KENTVILLE, NS - It’s a play date with an outer space theme being held in celebration of the first anniversary of the Kentville Plays initiative.
The anniversary event takes place at the Kentville Fire Hall on Nov. 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Town of Kentville Parks and Recreation director Rachel Bedingfield said they are going to play together as families, as a community and as people who value the health and wellbeing of our children.
“Our goal is to become Canada’s most playful community; one that takes play – and all of its benefits – very seriously,” Bedingfield said.
Active Living Community Co-ordinator Julia Stephenson said this year’s play event will take on an outer space theme where the power of free play is “to infinity and beyond” and reminds us that with play, our imagination is the limit. The event will feature play stations that will engage families in free and unstructured play.
She said a few of the stations she is particularly excited about include exploring imaginative play with camping on the moon, a listen and draw station with headphones and cosmic sounds, sensory stations, dress-up, loose parts and cardboard box building.
For this year’s event, the Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with students from Acadia University’s Community Development Program Design class.
“We are excited about the ideas and energy they are bringing to this event,” Stephenson said.
Kentville Plays was officially launched in November 2017, in line with the Universal Children’s Day, celebrating article 31 of the United Nations Charter on the rights of a child, that states that every child has the right to play.
Over the last year, the Kentville Plays initiative has grown with play events, incorporating play stations at community events, monthly play challenges and the launch of the Kentville Playboxes.