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Come rain, come shine, the parks in Moose Jaw are welcoming kids ages six through 12 to participate in their Playground Program. 

In Elgin Park, Onyx Dennet bear crawls to help her team win an obstacle challenge during the Moose Jaw Playground Program. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric 

Ten parks within the city are participating in the program which offers kids free supervised entertainment, like crafts and games. 

"This is a place for all Moose Jaw children to get together, to have fun and learn new things," said Shelby Wilkinson, playground coordinator. "This is a place where they can be themselves."

Kids are supervised by trained playground directors who also help coordinate activities like water games or sports. 

Brittany Kilgour, playground coordinator at Elgin Park, says the summer program is really beneficial to those who attend.

"It's awesome because it gives them something to do over the summer instead of sitting at home and playing video games. They're out here interacting with other kids. The library also comes and reads to the kids which keeps them in a school zone, so they're not completely in summer mode when they go back to school," said Kilgour. 

She has also seen improvements in those who attend the program, like kids becoming more active and outgoing

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids are welcomed and encouraged to take part in the program and socialize with others. 

Every year the program continues to grow in popularity. Last year over 9,000 kids visited the parks throughout the summer. 

"Every year seems to have more numbers of participants. Especially with the splash parks open, it draws in more kids," said Wilkinson. 

The six week summer program comes to an end next month, with a big grand finale taking place on Aug. 14. 

The theme will be, Step Right Up To The Carnival, and will take place at Elgin Park. Some activities include a dunk tank, pitching tent, face painting cotton candy and popcorn. Like the rest of the program, the grand finale will be free. 

For a list of participating parks, go to www.moosejaw.ca

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