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July 2019: Fun things to do with kids in Thunder Bay

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Summer is finally here! Check out our jam-packed family-friendly round-up of some pretty darn amazing events in Thunder Bay this July. Plus, here’s our 2019 list of free things to do

practically any time in TBay this summer.

July 1

Canada Day on the Waterfront, Marina Park

Big party, big fun! There are TONS of activities plus food, live music, dance performances and more, all capped off by the fireworks (if you can stay up that late). Free admission and some activities have a fee, 5-11pm.

More info Thunder Bay Culture & Events on Facebook

Canada Day Vendors Market and Celebration, West Thunder Community Centre

Food, music, bouncy castles, pony ride, mini golf and games are all on offer at this family event. 11am-4pm, free.

More info West Thunder Community Centre on Facebook

Canada Day, Fort William Historical Park

Break out the red and white for a day at the Fort. Activities range from axe throwing, farm animal visiting and a scavenger hunt to Canada Day crafts, a Zorb inflatable obstacle course and canoe rides on the Kam. 10am-5pm, admission required but FREE to first 500 visitors.

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Canada Day, Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

At this family-friendly event in support of the CNIB, there will be live music, a bouncy castle, face painting, booths by Science North and CNIB and more. 12-5pm, admission for adults and kids are free.

More info SGBC on Facebook

Until July 20

Beyond Human Limits, Thunder Bay Museum

Hosted by the Thunder Bay Museum and the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame, this is a cool Science North exhibit that lets you virtually race, dive, balance and climb, just like extreme athletes do. 11am-5pm, admission required.

More info Thunder Bay Museum on Facebook

July 9

Teddy Bears Picnic, Vickers Park

BYOB…Bear, that is. This festival has just been named to the Top 100 Ontario Festivals List. Have fun with a teddy bear parade, crafts, activities, entertainment and a boo-boo bear station to fix up injured teddies. 12-4pm, free.

July 10

Dad’s Night at the Park, Franklin St. Waterpark

Do a little dad-kid bonding at this event by Communities Together for Children. Play in the splash pad and playground, try some t-ball and just run around. 6-8pm, free.

More info Communities Together for Children on Facebook

July 10-13

Frozen Jr., Paramount Theatre

If your littles just can’t get enough Frozen, catch the live production by talented local kids.

7:30pm, admission required.

More info Paramount Live! on Facebook

July 10, 17, 24 and 31

Live on the Waterfront, Marina Park

Bring a blanket and a picnic and you’re all set for this series of free concerts every Wednesday night in the summer. 6-9pm, free.

July 13

S.O.S. Block Party, 420 George Street

At this fundraiser by Shelter House and ᒪᑕᐧᐊ Matawa First Nations you can try out some face-painting, popcorn and cotton candy, a dunk tank throw activities and more. 12-4pm.

More info Shelter House on Facebook

July 20

Festival of India, Marina Park

Try a bit of India with this popular annual festival that features a chariot parade, authentic dancing and music, activities for the kids and a free Indian feast. Starts at 3pm, admission by donation.

More info Festival of India on Facebook

July 21

2019 Hazelwood Lake Family Fun Day, Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area

Time to play outside! At this family-friendly event you’ll find SUP, kayak and canoe demos, a falconry demonstration at 1pm, guided hikes, drone demos, and activities by MNRF, EcoSuperior, Let’s Talk Science and Ontario Nature. 10am-3pm, free.

More info LRCA on Facebook

Festival of Colours, Marina Park

Throw your worries to the wind as you toss brightly coloured, organic, non-toxic powders into the air (and take lots of pics, of course). Organizers provide fans to clean you all up a bit. There will be live music, food, yoga and more as well. Admission required, 3-7pm.

July 27-28

Bay & Algoma Buskers Festival, Bay & Algoma

Check out a living statue, a drummer who uses flaming drumsticks, the local Taiko drummers, live music and more than 30 other acts circulating through 10 stages. Plus there are vendors and plenty of street eats. Starting at 10am, free (but bring some change to tip the buskers!)

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