Coldwell Banker Family Day

Game on! The Penticton Community Centre is teaming up with Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty to take Canada's favourite game to the street this coming Family Day.

The Family Day stat holiday on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, will have families looking for fun things to do and the Penticton Community Centre's plan this year is even bigger and better.

New to the event this year, Pacific Sport is calling all road hockey players: there will be an all-ages drop-in road hockey game with the Penticton Vees from noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Sport will have some equipment available, but would-be hockey players are asked to bring helmets and sticks as much as possible.

“We all need a little more fun in our lives, and the lineup at Coldwell Banker Family Day offers families a chance to spend some time playing together with affordable entertainment that everyone can enjoy,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.

Last year's Family Day event was extremely successful with over 1,126 people through the doors, and 600 people involved in the Family Day “all-inclusive packages,” or about 248 families. With a 141% increase over the previous year's event, 2015 is sure to grow even more.

Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty returns as the title sponsor for Family Day activities, now in their third year. Coldwell Banker continues to give back to the community, involving local public schools by donating four complimentary passes per school for the event to help 28 families in the community.

“We're very excited about Family Day and hope the free passes will encourage families to join us. As well, there will be toques given to the first 200 people who come for lunch,” said Joni Cutler of Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty.

Advance purchase tickets have been added this year to help with increased crowds and people are encouraged to buy their advanced tickets at the Penticton Community Centre.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a special lineup of activities is planned – with special prices to match. Family admission will only be $25 that day, and a parent and one child will be admitted for $15. Prices include swimming, Family Fun Zone (Super Gymboree with inflatables, sports, play equipment, video games, board games, preschool room, crafts, etc.), three family movie showings in the Cleland Theatre, Family Photo Booth, a BBQ lunch sponsored by IGA Penticton with Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty and much more family fun. Tickets are on sale now at the Penticton Community Centre and can be purchased day of the event.

The swimming pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so bring your swim trunks for a wild time in the water. Super Gymboree including gym games for all ages will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will also feature an Inflatable and a bouncer. For creative spirits, crafts and puzzles will be available. A video gamer's area will be set up, allowing gamers to challenge their parents to Wii table tennis or virtual bowling. A preschool room will be established in the childminding room, so parents can have some quieter time with their younger participants. The Penticton Community Centre's summer day camp leaders will host the whole day, so just put on your wrist bands and play.

Once families have burned off some energy, everyone is invited back to the Cleland Theatre from noon to1:30 p.m. for the first movie screening of Dr Suess' The Lorax, or from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for Planes Fire and Rescue. The movies are courtesy of Penticton Library. There will be a small concession in the theatre lobby during the movie by Fibonacci's.

For information, contact the Penticton Community Centre at 250-490-2426.