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.
Bubbles and Bells
Every Wednesday to December 13
Linkletter music school, and The Guild present Bubbles and Bells. Bubbles and Bells is 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.
Drama classes for kids
Saturdays in October
Victoria Playhouse has teamed up with the Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts to offer drama classes for youth. The Charlottetown and Summerside Canadian Tire stores have come on board as sponsors of the program.
Instructor Sherri-Lee Darrach, of Atlantic Academy, has been involved in Theatre/Film/Animation and performance for over 20 years as an actor, creator, director, dancer, singer, producer, and teacher. Her teaching experience includes camps for children which were created, produced and directed by Sherri-Lee and colleagues as well as ongoing teachings with Feast Dinner Theatres. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of Feast Dinner Theatres in Atlantic Canada. Darrach will lead children and youth as they explore the world of performing arts through games, improv, movement, and voice techniques.
Victoria Playhouse Assistant Manager Emily Smith says the theatre company is pleased to be able to offer classes in the community. “There are so many benefits to getting kids involved in theatre. They build self-confidence and creativity while developing collaboration skills,” says Smith.
Cameron Beach, owner of the Charlottetown Canadian Tire store, and Claude Landry, Summerside store owner, agreed to sponsor the classes. “Both Claude and myself are in favour of supporting the community we do business in and love the fact this program gets kids off the couch, off their digital devices and they’re getting active,” says Beach.
Classes will be offered for children aged four to six, seven to ten, and eleven to fourteen each Saturday afternoons in October. The classes will take place at the Crapaud Hall at 36 Route 13 in Crapaud. For information or to register your child, contact Victoria Playhouse at 902-658-2370.
Canada 150 Art Night
Halloween party for K–6
October 20 & 21
The City of Charlottetown is hosting a free Halloween party for local ghosts, goblins, princesses, and super heroes. Children in kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to attend a Halloween party on October 20 at West Royalty Community Centre from 6–7 pm. A second Halloween Party will be held on October 21 at the Hillsborough Community Centre. Costumes are encouraged at these free events, which will include lots of fun games, and, of course, treat bags. For more information on these free events, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 902-368-1025.
Great Pumpkin Walk
Families are invited to join the City of Charlottetown staff at the annual Great Pumpkin Walk at the Beach Grove Nature Trail behind the Beach Grove Home. The October 21 event will run from 11 am until 12 pm (noon). Hot apple cider and apples will be served, and families will be able to pick a complimentary pumpkin to carve at home. For more information on these free events, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 902-368-1025.
PEI youth summit at Holland College
October 27 (Register by October 6)
YDAY, PEI’s youth summit, takes place October 27 at Holland College in Charlottetown. Participants will develop youth-led solutions for issues raised at last year’s summit. Youth aged 16 to 34 are encouraged to register at www.ypei.ca/yday by October 6.
Some themes raised from YDAY 2016 included: bridging the gap from education to secure employment; youth engagement and citizenship; celebrate newcomers and encourage diversity; narratives and prevalent attitudes; foundational issues and social supports to young Islanders; and Island infrastructure.
Sally Ng, CEO of The Triple Effect, will facilitate YDAY 2017. She works locally and across Canada to foster a collaborative and creative environment, specializing in startup community development, corporate innovation and technology coaching.
Ng will lead group exercises and discussion for the first half of the day. In the second half, Robyn Tingley, author of The 10 Essentials for the Motivated Millenial will speak, and Island Advance will lead an entrepreneur panel. For updates see @peiyday on Facebook and @ydaypei on Twitter.
Halloween Party for children
The Community of Miltonvale Park will be holding a Halloween Party for children of the community on October 28 from 2–4 pm at Milton Community Hall. Please RSVP.
Haunted Halloween in Georgetown
Calling all little ghouls and goblins. The Kings Playhouse in Georgetown will present its annual Haunted Hallowe’en Carnival on Oct 28. The Carnival is a community tradition featuring a celebration of all things spooky. The afternoon includes pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, face painting, music and games. “Community celebrations are such an important way to connect with each other,” notes Georgetown Town Councillor Cindy MacLean. “What better way to meet your neighbour than by having fun?” This year’s carnival begins at 1 pm and admission is by donation. For info visit www.kingsplayhouse.com or call 1-888-346-5666.
House of Nightmares
October 28 & 29
Murphy's Community Centre
Come get the scare of your life at the House of Nightmares October 28 and 29. Family friendly time is from 5:00–7:30 pm. From 8–10 pm you must be 12 years of age or older. Find the House of Nightmares at Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond St, Charlottetown. Proceeds support Charlottetown Teen Zone. Info: 902-892-1719 ext 3-3.
West Kent Elementary School Fall Fair
West Kent Elementary Home & School Association is hosting the annual West Kent Fall Fair at the school on November 4 from 10 am–1 pm. The fair has become a much anticipated community event. All are welcome and there will be fun for all ages. Here's a look at just some of what you can expect at the fair: Scooby-Doo Magic Mystery Ride; Cake Walk; Themed Basket Raffle; Games for all ages; Outdoor Inflatable; Silent auction; Farmers Market and bake sale; and more. West Kent Elementary School, 27 Viceroy Ave, Charlottetown.
Festive Wreath Contest & Exhibition
LGBTQ+ Youth Group
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.