No Fun Fridays: Great for Parents and Kids


No Fun Friday Port Coquitlam

If you have school age kids, you might feel like you could use a break. Finding a sitter can be hard, though – not to mention expensive. Luckily, Port Coquitlam has the perfect answers. Children aged seven to ten can spend Friday night being active and having fun with friends at the city’s new No Fun Friday – Nothing but Fun program. The next event is happening May 30, 2014 from 6:30-9:00pm at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.

The program’s main goal is to encourage children to participate in physical activity and develop long-term healthy living habits. This means it’s great for kids. It’s also great for parents, too. It gives them some much-needed time off while giving their kids a place outside of school where their voices are heard and where they can spend face-to-face time connecting with their peers rather than playing on a device. In short, everyone wins.

Why No Fun Fridays? The theme was coined at the city’s summer camps, when Recreation Leader Leslie Grist would tell the children each Friday: “We are not having fun today because it’s No Fun Friday,” to much laughter by all.

No Fun Fridays offer fun, age-appropriate activities including a bouncy castle obstacle course, interactive games, Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO building, carnival-type activities and a concession. The city hopes to attract 100 to the next No Fun Friday program on May 30, 2014. If you live in Port Coquitlam, your kids are between seven and ten, and attend school in School District 43, you’ll want to mark it on your calendar. The cost is $10 per child in advance – which is a steal compared to babysitting – or $15 on the day of the program. You can sign up at www.experienceit.ca right up until 6:00 on May 30, 2014, using code 114475. You can also call 604.927.7529 to find out more and register.

You’ll definitely want to get in on the action, because after May 30 you have a long wait until the next No Fun Fridays happen in the fall on September 26 and November 28, 2014.

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