It’s that in-between time of year again—perfect for some fun, low-key ways for families to explore Thunder Bay, kick back and relax or try something new this month. Plus, there are a couple high-energy outings out there too. Are you ready for movies, crafts, superheroes, puppet shows, face-painting, art, skating and more?
Month of April, various library branches
In addition to its regular kids’ programs, the Thunder Bay Public Library has some special events this month, like a groovy Pete the Cat storytime and activities (County Park, April 14), Earth Day storytime (Waverly, April 21), PA Day puppet shows (Brodie and Mary J. L. Black, April 27) and a Coraline movie viewing (Waverley, April 28).
More info www.tbpl.ca
Month of April, various locations
Love the energy of young artists? At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, you can see the creative talents of DFC art students at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School Exhibition until April 29. Across town at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Marina Park, check out the work of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s Youth Art Group members, until April 22.
More info www.theag.ca
Family Skate Night, Fort William Gardens
Bring your skates, helmet and a toonie to skate at the Gardens. There will be a beginners’ skate area plus face painting, a “chuck a duck” game and concessions. 7-9pm, $2 per person.
More info PRO Kids on Facebook
The Escape Room Challenge, Kinsmen Centre
At this Youth Move event for kids 12 and up, you test your wits and try to crack the code to the escape room. 6-9pm, free.
More info Youth Move on Facebook
Pizza & Movie Night, North End Community Centre
Watch Ferdinand on the 120-inch screen, munch on pizza, popcorn, candy, or chips and play a couple of free bingo games with cash prizes. $2 admission, plus food for sale, 6-9pm.
More info North End Recreation Centre on Facebook
April 14, 21, 28
MAKEbreak Family Events, Michaels Thunder Bay
At these craft events, you can create tie-dye a bag or shirt (April 21), make tie-dye slime (April 28). April 14 class theme TBD. 1-3pm. Classes are free and some have supplies provided; others require you to bring or purchase supplies. Register 24 hours in advance.
More info Michaels Event Calendar
Shrek Movie Day, West Thunder Community Centre
Cheer on the big green dude and his crew on the big screen. 1:30-3:30, admission with non-perishable food donation for the Thunder Bay Food Bank.
More info West Thunder Community Centre on Facebook
Family Paint Nite, Rosslyn Library
Hosted by Judy Mayor and CAHEP, this family paint night lets you take home a beautiful work of art. 6-7:30. Free but pre-registration recommended.
More info Oliver Paipoonge Public Library on Facebook
April 20-21 and April 27-28
The Jungle Book and Oz!, Confederation College
The kids at All the Daze productions are putting on two hit musicals this month: The Jungle Book on April 20 and 21, 7:30pm and Oz! on April 27 and 28, 7:30pm. Tickets $10.
More info All the DAZE Productions on Facebook
Agnew Annual Spring Fling, Agnew H. Johnston Public School
With face-painting, cupcake decorating, a bake table, penny auction, kid games and a café selling pizza, desserts and drinks, there’s something for everyone at this school fundraiser. 5:30-7:30, free admission but charge for game tickets, food and auction.
More info AHJ on Facebook
Dare to Dream Day, Victoria Inn
Calling all superheroes and princesses for an afternoon of dress-up, face-painting, slime-making, cookie-decorating, picture-taking, funky-dancing, craft-making, candy-sampling and healthy-snacking. 1-4pm, $20 admission required.
More info Mazinaajim Children’s Foundation on Facebook