Summer break is here, the kids are home. Now what? It’s hard finding fun things to do without breaking the bank.
Well, I have found there is more going on than you might think right here in Elmwood. Beyond the usual wadding pool and parks, and the new spray pads found in some areas, there are programs in place to help us parents keep our kids occupied and active during the two-month break from school. The City of Winnipeg has put programs in place in every area to be utilized by residents free of charge.
You could visit the Mobile Play Van. Weather permitting, this is play is on the move. Running from July 3 to Aug. 17, you’ll find them every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Elmwood Winter Club. Kids ages six to 12 are invited to participate in sports, crafts, games and arts.
The six to 12 year old crowd can also visit the East End Cultural Centre, which will be offering the same kind of activities as the Play Van, but will be available rain or shine. This is offered all week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Fridays when activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kids ages 13 to 18 you can visit Elmwood High School. From July 3 until Aug. 10 the school will open its doors Monday to Thursday between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m. for a variety of activities including basketball, volleyball, crafts, video games and more.
The local library is also a great place for free, imaginative fun. You can register your children for the TD Summer Reading Club. Kids can earn prizes as they fill their reading log. It’s not only fun for the kids, but it also improves reading skills and reduces summer learning loss.
The Munroe Public Library will host a family fun literacy day, as well as performer Jake Chenier. For dates and times visit the website Winnipeg.ca/library.
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Something else to look forward to this summer is the grand opening of a new restaurant, Famous Dave’s. It will be located a stone’s throw from Elmwood in the Reenders Square shopping centre near Lagimodiere Boulevard.
Wildly popular in America with 200 locations, Famous Dave’s is making the move north and Winnipeg will claim home to the first Canadian location.
Jordan Hirsch, an Elmwood resident has been hired on as a manager for the restaurant. He has spent seven weeks in Minneapolis training at one of the many locations south of the border.
"My team and I ate, breathed and lived Famous Dave’s for those seven weeks so when we finally got home we really were of one mind" he says.
Hirsch is very excited to be a part of something that has such huge potential. He is looking forward to July 16 when the restaurant will open its doors and "show Winnipeg why we’re famous and make each guest feel like they are famous too."
Melissa Bigras is a community correspondent for Elmwood. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.