oak bay tea partyWho wants to attend a carnival that has a spectacular airshow, a colourful parade, a hilarious bathtub race, and dazzling fireworks, all set in the picturesque scenery of Vancouver Island? Shooting Star does, for starters! Hold on to your hats because there could almost be too much fun in Victoria on the first weekend of June. It’s time for the 2017 Oak Bay Tea Party

It’s a Huge Celebration

The Oak Bay Tea Party is an annual family community event that provides a venue for service groups like the Kiwanis and Lions to fund raise for their various community projects. This year’s bash will be held from Saturday June 3rd through Sunday June 4th at Willows Beach, Victoria, BC, and is promising to be mega-fun. It not only marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, but also the Tea Party’s 55th year.

Rides and Games in the Sunshine

Already glorious sunny weather has descended on British Columbia and we’re set for an AMAZING time. Think of the views from the Ferris Wheel overlooking stunning Oak Bay!

The Shooting Star gang will be opening the midway at Willows Park (corner of Beach Drive and Dalhousie Street, beside the Kiwanis Tea House) at 4:00pm on Friday June 2nd. Opening night is Wristband Night, so get your wristbands for unlimited rides at discount prices. 

Saturday is Mad Hatter Day! The midway opens at 10:00am and goes until 10:00pm.

And on Sunday, you can get your fill of carnival thrills from 10:00am until 7:00pm.

There will be LOADS of amusement rides to choose from! From the Merry-Go-Round to the Ferris Wheel to the Sizzler, you and your family will have the time of your life. Don’t forget the Bumper Cars. Crashing and spinning into others will make everyone laugh hysterically!

Plus we have all the classic midway games to amuse all generations and strengthen bonds in friendly competition.

Events Not to be Missed

The 2017 Tea Party is jam packed with awesome events.

  • Fireworks! 10:00pm on Saturday June 3rd, make sure you have your folding chair or picnic blanket set up because the sky is going to light up in a major way.
  • Bathtub Race: This has become the classic defining event each year. There are no words to describe the sight of real bathtubs racing in the water. At 1:00pm on Sunday June 4th, get ready to cheer and laugh as contestants try to navigate their bathtubs to the finish line at Willows Beach.
  • The Annual Parade. On Saturday you can watch the annual Oak Bay Tea Party Parade. Many local organizations will be there with their colourful floats, and kids of all ages will be riding decorated bikes, scooters and tricycles. The parade starts at Windsor Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday June 3rd and will proceed through the streets to Willows Park for the ribbon ceremony.
  • Airshow: At 2:00pm on Sunday, be mesmerized by the spectacular airshow. The unbelievable aerobatics and skydivers will leave you breathless.
  • There will be bands, bands, BANDS all day Saturday and into Sunday.
  • Plus… a sea rescue demonstration, kayak rides, the Mayor’s Floating Teacup Race, the list goes on and on.

Did We Say Food?

Shooting Star’s food vendors are right now ordering the best and freshest burgers, fries, hotdogs, candy floss, ice cream, lemonade, Mexican delights, and of course, those delicious mini-donuts!

Meanwhile, before the midway opens, the Esquimalt Lions are hosting a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am until 11:00am.

So, what are you waiting for? Victoria locals are already scoping out their firework watching spots. If you’re coming from the mainland, reserve your ferry spots NOW! Hurry! You don’t want to miss a second of all the fun at the 2017 Oak Bay Tea Party!

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group outing ideas / bc spring carnivalDo you have a special event coming up and are racking your brain how to make it super fun? Are you searching for a great idea for your social group, your club, your company department, or even your sporting team? Group outings to pubs and restaurants are OK, but you want something that will really entertain and bond people.

How about bringing them to one of BC’s spring and summer carnivals and setting them loose on the midway games and rides. It might just be the perfect way to bring everyone together for a reward and a special occasion full of smiles and laughter. Throughout spring and summer 2017, Shooting Star Amusements will be at carnivals all over BC, bringing laughter and joy to everyone. 

A Carnival Outing is Great for ALL These Groups

  • Graduation parties
  • Birthday parties
  • Family reunions
  • School field trips
  • Big brothers and big sisters
  • Tweens who want a little freedom from Mum and Dad
  • Church groups
  • Social clubs
  • Seniors groups
  • Corporate teams
  • Sporting teams
  • Special needs groups

How many activities can you name that will satisfy this many?!

The Group Outing That Actually Works for Everyone

Choosing an activity for a group outing sure has its challenges. You have to make sure the activity suits the ages, interests and abilities of all group members.

Sure, you can do escape rooms, but certain personalities tend to dominate. Movies are good, yes, but there’s not much interactive fun. A pub outing is good, but only for certain age groups and provided nobody drinks too much. A concert appeals only to some people. Same for a sporting event or activity.

This is where one of BC’s spring and summer carnivals comes to the rescue with a wide variety of amusements and activities to suit multiple tastes, age groups, personalities and needs.

Attractions for All Generations

Midway rides make for amazing memories and huge smiles. From the Merry-Go-Round to the Ferris Wheel to the Lightning Bolt, there’s a ride for everyone.

Then there are midway games that are not only fun but strengthen friendships and bonds through laughter and friendly competition.

Otherwise, from live music to dog shows to arts and crafts, a carnival has activities for everyone to enjoy.

Then there’s food… burgers, fries, hotdogs, candy floss, ice cream, lemonade, Mexican delights, you name it, plus… the famous mini-donuts beloved by all.

Great for You the Host

Hosting a carnival group outing means easy planning and there’s nothing for you to set up. All the activities and entertainments are already there, waiting for your guests to enjoy. And the added bonus? You won’t have to clean up afterwards! 

A Memorable Gift to Give and Receive

A group outing to a BC spring/summer carnival is quite simply a great gift that people will always remember. There is no better way to strengthen friendships, team spirit, or family bonds than experiencing fun, joy and laughter together.

Where the 2017 Carnival Action is At

Shooting Star is bringing its midway to all these places. See you there!

Rutland May Days 2017 May 19 – May 21 2017 Rutland, BC
Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre 2017 May 26 – May 28 2017 Penticton, BC
Oak Bay Tea Party 2017 Jun 02 – Jun 04 2017 Oak Bay, BC
Lumby Days 2017 Jun 09 – Jun 11 2017 Lumby, BC
Pt. Grey Fiesta 2017 Jun 16 – Jun 18 2017 Vancouver, BC
Surrey Canada Day 2017 Jul 01 – Jul 01 2017 Surrey, BC
Quesnel Billy Barker Days Carnival 2017 Jul 13 – Jul 16 2017 Quesnel, BC
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Festival 2017 Jul 29 – Jul 30 2017 Maple Ridge, BC
Abbotsford Agrifair 2017 Aug 04 – Aug 06 2017 Abbotsford, BC
Penticton Peach Festival 2017 Aug 08 – Aug 13 2017 Penticton, BC
Vancouver Island Exhibition 2017 Aug 18 – Aug 20 2017 Nanaimo, BC
Bulkley Valley Exhibition 2017 Aug 24 – Aug 27 2017 Smithers, BC
Salmon Arm Fall Fair 2017 Sep 08 – Sep 10 2017 Salmon Arm, BC
Rock Creek and Boundary Fair 2017 Sep 16 – Sep 17 2017 Rock Creek, BC


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