By Mamta Lulla

Maybe you participated in Canada Day celebrations over the weekend but you just can’t get enough, because lets face it, you love Canada just as much as we do! If this is the case, head off to the Great Canadian Canada 150 play mob at Muir Lake Community Hall on July 5.

The red-and- white themed event for Canada’s 150th birthday brings back play mobs for this season hosted by Alberta Parenting for the Future Association (APFA).

Play Mobs started running since 2013 and the first play mob of the summer received funding from a grant, which means the association was able to offer more fun and activities, to make this a Canada 150th play mob.

The extra events in the play mob on July 5 include a petting zoo, a bouncy house, draw prizes and food and a cake to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

Play mobs are family oriented events that will help connect parents with other parents in the community. Are you thinking summer play dates yet?

Scheduled every summer, the outdoor events are a perfect opportunity for families to spend time together outside and learn to recreate similar activities even at home.

“You can recreate the activities at home with things you already have and you don’t have to buy equipment,” said APFA program manager Tiffany McRae.

Play mobs will remind you entertaining children throughout the summer is not that hard at all.

The events promote physical literacy by getting families outside and promoting nature-filled fun.

“Some of the activities include bubbles, skipping ropes, mini-Olympics, music and movement,” said McRae.

Play mobs will continue all summer long in Parkland County on Wednesdays and alternate between Spruce Grove and Stony Plain on Thursdays each week.

Wednesday mobs will start on July 5 kicking off the Play Mob season, followed by a play mob on July 12 at Wabamun Coal Diamond Sports Park, July 19 at Chicakoo Lake and Recreation Area, July 26 back in Wabamun, August 2 in Entwistle and August 9 at Constable Chelsey Robinson Day Use Park.

Thursday mobs offer a bit of surprise element because although the time of the event remains the same, the location is announced the morning of, on APFA Facebook page. This might be the perfect summer weekday adventure for some families who are packed and ready to go with sunscreen and water bottles.

“They wait and find out where they are headed and it’s become very popular,” said McRae.

Parents will also be able to find resource based information at the events and can ask questions about any developmental or behaviour issues as qualified staff members are on site to answer.

The events are hosted by APFA but are possible thanks to community donations and sponsorships. Many community resource organizations and agencies often to partner up with APFA to keep the popular summer long events going. To find out more about sponsorships contact APFA’s executive director Pamela Geddes at 780-963-0549.

All play mobs are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. throughout the summer. For more information visit APFA on Facebook.