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Drive-ins are relics from another era, icons of people's love for the automobile and Hollywood fantasies. IMAX theaters and home viewing have made drive-ins nearly extinct.
That is why your Charlottetown nanny and kids will relish a night at the drive-in. To them, drive-ins are funky, an odd but hilarious way to watch a movie.
The drive-in at Brackley makes for a fun and wholesome evening out, especially on a warm summer evening. As residents know, it is open from May through September. There are double features nightly and large boxes of popcorn. Just make sure your Charlottetown nanny and kids clean the kernels and empty soda cups from your car.
Give your nanny a little history about the drive-in. The restored theater was originally built in the 1950s and was considered state-of-the-art for the time. The giant screen is 5 stories tall, making any movie a memorable experience.
Tickets are $7.50 for adults; $5 for kids, ages 5-12. Youngsters under 5 get in free.
Young people need places to go where they feel comfortable and can socialize with others their own age. Your Charlottetown nanny will find herself drawn to the city's coffeehouse scene on her nights off.
Charlottetown has great coffee shops and they are a center of social activity. These shops attract everyone from young people to business people for the relaxed atmosphere and entertainment, as well as the food and hot, highly-charged beverages.
With PEI as the single foggiest place in Canada, it's easy to see why folks enjoy hot coffee just about any time, day or night. Each coffee shop has its own personality and attraction. They all are friendly and welcoming places. Many are located downtown and around the University of PEI. Summers, the coffee shops are a lot like cafes, with outdoor seating where visitors can sip drinks, sample a dessert, and people-watch.
Help your Charlottetown nanny and kids embrace the winter by outfitting them with cross-country skis and ice skates. Just send them out the door to enjoy an active winter.
It's easy to strap the skis on and head over to the Belvedere Golf Club to ski the rolling hills of the golf course. For skiers who want rentals, lessons and groomed trails, there's the Brookvale Nordic Centre.
For ice skating, there are three indoor rinks -- UPEI, Simmons Sports Arena and the Charlottetown Civic Centre. There also are ponds and lakes in the city. It should be relatively easy for your Prince Edward Island nanny and kids to walk to a skating destination.
Your Prince Edward Island nanny will quickly discover that Charlottetown is a cosmopolitan little city and home to many artists. With only 30,000 people, it is a tight-knit community where neighbor looks after neighbor.
Introduce her to friends and neighbors and show her the highlights of social activity on the island. There's a lot happening at the Confederation Centre for the Arts. This is where your Charlottetown nanny might take the kids to see "Anne of Green Gables: The Musical" or "Canada Rocks" during the afternoon or on a family night out.
But she can also listen to Celtic music or concerts by artists like Bruce Cockburn or even the PEI Symphony Orchestra. After the show, there's plenty to do downtown, with clubs, microbreweries, coffee shops and restaurants.
Your Charlottetown nanny will want to take the kids for strolls along the boardwalk downtown.
As residents know, the 1.4 km trail is perfect for walks and jogs. It runs from Confederation Landing Park along the waterfront to Victoria Park Lighthouse.
Tourists fills the boardwalk during the summer. Let your nanny know the kids can't ride their bikes or skateboard there. But that's what makes it nice for a stroll.
Send your Charlottetown nanny and kids to the Confederation Trail for biking. The 11 km trail, which runs east-west, offers striking views of the island. For an even longer workout there is a 20 km trail system that rings the city.
For more information on any of these city-owned walkways, contact the Charlottetown Parks and Recreation department.