School’s out for spring!

Trent Ernst, Editor

It’s that time of year again, where the munchkins are freed from their weekly babysitting/educational routines and cast into the wide world with no teachers to keep them occupied while mom and dad work/sleep/enjoy the quiet.

However, all is not lost for the employed/lazy parent, as there are a variety of things on the books to keep the kids (and you) occupied over the next two weeks.

Ground zero for Spring Break events in Tumbler Ridge is the Community Centre. Joy McKay says they’re trying to get a Youth Wallyball League started. She’s hoping to spark interest in the sport. “We used to have quite a league here, but now that space is under-utilized,” says McKay. Wallyball will be happening Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, starting at noon, from March 19 to 29.

The pool will be hosting a number of special activities from March 18 to April 1. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, kids can play water polo from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, while on Tuesdays and Thursday, there will be a water balloon and slip and slide program. March 27 is the monthly free swim, sponsored by Chilko Trucking, and the next day is the Easter splash featuring face painting, games, and, of course, an Easter egg hunt. On March 21, the Community Centre will be showing the movie Parental Guidance in the evening.

Over at the library, they’re doing papier-mâché at 2 pm starting Tuesday March 19 and ending that Friday. There are no special programs currently planned for the week after, but expect the second installment of Lego Club to run on Wednesday, March 27.

The highlight of the break will be the Lion’s Club annual Easter Egg hunt, when literally hundreds of kids flock to the Tumbler Ridge Elementary fields for a barbecue, games, and hundreds of pounds of chocolate.