Last Minute Plans: 3 Things to Do Before the Kids go Back to School

It’s hard to believe that it is over halfway through August, and that we are staring down the end of summer. Whether you have had a jam-packed last few weeks or feel like you haven’t quite done enough and want to get in that one last activity, here are three things to do before the summer holidays officially come to a close.

Visit the Library

There is lots going on at the Collingwood Public Library for the remainder of August and you can take in everything from knitting and painting vases, to yoga, chess, and learning how to code.  Here are some special events you don’t want to miss:

Writing Workshop

Give the kids a head start on writing for school, by attending a writing workshop with Brian Henry.  Coming in to educate attendees on book publishing, how to be a better writer, sending pitches, and more. Henry will be joined by guest speaker, literary agent Paige Sisley who will discuss being in a publishing agency and how aspiring writers can get into the market. A daylong event, from 10-4 on August 18th, be sure to visit the website to learn more and book your place.

Essential Oils Workshop

Learn how to use aromatherapy to help with concentration, focus and to improve mental alertness.  Aromatouch Therapy certified practitioners, Edna Redmond and Linda Teeter will show you how from 10:30am to noon on August 25th.

Harry Potter Day

Also taking place on August 25th, at the Meaford Library, Harry Potter Day is must add to the calendar for fids who are fans of the magical wizardry. A fundraiser for the library, the library will transform into Hogwarts, and everyone is welcome to don their wizard costumes, grab their magic wands, and come pay a visit.

Village Vibe

Blue mountain’s Village Vibe, on August 18th and 19th, let’s you take in the best of the village before the summer ends.  Hit the streets and enjoy a Scavenger hunt or a magic show, and take advantage of one of the many live music gigs happening from 3pm until late. Kids can participate in story time by the pond, take ukulele lessons, or join up with Mom and Dad on a morning hike led by Columbia. Be sure to check out the schedule to find out when your favourite events are happening!

Outdoor Adventure

Make the most of the sunny Saturdays left in August and join in on Outdoor Adventure held every Saturday (weather permitting) by the Collingwood Youth Centre. Open to youth age 7-18 and parents, check out the website to see what is on offer each week as well as details for meet-up time and location.

Summer may be on the downward trajectory towards the end, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots to still enjoy and take advantage of.  Make the last few weekends count as you get outside, get involved in the community, and learn something new in the process.