Maeve Clarke, 4, at the first Mountain Kids in the Park of the summer. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Maeve Clarke, 4, at the first Mountain Kids in the Park of the summer. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Free summer program returns

Mountain Kids in the Park is held every Thursday in July and August at Fernie’s Rotary Park.

Mud painting, bubble blowing and story-time are among a raft of activities on offer at a free kids’ summer program in Fernie.

Mountain Kids in the Park is aimed at children under six and their parents or caregivers, and is held every Thursday in July and August from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Rotary Park, with a different theme each week.

The program is run by the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre’s early years team with funding from Columbia Basin Trust.

“A lot of programming ends for the summer months so this just gives us a place for kids to get together and the adults as well,” said Fernie Early Years Coordinator Jodie Parker.

“It is inclusive, it’s free and everybody is welcome to come.”

The early years team has been running the summer program for about 10 years, recently relocating to Rotary Park to accommodate larger numbers.

Mountain Kids in the Park is one of a number of initiatives the group offers for local families with children under six.

“We meet once a month and just collaborate and talk about what we can do to improve programming, what areas we’re lacking in, how we can help each other out to improve that and just to continue offering what parents are asking for and what parents need,” said Parker.

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From left: Maeve Clarke, 4, and Braelynn Crocker, 2, at the first Mountain Kids in the Park of the summer.  Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press                                Braelynn Crocker, 2, at the first Mountain Kids in the Park of the summer. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

From left: Maeve Clarke, 4, and Braelynn Crocker, 2, at the first Mountain Kids in the Park of the summer. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press Braelynn Crocker, 2, at the first Mountain Kids in the Park of the summer. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

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