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

Hello, summer, you’re here at last! There are lots of events for families going on this month, with Canada Day celebrations to kick it all off. Plus, check out our round-up of free things to do with the kids in Thunder Bay all summer long.

Sunday July 1

Canada Day Celebration, West Thunder Community Centre

Celebrate the holiday with mini golf, pony rides, bouncy castles, live music, good eats and lots more at West Thunder Community Centre. Free admission, 11am-4pm.

More info West Thunder Community Centre on Facebook

Canada Day on the Waterfront, Prince Arthur's Landing

Lots of activities, lots of food, lots of music, lots of fireworks, lots of fun! Free admission,


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Canada Day, Fort William Historical Park

Take a canoe ride, build and float a mini-boat down the canal, try a little axe-throwing, do crafts, listen to live music, eat Canada Day cake, visit the farm, test your wits with a scavenger hunt and more, all at Fort William Historical Park. 10am-5pm, admission required.

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Canada Day at SGBC

This family-friendly event has local food vendors, live music, a bouncy castle, Science North interactive booth (and of course, grown-up beverages).12-5pm, $5 admission and kids under 18 free.

Saturday July 7

Embracing Life Youth Festival, 380 Ray Blvd.

The Ontario Native Women’s Association hosts this youth-centred event which offers music and art workshops, food, and live music and comedy performances. 4-10:30pm.

More info ONWA on Facebook

Tuesday July 10

Teddy Bears Picnic, Vickers Park

Bring your littles and your teddies to the park for an afternoon of crafts, activities and entertainment, plus a teddy bear parade and a boo-boo station to fix up those bears who have been loved a lot. Free, noon-4pm.

Saturday July 14

Family Day, Founders’ Museum & Pioneer Village

Come dressed as a pioneer and you may win a prize! Tour this reproduction of an old-time village, plus there’s also live music, food vendors and kids’ games and activities. 12-4:30pm, admission by donation.

More info Founders’ Museum & Pioneer Village on Facebook

Friday July 20

Healthy Parks Healthy People, all Ontario Provincial Parks

All Ontario provincial parks have a free day use pass today—check out the trails, water and family activities at Sleeping Giant or Kakabeka Falls!

Saturday July 21

Festival of India, Marina Park

A longtime TBay favourite, the Festival of India offers a free vegetarian feast, live music and dancing, chariot parade, educational exhibits and kids’ activities.

Free admission, starts at 3pm. Rain date July 22.

Sunday July 22

Hazelwood Family Fun Day, Hazelwood Conservation Area

Take your pick: canoe, kayak, SUP, falconry and drone demos, geocaching, yummy food and displays, exhibits and activities from outdoorsy community organizations. Free, 10am-3pm.

More info LRCA on Facebook

Thursday July 26-Sunday July 29

James and the Giant Peach, Prince Arthur's Landing Spirit Garden

Roald Dahl’s weird but kid-friendly James and the Giant Peach comes to the outdoor Superior Theatre Festival this year. Tickets required and rain location is Urban Abbey.

Saturday July 28

7th Annual Fat Guys Auto Parts Car Show, 333 Memorial Ave.

Vroom! This is the place to be for kids that like cars. Check out street rods, collector cars, custom cars, antiques and “special interest” vehicles. Tala the Clown will also be there for face painting and glitter tattoos. Free admission, 11am-3pm.

Saturday July 28-Sunday July 29

Buskers Festival, Bay & Algoma

More than 40 performers will be circulating during this year’s festival, with plenty of cool skills to wow the kids. Free, 10:30am-5pm.

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