Canada Day 2013

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For Canada Day this year, I decided to go to the city’s party at Celebration square. When we got there, we hooked up with some friends and went to check out what was happening. The biggest attraction was the concert, but unless you were sitting right at the front, it did not hold your attention because the sound was not that great. Up in the main area there was not many activities for the kids to do. There a couple of clowns, and some people walking on stilts that were interesting to the kids. However, once they were done seeing this, there was nothing for them to do. At this point, our friends headed out because their daughter had a soccer game (on Canada Day). We hung around for about 15 min and then I decided to go to Streetsville to see what their celebration was like.

Abby, Serena, Aiden and AJ giving the hands up for the lady in stilts
Abby, Serena, Aiden and AJ giving the hands up for the lady in stilts
Aiden & Abby hugging the RBC mascot
Aiden & Abby hugging the RBC mascot
Aiden & Abby with their friends AJ & Serena posing with a couple of clowns
Aiden & Abby with their friends AJ & Serena posing with a couple of clowns

Streetsville’s Canada Day celebration was leaps and bounds above the one at celebration square. First off, their were crafts tables where the kids could make Canada Day crafts. Abby and Aiden made a sparkly Canada flag. After that, the kids & I ate some free Canada Day birthday cake. Next, the kids & I got to watch a marhing band come into the park. When that finished the kids and I went to play some carnival games that had been set up for the kids to play and they were all free. The kids played every game once and a couple that they really like (knocking the cats over with bean bags) they played twice. By the time we were done that, the kids and I went and found a seat in the park to watch the fireworks which were going to start in about an hour. After we found a seat, Abby and Aiden found some kids to play with, They played tag and hide and go seek for about 20 minutes. As we were sitting there, our neighbours showed up and sat beside us. The kids than sat and played with them, as well as watched a few stories on the phone before the fireworks started.

Abby throwing a bean bag at FatCats carnival game.
Abby throwing a bean bag at FatCats carnival game.
Aiden throwing bean bags at FatCats carnival game.
Aiden throwing bean bags at FatCats carnival game.
Aiden & Abby watching the marching band go by.
Aiden & Abby watching the marching band go by.
Aiden trying to score some hoops. He was unsuccessful, but still had fun.
Aiden trying to score some hoops. He was unsuccessful, but still had fun.

This was the first time the kids and I had been to see fireworks. When the fireworks started the kids kept their eyes glues on them the entire time. The firework lasted about 15 minutes, which was better that I expected. I took a video of the last 10 minutes or so. As you can see from the video, the kids never moved. At the end of the show we walked to our car down a trail through the forest which the kids found exciting and a little scary because we had never been out so late with them before. By the time we got home, the kids were sound asleep in the car. Fortunately though they were up at 7:15 the next morning. Gotta love those early risers.

Aiden & I waiting for the fireworks to start.
Aiden & I waiting for the fireworks to start.
Fireworks from the park.
Fireworks from the park.
Abby, & Aiden watching the fireworks with Dae-Lynn, Danelle and Dalane.
Abby, & Aiden watching the fireworks with Dae-Lynn, Danelle and Dalane.
Some of the fireworks from the park.
Some of the fireworks from the park.

Now for my small rant. It was funny that when the fireworks did finally start, how many people (mostly teenagers) got up and were walking down past us to go sit down or meet with friends or something (you can see them during the video). I am not exactly sure why they were there if when the fireworks started they decided to get up and walk around instead of just sitting, watching the show, and then going to meet their friends.  If you are there to watch a show, then watch it and if you have no interest of being there then do not come. I will not say that this is worse than when I was a kid because perspective and memories change, however I found it quite rude for people to be walking around during the show. I also counted at least 10 people (adults and teenagers) who were looking at their phone during the fireworks. Anyways, that is it for my rant.

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