Moose Jaws Jayden Miller, 8, teases milk out of an artificial cow during the play day. Carter Haydu photographs
More fun is rolling into the Western Development Museum (WDM).
The WDM will host its annual Community Playday on Saturday with activities for kids running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We do look at opportunities to provide programming for children and families and this is just a perfect opportunity,” said WDM manager Kathy Fitton. “It’s not a long weekend. There’s not other things that are specifically assigned to this weekend and we just thought it would be a great thing for people to do.”
She said in addition to the regular museum attractions there would be horse and wagon rides, indoor crafts and other outdoor games. She added hopefully the Short Line 101 would run.
“I have my fingers crossed the train will be running. That’s always weather and volunteer dependent,” said Fitton. “So there’s lots of things going on and it’s really geared for the younger children.”
The age group is for children aged two to seven. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will also be a barbecue selling hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks. Proceeds from the barbecue will go to the WDM.
“It should just be a really fun day for families, which is the entire goal of it,” said Fitton. “It’s for the kids. We want to be able to provide family activities for our members and for our visitors in general.”
For the first time the event will be held in August instead of July.
“July was a busy month for us. So we thought this year we would try putting on Playday in August and keep our fingers crossed that the weather co-operates,” said Fitton. “(Also) the city always has lots and lots going on in July.”
She said the success of previous Playdays “really does vary from one year to the next and it’s usually a weather issue.” It has also depended on what else is going on in the city, which is part of the reason the event was moved to August this year.
She added anyone is encouraged to come out to take part in the family-oriented event.
“We offer lots of extra things going on if you’re coming to the museum anyway,” said Fitton. “You’ll have a few more things to do while you’re here, but if maybe you weren’t planning on coming maybe this is a good weekend to come because it will be lots of things for kids to do.”
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