The January leisure activity programming at Portage’s Mother and Child centre gave the residents the opportunity to make the most of winter in Montréal with their children. Participants had a great time on outings to museums, festivals, sports activities, and many other organised activities.
The TELUS Fire on Ice musical fireworks presentation on January 7 was a great way to kick off the winter season. The mothers and children found a great spot on the Bonsecours Island to watch the fireworks, set the music from the Little Mermaid. “What a wonderful night it was!” said one mother.
More special memories were created at other winter festivals in January, including the Fête des neiges at Jean-Drapeau Park and the Pointe Claire Family event, with dogsledding, inflatable games, maple syrup on snow, hot chocolate, ice carving, and other winter fun.
The children were greatly stimulated by visiting different museums. The Toys exhibit at the McCord Museum gave them a chance to try out all sorts of exciting games. During their visit to the Redpath Museum, the children stood wide-eyed in front of a real Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
They also went out to a hockey game to cheer on the Concordia Stingers men’s team. It was a very exciting outing for the children, who dressed up in their team’s colours and excitedly cheered them on!
One of the highlights of the month was a project at La Ribambelle, the day care at the Mother and Child centre. “Video clip” was the theme of the week. The children watched Bruno Mars’ music video entitled “Lazy Song” and then spent a week and a half learning the moves and filming scenes with costumes and décor. On “Oscar” night, the children’s music video was shown to the entire Mother and Child community and each child won an Oscar trophy.