Early Explorers Program for ages 3-5 at Winsport

My 4 year old daughter is bouncing because she is excited to go to “nature school” again.  I am excited for the 2 and half hour Early  Explorers program at Winsport and have some time to enjoy some solo time with my 2 year old which  rarely happens. The 2 and half hour program  allowed…

Stop Taking Away My Child’s Right to Play

Every child has a Right to Play.  Play is so important in fact that the United Nations has said that it is a basic human right for all children¹. There are many benefits    to outdoor play including being  essential for brain health and development. The lack of outdoor play amongst children is also becoming noticeable…

WinSport’s Early Explorers Program

Youth across Alberta are experiencing a higher rate of delayed physical and mental development than other provinces¹. Research is saying that this  delay is happening because children are not exploring and playing outdoors enough. Program developers at WinSport in Calgary Alberta came across this research and worked hard to develop a new program for children …

Celebrate with Experiences by Lighting UP the Holidays with Energizer

The holidays are here and Christmas is only a few days away. My two kids are literally buzzing with excitement around the house and waking up everyday asking if Christmas is here. Each day I respond saying  it is the Christmas season today but we have to wait a few more days for ACTUAL Christmas…

Ways to Encourage Unstructured Outdoor Play

Do we even know what play or even outdoor play is anymore? Research  has been trying to show parents that unstructured outdoor play is important but  they are still feeling the pressure to put their children in structured play environments. In fact, structured play has   become so common that parents and childcare givers  are confusing…

Let the Kids Play: Benefits of Outdoor Play

Let the kids play… Outdoors! Outdoor play is not  something that should be optional for young children. Children need to have opportunities that allow their curiosity to   take them on adventures as they create and explore their outdoor surroundings.   The benefits of outdoor play have been shown by researchers to be important for child…