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Grade 6 Winter Wonderland Event

Grade 6 Winter Wonderland Event

On Saturday, December 12 from 1:00-3:00 pm, join us at Crowfoot YMCA for a Grade 6 Winter Wonderland Event. We will do winter-themed crafts, cozy up with some hot chocolate, and play winter-themed games. Depending on the weather, we may even head outdoors to play in the snow so come dressed in warm clothes!

When? Saturday, December 12 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Where? Crowfoot YMCA

What? A free Grade 6 event

How do I register? Please register on line or in person at Crowfoot YMCA with the barcode number 106196.


Winter Program Registration Open

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Winter Program Registration now Open for Members.

Use these guides to find the right program for you and your family and view schedules and fees.

WINTER SESSION

Crowfoot YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Eau Claire YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Saddletowne YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Shawnessy YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

South Health Campus YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Winter Day Camps | Download PDF

 

Registration begins December 7 for the general public.

 

 


Winter Camp weekend | 10-13Y boys & girls

Come to camp in the winter!

Skate on Dew Drop Pond, carve ice from Lake Chilver and discover your camp during the winter. Play outside in the snow and on the ice – skate, hike and build snow forts. Then come inside to warm up and enjoy a satisfying meal. Bring warm clothes, skates and a helmet, bedding, toiletries and pyjamas. Bring nordic (cross-country) ski gear if you have it.

Winter Camp 325

Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 29 – 31, 2016 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday
$215*

Fees include shared, indoor accommodations, meals, and activities.

*Return transportation is available from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary at no additional cost.

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.


Get Ready for Winter with Exciting Programs

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This Winter, make sure to reserve spots in our wide variety of Programs and Winter Break Day Camps!

You can always rely on YMCA Calgary programs to help promote healthy lifestyles and build spirit, mind and body for children, youth, adults and families.

Our Winter Programs will be available online by the end of the week!

Keep your eye out on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

Registration for Winter Programs begins:

  • November 23 for YMCA members
  • December 7 for the general public

Winter Day Camps – Need something for your child to do during Winter break? Winter Day Camp registration has begun! Sign-up your child for a week of fun at your YMCA location.

 


Creative Writing with LINC

For the first few weeks of the winter semester, I worked with Neelam’s CLB 7 class on a special Creative Writing project. We had a blast! It was so much fun to tell our stories together and to find new ways to share our history through descriptive writing. We laughed, we cried, and we even got a little bit scared, thanks to some scary tales featuring crocodiles, spiders, leopards, and cockroaches! (Don’t worry, I will save those for Halloween!)

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some stories from my time with Neelam’s class on the YMCA blog. Today, I have two stories to share about the shock of Canadian winters. I think we can all relate to that! Happy reading and stay tuned for the next instalment of LINC Creative Writing.

My First Winter Experience in Canada – by Sabrina

I would like to share my first winter experience in Canada. I didn’t have any idea about how winter weather condition in Canada can quickly become dangerous, often with little or no warning. After my bitter situation, I came to know  that  Canadian winters are famous for being cold. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire city. It was the time of December 2012, my first year in Calgary. I was staying in Calgary alone with my two kids. Environment Canada forecast 30 c.m of snowfall expected during that day.  A powerful winter storm hit Calgary & its surrounding areas. At first I was enjoying the weather. Suddenly I felt that I need to buy milk for my little one, who was only two months of age. I decided to go to my neighbouring shop to buy it and come back. I was driving through the locality near my house and my driving speed was 20/25 km/h and I was in the middle lane. Strong winds, extreme cold, heavy snow and ice knocked down some trees on the sides of the road. While driving I came to know that storm has created many hazards, including automobile accidents on icy roads, and that made me feel helpless. Unexpectedly my car skid & it kept skidding until I hit the left curb. I tried to pull my car back but I failed to do so. At the same time my little son started to cry and my big son got scared.  After a while, one police car came and stopped behind my car. After hearing everything he helped me to move my car back to my house. That was a memorable day for me, how I was stuck up in the middle of the road. I have learned a lesson from this incident i.e when blizzard hits, stay indoors and wait it out unless it is emergency, and if I must go outside during cold weather I must wear layers of clothing with a wind resistant outer layer, warm socks, a hat and scarf and watch for wind-chill or extremely cold temperatures.

My First Month in Canada – by Torikun

My first month in Canada was chaotic.  I came to Canada on January 18th in Montreal. In winter time, Montreal has lots of snow. That day, the outside temperature was -23 degrees.

I came to Canada alone and it was my first plane journey. I was very confused in Heathrow, the London Airport. The airport is very big and it was complicated for me. I could not find my airplane’s gate. When I saw someone, I asked them and they helped me to find my airplane’s gate.  When I was on the plane from London to Montreal, I saw people put 3-4 pieces of ice in a glass of water and they were drinking. I was surprised. Because, the water was already cold but why they put ice? When my plane landed, it was already late. Then I was waiting at a different airplane’s luggage receiving place, because I did not know that different airplanes have a different luggage receiving place. When I did not find my luggage, then I asked a man and he said, “different airplane has a different place”. Then I looked another place and I found it.

