There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Lethbridge! Helping families navigate our city with an eye for play is exactly what Lethbridge Plays aims to do with their latest Kid’s Map of Lethbridge – Fall and Winter Fun. Designed for children, youth and their families, the map features more than 50 play inspired locations across the city. It also shares ideas for games, outdoor activities, and online resources where parents and kids can access information for even more fun.
The Kid’s Map of Lethbridge - Fall and Winter Fun follows the successful first edition Kid’s Map. Ten thousand copies of the original map have been picked up since April 2022 when it was first released. Location ideas for this latest map came from the public, as well as staff and volunteers who work at many of Lethbridge Plays partner organizations.
“The response to the original Play Map has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Taylor Hecker, Senior Program Leader with the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and Project Lead for the Kid’s Map of Lethbridge - Fall and Winter Fun project. “Every season provides unique opportunities for play. It is great to be able to provide a new resource that highlights what is available in the colder months.”
Map distribution partners are located across the city. Copies can be picked up at the following locations:
Cor Van Raay YMCA
Fritz Sick, Nicholas Sheran and Stan Siwik Pools
Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Lethbridge City Hall
Lethbridge Family Centre (North, South and West locations)
Lethbridge Public Library (Main and Crossings branches)
Tourism Lethbridge Visitor Centre
In addition to developing materials like the Play Map, Lethbridge Plays also organizes training and development opportunities for educators and practitioners. The new Play Map will be officially released as part of Lethbridge Plays’ fall Play Mini Summit – The Brain on Exercise on October 24 at Lethbridge College. At this event, participants will learn about the brain benefits of regular physical activity. The session will feature research-based physical activity programming with the specific aim of supporting the development of core executive functions in children and youth.
Residents can learn more about Lethbridge Plays and the many ways in which play supports healthier living at lethbridgeplays.ca
If you would like more information about the Lethbridge Plays Kid’s Map of Lethbridge – Fall and Winter Fun, please contact the Helen Schuler Nature Centre at 403-320-3064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Program Leader
Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Lethbridge Plays is a group of local stakeholders brought together by the unifying belief in the importance of play, and the benefits play can have on our society. The City Council of Lethbridge unanimously adopted the Lethbridge Play Charter in the fall of 2018. Today, organizations, local businesses, parents, and community members are working together to make play a priority in Lethbridge. https://www.lethbridgeplays.ca