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.
The Guild Music Theatre School
December 16 & 17
The Guild Music Theatre School is presenting two shows in one: Jingle Jury and Elfis and the Frozen Princess. They take place December 16 and 17 at 4 pm.
In Jingle Jury, the Candy Cane Courthouse is now in session, and your audience is the jury. The defendant, young Jim Dandy, has called Christmas spirit “a lot of nonsense,” but that won’t fly in the Christmas court of justice. In comes a colorful parade of Christmas personalities, including reindeer-in-training, an angel from atop a Christmas tree, wise men, and holiday shoppers, all trying to prove Jim wrong. Jim tries to defend himself, but it’s hard when even Mrs. Cratchit and Tiny Tim make an appearance. It’s up to the Toy Maker to discover why Jim is acting so strangely..
In Elfis and the Frozen Princess everyone in the village of Icebergia is shivering with excitement when they hear that the Arctic renowned band Elfis and The Sleigh Riders is coming to perform at the Snowflake Festival. The King and Queen have invited everyone in the Kingdom of Frozonia to attend, including all the princesses who live in the land. All except one—The Abominable Snow Princess. Oversight or a deliberate act of omission? No matter—an affront is an affront. However, a gentle song might thaw the frozen heart of a scorned princess.
Gary’s Christmas sequenced lights and music show
Until December 31 (times vary)
Bonshaw Young Choristers
Beginning January 20
Jack Frost Winterfest
The Jack Frost Winterfest presented by Island Coastal, returns to Charlottetown on February 16 to 18, 2018. The festival promises to keep the entire family entertained and inspired by winter fun. This year’s featured children’s performances are Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks live and Vancouver-based Bobs and LoLo. Paw Patrol characters, Chase & Skye will also be at the festival for meet & greets and photo opportunities. Performances will take place at the Eastlink Centre as part of the Live Family Stage on February 17 and 18. The Indoor Playland is also located at the Eastlink Centre. This venue offers face painting, balloon tying, bouncies, amusements and more. The magical Outdoor Snow Kingdom located will be located at the Charlottetown Event Grounds. This year’s Snow Kingdom features a Space theme with new ice slides, horse and sleigh rides, tube runs, ice sculptures by the Canadian Ice Sculpting team, snow play zones and food vendors. On February 17 there will be a Jack Frost Pancake Breakfast presented by ADL at the Shops of Confederation Court Mall, an outdoor family concert, and fireworks.
Tickets can be purchased at jackfrostfest.com, by calling the Eastlink Centre at 902-629-6625 or by purchasing at the Lottery Booth at The Shops of Confederation Court Mall. jackfrostfestival.com
Internationally recognized children’s entertainer, Norman Foote, will take the Habourfront Stage on February 28 at 7:30 pm. Children and parents alike will be delighted by Foote’s music, humour, and showmanship. This is a Pay-What-You-Will show. Tickets: 902-888-2500
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.