Investing in Children Blog

Kids First Day Winners Announced!

The weather was gorgeous, the activities were a blast and smiles were plentiful on Friday April 17 for Kids First Day!

On Friday April 17, thousands of children enjoyed free or low-cost activities in London and area for Kids First Day. The activities included arts and crafts, science experiments, golfing, cooking, swimming, bowling, dancing, magic shows and more!

Some favourites this year that drew hundreds of visitors, include: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, PC Cooking School at Oxford/Gammage, Storybook Gardens, Scouts Canada, and Kiwi Kraze (an amazing 500 children enjoyed 5oz of free frozen yogurt!). 

We couldn't have asked for a better day, and as we review your feedback, many of you feel the same way. At the South London Michaels location, where participants hand painted a picture frame then got their photo taken with Elsa from Frozen, one young participant told their mother, "This is better than Disney World!"

We look forward to everyone joining us for another fun event in 2016!

Thank You to Our Sponsor and Partners

A huge thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Forest City London for sponsoring Kids First Day. We would also like to thank all of the wonderful businesses and organizations who opened their doors to children and their families with free or low-cost events or donated a prize:

  • LUSO Community Services
  • Mad Science of London
  • Merrymount
  • Michaels Arts & Crafts
  • Middlesex London Health Unit
  • Museum London
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • North London Dance Centre
  • ONE Hip Hop Dance Studio
  • Ontario Early Years - London West
  • Palasad
  • PC Cooking School (RCSS)
  • Scholar's Choice
  • Scouts Canada
  • Sifton Properties Limited
  • Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum
  • SLNRC Families First CAPC
  • South London Community Pool
  • Stoney Creek Community Centre & YMCA
  • Storybook Gardens
  • The Grand Theatre
  • U C MAS London
  • Whitehills Childcare
  • YMCA Bob Hayward
  • YMAC Centre Branch
  • Adventures on Wonderland
  • Aikido Network
  • ArtVenture Art Studio
  • Banting House NHS
  • Bowlarama
  • Boys & Girls Club of London
  • Chapters
  • Childreach
  • City of London Recreation
  • Covent Garden Market
  • East Park Golf Gardens
  • Eldon House
  • Family Centre Carling Thames / Northbrae PS
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village
  • Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre
  • Home Depot
  • Indigo
  • Islamic Centre of Southwestern Ontario
  • Kiwi Kraze
  • La Ribambelle
  • Laser Quest
  • London Children's Museum
  • London Public Library

Congratulations to the Winners

Children who participated in three or more activities could submit their Kids First Day Passport and/or fill out our online survey for a chance to win a prize. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone else who took the time to fill out and submit their Kids First Day Passport! The winners, listed below, have all been notified via e-mail and/or phone:

  • ArtVenture Art Studio: $25 Gift Certificate for Art Classes, Birthday Parties or Art Camps - M. Cole
  • Boys & Girls Club of London: 10 Free Passes for a One-Time Visit to the Club During Drop-in Programs - K. Norton
  • Childreach: Books & Puppet - L. Bell
  • Covent Garden Market: Market Gift Certificate - M. Bourke
  • East Park Golf Gardens: 5 Water Park Day Passes - K. Sheffield
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village: 2015 Family Membership - A. Rikley
  • Kiwi Kraze: Kiwi Kraze T-Shirt & Gift Card - D. Cooper
  • La Ribambelle: Bag of French Books - L. Mosey
  • London Children's Museum: 6 Month Family Membership - L. Cossey
  • London Public Library: Dora the Explorer Busy Book - L. Almond
  • London Public Library: Lego Ninjago Brickmaster Set - E. Pye
  • LUSO Community Services: Stuffed Toy, Bag and Books - J. Aldorn
  • LUSO Community Services: Stuffed Toy - C. Harvey
  • Mad Science of London: Gift Certificate & Bag - C. Wright
  • Museum London: Certificate for a Free PA Day Camp, Ages 6-12 - S. Doxtator
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology: MOA Assorted Gifts - K. Mercer
  • North London Dance Studio: Dance Bag & Gift Certificate for an 8-Week Toddler Time Dance Session - L. Lafrance
  • Palasad: Bowling Party for up to 8 People - R. Cree-Lowe
  • PC Cooking School: 1 Free Kitchen Kids Cooking Class for 2 Children, Ages 6-11 - C. Tomasak
  • Scouts Canada: 3 Bags of Scout Popcorn - K. Beaton
  • Sifton Properties Limited: 3 Month Family of Four Membership at the Berkshire Club - T. Woodbridge
  • SLNRC Families First CAPC: Toy - E. Meyer
  • The Grand Theatre: 2 Tickets to BOOM - S. Meyer
  • U C MAS London: U C MAS Assorted Gifts - Trent Robichaud
  • YMCA Bob Hayward: 6 Month Family Membership to YMCA Bob Hayward - C. Carr
  • YMCA Centre Branch: 1 Month Family Pass to YMCA - T. Jenner

If you would like to host an activity for Kids First Day 2016, please e-mail