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May 2018: Fun things to do with kids in Thunder Bay

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A long weekend, Mother's Day, the return of green grass and sneakers...there's a lot to celebrate this month! Here's what's going on for families in Thunder Bay this May, including

live music, free comic books and plenty of outside time (we hope).

May 1

Youth Show Art Opening, Kinsmen Northwood Centre

Kick off National Youth Arts Week by dropping by to see works by talented young local artists. There will be live music and a BBQ too. Free, 4:30-6pm.

More info Thunder Bay Culture & Events on Facebook

May 4

Family Movie Night, St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Relax with the fam and watch Coco. The movie is free and concessions are available for purchase. 6-8:30pm.

More info St. Paul's on Facebook

May 5

Free Comic Book Day, Hill City Comics and Cards

Kids and comic books just go together. Your kiddos can get your two free comics at Hill City between 9am-5pm, while supplies last, with the option of two more for a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay. Check out this video to see the comics available in 2018.

More info Hill City Comics on Facebook

May 5 & 6

Folklore Festival, Fort William Gardens

Take the trips on a trip around the world…without leaving town. The Folklore Festival has music, dancing, face painting, kids’ activities and of course that delish food. Noon-11pm on Saturday, Noon-7pm on Sunday. Admission required.

More info Folklore Festival on Facebook

May 11

Nature Walk, Mills Block Forest

For some unplugged outdoors time, head out on this guided nature walk to listen to frogs, birds and other dusk creatures. 8pm, free.

More info

May 11 & 25

Free public swim, Churchill Pool

Jump, splash, paddle and dive during this free public swim. 6-8pm.

More info Healthy Kids Thunder Bay on Facebook

May 13

Perennials & Pints, Sleeping Giant Craft Brewery

Celebrate mom with cupcakes, juice boxes, a make-your-own mini flower garden and a drink for the grownups. 12 pm and 2pm, tickets required.

More info Sleeping Giant Craft Brewery on Facebook

May 16

Trashcrafting, Prince Arthur’s Landing

Hosted by StandUp4CleanUp, this family-friendly workshop helps you make stuff out of recyclables and other discards, and then enter to win a Timmies gift card. Free, 4:15-6pm.

More info StandUp4CleanUp on Facebook

May 19

Lakehead Shrine Circus, Fort William Gardens

Motorcycles, trick riding, clowns, aerialists and more are in store when the circus comes to town! Three shows at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30, admission required.

More info Shrine Circus on Facebook

May 20

Book Launch & Artistic Storytelling, The Chanterelle

Art, music, dance, and a book launch, all related to fatherhood, are part of this free family-friendly event. Plus: dessert bar for the kids and cash bar for the adults. Free, 1-5pm.

More info Finding Fathehood on Facebook

May 26

Grand Opening, Waverley Park Pavilion

Groove to some live local music as the new pavilion at beautiful Waverley Park is unveiled. Free, 1:30-3:30

More info The Coalition for Waverley Park on Facebook

Arbour Day, Albany Parkette

Head to the Parkette at 367 Munro with your shovel and gloves to help plant trees and a pollinator garden, and check out some family activities too. 10am-noon, free.

Don't miss out! Follow on Facebook for regular updates on family-friendly events around Thunder Bay.

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