Frost Fest has something for all ages, from seniors to kids

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Who knows what the weather will be mid-February, but one thing is for sure;there will be lots of Frost Fest events to choose from. Events range from sledge hockey to meditation to a fun run.

This annual event kicks off on February 10 with the Family Carnival and ends with Frolic in the Park on Family Day, February 19.

Various organizations and businesses run activities as part of the 10-day event. The town organizes a few of the events, organizes the schedule, and helps promote all of the events.

The two big town events mentioned above are geared toward young children, says Laura Grottoli, program coordinator for the Town of Slave Lake. In between, there is fun for all ages.

Children
Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake performs at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 10 at the Family Carnival in the Multi Rec Centre (MRC) fieldhouse. The carnival has blowup carnival games, mazes, and other fun. It costs $3 per participating person. It runs until 4 p.m.

On Feb. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., Frosting on Frost Fest is a free cookie decorating event at the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library. Other events include a Winter Storytime and Scavenger Hunt (Feb. 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and Snow Much Fun Outdoors (on Friday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to noon). All library events are free.

Throughout the week, Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake has several free dance classes. The first is preschool ballet/jazz on Monday, Feb. 12 at 5:15 p.m. The second is Dance Fit+ for all ages on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. These have limited spots available. To register, contact the studio at 780-849-4566 or dancinkidsslavelake@gmail.com.

On Tuesday, February 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wonderland Indoor Playground has a free drop-in. To register, call 780-849-6264.

On Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, Play Zone for children is free in the MRC fieldhouse.

On February 17 from noon to 3 p.m., the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation is holding a Super No Snow Day.

“We couldn’t guarantee that we could do snowshoeing or cross country skiing due to the warm weather and lack of snow,” says Patti Campsall, executive director of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. “At this point, we can’t do skiing at all out here unless we get a lot more snow, but kids may be able to play around on snowshoes. We will have lots of outdoor fun and snow-themed activities. If the snow won’t come to us, we will go to the snow.”

Events include snowshoe obstacle course, snowflake bingo, snowflake crafts, fire pit with hot dogs and marshmallows, snow sculpture fun (depending on the quality of snow), snow scavenger hunts, and snow painting.

Frost Fest wraps up with Frolic in the Park at Schurter Park on Monday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event includes train rides, toy mountain (kids dig for and get to keep toys), hot chocolate, fire pits and marshmallows to roast.

Accessible
On Feb. 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., people from kids to adults can try sledge hockey at the MRC for free. Participants need to bring a helmet and hockey gloves. Full equipment is recommended.

Sherry Gole, whose son Myles has a disability, has been trying to get sledge hockey going in Slave Lake for a while. She has all of the equipment. During Frost Fest, she’s partnered with the town to offer a free time for people to try it.

Anyone can play, says Grottoli. You don’t need to be disabled. The goal is to let people try this sport.

Family and all ages
On Sunday, February 11 starting at 11 a.m., KidSport has a family fun run fundraiser. It starts at Schurter Park. The cost is $25 for adult, $15 for child. Registration is on www.raceroster.com, search Slave Lake and it pops up. People can also bring exact change on the day.

On Sunday, February 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., the Slave Lake Curling Association has time for families to learn to curl for free. Registration is required. Go to www.slavelakecurling.com to register.

On Monday, February 12 starting at 5:30 p.m., East Shore Athletics has a free drop-in exercise class for families.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m., the curling club has a free Hit-Tap-Draw competition for all ages. Register at the above website.

On Sunday, February 18 the MRC fieldhouse has two free family sport events. Family Multi-Sport is from 10 a.m. to noon. Family Learn to Play Pickleball (suggested age 10+) is from 1 to 3 p.m.

A free matinee of Wonka is at Rex Theatre on Sunday, February 18 starting at 2 p.m. This is first come, first served.

Teens
On Monday, Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Town of Slave Lake has a YES (Youth Event Slave Lake) pool party at Northern Lights Aquatic Centre. This is for ages 11 to 17. Space is limited for this free event. To register, call 780-849-8028 or go to www.slavelake.ca.

Not specifically for teens, the free silks dance classes at Dancin’ Kids is for ages 10 and older. It is Tuesday, February 13 starting at 3:45 p.m.

On Friday, February 16, Toonie Drop-In Night at Byte Hub is for all ages, but might be of interest to teens. It is from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Byte Hub on Main St. This is a $2 drop-in fee per person for games and $2 off video games.

Seniors
Vanderwell Lodge and the Slave Lake Pioneer Drop-in Centre have partnered on two other events for seniors. A free floor curling tournament is on Tuesday, February 13 from 10 a.m. at the Slave Lake Pioneer Drop-in Centre. On Friday, February 16 starting at 2 p.m. there is a cribbage tournament at Vanderwell. This is open to adults, but mostly seniors attend. It costs $3 per person.

Adults and 16+
On Feb. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m., adults can learn to curl at the Slave Lake Curling Club. Register the same as the family one.

Free Zumba is on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. To register contact j.tanasiuk@gmail.com.

On Thursday, Feb. 15 people have a choice between an exercise class and mindfulness workshop.

On Feb. 15 starting at 5:15 p.m., CC Fitness has a Low Impact Fusion Class. This costs $5. To register, email cleocfitness@outlook.com.

The Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop is on Feb. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Legacy Centre. Please bring a food bank donation. To register, call 780-849-8028 or go to www.slavelake.ca.

On Friday. February 16, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Learn How to Bead (16+) is in the lobby of the MRC. It is free. Registration is recommended. To register, call 780-849-8028.

On Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there is a free Ladies Clothing Swap in the MRC lobby. That same day from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., people can stop by the Slave Lake Library to listen to Hilda Lambert and Rosemarie Boucher tell a bit of their life story at the Human Library. Tea and coffee are provided at this free event. It usually starts on time, so please come a few minutes early if you can.

Valentine’s Day
Mid-week, falls on Valentine’s Day. Starting at 10 a.m., people can call Vanderwell Heritage Place (780-849-2927) to order a candygram for a senior. Parents and kids will deliver them as part of the Cupid’s Little Helpers- Senior Candygram Delivery.

“This is an event where parents and children from our community will come hand out candygrams to our seniors,” says Kali Krawec, Vanderwell Lodge’s business communications manager.

The goal is to get some inter-generational interaction, says Grottoli.

In the evening, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., adults can take their Valentine or ‘galentine’ to a Paint’ N’ Sip. Ernestine Brown from the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council will guide participants through a painting at the Legacy Centre. People also get one drink token at the Elks bar as part of the event. It costs, $70 for two people. To register go to www.slavelake.ca or call 780-849-8028.

The complete list of the events is on the Calendar of Events on www.lakesideleader.com and printed schedules are at the Multi Rec Centre and other places.

Frost Fest ‘train’ ride at the 2023 event.

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