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City offers FREE activities for National Youth Week

April 28, 2016 -

To celebrate National Youth Week, May 1 to 7, the City of Kingston and its community partners are offering an exciting roster of events and activities aimed at young people aged 13 to 24.

On April 7, Kingston was recognized as a Youth-Friendly Community by Parks and Recreation Ontario  – this designation goes to communities that actively support and provide opportunities for growth and development of youth through play.

See the full list of activities at www.CityofKingston.ca/YouthWeek.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Motion with Council – a chance to meet local politicians, try new games, activities and the bouldering wall at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2.
  • Improbable Escapes presents "Escape City Hall" – a challenging escape room game at City Hall on Saturday, May 7. Drop-in between 1 and 3 p.m. to test your wits and knowledge of Kingston. It's free, but space and times are limited. First-come = first served. Organized in partnership with the Y2K Youth Strategy Collective.
  • The Juvenis Festival – a downtown youth arts festival – runs from May 1 to 8 (see www.juvenisfestival.ca/)
  • Free youth programming at Boys and Girls Club all week long (see www.bgckingston.ca/youth.html)

Also try: the Fitness Centre or skating at the INVISTA Centre; Open Gym, kickboxing, swimming or Tai Chi at Artillery Park; or the Belle Park driving range (get a free bucket of balls on Saturday, May 7).

Participants may need to show proof-of-age or fill out a form to gain free or discounted admission to some events.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.