Hello Londoners. The weekend is rolling around again. Faster than normal for those of you with children in the public school setting, as there is a PA Day tomorrow on Friday, April 19th. If you have care for your youngsters great. If you have the day off and are wondering how to entertain your little ones with the forecast calling for rain, never fear. London knows how to host a PA day extraordinaire!

Investing in Children and its sponsors, the Kiwanis Club of Forest City, bring you the annual Kids First Day 2013! Kids First Day was born out of a response to negative images of London and its problems back in 2006. Organizers of the first event knew that London had way more to offer than the what the spouted deficiencies claimed. What followed was a community wide effort to showcase that London had a thriving family friendly community that deserved noting.

And today that equates to over 50 locations opening their doors to children and families for free or at a low-cost.

So who is involved and where can you go? A full list is on the Investing in Children website. They have it handily broken down into venues in the North, East, South, West and Central parts of London. Here is just a glimpse of some of the fun to be expected around the city;

Kids First Day 2013


  • Boys & Girls Club of London (184 Horton St): 1 – 4 pm, free drop-in program for children, including swimming, gym, rock climbing, arts & crafts, computers
  • London Regional Children’s Museum (21 Wharncliffe Rd S): 5 – 8 pm, free admission to the museum and its exhibits
  • Museum London (421 Ridout St N): 1 – 4 pm, scavenger hunt, family friendly tours, art making
  • YMCA Centre Branch (382 Waterloo St): Open Swim (4 ft) 2:30 – 5:00 pm, Family Swim (2 ft) 5:15 – 7:00 pm, Open Swim (large pool) 7:15 – 8:15 pm, Deep Water Swim (ages 13-24) 7:00 – 8:00 pm


  • Chapters (86 Fanshawe Park Rd W): 11 am – 2 pm, Make your own bookmarks
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village (2609 Fanshawe Park Rd E): 10 am – 2 pm, Grand Opening of brand new Spriet Family Visitor Centre and Trillium Community Gallery with on-going activities throughout the day
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology (1600 Attawandaran Rd): 10 am – 4:30 pm, scavenger hunts, pottery making and plenty of games


  • East Park Golf Gardens (1275 Hamilton Rd E): 9 am – dusk, one free round of mini golf with every paying adult
  • Family Centre – Carling Thames (335 Belfield St): 10 am – 1 pm, music, movement, crafts and games for children 3-13 years
  • London Public Library; Beacock, Carson, Crouch & East London Branches: 9 am – 5 pm, make crafty creatures, ages 4 and up


  • Adventures on Wonderland (3198 Wonderland Rd S): All day, Discounted general admission $6.25, 1/2 price Laser Tag $1.75/player
  • Bowlerama (138 Thompson Rd): 10:00 am – 11:00am (first shift) and 11:00 am – 12:00pm (second shift). 5 Pin Bowling @ $3.75 per bowler including shoes. First shift: 6 regular lanes & 18 bumper lanes. Second shift: 6 regular lanes & 14 bumper lanes
  • Mad Science (Unit 123, 4026 Meadowbrook Dr): 11 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm, amaze your mind, make slime


  • ArtVenture Art Studio (1438 Aldersbrook Rd): 50 minute activities at 9 am, 10 am, 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm, art activities will be set up around studio in a variety of mediums
  • Fleetway (720 Proudfoot Lane): 9 am – 6 pm, 5 and 10 pin bowling, purchase one game and receive one free, doesn’t include shoe rentals
  • Kidscape (1828 Blue Heron Dr): 9:30 am – 6 pm, discounted admission of $6 +HST for kids 1-12, studio fees waived in Artistscape Ceramic Painting Studio