Oshawa offering pilot summer program for pre-schoolers

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Published July 11, 2023 at 2:31 pm

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Pre-school children in Oshawa can get a taste of big kid life one hour a week at a pilot program being offered at eight city parks this summer.

Families with children aged 3 to 5 can participate in the drop-in program at no cost, every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at:

  • Coldstream Park (July 12 – Sports);
  • Bridle Park (July 19 – crafts);
  • Cordova Valley Park (*Thursday, July 20 – movement);
  • Connaught Park (July 26 – water);
  • Wellington Park (August 2 – movement);
  • Pinecrest Park (August 9 – sports);
  • Laval Park (August 16 – crafts); and
  • Greenhill Park (August 23 – water)

Advance registration is not required but parents/guardians have to stick around and will be asked to actively participate during program sessions. Visit Oshawa.ca/Play or contact the program office at (905) 436-3311 ext. 2033 for more information.

The pilot preschool program is being offered alongside the popular Playground Program, a free service for older kids offered by the City in partnership with Their Opportunity. Parents of children aged five to 12 can drop their child off at select playground locations. Play leaders will provide fun games, crafts and other activities for children to enjoy.

Playground participants can come and go as they wish with written permission from a parent/guardian. Washrooms are not available, and programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather. During a heat alert, parks without adequate shade will close for the day. For parks that continue to operate, there will be an emphasis on passive games and activities in the shade.

Sixteen parks will be used for the program, with Brookside, Glen Stewart, Kingside, Kedron, Margate, Sandy Hawley, Sherwood and Willowdale hosting the morning programs (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) every Wednesday.

Bridle, Coldstream, Connaught, Grandview Village, Greenhill, Laval, Pinecrest and Thornton will host afternoon sessions (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

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