Celebrate Islander Day in the Capital City with free, family oriented activities. The City of Charlottetown is hosting Islander Family Fun Day on Monday, February 19. The event includes family swims, movies, bowling, performances by Island youth, a family skate and more.
"Islander Day was established to give families a short winter break and, in Charlottetown, we saw it as a prime opportunity to provide some free programming that allows citizens to celebrate with friends and family," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Our activities are for all ages and open to anyone who wants to join in the fun."
Islander Family Fun Day kicks off at Simmons Sports Centre at 9:30 a.m. with a free family skate. The Bell Aliant Centre is offering two family swims at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free tickets are required for the family swims and will be available at Bell Aliant Centre, beginning February 12. There is a limit of six tickets per family.
New this year, families can take in their choice of two movies at City Cinema. Disney’s Moana will play at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Despicable Me 3 will play at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free tickets are required and can be pre-booked through City Hall, beginning February 12, by calling 902-566-5548 during regular business hours. There is a limit of one movie and five tickets per family.
"Islander Family Fun Day is always a big hit with the public, and this year, we have some new items on the schedule that I think will be really popular, along with the usual favourites," said Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the City’s Economic Development, Tourism, Arts and Culture committee.
The Guild will once again feature an energetic, family-based show featuring talented young Islanders – singers, dancers, musicians, and more. Performances begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with seating offered on a first-come basis.
Family Glow-in-the-Dark bowling will be held at The Alley in Murphy’s Community Centre at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Lanes must be pre-booked by calling 902-892-7311, beginning February 12. There is a limit of one lane per group, with a maximum of six bowlers per lane.
The Island Storm and City of Charlottetown will once again be partnering on a family tailgate party, beginning at 12 p.m. (noon). Head to the Eastlink Centre for this free event featuring hot dogs, bouncy castles, and other exciting activities. Following the fun, cheer on the Storm in their 2 p.m. match up against the Saint John Riptide. A limited number of free youth tickets are being offered to the game thanks to a donation by the Storm's event sponsor, Irving Energy. Tickets will be available at the Eastlink Centre Box Office on a first-come basis beginning February 12. There is a limit of two youth tickets per family. Tickets are not required for the pre-game tailgate party.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will also be offering a free snowshoeing activity as part of their Winter Active campaign. The fun gets underway in Victoria Park at 2 p.m. A limited number of snowshoes will be available for sign out on a first-come basis.
More details and the full schedule are available at www.charlottetown.ca by clicking on the Islander Family Fun Day button or join the Facebook event page at: www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown (Direct URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/2115043662061664/)
For more information, contact City Hall at 902-566-5548.
Photo cutline: Charlottetown’s mascot, Charlie Town, poses in front of the Bell Aliant Centre pool prior to the free family swim on Islander Day. The full schedule for Islander Day is available at www.charlottetown.ca (Patricia Bourque Photo)
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