New holiday brings families together
There was no shortage of things to do at Parkinson Recreation Centre Monday.
Some families sat around a simulated fire to listen to a story; several kids got their faces painted; others acted like cats and mice while participating in circus yoga.
For organizers, it didn't really matter what activity people took part in; rather, that they enjoyed time with their family.
The inaugural BC Family Day event at Parkinson Recreation Centre was put on by Creative Okanagan, the Province of B.C. and the City of Kelowna.
"The province wanted to create a Family Day event, free for the community," said Ryan Donn, creative director for Creative Okanagan.
"It's a large community effort to create a Family Day event, kicking off our first Family Day in B.C."
Donn estimated more than 1,500 Kelowna residents took part in the festivities, which included free swimming all day as well.
"With today's hectic lifestyle, we can't always spend as much time with family as we might hope," said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart in a recent release.
"I'm happy our government was able to bring about a day dedicated to those who matter most to us—our families."
The second Monday in February was chosen to be BC Family Day after British Columbians casted over 31,000 votes in May, 2012.