KCDC is celebrating all things nature

Kamloops Child Development Centre (KCDC), a non-profit

Little Paxton West playing at Rainbow’s Roost. Submitted.

organization dedicated to providing inclusive, nature-based child-care programming and support to children and families with unique or typical developmental needs, will host two fundraising events in April.

April 1 from 10am – 3pm • Eggs-Ceptional Easter at Rainbow’s Roost

In keeping with the nature-based philosophy of the KCDC, families are invited to celebrate Easter Sunday at Rainbow Roost with staff and friends of our centre. This event at the spectacular Rainbow’s Roost Farm will start at 10 a.m. and feature everything from Easter egg hunts to pony rides to bunny bowling. When you’re tired from all the fun, head over to the fire pit and grab a hot dog to roast.

Rainbow’s Roost is a stunning 53-acre property on the North Thompson River just 20 minutes from Downtown Kamloops. Miniature horses Dainty and Bella are the highlight of the petting farm, but you will also see dwarf goats, bunnies, pigs, lambs and silky hens. There’s something for everyone.

Bring your family to our Eggs-Ceptional Easter event on Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children and available at the gate. This event is free for all adults. It’s all happening at Rainbow’s Roost farm at 6675 Westsyde Road

The 3rd Annual Dandelion Gala is set to take place on Saturday, April

KCDC students (l-r) Alexandra Parisot and Chloe Brunsgaard are looking forward to dressing up for Eggs-Ceptional Easter at Rainbow’s Roost. Submitted.

7 at 6 p.m. at The Dunes at Kamloops.

The evening will begin with an open-bar cocktail reception where guests will have a chance to mingle, bid in the silent auction or move over to the photo booth to express themselves and create some memories. The cocktail reception will be followed by dinner, a live auction and an evening of dancing to the captivating sounds of Stan Bailly DJ Services.

There is a worldwide movement to increase children’s experiences with nature and this is something that KCDC Director of Education Helen Blair is familiar with and which we are enhancing as we prepare to build a new natural playground at our North Shore location on Holway Street.

“This new playground is the space where our vision becomes a reality. It thrills me to watch children play outside. Disabilities disappear and there are just so many benefits to a child’s physical, social and emotional health,” Blair says.

Tickets are $45 and donations to our silent auction or sponsorship are welcome. We’re heading into the home stretch and plans are underway to start building our nature-based Forest Playground.  We’re counting on the funds raised at this gala to help us meet our goal and break ground in May!

For almost 50 years Kamloops Child Development Centre has been a haven for families seeking childcare. Our programs are inspired by nature and designed to connect children to the natural world through lessons plans and activities focusing on five major areas of growth – physical, cognitive, emotional/social, language and sensory/motor. Active natural play with balanced nutritional meals and snacks is a strong priority.

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with KamloopsParents.com simply email jodi@kamloopsparents.com and we can chat!

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