February 2020: Fun things to do with kids in Thunder Bay


    The shortest month gets a bonus Leap Day this year! Here’s what’s going on for Thunder Bay families this month, from winter carnivals and science to movies, books and bouncy castles.

    February 2

    Winter FunDay: Snow Sculpting Fun, Prince Arthur’s Landing

    Join Willow Springs to create some cool snow sculptures, or head indoors to the Baggage Building Arts Centre to do some Special Olympic sports icon etching in clay, plus charcoal sketching. 2-4pm, free.

    More info Thunder Bay Culture & Events on Facebook

    Lumberjack Jamboree, Vickers Heights Community Centre

    At this annual event, kick things off with a pancake breakfast ($5, starting at 10am) followed by a variety of fun outdoor activities at 12:30. 10am-3pm, free.

    More info Vickers Heights Community Centre on Facebook

    February 8

    Kingfisher Open House, Kingfisher Lake Outdoor Education Centre

    Celebrate 50 years of fun outdoor ed with Kingfisher—try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing (equipment provided), explore the facilities and enjoy hot chocolate and hot dogs by the campfire. 10am-4pm, free. On-site parking is very limited and the free shuttle buses are recommended.

    More info Lakehead Public Schools on Facebook

    February 8-9

    Meet & Greet with Kerry James, 144 Strand Avenue

    Heartland fan in your house? Actor Kerry James, who plays Caleb Odell on the show, is visiting Greenhawk. Free, various times (check Greenhawk’s Facebook page for the schedule).

    More info Greenhawk on Facebook

    February 9

    Winter FunDay: Thunderwolves Day on the Waterfront, Prince Arthur’s Landing

    Bring your skates and skate on the outdoor rink with some Thunderwolves players! Indoors, you can make some Special Olympics sport stamps. 2-4pm, free.

    More info Thunder Bay Culture & Events on Facebook

    February 14-15

    Winter Carnival, North McIntyre Rec Centre

    Friday is Family Fun Night, with a movie indoors and skating outdoors (doors open at 5:30pm, movie starts at 6pm, admission $3 including pizza and hot chocolate). Saturday outdoor and indoor events start at 11am and the kitchen will be open for food sales.

    More info North McIntyre Rec Centre on Facebook

    February 15-17

    Voyageur Winter Carnival, Fort William Historical Park

    New events include a Zorb Ball track, human bowling alleys and ice dragon boats, plus popular favourites like tubing hills, skating, wagon rides and live indoor and outdoor entertainment. 11am-5pm, admission required.

    More info www.fwhp.ca

    February 15

    Love is in Bloom, Thunder Bay Centennial Botanical Conservatory

    It's definitely time for a tropical getaway. Enjoy live music, refreshments and a children's activity at our beautiful warm, green conservatory. 1:30-3:30, free.

    More info Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory on Facebook February 16

    Winter FunDay: Pre-Snow Day Fun on the Waterfront, Prince Arthur’s Landing

    Try some outdoor winter activities, or make a sport superhero stencil craft indoors. Free, 2-5pm (note extended hours).

    More info Thunder Bay Culture & Events on Facebook

    February 17

    SnowDay on the Waterfront, Prince Arthur’s Landing

    You won’t believe all the activities going on at this Family Day event: snow painting, snowshoeing, ice fishing, a skating party, bannock over the fire, live music, giant outdoor games, indoor pottery demos, space science activities, community art and much more. 12-5pm, free.

    More info www.thunderbay.ca

    FamJam 2020, CLE Coliseum

    Crafts, music, food, face-painting, balloon animals and of course plenty of inflatables are on offer at this family event. 11am-4pm, admission required.

    More info Fun-Tastic Castles on Facebook

    February 19, 22

    I Read Canadian Drop-In Storytime, TBPL

    Canadian authors are in the spotlight at these all-ages storytimes. 1-1:45pm at Brodie on February 19, 10:30-11:30am at Waverley on February 22, free.

    More info www.tbpl.ca

    February 22

    Science Carnival, Victoriaville Mall

    Science and tech is cool, and this community event proves it with live science shows, entertainment, exhibits and even bugs 1-5pm, free.

    More info Science North Thunder Bay on Facebook

    February 23

    Movie Day, West Thunder Community Centre

    Chillax and watch Toy Story 4. Free, doors open at 12:30 and movie starts at 1pm. The canteen will be open.

    More info West Thunder Community Centre on Facebook

    74th Annual Winter Carnival, Oliver Road Community Centre

    At this long-running event, the indoor Children’s Corner for kids 11 and under opens at 2pm and competitions and games start at 3pm. The canteen is open as well. 12-6pm.

    More info Oliver Road Community Centre on Facebook

    February 28

    PA Day Story & Craft: Celebrate Black History Month, TBPL

    Special guests from the Caribbean African Multicultural Centre of Thunder Bay lead storytime today with Anansi Spider followed by a craft. Free, 10:30-11:15am at Brodie, 2:30-3:30 at County Park.

    More info www.tbpl.ca and click on Events

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