My husband checked on the airplane’s website and it showed that the plane had landed almost 11/2 hours ago. But I did not come out from the airport. He thought that I missed my plane. After 2 hours, I came out from the airport. Then he picked me up. When we came out from the airport, snow was falling and I saw everything was white, trees had no leaves. He parked his car far away from the airport, because  my plane was late and the airport parking ticket is expensive. So, we rode an airport bus. Then, the bus stopped in a metro station. In Montreal, the train station is underground and it was also a new experience. I did not have a heavy winter jacket. My husband brought a jacket for me. But I was still very cold. My husband parked his car on opposite site of the train station. He took one luggage and he rolled it from the station to our car, but I took another luggage and I could not roll it because the snow was falling and it was hard work for me. I saw everyone was driving on opposite side and drivers also sat on opposite side of the car. Everyone followed the traffic rules. When the snow was gone, everything was clean (especially the roads, sidewalks etc.). My first month I found the differences between Canada and my country. When people were talking or asked me questions, I could not understand most of them. That’s why I went outside with my husband. I felt shy.

Cutting vegetables with a knife was also challenging. My husband taught me. Now, I can cut very well with a knife. Also I did not know most of the cooking recipes. But I wanted to eat that. So I called my mother and she gave me the recipe. At that time, my husband worked as a radio frequency engineer. Sometimes, he lived 4-5 days in Halifax, 2-3 days in Newfoundland and 6-7 days in Toronto. So, I lived alone in my home. I felt bored. I didn’t know Canadian culture, rules etc.

At that time, I had some bad experiences, but I had some good experiences that made me really happy. That’s why, I said my first month in Canada was chaotic.


2015 Winter Camp at Camp Chief Hector

Come to camp in the winter!

Skate on Dew Drop Pond, carve ice from Lake Chilver and discover your camp during the winter. Play outside in the snow and on the ice – skate, hike and build snow forts. Then come inside to warm up and enjoy a satisfying meal. Bring warm clothes, skates and a helmet, bedding, toiletries and pyjamas. Bring nordic (cross-country) ski gear if you have it.

Winter Camp 325

Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday
$195*

Fees include shared, indoor accommodations, meals, and activities.

*Return transportation is available from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary at no additional cost.

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.


Movies Can Inspire Movement

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Have you seen the new Disney animated movie Frozen? I loved it! And when I saw Active For Life’s blog post on it I was so excited I had to share.

Their blog post, titled “7 ways ‘Frozen’ can inspire kids to move” gives a collection of ways that you can play with your kids while talking about their new favourite movie.

The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo can inspire swimming.

Beauty and the Beast can inspire dancing.

Toy Story can inspire imagination and games like hide and seek.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas can inspire sledding.

The Incredibles can inspire running and jumping.

Ratatouille can inspire help preparing meals.

Cars and Cars 2 can inspire running and pretending to be like race cars.

Dora the Explorer can inspire hiking through the neighbourhood or the nearest park.

What are your kids’ favourite movies? How can you use them to inspire movement, imagination and play?

 


Winter Photo Walk

Frozen River by Jordan Loehr

The other day my husband and I went for a walk.

It was a sunny, only slightly chilly day. We had spent most of our weekend on the couch being lazy and knew we needed to get some exercise in and take advantage of the nice weather.

So my husband grabbed his camera and off we went to the Bow River Trail.

We walked, we scampered, we slowly meandered. We just enjoyed each other’s company and the unique winter scenery of ice, snow, trees and flowing river.

We stopped often to take photos of trees, of the downtown core in the distance, of the ice and snow.

Have you ever gone on a photo walk? Grab a friend, your significant other, your kids, and a camera and just head out. Start walking down your street or along a pathway nearby and take photos of anything that draws your attention.

Photo walks don’t have schedules or plans. They just capture life. Snow, ice, trees. Smiles, playfulness, footprints.

Go ahead, try it. It’s a fun, free activity to enjoy the company of friends and the beauty of our city.


How to Stay Active at Home When It’s Too Cold to Go Outside

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Kids have energy. Sometimes that energy seems to be too much for indoors, but the weather outside is just too cold and snowy to spend more than a few minutes outside.

So what do you do?

I’ve done some research and asked some friends with kids for their ideas.

1. Blow up a balloon and try to keep it off the floor

2. Play Hide and Seek

3. Active Reading – choose an often repeated word in a book and read out loud, any time the chosen word is said you have to stand up or sit down

4. Play charades – pick a category of animals or jobs or even people you know

5. Play Freeze Frame – play music and dance or move around until the music stops then everyone has to stay still until mom or dad turns the music back on

6. Spell words by making letters with only your body

7. Build an obstacle course of pillows, chairs, tape and string

8. Play follow the leader

And two mommy favourites are:

9.    Do yoga or an exercise video together in the living room

10.  Make cleaning into a game


Short & Sweet

It’s that time again, Short & Sweet Programming is being offered, set to begin next week!
This winter, Shawnessy YMCA is featuring 3 Short & Sweet (6 week) options for you to try out:

Aqua Boot Camp (ABC) – Mondays at 9:30am – ABC will challenge your senses, pushing you harder than in any other Aquatic Fitness class you’ve tried before!
Pre-Natal Yoga – Thursdays at 6:30pm – Calling all Moms-to-be!  Pre-Natal yoga will teach you relaxation techniques, breathing, and centering for the big day.  It will also focus on postures and positions that have proven to be helpful for you when bringing your bundle of joy into the world.
Stress Reduction & Meditation – Fridays at 11:00am – Let go of stresses that affect your daily life and find peace within.  This class is designed to allow you the time to learn how to truly relax and take time out of your day for yourself.

Short Sessions, Sweet Prices!


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