Friday, November 13, 2015 - 1:30 PM

St.John's Celebrates National Child Day

Young children playing in a gym for National Child Day

Next week the City of St. John’s is celebrating National Child Day.

The Government of Canada designated November 20 as National Child Day to commemorate the adoption and convention of the rights of the child. It’s a day to celebrate the rights of children everywhere, to help them live happy, healthy lives so that each child may reach their full potential.

This year, the City of St. John’s is celebrating the Right to Learn with a variety of events and activities for children and families throughout the week. 

On Monday, Nov. 16 Mayor O’Keefe and City Councillors will be joined at City Hall by the winners of the Meet the Mayor contest. The two winners will receive prizes, meet the Mayor and City staff, receive a tour of some City facilities and will read the proclamation for National Child Day during the weekly Council meeting.

Special activities are taking place throughout the week of November 16 to 22. All families are encouraged to participate.

Move it Family Fun Day
Families of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join City staff for an afternoon of physical activity and fun including: an obstacle course, target games, active tot spot, crafts, bouncy castles, hooping and active displays from a variety of child friendly community organizations.

NL Sports Centre, 100 Crosbie Road
Sunday, Nov. 22
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Free admission

Children Learn To… Fit-N-Fun
This activity is for ages 6 to 12, costs $13.50 and requires pre-registration. Drop in to Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre or H.G.R. Mews Community Centre or call 576-8499 to register.  

Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre, 47 Gleneyre Street
Tuesday, Nov. 17
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$13.50, by pre-registration

Sensational Playgroup
National Child Day celebrates uniqueness and diversity. Children up to 6 years-old with extra sensory needs and their parents/caregivers are invited to come play, learn and socialize in a setting designed to meet a variety of sensory needs. This session is free of charge and includes a light snack.

Southlands Community Centre, 40 Teakwood Drive
Wednesday, Nov. 18
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Active Playgroup: Swim and Play
Join us for a special Active Play Group with a parent and child swim followed by exciting play group activities including crafts, activity stations and healthy snacks.

Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre, 47 Gleneyre Street
Thursday, Nov. 19
9 to 11:30 a.m. (swim 9 to 9:50; play 10 to 11:30)
Free admission

Together Time
We’ve planned all sorts of fun for children, youth and their families – from giant games to play, crafts to make as a family, and healthy snacks to share.

Saturday, Nov. 21
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Free admission
Two locations:
Kilbride Lion’s Community Centre, 34 Fahey Street
Southlands Community Centre, 40 Teakwood Drive 

Sunday, Nov. 22
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Free admission
Shea Heights Community Centre, 130 Linegar Avenue