Everyone got their picture taken with the Penticton Vees which was part of the Family Day celebrations in 2017. The Vees skate takes place again Monday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Western News file photo

Fun and frolicking in Penticton on Family Day

Annual Family Day events in Penticton

Looking for an affordable, family-friendly, event to celebrate Family Day?

If so, on Monday Spectra and the Penticton Parks and Rec department have just the ticket, or tickets.

Activities include everything from skating, swimming or just relaxing that will take place at a number of venues in the South Okanagan complex and trade and convention centre.

Back again by popular demand will be the annual skate with B.C. Hockey League’s Penticton Vees which takes place at the South Okanagan Events Centre from noon to 2 p.m.

Best of all, like most of the events, admission is free and so is the hot chocolate that is being provided by Starbucks Penticton.

Skate rentals are $2 with the proceeds going to Penticton Minor Hockey Association. Helmets are required for those under 12 years of age.

“We’re thrilled to team up with Spectra to offer such a fun line up of activities for our community in celebration of B.C. Family Day,” said Kelsey Johnson, recreation co-ordinator with the city. “We strongly believe in the power of play, and the immense benefits of family time, so being able to provide opportunities for family play is exciting.”

During that skate time with the Vees, at Gate 1 of the SOEC, IGA will be back and hosting their barbecue which will be by donation.

Those wanting a little warmer form of recreation can head over to the aquatic centre at the trade and convention centre where there will be a toonie ($2) swim from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored in part by FortisBC.

For those who want to relax a little, over at the Cleland Theatre Despicable Me 3 will be airing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the big screen at a special presentation by the Penticton Public Library.

Admission is free.

“With life moving so fast for families, we hope this event will encourage everyone to slow down, disconnect with life stresses, and reconnect with loved ones around them,” said Johnson.

For more information about those Family Day activities call 250-490-2426.

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