For most kids, winter break is a lot like summer break, but with more presents.
This year there are even more similarities.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line has decided to open the same as it is during the summer.
“There’s no school, so we just thought it would be a fun thing to have summer in December,” said Priscilla Presnell, youth development specialist for the club.
Just like summer, the Boys & Girls Club will be open from noon until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The club will provide free lunches to children from noon to 1 p.m.
There are special activities planned for all of these days, like movies on Monday and a carnival on Friday.
To help pretend it is warm outside, there will be traditionally outside games, like marbles, hula hoops and hopscotch, played inside, and a Hawaiian luau, with leis for everyone who makes it.
And North Central Montana Transit will be doing its part to make sure everyone can make it. They’ll be resuming their summer “orange” route around Havre and to the club.
Transit Director Jim Lyons said that having the route is important because, aside from being fun, the winter break’s similarity to the summer can be a challenge for parents.
“With the week of Christmas, if any parents have to go back to work and school is still out it’s very difficult for parents to find child care,” Lyons said. “This idea puts a lot of money back in parents’ pockets and takes concerns from them as well.”
Presnell did want to assure people that it won’t be getting too summery at the Boys & Girls Club.
“There will be no water balloons.”