IRCOM offers programming for children ages 6-12 five times a week (from 4pm to 6pm) aimed at helping newcomer children integrate positively into their community in Winnipeg.There is a different activity every day of the week. Some of the activities include:
- Variety Program: outings such as bowling, roller skating, cinema, Sky zone, children’s museum, Manitoba museum, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Zoo, BBQs in Assiniboine park, swimming, and much more. Variety programs include a mix of all of the children’s favourite activities, culturally relevant activities and outreach to neighbouring communities and agencies’ programs.
- Family Program: parents and their children come together. Families meet new friends, learn new rhymes and share their own rhymes in their first language. Families complete the program after they have made a special book of photos and stories together.
- Arts and Crafts: a great opportunity for kids to let their creative sides out. They do anything from drawing and illustration exercises, to crafts such as puppet making and summer outdoor crafts. They use materials that allow the kids to get messy and have some fun.
- Literacy Program: a space to practice their reading and writing skills. Kids spend half of the program reading independently with staff and volunteers, choosing from the many books in our library. The rest is focused on fun, engaging literacy activities that help the kids with their reading and writing skills. We work with schools in the Winnipeg School Division to support the literacy goals of schools and use the same assessment program as the schools.
- Gym Program: recreational as well as skill building activities. Half the gym is set up for an organized indoor sport, and the other half is open gym where kids can play other sports or games with the assistance of volunteers and staff.
- Sports Teams: an opportunity to have fun and develop passion for soccer and basketball. The teams provide opportunities for children to develop their skills in a fun interactive environment. It is a great way to help kids have a positive outlet through sport.
- Little girls’ night: a chance to develop new skills such as working together, building positive relationships, and good communication. Based on the girls’ wants we offer them activities such as cooking multicultural foods, bracelet making, zumba dance, spa night, bowling, snowman building, and many other things.