Winter is Coming! Try our Cross Country Skis or Snowshoes!

We (Heart) Snow!Yarmouth Recreation has a variety of cross country ski equipment as well as snowshoes to fit almost any member of your family! With the snow starting to fall, think about dropping by our office and getting outfitted to try out a fun new winter activity! FREE!

Office hours are 8:30-4:30, M-F and you can drop in and select your equipment and take it to try anywhere! Our trails, parks and backyards make wonderful new adventures in the snow!

The Friends of Ellenwood also have skis and snowshoes available for use in the park along with kilometers of groomed trails! They maintain cabin hours every weekend there is snow on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm. Check out their website for more information and follow them on Facebook.

 

Are you interested in some ski instruction? Sign up with Yarmouth Recreation and once we get a good snow forecast and can schedule a course , we will give you a call. Our cross country ski courses are great no matter your age and ability, come with all equipment, and are completely free of charge!

Yarmouth Area Tree Lighting

Kids can bring a decoration to place on the tree anytime.

Everyone is invited to the annual Tree Lighting at Yarmouth Town Hall, 400 Main St. This annual event has been the kick-off to the holiday season in Yarmouth for many years! This joint event of the Town and Municipality of Yarmouth takes place every year on the Friday evening before the Yarmouth Christmas Parade and is a celebration for all!

The Yarmouth Tree Lighting will be held on November 23rd at Yarmouth Town Hall. The ceremony will start at 6pm with a few words of welcome and hope for a peaceful and happy season. People will take part in caroling, enjoy hot chocolate and stroll through our beautiful Frost Park. We hope you can join us! We may even have a visit from Santa!

 

 

 

 

Start or keep this holiday tradition in 2018! Make memories all season long!

  • Stroll through the park with a hot chocolate and take in all the lights. Come back often all season long!
    Stroll through the park with a hot chocolate and take in all the lights. Come back often all season long!
  • Little ones (and big ones!) can't wait to say hi to Santa.
    Little ones (and big ones!) can't wait to say hi to Santa.
  • Hapy elves pour hot chocolate!
    Hapy elves pour hot chocolate!
  • The beauty of Frost Park in the winter!
    The beauty of Frost Park in the winter!
  • Local dignitaries bring greetings of the season.
    Local dignitaries bring greetings of the season.
  • Join the carolling of all your Christmas favourites!
    Join the carolling of all your Christmas favourites!

ATB Outdoor Club

New this year and free to ALL Maple Grove students, the ATB Outdoor Club will meet every Tuesday in November to have fun doing outdoor activities, create activities to introduce younger kids to nature, and develop epic outdoor games to play with their friends and club-mates. Pick up a permission form at the office at Maple Grove or complete it here and bring it to school.

Introduce kids to a love of nature and the outdoors!

 

 

Build a real-life version of your favourite online games!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick up will be at the school at the bell in the lobby and we will be working out of the Hebron Recreation Complex. Pick up is back at the school at 5:30pm. Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20, & 27. All FREE of charge. Healthy snacks included. Email misty@district.yarmouth.ns.ca for more information.

Over 200 attended the 14th annual Jack-O-Lantern Parade!

Girls in Wednesday costume and skeleton boy

Even Cousin It came out!

Over 200 goblins, princesses, and frightful creatures braved the rain and paraded down Main St on Monday, October 29th as part of the annual Jack-O-Lantern Parade. Some hopped in puddles and many huddled under umbrellas but everyone wore a smile!

 

It was very hard to choose from the amazing costumes and themes. A favourite is families that dress together! Most Spooktacular choices this year were:

  • The Foote Family as the crew from Peter Pan
  • Mikael and Nicole Caux with the Epic Fortnite Loot
  • Koen Pfeiao as the Paw Patrol Fire Fighter
  • Aislynn Bonnafant as Little Red and her pumpkins
  • Samantha Nickerson is Who You’re Gonna Call!

 

  • Who You Gonna Call?
    Who You Gonna Call?
  • Cruella just needed some friends!
    Cruella just needed some friends!
  • My spidey sense is tingling
    My spidey sense is tingling
  • This is NOT one of the Aliens from M.Night Shamalan's
    This is NOT one of the Aliens from M.Night Shamalan's "Signs".
  • A family who flies together, stays together. You just need a little pixie dust!
    A family who flies together, stays together. You just need a little pixie dust!
  • We don't need to call 911 for this on duty patrol.
    We don't need to call 911 for this on duty patrol.
  • Taking the Jack-O-Lanterns to Grandmother's house
    Taking the Jack-O-Lanterns to Grandmother's house
  • Even the small flying creatures wiwthstood the rain
    Even the small flying creatures wiwthstood the rain
  • The Cider is hot!
    The Cider is hot!

 

 

A HUGE thank you goes out to the Rodd Grand Hotel for hosting the party after the parade, The RCMP and Yarmouth Fire Department for providing a safe parade route, and all the families who came out even in the rain to enjoy spending time celebrating the season! We can’t wait to see everyone next year!

Thank you to the RCMP!

Baby dressed like jack o lantern

We think this one is ripe 🙂

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!