Though the move itself isn’t quite finished, the doors at the 4th Street location of the Family Place in Weyburn were locked for the last time Thursday, as they officially closed the location in preparation for the opening of their new facilities.  

“It’s definitely weird being the last day, closing up, but we’re very excited about the move and I think it’ll be good,” said Judy Lumb. She is the assistant executive director of the Family Place. With the laughter and smiles of the children gone for the summer, she was finishing getting things ready for the move.

The handprint hallway at The Family Place in Weyburn.The hallway on the main floor of The Family Place's 4th Street location is lined with handprints from children who have taken part in the programs over the years. (Photo by Steven Wilson)

With a number of years at the location, Lumb said she had a number of memories.  

“I started coming here when my middle child was a year old, and now he’s 27. So I did that, then I did a lot of volunteer work for them, then I used to bring my home daycare here a lot,” Lumb recollected. “My youngest son went to Mini-Go for two years here, and then now, I’ve been working here for eight years.” 

With the boxes stacked, ready to go, the various rooms packed and ready to be loaded into trucks, and more, the mood wasn’t the sombre one many might have anticipated. Instead, it was a feeling of excitement and anticipation for the new chapter in the Family Place that will start later this month.  

“All the teachers are excited to get their new classrooms organized,” Lumb enthused. “We’re going to have a playroom with a brand new play structure that we’re excited to show everybody.” 

The exact date for the grand opening of the new location for the Family Place, located at 744 McLelland Street, hasn’t been announced yet. Lumb pointed out they need to get everything set up, and will be making an official announcement for the opening day in the coming weeks.

The sign hanging over the entrance of The Family PlaceThis sign is over the entranceway of the 4th Street location of The Family Place. (Photo by Steven Wilson)

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