March break activities aplenty in Colchester

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TRURO - If you're wondering what your child could do to stay busy this March break, there are a ton of activities going on.

Brittany Findlay, left, and Ashley Swallow, students in the Child and Youth Care program at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus, are busy preparing for the program's annual March Break camp in partnership with the Interactive Motion and Graphics program. Missing from the photo but helping co-ordinate the activities is Bernadette Bernard.

From theatre camps, to a Girl Power camp, and even a Wilderness Adventure Day, there's lots for your child or children to do.

Leana Todd is hosting a March Break Theatre Camp featuring ‘James and the Giant Peach' for ages eight and up. Running 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 10 to 14 at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre, participants will also have an outing to the Marigold Cultural Centre.

Those who sign up for Todd's classes will receive a script and be cast in roles on the first day, and perform for family and friends on Friday at 4 p.m. The week will consist of drama, improvisation, character and scene work, as well as rehearsing for the final performance.

Cost is $125 and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Todd at 986-6105 or leana.todd@gmail.com.

Girls between the ages of eight and 12 can sign up for the ever-popular Girl Power Camp held at the Central Nova Women's Resource Centre. The camp, which also runs during the summer, will feature fun themes, crafts and activities, including women in science, arts and culture, acts of kindness, and a pajama and pizza day.

Girl Power is a great way for young women to make new friends as well as boost their self-esteem.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 10 to 14, and snacks and supplies will be provided. Cost is $25 per participant and limited spaces are available. For more information or to register, call 895-4295.

At the Glooscap Heritage Centre, the March Break Day Camp will feature a different theme each day. Participants can sign up for the entire week, or by day.

March 10 will feature a culture games and crafts day where participants will play Waltes, make journey stones and a talking stick, and learn to bead a necklace or bracelet. Tuesday is ‘7 Teachings Art Day' where students will learn about the Seven Teachings and work on several art projects including painting, paper maché, and play clay. Wednesday's Wilderness Adventure Day will take children to the Mi'kmawey Debert Trail where they'll hike, make a fire, identify edible plants and more.

Dramatic arts day is Thursday and students will play theatre games and try to create short sketches of their own. Friday will feature music day camp, where children will explore Mi'kmaw music through drumming, singing, rattles, jikmaqn and dance.

Friday night to Saturday morning will feature ‘Night at the Museum,' where children and their parents are invited for a sleepover complete with games, a campfire, movies and a pancake breakfast.

Each day is $45, or the full week is $180. Participants are asked to bring a lunch and snacks.

For more information, contact the Glooscap Heritage Centre at 843-3496.

Students of the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus's Child and Youth Care program are partnering with the Interactive Motion and Graphics program to create a week of fun-filled experience with an Amazing Race for youth in grades three to eight.

Each pod will experience the culture of a country and learn about the world through hands-on activities ranging from arts and crafts to creating dishes in the kitchen. Youth will explore a specific country during the week and prepare a showcase presentation on Thursday to show family and friends.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Truro campus on Arthur Street. Cost is $25 per child of students at the college, and $50 per child for all other community members.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Brittany Findlay at (902) 240-1761 or W0246196@nscc.ca.

In Stewiacke, the Wittenburg Baptist Church will host a March Break VBS 2014 on March 13 and 14. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is free for those as young as four, going up to students in Grade 6.

Participants are asked to bring a nut-free lunch.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call the church at 639-2072.

In Tatamagouche, there will be free skating, hockey and Zumba at the North Shore Recreation Centre on March 11.

Skating will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (families welcome), followed by pick-up hockey for an hour.

Zumba runs from 4 to 5 p.m., as well as 5 to 6 p.m.

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College Truro, Break Theatre Camp, Giant Peach Douglas Street Recreation Centre Marigold Cultural Centre Glooscap Heritage Centre Central Nova Women Resource Centre Interactive Motion Wittenburg Baptist Church North Shore Recreation Centre

Geographic location: Colchester, Arthur Street, Stewiacke Tatamagouche

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