at HMCS Queen Charlotte. Activities, community, camps, and more. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Summerside Sea Cadets
Wednesdays

Free program for youth ages 12–18 meets every Wednesday 6–9 pm at 10 Parkway Ave, Slemon Park. Activities include sailing, community, music, biathlon, camps, and more. All activities are free. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Youth job skills and experience

A new project will help youth develop job skills and gain hands-on work experience. The project, delivered by The Adventure Group, will serve 60 youth (10 men and 50 women) and run for 27 months. Through programs developed, youth will overcome barriers to employment, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school. They will attend sessions and workshops to improve their financial literacy, communication skills, time management skills and learn how to balance parenting and work, among others. They will have an opportunity to participate in courses such as First Aid/CPR and employee safety. The Government of Canada will provide approx $451,331 in funding through the Skills Link program.

 

Team Seafood student jobs

Team Seafood initiative is recruiting students to work in PEI’s seafood processing sector this summer. In addition to hourly wages, students who meet program requirements can earn bursaries up to $1,000 towards their education. Team Seafood is funded by the federal and provincial governments and PEI Seafood Processors Assoc. www.teamseafood.ca

 

Bursaries for youth projects

The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown will support a new program. In partnership with Martin Rutte and associating with his Project Heaven on Earth, the Kiwanis have made available $1200 ($100 per high school) for Island high school youth who participate in helping make our communities better by creating “Heaven on Earth” projects right here at home. Projects can be anything the student believes will make a positive impact in their community. Recipients will be decided by a panel of volunteers judges. Info/applications: 368‐1971, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Basil Hambly, c/o The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown, PO Box 1806, C1A 7N5

 

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/mentalhealthwww.strongestfamilies.com

 

LGBTQ+ Youth Group 

This youth group is offered as a partner project between AIDS PEI and Pride PEI and is open to youth ages 18 and under regardless of sexual ordination or gender identity. No one will be asked to identify and allies are welcome. Each meeting will be facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Come meet peers, contribute to discussion, and participate in fun activities. 902-566-2437

 

Be a Big Brother/Big Sister

Make a difference with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Pass your wisdom, knowledge and experience on. Be a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or an In-School Mentor. Making a difference in the life of a child is easier than you think. Info: 569-KIDS (1-877-411-3729), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.bbbspei.ca.

 

Under 30 ticket discounts 

TD Bank and Confederation Centre of the Arts have partnered on a year-round ticket access program that offers youth 30 and under a $10 discount on theatre and concert tickets. TD Under-30 Tickets are available for select performances from Sobeys LIVE @ THE Centre, which runs until the end of April. These include Out Innerspace Dance Company. TD Under-30 Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office and ID is required for proof of age. Individuals 30 and under are allowed one discounted ticket per person and one discounted ticket per show. This program applies to The Charlottetown Festival. 

Visit our Library programs page for kids/youth and family events at your local library.

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