Spend Family Day exploring the many free and fun activities offered across Oakville.
The Town of Oakville, Oakville Public Library and the YMCA of Oakville welcome you and your family to the eighth annual Make Your Move Family Day, presented by Genworth Canada.
Build your tradition with us! Our event encourages families to get moving to enjoy the many benefits of spending quality time together and leading active and healthy lifestyles.
Drop by the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA for a variety of fun activities including family crafts and gaming (air hockey, foosball), rock climbing, swimming, Family Zumba, storytime, a campfire and marshmallow roast and more!
Check out the full schedule below and see page 14 for YMCA activities!
The Town of Oakville (and the YMCA of Oakville) are hosting a new program aimed at helping young children develop skills to identify and respond to potentially-dangerous situations.
The My Safe Life – Personal Safety for Kids program, run by SOS 4 Kids, helps children recognize “inappropriate behaviours, when to speak up and how to seek help if they feel uncomfortable or threatened,” according to the Oakville-based organization.
The program is being held at The Meeting House, 2700 Bristol Cir., during school PA Days (Feb. 5 and June 3) and March Break (March 16), as well as at the YMCA of Oakville, starting Sunday, Jan. 24
“For years, parents have focused on telling their kids not to talk to strangers, but this message is not complete,” according to SOS 4 Kids co-founders Velma Ganassini and Sue Perry.
“The better safety message for kids to remember is don’t go anywhere with anyone without first getting permission from a parent or a person in charge. This makes people safety and self-protection easy for children to comprehend.”
The group’s co-founders say, according to Statistics Canada, most children and youths are abused by people they know, as only 12 per cent of offences involving children are committed by strangers — the remaining cases are committed by either an acquaintance (44 per cent) or a family member (38 per cent).
The program talks about “tricky people,” predators who use deceptive techniques to ‘groom’ a targeted child by earning their trust and affection.
It also covers safety with respect to people, online activities, roads and fire, as well as injury prevention and first aid.
“Children need to feel confident about their right to be safe and that all adults are responsible for protecting them,” stated a media release issued by SOS 4 Kids.
“Parents should get to know the people who are spending time with their kids, like coaches and babysitters, and they should listen and take action when children say they have a safety problem or an emergency,” stated the release.
Welcome to YMCA Summer Camp! Believe it or not, summer camp is just around the corner, and we’re excited to bring back our popular camps like Aquatics, Challengers, Outdoor Pursuits and specialty camps like Bricks 4 Kidz and RockPro. This year, we’ve also added a new golf camp in partnership with Vic Hadfield Golf and Learning Centre, plus an additional Challengers camp for kids 4-8 at our NEW River Oaks Public School location! Find out more about camp the YMCA way by clicking the link below.