Among the most appealing qualities of the Oakville lifestyle is the extent to which it aids and abets parents raising their kids.
Think of the whole town as something akin to a “co-parent.” On PA days, for instance, when the kids are home from school, many of the town’s child and adolescent-focused businesses and organizations organize events and activities to harness all that youthful out-of-school energy in positive ways.
Speckles Art Studio offers Bricks & Brushes, a PA Day Camp where kids can paint and play LEGO, while CanLan Ice Sports organizes the Hockey Institute, a one-day camp where future Wayne Gretzkys can perfect their puck control and stick handling skills.
The Town of Oakville does its bit as well. Once the temperature dips below freezing all nine of Oakville’s community park parking lots quickly turn into skating rinks.
Whether its Christmas or Halloween, Canada Day or Easter, rest assured events are planned to entertain and amuse kids, which makes Mom and Dad’s job a lot easier. On Halloween, for instance, an event called Ghost Walks takes teens that aren’t easily spooked on a tour of the Old Town’s haunted places.
Arguably the biggest day of the year on the Oakville Kid’s Calendar, however, is the Children’s Festival in July. Last year, 15,000 kids and their parents crowded into Coronation Park to be feted at a pancake breakfast and a BBQ lunch and be entertained by acts as diverse as Sharon, Bram and Friends and Incredibent.
“We were overwhelmed by the success of the Oakville Children’s Festival,” noted Robin Howarth, the festival’s chairperson. Oakville really and truly is a Kid’s Town.