The snow is melting and spring has sprung, which means that spring and summer outdoor fun is on the horizon!
The Easter bunny returns to Muskoka Heritage Place
Get your baskets ready. After a two-year hiatus, the Nutty Chocolatier Easter Egg Hunt is returning to Muskoka Heritage Place.
“This a great community event that The Nutty Chocolatier has led for many years,” says Jillian Jordan, Muskoka Heritage Place Manager. “It’s a chance to get out on an Easter Sunday and spend some time outside with the family and search for thousands of chocolate eggs that are hidden around Muskoka Pioneer Village. Kids who find golden eggs get a special prize! We’re looking forward to having people back onsite.”
The Easter Egg Hunt, which typically draws up to 700 visitors, is ideal for ages six to 12, but younger kids can come out to enjoy the festivities too. Nutty Chocolatier staff will have different egg hunt areas tailored to five age groups so even the littlest of egg hunters can participate. Depending upon weather conditions, it could be snowy, frozen or muddy, so proper footwear and clothing is a good idea.
The free family event runs on April 17 from 12-1 p.m. Watch muskokaheritageplace.ca for updates.
Travel back in time with your family this summer
MHP staff are also looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Pioneer Village for the 2022 season, starting with their anticipated opening day on May 21. The Muskoka Museum is currently open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“People can explore the village with the costumed interpreters, check out the schoolhouse and blacksmith, learn about candlestick-making, and explore the Portage Flyer train, too,” says Jordan. The Portage Flyer’s steam engine runs in July and August, while the its diesel engine fills in the rest of the season.
“It’s a great way to explore more of the Muskoka region and its history,” says Jordan.
Day camp registration opens May 5
Camp creates amazing memories. Days spent making new friends, playing games, and learning new skills (disguised as pure fun) are a summer highlight for many kids.
“Camp is all about having fun and building those social relationships with other kids and getting those kids out doing things in the summer,” says Jessica Smith, Recreation and Leisure Coordinator at the Town of Huntsville. “It’s about being active and social, learning physical literacy, and learning how to communicate with each other.”
The Town of Huntsville offers a variety of camp options for ages four to 12.
New camps for 2022
New this year, the Town is offering both an arts camp and a sports camp.
“The arts camp, for ages seven to 12, will allow campers to discover their creative side while learning new mediums of art such as drawing, sketching and painting,” says Smith. A visit to the Algonquin Theatre to check out the big stage is part of the fun.
The sports camp, also for ages seven to 12, is an action-packed week of sports, sports, and more sports! Campers will learn the basics of soccer, baseball, football, basketball, badminton, pickleball, and more, with an emphasis on both physical literacy and fun.
“Spending a week at camp, myself as a kid, was my favourite time of the summer. You got to hang out with friends, you got to play games, you got to be outside, you got to try new things,” says Smith.
The Canada Summit Centre is uniquely situated to provide day camps, with indoor amenities, the Muskoka River right outside the door, and both sports fields and cultural attractions a short walk away.
In the last week of summer, ages seven to 12 can join the Pitman’s Bay Finale Camp, which includes traditional camp experiences such as arts and crafts, water activities, sports and games, and nature exploration on the shores of Mary Lake.
“Living in Muskoka, you get so many more opportunities at camp because we can do so much more here,” says Smith. “Huntsville has a lot to offer so let’s use what we have in the community and teach our kids about it.”
Counsellors-in-training give and get summer fun!
And the camp fun doesn’t end at age 12. Ages 13 and older can take the counsellor-in-training camps. “Level 1 is leadership skills and working toward emergency first aid; level 2 helps them work toward the qualifications needed to be a camp counsellor, as well as standard first aid and High Five which is principles of healthy childhood development,” says Smith. And those skills can lead to the best summer job ever.
Camps range in price from $196 to $215 per week, for five full days of fun. Subsidies are available—apply to your local District (Muskoka or Parry Sound).
“Camp is an amazing experience,” says Smith. “Your camper will want to come back again and again!”
See all of the exciting camp options here: https://www.huntsville.ca/en/recreation-and-facilities/teen-and-youth-programs.aspx.
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