Summer programs offer educational component

With summer in full swing, The City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Environment department invites children ages five to 12-years-old and their parents to participate in the Summer Playground Program from now until Aug. 22.

This free program runs Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and includes music, crafts, games and science activities with Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society.

“We are very excited to have the Summer Playground Program running at various playgrounds around Nanaimo,” said Deborah Beck, recreation coordinator for the City of Nanaimo. “This free event is a great way for families to get out and enjoy some summer fun.”

The program runs at Country Hills Park on Mondays and Tuesdays; Departure Bay Centennial Park Wednesdays to Fridays; Deverill Square Park Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays; Harewood Centennial Park Mondays to Fridays; Mansfield Park Mondays to Fridays; and Fairview Community School Mondays to Fridays.

The Summer Playground Program is hosted in partnership with Harewood Neighbourhood Association, Nanaimo Foodshare and Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society.

Other free, fun things to do this summer through parks and recreation include the Search for the Golden Bucket Contest, Summer Concerts in the Park Series and waterparks located at four parks throughout the city are open.

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