Youth centre preparing for busy summer season

Parents looking to get their kids into fun summer programs may want to consider the Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) as an option.

Izabella Heinz and Kamryn Stebner (l-r) pose last summer during a Ponoka Youth Centre field trip. The centre is filling spots for its summer program.

Izabella Heinz and Kamryn Stebner (l-r) pose last summer during a Ponoka Youth Centre field trip. The centre is filling spots for its summer program.

Parents looking to get their kids into fun summer programs may want to consider the Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) as an option.

As school winds down, spots have been closing up at the PYC, said program director Morgen Chernick.

She says the popular summer program starts July 6 and goes to Aug. 28, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. While spots are filling, Chercnick said they still have room for kids. “The sooner you can get in, the better.”

The centre has also made paying for the summer programs easier. Parents are asked to pay for the first two weeks up front and then they can make two-week incremental payments, said Chernick.

“For ease of payment and to be accommodating to the parents,” she explained the reasining for the new payment practice.

The PYC is licenced by the province and Chernick said there are some government subsidies available.

From a programming perspective, Chernick is looking forward to getting kids to classic stops as well as new ones such as the Launchpad Trampoline Park, President’s Choice Cooking School and the Bowden Sun Maze. For the latter, Chernick said they intended to check out the sun maze last year but heavy rains changed that plan.

Tuesdays and Thursdays kids can expect to head out on a field trip while the other days will be spend in town at other fun spots.

Chernick feels the PYC offers kids a chance to develop positive relationships with their peers and staff are working behind the scenes to ensure another fun year.

“We’re just really excited for the summer to start,” said Chernick.

For more information or to sign up for specific days, contact the PYC at 403-783-3112.