On Monday, the YMCA’s leprechaun hunt will begin.
“We’re going to see if we have trapped a leprechaun. If not, we’re going to look for clues that he’s been here and if he’s left anything like any of his treasures,” said Kelly Poitras organizer of the Lucky Charms & Leprechauns event and the programmer and building administrator at the YMCA Strong Start Family Centre.
“We’re also going to do some St. Patrick’s Day games and we’re going to learn an Irish jig. Before their hunt they’re going to put on leprechaun hats and stuff and we’re just going to get them geared up. Hopefully we find his treasure, if not him.”
The event will take place on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, at the Strong Start Family Centre at 679 Hall St. W. in two sessions, 1-2 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. The event is geared for kids aged five and under, but Poitras said older siblings would be accommodated as well.
“We’re just looking for a fun afternoon just to do some fun, little Irish things and figure out some leprechaun shenanigans,” said Poitras. “This is a first for us.”
She added there will be prizes available at the event, including a raffle of summer Kindercamp packages.
Sarah Lyle, manager of human resources, administration and communication at the YMCA, said there are two outdoor winter play events happening at the end of the month.
The first is Football Fun in the Snow on March 29 with drills, skills and football games in Crescent Park outside the YMCA. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. It is for children aged six to 12.
The second event is the Outdoor Winter Play Date on March 30. Open to children aged three to five, the free event includes free play with a facilitator holding different stations. It will be at Elgin Park from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and at the Wakamow Valley skating oval from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“It’s just a chance really for families to come out and enjoy the weather,” said Lyle. “We just remind parents to stay with their children and for everybody to dress warm. We will be supplying hot chocolate (on March 30).”
Until March 23, the YMCA is holding a pay-it-forward event where participants can try any class for a donation around $2. More details are available online at www.moosejawymca.ca.
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