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

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Bring on the pumpkins! Whether you're into Halloween or just fall in general, here's your roundup of family-friendly activities in TBay in October 2019. Click here for info about farm festivities on the weekends at Gammondale, Belluz and Vanderwees, and watch for a Halloween activities post in mid-October.

October 4

Family Fun Night, North McIntyre Rec Centre

Dress up as your favourite monster to watch Hotel Transylvania. 5:30-8pm, $3 includes admission, pizza, beverage and your own monster cupcake to decorate. RSVPs requested.

More info North McIntyre Rec Centre on Facebook

October 5-6

Healthy Neighbourhood Harvest, various locations

Games, activities, prizes, healthy food and community togetherness is on the menu at these community events hosted by the Health Unit and Earthcare Thunder Bay. Saturday’s event is at County Park, Sunday is at Franklin Park. 1-4pm, free.

More info Earthcare on Facebook

October 11, 12, 13

Halloween Haunt, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Make it a weekend getaway or a day trip, and choose from family activities like a “creatures of the night” guided hike, campsite decorating and trick-or-treating, and pumpkin carving. Activities are free, regular use fees apply.

More info SGPP on Facebook

October 12

Drag Queen Storytime, Waverley

Drop in for crafts and singing with Molly and Fantastic. Free, 2:30-3:30

More info Visit “events” at

October 12-13

Captain Underpants Party, Toy Sense (May Street location)

If your kiddo likes the books, the TV shows and the movies, be sure to drop by Toy Sense for this Captain Underpants party. Free, 11am-3pm.

More info Toy Sense on Facebook

October 25

Thunder Bay Celebrity Hockey Classic, Tournament Centre

Wendell Clark, Taylor Pyatt and Rick Vaive are only a few of the NHL alumni playing three games against local players in support of Easter Seals. Game times TBD, admission required.

October 26

38th Birthday Pool Party/Customer Appreciation Day, Canada Games Complex

After hosting a zillion bday parties over the years, the Complex is hosting one for itself, with kids’ activities, games, food, prizes and mini lessons. 1-4pm, $2 admission.

More info Canada Games Complex on Facebook

Children’s Halloween Party, West Arthur Community Centre

Kids 10 and under are invited to a Halloween party: come in costume and enjoy some games and prizes. 1-3:30pm, $5 admission.

More info West Arthur Community Centre on Facebook

Ghosts & Goblins at the Conservatory, Centennial Botanical Conservatory

Give your Halloween a tropical spin with an all-ages party at the Conservatory. There will be a scavenger hunt as well as baking and hot apple cider. 1:30-3:30, free.

More info Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory on Facebook

October 27

Spooktacular, Grassroots Church

This fun concert is part of the family series by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Come in costume and hear your favourite spooky music live. 3:30-4:30pm, tickets required.

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Pints & Pumpkins, Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

At this family-friendly Halloween party you can decorate a pumpkin and check out the caramel apple bar. Two sessions: 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm, tickets required. $25 admission for adults and kids are free.

More info SGBC on Facebook

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