On Oct. 22, parents in the Drumheller region got to bring their kids to the Badlands Community Facility for the first day of this year's Indoor Family Free Play. The 23-week long event is hosted by the Drumheller & Area Early Childhood Development Coalition (DECD) and this year the group has a new sponsor.
"The Town of Drumheller donates one hour of the use of the field house for our indoor free play and the Rotary Club helps us by covering the cost of the second hour," explained Diana Rowe, DECD Chair. "[The Rotary Club] is a new sponsor and we're really grateful for that."
The supersized fourth season was kicked-off on Sunday with a special guest.
"We hosted a special event to kick off things this year," said Rowe. "We had Jen come and she did 'Bend with Jen' and they just loved it."
The word "free" refers not only to the cost of the event, but also to the activities themselves.
"It's free play. So, the children lead the play. We don't have any organized programming. We put all kinds of equipment and balls and things for them to play with and then you turn the kids loose in the field house and you play with them."
Rowe said the program is great to find out what kids like to do -- maybe they like tossing a ball, or maybe they want to learn how to bounce a ball.
Indoor Free Play is held weekly on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.