There will be something for everyone when the 36th annual Family Day celebration kicks off in Qualicum Beach.
The event, slated to run on Sunday, May 27, will feature a wide variety of activities and entertainment.
The day begins with the Shriners traditional pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 in front of the Civic Centre.
At the same time, Building Learning Together (BLT) will offer creative activities from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 at Storybook Village — an entire child-size village for children to play in — at Qualicum Beach Elementary School.
New to Family Day is a free swim for all ages, sponsored by Qualicum Beach Royal Bank. The swim takes place from 10 a.m. to noon.
Participants will want to dry off in a hurry however, as noon is when the parade will march up Second Avenue to the Civic Centre fields, where the afternoon activities will kick off, from 1 to 4 p.m.
During this time, the fields will be busy with free activities and interactive sports for children, including bouncy castles, pony rides, balloons and numerous booths including face painting, bubbles and arts and crafts.
In the upper field youth can play volleyball, join in the tug of war, attempt the climbing wall, listen to marimba music, use the skateboard park and also join in road hockey in the parking lot.
Music and dance appealing to all ages will take place all afternoon on the stage and also on the fields. Participants won’t want to miss the 36 doves released at approximately 2 p.m. from the stage.
Family Day is an excellent place to learn what the community has to offer, with booths such as the Spinners and Weavers, Oceanside Carvers and many others located on the fields where people will also find food concessions run by various local service groups and organizations.
Family Day is planned to be inclusive for all members of the community.
For more information, to register for the parade or to volunteer, visit www.qbfamilyday.com or phone 250-752-2300.