Fall fun is returning to Lynn Valley Oct. 13! Lynn Valley Elementary School and Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool will be hosting their pumpkin patches to kick off the fall season.
Pint-sized pumpkin hunters
The annual fundraiser for LVPPP creates the perfect fall fair for younger children. With everything from crafts and cookie decorating to pumpkins, a toddler-friendly ‘haunted’ house and much more, it’s one of the only activities all year just for young children.
“We are a preschool and want to give something back to the community for the little kids,” said Sarah Watson, PR and marketing for LVPPP. “We have spooky science experiments, a family photobooth, face painting, apple catching – there is so much to do!”
A family favourite is also back this year: children and adults alike have a chance to meet the snakes and reptiles of the Westcoast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles.
This year the funds raised will be dedicated to building a gazebo on the grounds of the preschool.
“Our school is outside rain or shine,” said Watson. “I know with my kids, they are happier out there. Our wonderful teacher always says there is no bad weather. They bring all the supplies the kids need to learn outside. But there is currently no dry space out back for snacks or story time.”
The event is also a great time to see what LVPPP is about, said Watson. Its play-based learning style, its outdoor space and its amazing indoor facility is all on display throughout the event.
This year’s Great Pumpkin Patch is Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3220 Mountain Hwy. The cost is $15 and includes the whole family’s entrance fee, all activities and crafts plus a pumpkin to take home. For more details visit lvppp.org.
Lynn Valley Elementary Pumpkin Patch
Also opening its doors Oct. 13 Lynn Valley Elementary is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch. The entire community is welcomed to carnival games, bouncy castles, bake sale, community BBQ and much more.
“Lynn Valley is a community place,” said Kyla Shore, president of the Lynn Valley Elementary Parent Advisory Council. “Whether is coming together after something horrific like last spring’s fire or something fun like Lynn Valley days. This is our chance to welcome the community and have some fun.”
The fall fair is the school largest fundraiser of the year.
“We have great support from the community sponsors like the Lynn Valley Lions, Mosaic, Hasler Homes, Save-on Foods, Green Coast Rubbish, VPG, Heritage Office Furnishings, Longlife Windows, LynnValleyLife, Miura Property Services – their donations help cover the costs of the event and all the money raised goes directly to the kids,” said Shore.
Besides bringing the community into the school, as a parent Shore really appreciates how the events builds up the students.
“The older kids love being there and volunteering,” she said. “They don’t have to do it but they are there by choice. It helps them feel important and gives them a chance to be leaders.”
This year all the favourites are back: the Lynn Valley Lions cook shack, inflatable bouncers and wipe-out, carnival games, the mystery key box and more Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, to sponsor or volunteer visit the LVE PAC website.