|Five-year-old Cadence Lee gets her face painted at the Parkinson Recreation Centre Monday during Family Day festivities.|
Events and activities were held all over the city to celebrate the new holiday.
"We opened at 10 and by 10:01, we had about 200 people inside," said Ryan Donn from Creative Okanagan. The non-profit society partnered with the City of Kelowna and Parkinson Recreation Centre for their Family Day event.
Donn said they expected about 2,000 people to visit Parkinson Recreation Centre on Monday.
Volunteers handed out flashlights and magnets to commemorate the event. Science World Vancouver employees were on hand to do educational demonstrations for kids.
"It's a great event that needed to happen," Donn said.
Jim and Paola Nykyforuk spent Family Day with their daughter, Sophia.
They said the holiday was a good addition to February.
"It's awesome. They need to do something like this more often. It gives families a chance to make time for each other," said Jim Nykyforuk.
Kerry Burke's five-year-old daughter Cadence was getting her face painted at the rec centre. Burke said she's glad that the government created the holiday.
"I think it's about time that the B.C. government did something like this."
The stat holiday was created by Premier Christy Clark last year. More than 31,000 people voted online and chose the third Monday of the month to be the holiday. But the province decided to go with the second Monday of the month instead.
"Whether you hit the slopes or take the kids on a hike, this weekend is about spending time together. I hope everyone enjoys the extra day to spend time together with the people important to them," Clark said in a statement on Sunday.
The Kelowna Family YMCA used the day to kick off the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign at the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre. The pool was open to the public for the day, with a barbecue and bake sale as a fundraiser for the campaign.
"It's been non-stop busy," said Cory Krist of the Kelowna Family YMCA.
"Our Strong Kids Campaign helps to support people and families in need. We decided to launch it on Family Day because we thought it would sync up nicely with the new campaign."
Allison Gostlin spent the day with her two daughters and their grandmother. She's looking forward to the holiday again next year.
"I'm glad there's so much going on in the community. I'm very supportive of it," she said.