story by Stacie Gaetz
If you are looking for ways to keep your kids active and away from screen time this summer, you are in luck. Crossfield has a number of ways to erase the dreaded statement “I’m bored” from your kids’ vocabulary this season.
Crossfield Escapes Youth Program
This Town-run program is for children ages eight to 16 and runs year-round, though the majority of the activities happen in the summer months.
“Filling otherwise empty summer days with activities allows kids to keep connections that they made during the school year, make connections with new friends who are visiting family in Crossfield and participate in outdoor physical activity,” Eris Latham, Town of Crossfield recreation and community events co-ordinator, said.
Throughout the summer months, trips include destinations such as Calaway Park, paintball, the Calgary Zoo, Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash and more. The children do a weekly swimming trip to Genesis Place Recreation Centre in Airdrie, as well as various free activities and games within town such as a giant slip and slide, capture the flag, movies at the hall and stargazing.
“The friendly and fun staff of Crossfield Escapes love to host our young residents for days filled with fun, laughter and excitement,” Latham said.
“We look forward to helping make memories with you and your friends throughout the year.”
The program’s events range from free to $30, depending on what is being offered.
Adventures Day Camp
This camp is available for children ages five to 12 and runs July 6 through Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The camp is run out of Crossfield Elementary School and includes games, songs, outings and crafts during the week. Each Friday, registrants take part in a field trip to a variety of locations. Some of these locations include Kayben Farms, the Calgary Zoo, Calaway Park, Heritage Park, Cobbs Adventure Farm and the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
“Kids learn simple things like songs and games that help shape childhood memories, as well as valuable lessons with regard to sharing, understanding, listening and respecting others,” Latham said.
Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie
BGCA Summer Camps
The camps offered by the BGCA are open to children in Crossfield and include events like playing outdoor games, as well as visiting facilities like TELUS Spark, the Calgary Zoo, Butterfield Acres, Granary Road and Shakers Family Fun Centre.
There are a number of different camps for varying ages, starting at age five.
“We strive to ensure that we are encouraging children to make new friends, develop socially and emotionally, learn new skills through attending our trips, develop a sense of belonging, and feeling safe and supported in our camp environment,” Cassandra Clem, director of children’s programs and community support services with BGCA, said.
“The activities are focused on physical activity, friendship and fun. Often, kids do not want to go home at the end of the day, and we see a lot of tears when it’s the last week of camp.”
Crossfield Children’s Summer Gardening Class takes place on Tuesdays in July and August from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to children ages two to eight. The class includes crafts, speakers, garden basics and is an outdoor class (weather permitting) that children attend with a parent or guardian. Visit the Crossfield Children’s Summer Gardening Class Facebook page for more information.
Crossfield Municipal Library hosts a number of free events for children of all ages over the summer. The TD Summer Reading Program includes a theme, weekly get-togethers, activities and prizes. Registration is required. For more information on summer library programs, visit crossfieldlibrary.ca