Updated: Dec 8, 2022
COURTNEY McCLURE, The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Get ready to pull Santa’s sleigh with the Uxbridge Public Library’s Reindeer Bootcamp!
Bootcamp starts on December 13th, at 10:30 a.m., ending at 11:30 a.m. This program is for children ages two and a half and older.
Cathy Reesor, library assistant for the Uxbridge Public Library, told The Standard, during Reindeer Bootcamp the kids will pretend to be reindeer, training themselves so they can pull Santa’s sleigh.
At the start of the activity, participants will make reindeer antlers for themselves. Ms. Reesor said this will help them feel like a true reindeer.
Although there are many activities planned for the morning, one activity involves pulling books. It is designed to help the “reindeer” prepare themselves for Christmas night, so they can pull Santa’s sleigh.
Another activity involves testing the children’s agility, making sure they are agile enough for the make-believe task.
Ms. Reesor explained, many of the games involve movement, so the Reindeer Bootcamp is a great way to keep kids active, especially during the cold weather. They can also practice tossing bean bags into a container; this will help prep them for distributing presents into chimneys.
She also said, they will be reading a few Christmas-themed books, along with singing Christmas carols. Listening to these stories will teach the children how to sit quietly and listen to the reader.
Overall, the Reindeer Bootcamp will help them meet new friends and socialize with other children in the community.
Currently, the program has eight participants and they are accepting 10 altogether.
Reindeer Bootcamp is nearly at capacity and will likely be filled well before December 13th, but there are plenty of other activities happening at the library, for kids and families to enjoy, during the holiday season.
For about three weeks in December, the library will be hosting three different holiday crafts, which visitors can drop into, to complete. The crafts start on December 5th.
For more information about future holiday events, visit the library’s website, at uxlib.com or give them a call, at 905-852-9747.
The library is also a drop-off location for the Uxbridge Cares program. Uxbridge Cares is a local initiative created for the holiday season to help families in need. To learn more, please check out their Facebook under their display name, Uxbridge Cares.