March Break

Fort Malden National Historic Site welcomes March Break campers

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Youth from around the area converged on Amherstburg last week to learn a bit about the town’s history.

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada held its annual March Break day camp From March 12-16 with a variety of different activities, most of which were historically-themed, presented.

“It’s been good,” reported interpretation officer Alex Dale. “For most of the days, we’ve had 15 or so kids and lots of activities.”

Holly Lucier from Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada explains what they will be making in the cookhouse to a group of children.

The week featured scavenger hunts, crafts, making food in the cookhouse and other hands-on activities for children. There were also movies played for the children.

“It’s been fun,” said Dale.

Dale stated it was the third consecutive year for the current format, which saw children stay all day at Fort Malden. The activities were held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The children were from around the area, not just Amherstburg, said Dale. He said Fort Malden National Historic Site’s Facebook site got the word out with some of the students being returnees from previous years. Some came from as far as Niagara Falls and Orangeville, said Dale, as they were in the area visiting grandparents for March Break.

“I think it’s been a lot of fun,” said Dale. “We’ve done (the March Break program) in so many different ways.”

Fort Malden won’t officially open for the season until May 19, though, when it will reveal its newest exhibit, titled “The British Wore Red?”  According to Parks Canada, the exhibit will feature a timeline of military uniforms, clothing and artifacts from Fort Malden’s history.

Amelie Kinnish breaks an egg and puts it in a bowl with the help of Holly Lucier March 15 at Fort Malden National Historic Site’s March Break camp.

There will also be the first-ever Escape Room Festival June 16. Local escape room companies will bring numerous timed puzzles to Fort Malden with different themes. That event will also include live entertainment, food and beverages.

On July 1, Fort Malden will host the annual Canada Day event in conjunction with the Town of Amherstburg.  As in years past, the event will feature “cool activities and entertainment” and will end with a fireworks display along the Detroit River.

More information and a list of special events can be found on the Town of Amherstburg’s website at www.amherstburg.ca or Parks Canada’s Fort Malden page at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortmalden.

Fort Malden’s Facebook site is www.facebook.com/FortMaldenNHS.

 

—With files from Jonathan Martin

2018 will be busy at Fort Malden National Historic Site

By Jonathan Martin

 

Fort Malden National Historic Site is marching into a busy season.

The park will host a variety of programs, including Windsor-Essex County’s first ever escape room festival.

The festival is set for June 16.  Local escape room companies will bring 7-9 of their timed puzzles to the fort, complete with “varying themes.”  The fort itself will design and execute an additional two it has titled “Escape the Barracks” and “Escape the Marquee.”  The event is set to include live entertainment, food and drinks.

More immediately, from Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, Fort Malden will run a March break day camp for youth.

March Break programming is underway at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada.
(Submitted photo)

According to Parks Canada public relations officer Rae Kingdon, the activities included in the camp will range from crafts to hands-on cooking in the Fort’s 1840s-era cookhouse.  Kids will take part in both indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts and be introduced to period games.  The camp targets youths aged 6-12.

The camp participation fee is $24.50 per participant, per day.  Kids can take part in one day or all five.  The programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To register, participants must call 519-736-5416 or e-mail ont.fort-malden@pc.gc.ca

Fort Malden won’t officially open for the season until May 19, though, when it will reveal its newest exhibit, titled “The British Wore Red?”  According to Parks Canada, the exhibit will feature a timeline of military uniforms, clothing and artifacts from Fort Malden’s history.

On July 1, Fort Malden will host the annual Canada Day event in conjunction with the Town of Amherstburg.  As in years past, the event will feature “cool activities and entertainment” and will end with a fireworks display along the Detroit River.

More information and a list of special events can be found on the Town of Amherstburg’s website at www.amherstburg.ca or Parks Canada’s Fort Malden page at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortmalden.

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.

Fort Malden’s March Break program branded as a success

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The March Break program at Fort Malden National Historic Site is being labeled as a success this year.

Alex Dale, interpretive officer at Fort Malden, noted there were “really good numbers” for this year’s program.

“The weather turned out beautifully,” he stated. “All the kids had a really good time.”

Fort Malden interpretive officer Alex Dale (left) marches his "troops" around the parade square during the March Break program. (Submitted photo)

Fort Malden interpretive officer Alex Dale (left) marches his “troops” around the parade square during the March Break program. (Submitted photo)

The hands-on history component proved to be a drawing card, with Dale noting there were such activities as a scavenger hunt, crafts, games, and cooking.

Sandra Kozij, who had one of her two children in the program, was thrilled on how it was presented.

“It was amazing,” said Kozij. “Alex Dale is the perfect guy for the job. He was always happy, always involved.”

Kozij praised the entire team at Fort Malden for the week.

“They were just fantastic,” she said. “They were well educated. It was so informative.”

Stating “the history was rich,” Kozij added the March Break program presented live history and gave great insight into the past. She believed schools from in and around the area should use Fort Malden as part of their history curriculum.

“All schools should be going there,” she said.

The March Break program also gave children a chance to learn through doing, a method she endorsed.