Fort Malden gives kids blast from the past during March Break

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Fort Malden National Historic Site anticipates being busy this summer for the Canada 150 celebrations but area children got a taste of history last week.

Fort Malden held its annual March Break camp with children being able to spend each day learning a little bit about War of 1812 history while having a little fun at the same time.

Fort Malden staff and volunteers help a group of children with a clue during their time in the “escape room” Thursday in the barracks.

Fort Malden staff and volunteers help a group of children with a clue during their time in the “escape room” Thursday in the barracks.

“It’s a great turnout today,” interpretive officer Alex Dale said last Thursday morning. “The kids are having fun.”

Dale oversees the March Break program at Fort Malden and said the kids were busy with an escape room, trying their hand in the cookhouse, building forts, playing games and doing a variety of activities.

Snow and cold held attendance down the first part of the week but the children came out when the weather improved later in the week. Dale joked that there were plans to build snow forts with the kids but that idea was scuttled when the weather started to warm up and the snow started to melt.

Matthew Chao dumps sugar into a mixing bowl under the supervision of Fort Malden’s Alex Dale (left) as part of a cookie-making exercise last Thursday.

Matthew Chao dumps sugar into a mixing bowl under the supervision of Fort Malden’s Alex Dale (left) as part of a cookie-making exercise last Thursday.

Fort Malden National Historic Site officially opens for the season May 20. For more information on Fort Malden or its programs, visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/malden/visit.aspx.

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