Fab free family fun monthly, May through September

›› Marianne Unger

Mark your calendars for Play Streets on Camosun Street. The last Sunday ­afternoon of every month 12:30pm to 3:00pm, May through September, the 1600 block of Camosun Street will be closed to cars and open to PLAY.

Play Streets on Camosun is a ­recurring block party for all Fernwoodians. We started it two years ago by closing off the street to cars once a month so the kids (and adults!) could run around freely and play. We set out games; folks would bring guitars and we’d sing together. And then it grew. Last year we had a DIY day of making and repair cafes, a costume party, explored a fire truck, and together we built a beautiful boulevard pollinator garden for Indigenous bees. This year we’ll keep the crowd ­favourites (pollinator gardens! fire truck!), and have even more planned for you:

May 28 :: Pollinator love
Make a mini-meadow with Yarrow ­Collective. Learn to identify Indigenous plants and bees as we create a petite pollinator habitat.

June 25 :: Keeping things out of the landfill day
Repair cafes, a makers space, a garage sale, and free stuff.

July 30 :: Cool Trucks and Pop-up ­theatre with Theatre SKAM
Victoria Fire Fighters will bring a fire truck to Camosun Street for us to explore. Also, some great music and a show by Theatre SKAM.

August 27 :: Home Ec
Household food security: learn about preserving food, window-sill herbs, ­sprouting, making cheap and healthy meals, fermenting food, worm ­composting, accessible bulk buying, and more.

September 24 :: Stone soup and S’mores around the fire
Make a big pot of soup together and then share it. Say our goodbyes to summer, give our gratitude, and welcome in the fall.

Come to the Farm Stand at 1619 Camosun Street, Thursdays to Saturdays, for more information.