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Family Beach Blast returning to Genesis Place

While it doesn’t look like summer outside yet, the City of Airdrie is hoping you can pretend you’re on a sunny beach, regardless, at the second annual Family Beach Blast (FBB), to be held March 22 at Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
Let’s pretend
It’s not summer yet, but you can pretend it is at Genesis Place Recreation Centre’s second annual Family Beach Blast March 22.

While it doesn’t look like summer outside yet, the City of Airdrie is hoping you can pretend you’re on a sunny beach, regardless, at the second annual Family Beach Blast (FBB), to be held March 22 at Genesis Place Recreation Centre. “I think everyone is a little tired of winter, so we wanted to offer the opportunity to put your shorts on, think summer thoughts and just hurry spring along a little bit,” said Bobbi Thomas, the facility’s preschool, children’s and music programmer. The event will feature several family-fun activities throughout the recreation centre from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the activities older children may find interesting might include competitive dodge ball and basketball. For younger children, the event offers an obstacle course and glow-in-the-dark dancing. According to Thomas, FBB is an opportunity for families to beat the winter blues and enjoy all Genesis Place has to offer – at a discounted rate. “It’s only $10 for families, or if you have a family pass, there is no charge,” she said “We’ll have activities for all ages, the gym, the dance studio [and] some crafts in the multipurpose room. Plus, the pool will be open, as well, for families.” A family drop-in day pass to Genesis Place would typically cost $23.55, Thomas added, meaning FBB is not just a fun activity for local families, but also affordable. The annual initiative started last year, according to Thomas, with approximately 200 people attending. “We do three [special promo events] every year,” she said. “We do the Family Beach Blast, the Halloween Howler, and we also did a Winter Wonderland [in December 2018].” Thomas said events like FBB are a way for Genesis Place to engage with the community in a fun, family-friendly way. “There’s a lot of different things they can do here at Genesis Place, and it’s an opportunity for them to come and spend an evening as a family doing some fun activities,” she said. Going with the summery theme, attendees are encouraged to don their best beach outfits.