February 04, 2015 - 3:09 PM
KELOWNA – It’s family day next Monday and with many people getting a three-day weekend Kelowna has a pile of fun events to make it special.
Start the weekend off with a special parent and child floorball game at OKM Secondary Feb. 6. With rules that limit stick contact and physical play, the action is intense yet safe for any age. All equipment is supplied but participants are asked to register ahead of time and bring non-marking shoes. The ball drops at 6:15 p.m.
On Saturday you can spend the day learning about evolution from one of the most important men in scientific history. It's Charles Darwin's 206th birthday and to honour the occasion the Rotary Centre for the Arts is holding a birthday party from 1 to 3 p.m. Mr. Darwin himself will be speaking to kids before blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. There will also be real fossils courtesy of Dr. Rob Young of UBC who will be there to answer questions.
Kids can also bring their own evolution-related items for a special show and tell.
Also on Saturday is Science n’ Swim at the Kelowna Family YMCA in Rutland. Starting at 1 p.m. kids between six and 10 can learn such important lessons as how to make elephant toothpaste and even build an erupting volcano. After some hands-on experiments kids end the day with a swim.
The event is free for members and $10 for the public.
In West Kelowna on Feb. 9 is the 2nd Annual Princess & Superhero B.C. Family Day Skate for Kids’ Cancer Research at Royal LePage Place on Cameron Road. Starting at 10 a.m. there will be a family day skate in support of pediatric cancer research as well as mucis and door prizes. Skaters are encouraged to dress as their favourite princess or superhero and have fun supporting kids cancer research. Admission is by donation. Helmets are required.
If you’d rather watch someone else skate, the Kelowna Rockets are hosting the Prince George Cougars Monday for an afternoon game at Prospera Place. The puck drops at 2:05 p.m.
The City of Kelowna is hosting two free events at two locations already well-known for providing family fun. The Parkinson Recreation Centre will have free swimming and an inflatable bounce house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 9. There will also be games for younger children in the tot play room.
There will also be family skating and sportfield activities at the Capital News Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. on Family Day. The indoor fields will host a mini Park and Play and family soccer games and the ice rink will feature sledge hockey demos as well as speed and figure skating.
Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.
The H2O Centre is holding an all ages, free event Monday where families can try out some fun fitness classes. After that you can create a masterpiece with your kids at a collaborative craft station. The day of fun runs from 1 to 4 p.m.
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