Summer In The City
There is so much to do in Moose Jaw that families can have a great summer holiday without ever having to leave. Checking into upcoming events and programs made it obvious that we have a vibrant, family-friendly city; and that one newspaper column can only highlight a fraction of the opportunities.
I always enjoy the Canada Day celebrations to kick off the summer season. We celebrate Canada with its natural beauty, and its many freedoms, privileges, social benefits and diverse cultures. The “Backyard Party” in Crescent Park, with giant yard games, an interactive “living library” and entertainment will be a great way to celebrate our heritage. Let’s not forget the annual Moose Jawg Charity Road Race, a sanctioned race that kicks off Canada Day bright and early. Thank you to the organizers of the Canada Day festivities.
Sidewalk Days is a festival like no other in Saskatchewan. It’s worth spending time enjoying the food and the shopping. You can take in the free entertainment and activities which make this event a highlight attraction.
There are at least 40 different programs and events for families on the Moose Jaw Public Library website. One is the “Discover it Yourself” program with different weekly themes for families to enjoy together. “Behind the Scenes” offers tours of interesting places in our community, including 15 Wing. All children’s sessions are free of charge and some require registration.
The city playground program has been part of summer in Moose Jaw for many years. It has a fun theme planned for each week and is free for all participants at eight different playgrounds around Moose Jaw.
Kids can explore their world all summer long right here in Moose Jaw. Minimal fees charged for programs are always great value for the money spent.
Vacation Bible Schools at various churches are usually open to any children who would like to attend. The YMCA has Kinder Camps in the mornings for preschoolers aged three to five and full day camps for ages six to eleven. The little ones will enjoy a nurturing and safe environment while having the opportunity to experience dramatic play, literacy activities, outdoor play, new friends, community outings, and much more. The older children can spend the days at Wakamow Park doing those things that are a tradition of summer camp while making new friends. There are even French summer camps available thanks to ACF Moose Jaw.
The Western Development Museum has the Summer Heritage Club. Children are invited to join the club to take part in workshops, hands-on activities and demonstrations. The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery offers weekly programs for ages three years up to teenagers. Themes like Castles and Dragons, Pirates, and Animals will stimulate their creativity. You may want to visit the Sukanen Ship heritage museum for a pioneer experience in early Saskatchewan settlement.
We are fortunate that in our vibrant community there are so many alternatives to screen time or expressions of “I’m bored”. It is especially exciting to hear that the Snowbirds will be performing at the 15 Wing Fellowship Car Show on July 15. Both Tourism Moose Jaw and DiscoverMooseJaw.com have online event calendars to browse upcoming events. If your organization is planning an event, please call our office to let us know, and we will include it in our weekly e-newsletter. I look forward to attending many of these wonderful summer happenings and hope to see you there.