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Cool things for Kids to do.

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Clare Ogilvie

Whistler was made for kids in the summer.

There are lakes to swim in, mountains to climb, trails to explore by bike and on foot, a skateboard park and even a glacier to ski on.

Those are the things you know the kids can get up to just by looking out the window.

But there are also a host of other activities to expand the mind, introduce new information and skills, and encourage the pursuit of fun and adventure, both in Whistler and beyond, for the under 12’s.

There are camps for kids through the Spring Creek Children’s Centre and the Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Pre-schoolers, locals and visitors, can take part in camps at the children’s centre which focus on outdoor adventure and learning through creative play and arts and crafts.

Parents can sign up weekly from July 11 until the end of August for the Crickets Program, which caters to under four-year-olds, and runs every Tuesday and Thursday.

It costs $40 a week.

The longer you book for each camp the cheaper it gets.

The senior preschool camp, which operates on Mondays and Wednesdays, runs until the end of July and caters to four-year-olds. It costs $50 a week.

For more information on both programs call 604-904-1001.

The reading club at the public library is back. It starts this week and runs every Wednesday.

It caters to a couple of different age groups: three to five year-olds and six to nine year-olds.

The pre-schoolers club runs from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday until August 20 and the older group can either go on Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Many fun themes are covered, including puppet pageantry, costume parties and circus clowns.

Next door at the Whistler Museum kids can enjoy two more fun filled Sunday sessions.

On July 27 children aged 5 and up can learn about Owls – a popular topic thanks to the popularity of the Harry Potter fantasy novels in which owls provide the main mail service for witches and wizards.

Kids will learn about the owls in the local forests and find out why they can fly so silently.

And they will get to make their own periscope for birding.

Pre-registration is recommended for the session, which runs at the museum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

You can call 604 932 2019 or email info@whistlermuseum.org .

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