Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.
Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.
Members of five families gathered at the Luskville Library on Monday March 19 to play games, sing songs and explore the fun and colour of spring. The playgroups are facilitated by the Table de développement social de Pontiac (TDSP), based in Campbell's Bay and funded by Avenir d'Enfants, which serves the entire MRC Pontiac, plus the Municipality of Pontiac.
The Luskville playgroup presents bilingual events and activities three times per month, both at the library and the Community Centre.
The free playgroups are flexible and forgiving. "You don't have to be here on time and you don't have to call to reserve a place," reassures animator Lisa Corrigan. "We always provide a snack for each child, plus a little surprise to take home."
Moms and young ones enjoy some mat time.
"There is no 'downtown' to Luskville so this [playgroup] is a great place for parents to talk to other adults and let kids meet each other," Corrigan said. "It's quite possible these children will grow up to go to school together. I've seen a lot of friendships start at playgroups, for both kids and parents."
Face painting and egg decorating? Mondays can't get better than this.
The mission of the Table de développment social du Pontiac Comité 0-5 ans is to "favour development of the 0-5 years olds within our territory .... to experience successful integration into school, [while] taking into account individuality at developmental levels". Comité 0-5 projects include projects which encourage language stimulation and offer support for home daycare providers, breastfeeding mothers and parents learning French.
Find out more about the playgroups and other services offered by the TDSP across the Pontiac region at Facebook.com/05pontiac or by contacting
Lisa Corrigan at 819 648 2825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org