As the nights get longer, it’s natural for young eyes to be drawn to the stars. It’s easier than ever to see them thanks to Alberta’s designated dark sky preserves. These areas, which are protected from light pollution, can be found within both Jasper and Elk Island national parks, as well as Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. From October 14 to 23, the town of Jasper hosts its own Dark Sky Festival, with free and ticketed events like night-photography workshops, telescope time at the Jasper Planetarium, and astronomy activities presented by TELUS World of Science–Edmonton.
+ AMARewards: Members save 10% on TELUS World of Science–Edmonton regular admission and annual memberships, and save up to $10 on Parks Canada Discovery Passes when purchased at an AMA centre.
AMA’s School Safety Patrol wants kids to remember the three Ps when using uncontrolled crosswalks:
• Point your arm so drivers see that you want to cross.
• Pause until all vehicles come to a full stop and make eye contact with drivers so they know you want to cross.
• Proceed when it’s safe, stay alert and watch for traffic until you’re on the other side of the street.
Back to school brings a bounty of new books for young readers. Buy these kid-friendly CanLit titles from Indigo through the AMA eStore and earn up to 10% in reward dollars.
Dear Canada: These Are My Words
Ojibwe author Ruby Slipperjack’s novel about the residential school system is told through the notebooks of its 12-year-old heroine.
The Darkest Dark
Astronaut Chris Hadfield wrote this imaginative tale of a young boy whose dreams of space exploration help him to overcome his fear of the dark.
Every Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel’s adventure blends Romeo and Juliet romance and rivalry with the hunt for a dinosaur skeleton in the Alberta Badlands.