Ainsley Brown, 10, admired some of the balloon creations as she waited for her turn at the face-painting booth. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Kayleigh Henderson-Parro, 8, shows off her pink balloown unicorn. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Mr. Dimples provided his balloon creatures to hundreds of children. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Margaret Phillips from Infinite Arts adds the last few touches onto Addison Murchy’s unicorn. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Sisters Alexa and Macy Greene compete to see who is the best hockey player in the family. Games like this were set up by Ry-J’s Climbing Adventures. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Nathan, 8, and Arin Crinnion enjoy some time on the ice. Like many area families, getting the chance to skate in the arena for free was the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
A “late night” dance was set up for kids with music that they would enjoy. Though it ended at 9 p.m., it gave these youngsters a chance to cut a rug on the dance floor. Sadie and Jordyn Wallwork dressed up for the occasion. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Ringing in the New Year family-style at the Petawawa Civic Centre
By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post
Posted on Thursday January 10, 2019
It has become a tradition for many Petawawa families to partake in annual First Night activities. On Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Petawawa Civic Centre opened its doors to those looking to ring in the new year.
The early night allows parents to spend the evening with their children, head home to put them to bed before celebrating the midnight countdown as adults.
As always, the event was packed with a variety of free activities - families could choose to skate on the arena’ or take a little break to watch magician Steven Anthony perform.
Off the ice, Mr. Dimples provided his balloon creatures to hundreds of children and Margaret Phillips from Infinite Arts added a bit of pizzazz to partygoers with her award-winning face painting. Ry-J’s Climbing Adventures was also on hand with inflatables and games to keep participants active.
For those willing to brave the cold, horse-drawn sleigh rides were offered by 710 Excursions of Ladysmith, Qc. After a bracing cold ride and a skate around the ice, kids could then boogie down with DJ Murray Rutz until the clock struck nine and a cascade of balloons fell on them for their early New Years countdown.