5 things (plus 1 extra!) to do this winter with Wetaskiwin Parks Rec

The Manluk Centre pool is a hive of activity throughout the winter – year-round, really – but if you’d like to get busy outside swim times, Wetaskiwin Parks and Recreation has a whole host of opportunities filling the calendar.

Whether the kids are off school for the day or you’re looking to up your exercise routine and get social at the same time, there’s lots happening around town, notes Natasha Grant, Recreation Program Supervisor for the City.

Here’s a look at a few favourites:

  1. Walk this way: Head to the Rec Hall at Co-op Place three mornings a week for a free, indoor walking program that lets you get your steps in with friends. Walkers get together Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. No registration is necessary – just drop in and lace up!
  2. Paddles up: Pickleball paddles, that is! An awesome way to keep those skills up through the colder months or to try this fast-growing activity for the first time, the Co-op Place Rec Hall offers drop-in pickleball sessions three times a week, including both morning and evening / weekend hours. Admission is $5.75, and all ages and experience levels are welcome – check it out Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m.

    “Pickleball is a great activity – it’s lower impact than tennis, for example, and it’s relatively easy to learn,” Grant says.

  3. Pass the puck: In addition to public skating sessions, hockey sticks are welcome at Co-op Place arena for two programs geared to children and youth. “Stick and Puck” gives younger kids a taste of Canada’s favourite winter sport, while older kids can try out their best moves at Shinny sessions.
  4. PD Day adventures: Missing your friends on PD days? Manluk Centre offers a variety of day camps for six to 12-year-olds, with plenty of fun, games, crafts and field trip activities like swimming and skating.

    PD day camps at Manluk Centre offer plenty of fun, games, crafts and activities for six to 12-year-olds. Photo courtesy Wetaskiwin Parks & Recreation

    PD day camps at Manluk Centre offer plenty of fun, games, crafts and activities for six to 12-year-olds. Photo courtesy Wetaskiwin Parks & Recreation

  5. Skill-testing fun: Learning new skills is a great way to build confidence in younger children and to boost the resumes of older youth and teens. The Red Cross Stay Safe Course gives youngsters the knowledge and confidence they need to stay home alone for short times. For older youth, the Red Cross Babysitter Course offers the skills to care for children safely. Teens and adults are invited to check out the courses that can help them become swim instructors or lifeguards – part-time jobs that offer flexibility and lots of transferable skills!

And coming up this February: Family Day!

Family Day fun is coming to the Manluk Centre Monday, Feb. 19.

Enjoy an afternoon of crafting with your family in the De Goeij Family Room from 1 to 4 p.m. Participation is free, but please pre-register as limited spots are available. Find the QR Code to register in the Winter Program Guide or call the Manluk Centre at 780-361-4444.

Learn more about everything that’s happening with Wetaskiwin Parks & Recreation at manlukcentre.ca/programs

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