Local residents can spend a whole day at Valley Gardens Community Centre’s Family Fun Days.
Events kick off on Friday, Aug. 30 with a to-be-determined movie at dusk, and the club will be the place to be the next day, as there are events running right from 8:30 a.m. to midnight.
The club is located at 218 Antrim Rd.
Saturday’s events start with a bike parade from John de Graff School where a pancake breakfast will await the pedallers when they arrive at the centre. Centre publicity director Wayne Elliott stressed that the event is open to all, as parents and grandparents push smaller children in strollers while older children make their way on two wheels.
"The kids decorate their bikes up, and some of them go quite crazy with cardboard wings and who knows what," Elliott said, noting there are prizes for the best decorations.
Famed clown and McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald is also expected to take part in the bike ride, and then perform a magic show for attendees.
After breakfast, there will be plenty to see and do. An Elvis impersonator and seven local bands, with performers ranging in age from teens to seniors, will grace the stage. As well, there will be bouncers, games and contests, a candy scramble, craft tables and food.
New events planned for this year include a horseshoe contest and a car rally. Elliott said there will be prizes at the car rally, and several antique car clubs have been invited to participate.
Those interested in joining the horseshoe contest or car rally are encouraged to register with the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-668-6927.
To cap off the day, the club will hold a social and will even provide free child care.
"They’ll show kiddie movies in the area here, and people can go to the social and know that their kids are looked after," Elliott said. "We’ll give them free popcorn and stuff like that."
Club office assistant Debbie Neufeld, a former Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival committee chairperson, has had a major hand in the planning. She said her involvement in the festival has been a help when planning this event.
"We did a lot of the same things — the vendors are something that we did there," Neufeld said. "Even the contacts (are the same), as we did the local bands at Hi Neighbour every year. I know to put it out there and the people will come."
For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page or its website at http://www.valleygardenscc.com