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Queen's Human Resources
Activities for Children
Big Brothers Big Sisters Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides caring adult support to children in need. The concept of a "one to one" relationship is still at the heart of our Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. Demand from the community to meet the broader needs of the children and their families from single parent homes has created a diverse situation. Today we offer Traditional Big Brother and Big Sister Matching program, In School Mentoring, Couples Matching, and a Go Girls Program. We are proud of our achievements and continue to strirve to be on the leading edge of the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement in Canada. We believe that EVERY CHILD WHO NEEDS A MENTOR, HAS A MENTOR.
Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area
The Boys and Girls Club is a non-profit organization for youth ages 4 - 18. They run after-school and evening recreational programs at the Clubhouse in the Robert Meek Youth Centre as well as in schools and community halls. Activities such as arts and crafts, games, reading circles, and a variety of indoor sports are offered. The programs focus on providing a safe and comfortable environment for children to participate in social and recreational programming. A supper program is offered through the week at the clubhouse loacation. Monthly dances for young people are also run during the school year. The fee to join is $10.00 per month. The Clubhouse is open Mondays-Fridays from 3:00 - 8:00p.m. Outreach hours usually run Monday - Friday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at various locations. They also run numerous summer camps.
Helen Tufts Tutorial/Friendship Program
This program attempts to meet the academic and/or social needs of children ages 6-12 from disadvantaged families. Children spend time on a one-to-one basis with a volunteer Queen's student. The program runs from late September to the end of March and transportation is provided for the children if necessary. There is no charge to parents as the program is implemented entirely by volunteers. Children can be referred by schools or social agencies. Sessions held Mon & Thu 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. at Sydenham St. United Church and First Baptist Church. Children only attend one of these four groups.
Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre
50 Hickson Avenue
The Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre, is an information centre that offers a wide range of culturally relevant programs, services, and events to the Aboriginal People of the Kingston area. The centre provides a link between on and off reserve Native populations. Programs include Healing and Wellness, Life-Long Care, Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Prenatal Nutrition, Akew: go program (ages 7 to 13), Children's Programming (Ages 0-6 years) and an Aboriginal Mental Health Program. Holds various socials, and cultural events and ceremonies. For more information, please contact the centre.
Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL)
Phone: 613-549-8888 (Central Branch)
130 Johnson Street
The library has a variety of materials designed for children and teens: books, magazines, DVDs, cassettes, and compact discs. They also have a large collection of books about parenting. The library offers programming throughout the year. Stories, music, puppet shows, films and crafts are often part of these programs. Information about the library and its services can be found at the KFPL website.
Playtrium is Kingston’s unique indoor family activity centre with multi-level climbing structures, arcade games, and family/child related programs - offering stimulating play for children of all ages. Playtrium offers an amazing indoor venue for your family and a great way for children of all ages and abilities to have some fun and get some exercise.
Whether visiting with a group or with family and friends, also consider a little ‘fuel for fun’. Our in-house restaurant, “Grubbies”, offers great family food at affordable prices, promoting healthy snacks and daily meal specials. Playtrium offers an array of programs, camps, and services. Call for details.
Programs for Youths and Children
The City Recreation and Leisure Services Department provides special programs for children and youth. Our staff are fully qualified to instruct and entertain your children in safe, exciting programs where they'll have a chance to learn, laugh, run, create, make new friends and/or just have fun!
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