THUNDER BAY – Have you made your plans for New Year’s Eve? Family members of all ages can join in the fun and festivities as Fort William Historical Park hosts the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic, happening from 6 ‘til 10 pm, Saturday, December 31st. You and your family will enjoy plenty of outdoor and indoor activities. Bring your skates and toboggans for the rink and sliding hill. Go for a snowshoe trek (snowshoes supplied). Join in heritage games of shinny (field hockey, fur trade style) and snowsnake (tossing short sticks in snow troughs). Warm up by the bonfires throughout the site. Visit with Father Time. Sign the Resolution Board.
Dog sled rides are offered at $10.00 per ride (2 adults or 2-3 children per ride). There is limited capacity, so patrons are urged to come early before the rides sell out.
There are also children’s entertainers, Wii games, and crafts. Make a creative hat and compete for great prizes in the Crazy Hat Contest.
Main stage entertainment features the Smooth Criminals with their Michael Jackson Tribute. Also performing in other locations are Flipper Flanagan’s Flat-footed Four, and the Grumpy Grampas.
Admission for the Family Frolic: adults, $8.85; seniors, students age 13-18, and youths age 6-12, $7.08; and children age 5 and under, free. All prices are plus HST.
Snacks will be sold in the Cantine and hot chocolate stations will be set up around the site.
The Neebing bus will run to the Park at 5:25 pm, 6:45 pm, 9:10 pm, and 10:25 pm.
Everyone will gather in the Main Square at 9:55 pm for the fabulous fireworks display at 10:00 pm. The little ones get a chance to enjoy New Year’s excitement before heading home for bed.
Ring in 2012 during the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic at Fort William Historical Park from 6 to 10 pm Saturday, December 31st.
Photo courtesy of Fort William Historical Park