Free Family Place Programs
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.
Interactive theatre for young children at The Guild
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.
Dreaming with Our Hands
Wednesdays and Saturdays
River Clyde Pageant puppeteer Ian McFarlane is bringing a sketchbook full of puppet ideas to New Glasgow this summer. Drop in to Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon sessions to build your own lantern puppet, learn basic skills in performing puppetry, and assist in the creation of larger-than-life papier-maché puppets. All ages are welcome, no previous experience necessary. Schedule: www.riverclydepageant.com/get-involved
Dancing with the River
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Join theatre artist Joanna Caplan in an exploration of movement, imagination and environment, as part of The River Clyde Pageant. Participants will work outdoors and make creative movement patterns and group choreography in dialogue with the landscape, water, and weather. No previous experience in dance is necessary. All ages, bodies and abilities are welcome. It’s for anyone interested in storytelling that arrives through physicality, imagery, and design. Workshop runs Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Schedule/registration: www.riverclydepageant.com/get-involved
The Wizard of Oz
Select dates in July and August
Havenwood Productions presents The Wizard of Oz (Young Performers' Edition) Monday and Thursday mornings in Beaconsfield Carriage House Theatre (2 Kent Street, Charlottetown) at 10:30 am from July 16–August 16. You can also catch the show on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm on July 22, 29, and August 12. This musical showcases the talent of young Island performers and will get you singing to all of your favourite songs from The Wizard of Oz. The show that will take you over the rainbow and wanting more. Advanced tickets: 902-314-1800. www.PEIkidShows.ca.
Writing for youth workshop
A workshop called The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers, will be held July 12–14 at UPEI. Rick Wilks, co-founder and director of Annick Press, will co-facilitate the workshop with Cynthia Good, past editorial director, president, and publisher of Penguin Books Canada. The workshop is a collaboration between UPEI and Humber College. www.creativearts.humber.ca/pei.
PEI Summer Music Academy
Register by July 15
Holland College camps
Willy Wonka JR. at Harbourfront
Catch Willy Wonka JR. at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on July 20 at 7:30 pm. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. www.harbourfronttheatre.com
Summer Dance Camp
Dance Stars Academy is offering a summer dance camp at their Stratford location from July 23–27 for children ages 6–12. Princesses, heroes and villains from popular Disney movies—each day will focus on a different movie theme, different dance styles and different characters. At the Friday showcase, dancers will perform their own Disney-inspired performance for their parents, grandparents, and friends. Info: dancestarsacademy.com
Red Cross Daycamps
Until August 13
Select dates to August 17
Disney's Lion King Jr. plays at The Guild, Charlottetown, at 11 am July 9, 13, 19, 23, 27, 30, August 3, 4, 9, 16. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this coming-of-age tale.
Disney’s Aladdin Jr. runs at 11 am July 12, 16, 20, 26, 28, August 2, 6, 10, 13, 17. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment. Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. The Guild is at Queen and Richmond, Charlottetown.
Confederation Centre Art Camps
Until August 24
Bonshaw Young Choristers
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.