Fun activities for grandparents and grandchildren

Columnist Marian Gillard will present activity options for grandparents and their grandchildren

Elizabeth Floyd recommends gymnastics for all ages.

This is the first in a series of articles addressed to local grandparents who want to find interesting activities to do with their grandchildren during the summer months.

I met with Elizabeth Floyd who is the Director of QTGC and has been involved for the past 10 years.

The Club operates 12 months of the year and has at present between 400 and 450 members from age five to seniors. Yes, all can participate in their programs. The Summer Program starts on July 11 and runs every week till Aug. 19. There is a choice of attending half or full days each week day. Grandparents can also just let the children attend in a drop-in basis any day of camp. This is for ages 5-12. There are structured and non-structured gymnastics lessons and crafts. There are also lessons on trampoline safety. There will be at least two certified coaches at all times. During Billy Barker Days there is a Kid’s Day and QTGC will  be there. Bring your children for a mini gymnastics lesson. Register by July 1 and save $20.

Elizabeth wants to promote active living for all ages and she teaches fun in sport. Her philosophy of Gymnastics is, “it is a foundation for human movement. It teaches children to maximize their body’s abilities to help in all areas of life, such as self-discipline, perseverance, goal setting and exceeding expectations  – the “WOW I can do this” factor.”

There are two streams of  Gymnastics – recreational and competitive. Our children are doing very well in both streams. In B.C. we use the Junior Olympic Program with level 1-10. QTCG has competitive athletes in levels 1-8. The costs to join the program are comparable with other sports.

www.quesnelgymnastics.cannWatch this column for more summer fun ideas for your grandchildren.

Marian Gillard is a seniors advocate and regular Observer contributor.

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