What’s On This Week

April 6, 2015

After all the weekend celebrations, you and your kids may need a few quiet days to relax and come down from the sugar high. Or, you may need to keep your kids active and burn off a little extra chocolate-induced energy! Either way, there are lots of great programs running this week.

On Monday, you can nurture a love of reading with your baby at the Thorold public library. They offer a Baby and Me program (it runs every week) from 10:30-11am . Bring a blanket and snuggle! Meet and socialize with new parents. On Monday evening from 5-7pm, Youth University through Brock University has a Sr. Outdoor Leaders program running for kids in grades 3-8. Your child will learn team building skills as well as practical skills like orienteering and starting fires.

On Tuesday, the Walker YMCA has a Musical Babies program that runs for 4 weeks. There will be weekly songs, rhymes, musical stories and parachute activities. For children two and older, the Bunting Early Years site has a planting activity, where your child can plant a seed and make a mini greenhouse. Registration is required. On Tuesday evening from 5-7pm, Youth University has three programs offered for kids in grades 3-8. Your child can learn how to build and operate intelligent robots that can sense and respond to their environment in the Jr. Robotics club. Or they can learn how to snap pictures like a pro and take control of their own camera in the Shutterbugs program. Art Explorers is a creative class where kids can explore new ways to express their artistic side through writing, drawing, photography and more. Each program runs for four weeks from April 7-28.

On Wednesday, there are a few baby programs running through different libraries. You can enjoy stories, songs and finger plays with your two or three year old at the Thorold public libary from 10:30-11am. At the Niagara-On-The-Lake public library from 10:30-11:30am, infants and their caregivers can interact with each other in songs, wiggles and giggles. Babies can then practice socializing with other children through play, while parents visit and relax a bit. If you’re looking for a mom and baby fitness class, the Walker YMCA has a baby friendly class designed for moms to get a great workout while bonding with their little ones. The class runs every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm. For kids a little older (6+), the Grimsby public library has a Tinker program, where kids can look inside electronics. The Grimsby public library also has Board Games in the library each Wednesday after school from 3:45 – 4:45pm for kids to play with friends or parents.

On Thursday, you can paint with your little one (3 months and older) at the Grantham Early Years site wih the Tummy Time Painting for Infants activity. Finger paint in a Ziploc baggy with your little one while they spend some time on their tummy. This workshop is for babies 3 months and older and registration is required. Or you can make a Bear Paper Bag Puppet with your baby (20 months and older) at the Thorold Early Years site from 10:30-11:30am. And for the older kids on Thursday, there is a drop-in lego program at the Niagara Falls Victoria branch library from 3:45-4:45pm.

On Saturday, the libraries have several programs and crafts running, including Library Lego at the Thorold public library, Teddy Time Tales at three different St. Catharines library branches, and an afternoon movie at the Welland Diamond Trail branch library. There is also the Ontario Chess Challenge Qualifying Tournament at the Niagara-On-The-Lake public library from 11am-3pm, and a spring craft at the Niagara Falls Chippawa branch library from 2-3pm.

On Sunday, a partnership between the Niagara Symphony and the Dept. of Dramatic Arts is putting on Beethoven Lives Upstairs at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at 2:30pm. Tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for kids and can be purchased at http://thenso.ca/.

All of these activities and more can be found on our Calendar of Events here.

Enjoy your week!

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