On the Trail Family Fun Activities

Hiking with kids is good for a variety of reasons and opens up a whole new world to explore. Most of the time can be spent simply seeing, smelling, hearing, touching and, ..well maybe not tasting, your new surroundings. Coming across small wildlife, beautiful flowers, peculiar insects while navigating different terrain is very exciting for all ages!

Sometimes we need ideas to encourage children to explore in a different way. In our Family Fun Hike series we lead a number of mini-games along the way to look at nature in a different way. Our Fall Family Fun Hikers tried a few activities this October in Ellenwood Provincial Park:

Caterpillar Search 

A photo scavenger hunt from a caterpillars view on the world.

We took several close-up photos of things we can find along the trail. Each child was provided a sheet and crayon to check them off. Kids love to talk about what the world would look like it they were very small. Get down and close to natural spaces along the trail and imagine where you would live, what you would eat and what kind of fun things might you do?

 

Meet a Tree Friend

You will need to pair up for this and you will need one vision mask (a sleep mask from the $$ Store will do the trick).

One person should put the mask on while their partner scopes out a tree close by (don’t let them know which one you pick!)

Take your masked partner carefully over to your selected tree and introduce them. You can make up cool names, of course, and any other personality info you like. The masked partner should to know the tree by touching the bark, feeling the ground near, the tree, smelling any smells, etc.  Go back to your start point on the trail and remove the mask.  Can you find the tree you just met?

Switch places and meet a new tree friend!

Paint Nature with Nature 

You won’t need a paintbrush – just your imagination!

There are some blank canvasses that need your artistic talents! Select natural objects from the space around (please don’t take anything something is still using! Like bark from a living tree) and “paint” a picture in the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

Please tell us about your experience if you try these activities with your kids! What are your favorite places to explore?  Watch for our Family Fun November Hike to be scheduled soon!

Jack-O-Lantern Parade

14th Annual Jack-O-Lantern Parade

All parents and children are invited to come to our 14th Annual Jack-o-Lantern Parade on Monday, Oct. 29th

Family costume theme Arkham

Something wicked his way comes!

2018.  This is a walking parade! We will gather at 6:15 pm at the Visitor Info Centre on Main Street. Dress up and bring your flashlights, jack-o-lanterns (wagons are permitted) and join us for an evening of fun while getting some physical activity!

Family Prize Packs for MOST SPookTACULAR!!!

Participants will start at the Tourist Bureau and walk down Main Street, to end at the Rodd Grand Hotel. A HUGE thank you to the Grand management and staff for providing an indoor space to celebrate!
Following the parade there will be hot apple cider, treats for children, music and award presentations! Parents must accompany children & we encourage everyone to wear light colored clothes for safety.

 

 

Fire Safety Tip: Use battery powered candles in your Jack-O-Lanterns: your pumpkins will last longer and you don’t have to worry about the flame!  Never leave a candle unattended!

Yarmouth County Athletic Awards

We need your help!! We are planning once again for the 42nd Annual Yarmouth County Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Can you please let us know about any teams/individuals that have won at Provincials or Higher in the past year?

We are also looking for nominations for Special Awards:

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
~William James

□ Male & Female Athlete of the Year
□ Male & Female Youth Athlete of the Year
□ Male & Female Coach of the year
□ Male & Female Official of the Year
□ Male & Female Fair Play Award
□ Male & Female Volunteer of the Year


42nd Annual Yarmouth County Athletic Awards Ceremony, is Friday, November 30th, 7:00pm, at Ecole Secondaire de Par en Bas.

 


Each year since 1976, coaches, athletes, sport volunteers and officials have been recognized for their outstanding achievements at our annual Yarmouth County Athletic Awards. Yarmouth County athletes, volunteers, coaches, officials and teams that have attained a provincial title in a sport or who have distinguished themselves in a specific sport at the University, College, Atlantic, or National level.
Please contact Yarmouth Recreation at 742-8868 frankg@district.yarmouth.ns.ca
or the Argyle Recreation Department at 648-3379 gdentremont@munargyle.com for nomination or more information.

Complete the form below or download the nomination form here

After the Bell is back!

Yarmouth Recreation is very excited to once again offer an After the Bell program for girls attending Maple Grove Education Centre and YCMHS! This program will take place on Wednesdays after school mostly at the Hebron Recreation Complex, and when they are off site, transportation will be provided to and from the school. Leadership skill development included. The full fall calendar is available here.

Program Details

Days: Wednesdays: After school to 5:30– October 10, 2018 -June 19, 2019

Register – Call 742-8868, message us, or show up with completed form

https://www.facebook.com/MapleGroveGirls

Cost – FREE!!

Registration details required for participation. Forms are available at the office or online here. 

Pick up at Maple Grove OR check the late bus route from Maple Grove.  Pick up is at 5:30 prompt if not taking late bus (5:15).

 

Family Fall Fun Hike

Join Yarmouth Recreation on Saturday, October 6th at 12:30pm for a free Family Activity Hike at Ellenwood Provincial Park.

There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.

Family friendly hiking, games & activities, and give-aways!

Ellenwood Park, October 6th, 12:30 – 2pm

Meet at the last parking lot near the public beach at 12:30 pm. The trail is approximately 2 km and we will be hiking “family-friendly style”! (Lots of stopping with activities along the way). The trail IS difficult to hike with a stroller so if you have a carrier, we would recommend it for small children.

 

Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. The trail is sometimes wet in spots so bring extra socks and shoes if you wish. Layered clothing is a good choice for our ever-changing weather.

 

 

 

Kids around campfireFollowing the hike at 2pm the Friends of Ellenwood Park are hosting a CAMPFIRE and MARSHMALLOW ROAST. Come and experience a classic Canadian outdoor tradition beside our beautiful lake!  It’s a wonderful way to begin the Thanksgiving weekend together with the kids or grandkids. The fire pit is right across from the ski cabin and children’s playscape and the Park gate will be open. Newcomers to the area are most welcome. Marshmallows (halal) and toasting sticks will be provided. Bring a story to share and be sure to bring the whole family!

 

Everyone welcome! Let us know you’re coming so we can keep in touch with any updates.

Yarmouth Recreation is Hiring!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Yarmouth Recreation

Active Living Coordinator – TERM POSITION (to June 28th, 2019)

We are currently seeking résumés from interested applicants for our Active Living Coordinator (ALC) position with Yarmouth Recreation, serving the Town and Municipality of Yarmouth.

***This is a term position to June 28th, 2019

 

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 12th, 430pm. Full job description is available here or upon request.

Please send cover letter and résumé to: Frank Grant, Director, Yarmouth Recreation

email: frankg@district.yarmouth.ns.ca
office: 902-742-8868