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SECA Plays - March 2020

We're connecting families through play.

We want to know what you think.
Help SECA to better support families by providing feedback. Your responses will inform future programing.
- volunteer for a parent interview by emailing The interview can be conducted by phone or in person. 

- complete a 5 minute parent survey 

No matter in which community you reside, or whether you have participated in SECA programming or not, your opinions are important to us!

This research is being coordinated by Laura Alwast, our 3rd year practicum student from Mount Royal University. 

Thank you!
Try a program for free.

If you like it we ask that you contribute to the sustainability of the programs.

Residents: purchase an annual SECA membership ($20) online.

Non-residents: Annual Program Passes ($20) by e-transfer to or by cheque. 

More info via
Saturday, March 7

Winter Adventure Play - March 7

This session will be partly snow play and partly loose parts play with the kids adding the magic, their curiosity and creativity. 

- For 3 to 10 year olds with a parent. 
- Park at 1611 Evergreen Drive SW
- 1:00 to 3:00 PM

- Drop in - no need to register.
- Bring your friends! 

- Info via 

Save the Date:  our next Adventure Play - Sunday April 5 - 1 to 3 PM
"Loose parts engage children’s natural creativity and encourage them to invent, problem solve, and construct the world around them. Natural environments like forests provide significantly more loose parts than man-made structures, and a simple stick, as mentioned above, offers limitless possibilities." (from 

Outdoor Survival Series  - March 7 

This program is delivered by Melissa Pearce of Rediscover Play and as you can see from the photo taken last session, kids love the program!
- For 9 to 12 year olds (without parents) 
- 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Saturday March 7 - Fire starting + Shelters
Saturday April 25 - Theme to be determined by the March 7 group. 

Registration required via 
"Despite all the digital distractions and modern conveniences today’s children grow up with, they are still fascinated by learning basic survival skills like how to light a fire. This activity builds trust among a group, demonstrates to students that you believe they are capable and trustworthy and can transform a group of rowdy kids into a quiet, focused, patient tribe." (Shelagh Pyper, Educator, Consultant) 
Saturday, March 14
Families in Nature - March 14

Join Alex of Urban Wild for her Families in Nature program to: 
Engage your family in nature.
Connect families to seasonal change, animal activities and local plants.
Build family capacity to explore the outdoors together. 
Support family connection and well-being.
Inspire curiosity for the natural world.
Nurture future stewards of the Earth.

- For 3 to 6 year olds
- 10:00 -11:30 AM
Saturdays - March 14, April 4, May 9

Registration for individual sessions is required via

We start our adventure at Shannon Terrace - on the other side of Fish Creek Park.
During the ring road construction, best route is likely via MacLeod Trail
At the February 29 session,  the Urban Wild group learned about animals with antlers and animals with horns. Then the children explored on their own before we roasted cinnamon spiced apples in foil packets on the fire. Delicious!
Community Campfire 

Saturday, March 14
4 to 6 pm

Shawnee Drive Park (tennis courts)
Gather around our campfire to feel
the warmth of the flames and
the fellowship of neighbours. 
All ages are welcome. 

We'll provide the hot chocolate and all the fix'ins for Smors. We'll also roast apples with cinnamon too. Yum!
  • Please bring lawn chairs, roasting sticks (if you have them) and a cup. 
  • Please RSVP via our FaceBook page  so we can be sure to bring enough hot chocolate! 
  • Extreme cold, rain or wind will cancel the event - watch our webpage and our FaceBook page for updates.
For the latest updates from SECA Plays join our FaceBook Group 

Are you playful and want to help sustain this programming?
We'd love a bit of help from time to time.
Please contact us at the play address below. Thanks! 

Please share this newsletter with friends who may enjoy this programming. 
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