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May 2017: Things to do with kids in Thunder Bay

things to do with kids in Thunder Bay

Whee, it's spring! And there are lots of fun family activities to check out in Thunder Bay this month. Choose from the circus, lots of rocks, yummy eats, outdoor adventures, live theatre, pro soccer, laughter yoga and more.

May 3

Food Frenzy, Kinsmen Centre

Something just for the big kids is a welcome change. Food Frenzy is where young foodies age 13-19 get a chance to make and try delicious food, meet food professionals and learn how to reduce hunger in our community. Topics include gummy bear science, drone use in agriculture, edible wild plants and more—cool!

May 6

Spring Forest Walk, MNRF Tree Farm

Look for some signs of spring—like butterflies, birds and prairie crocuses—with a family-friendly guided walk through the Tree Farm on the 25th Side Road. This walk is hosted by the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, and you don’t need to have a membership to come along.

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May 6-7

Folklore Festival, Fort William Gardens

Take the littles on a world tour without leaving the city. The 44th annual event delivers a cultural buffet of dance, music, displays, shopping, costumes and of course the ever-amazing food. There’s also a designated kids’ activity area.

May 7

World Laughter Day yoga, Baggage Arts Building

May 7 is World Laughter Day—who knew? Sign up for a free laughter yoga session, suitable for all ages and abilities.

May 11-13 and May 24-27

Live theatre, Paramount Live

First up is Hairspray JR, the kids’ version of the award-winning Broadway musical that features local kids and plenty of fun 1950s singing and dancing, plus a family-friendly look at social justice issues. Then at the end of the month there's Into the Woods, a reinterpretation of classic tales and making wishes.

May 12 Founders' Museum and Pioneer Village

The Founders Museum and Pioneer Village reopens for the season, featuring all kinds of back-in-the-day recreations, from a one-room school house and newspaper office to a general store and antique cars.

May 13

Shrine Circus, Fort William Gardens

The Shrine Circus has been entertaining TBay families for more than 60 years. From dancers to acrobats to those guys riding motorbikes in giant metal balls, there’s something for everyone.

May 19-22

Thunder Bay Rock and Mineral Show & Sale, CLE Coliseum

Kids and rocks: a true love match. Introduce them to something beyond driveway stones with 10, 000 square feet of unusual and rare rocks, minerals, fossils and crystals. Free admission.

May 21

Thunder Bay Chill opening game, Fort William Stadium

Gooooaallll! The Thunder Bay Chill kick off their 2017 season with a “friendly” game, at tbaytel place. Competing team still TBA. Next up: facing the Winnipeg Lions on May 27. (These initial dates are tentative so double-check closer to the day.)

May 27

Arbour Day, Dease Park

Time to get a little dirty and plant some new trees to help green and beautify our urban forest. BYO shovel. You can also help plant a pollinator garden and check out a range of educational activities.

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