Visit the Easter Bunny at the Charlottetown Mall | March 16–31 (select dates)
Egg marks the spot as the Easter Bunny returns this month to the Charlottetown Mall (Winners Atrium), 670 University Avernue. Select visiting hours are: 6 pm to 8 pm on March 23 and 29; 11 am to 2 pm on March 24 and 31; and 1 pm to 3 pm on March 25.
Pottery in the Park | Registration open to March 20
Marck Break youth activity drop-in | March 26–29 & April 3
A March Break youth activity drop-in program will be held in the mornings from 10 am–12:30 pm during March break (March 26–29 and April 3) for children in kindergarten to Grade 5, at the Hillsborough Park Community Centre. A fee of $2 per child, per morning applies and the program also includes lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is not required, however, children must be signed in each day by a parent or legal guardian. 902-368-1025
Ball Hockey Program | May 5–June 9
A five and a half week Ball Hockey Program will begin on May 5, continuing until June 9 at the Cody Banks Arena. The program will have a focus on fun and skill development and will also include mini games with the groups. Participants will be divided according to age levels which will dictate what time that particular program is run. The ages for the program are 5–7, 8–10 and 11–12. A fee of $40 (City resident) and $55 (Non-resident) will apply and all participants will receive a t-shirt. Registration is now open online as well as in person at City Hall. Registrations will not be accepted at the rink. Space is limited. For more information on any of the spring programs, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 902-368-1025.
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.
Interactive theatre for young children at The Guild | Wednesdays
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.
Free Family Place Programs | Daily
Miscouche Playgroup takes place at Miscouche Recreation Centre on High School St, Miscouche, Mondays 9:30–11:30 am.
Kinkora Playgroup takes place in the Senior's Room at Kinkora Place, 45 Anderson Street, Kinkora, Mondays 9:30–11:30 am.
Rock & Talk Playgroup takes place at Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, Mondays 9:30–11:30 am.
Wiggle, Giggle & Munch takes place at Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, Tuesdays 9:30–11:30 am from April 3–May 22.
Stroller Fit is hosted by Family Place at Credit Union Place walking track Tuesdays 1:30–2:30 pm.
Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program is held at Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, Tuesdays 6–8 pm from March 20–April 24.
Kensington Playgroup is hosted at Murray Christian Centre on School Street, Kensington, Wednesdays 9:30–11:30 am.
Bosom Buddies Breastfeeding Support Group is offered at Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, Wednesdays 10:00–11:30 am.
New Beginnings Prenatal Group is held at Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, Wednesdays 5:30–7:30 pm.
Beyond the Bump Postnatal Group is offered at Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, Thursdays 9:30–11:30 am.
Borden-Carleton Playgroup is held in the Community Library in the Fire Hall, 244 Borden Ave, Bordon-Carleton, Fridays 9:30–11:30 am.
Summerside Playgroup is hosted at Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, Fridays 9:30-11:30 am.
Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Family Sunday is March 25, and mARTch Break Camp runs March 26–29. March has free public activities in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown with something for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.confederationcentre.com/en/art-gallery.php for more details.
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.
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.