The City of Sarnia is gearing up to offer some free family fun under the stars in a healthy, smoke-free environment with the help of Lambton Public Health.

On Sept. 16, 2022 at Centennial Park the City, in partnership with Lambton Public Health (LPH), will host a smoke- and vape-free movie night, highlighting the importance of smoke-free public spaces and how movies can influence children to observe healthy behaviours.

“It’s important for parents to understand that movies influence kids and their future behaviours. Tobacco imagery in popular shows and movies make youth more prone to tobacco and e-cigarette use. In fact 37 per cent of Ontario youth smokers say they began smoking because of what they saw in movies,” said Lisa Clark, health promoter for LPH.

The event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with an array of family-friendly activities including inflatable bouncers, interactive activities, food vendors and air brush tattoos. At 7 p.m. attendees can listen to a short story, featuring children’s literary character Pete the Cat, highlighting the park’s newly installed Little Free Library. A message from LPH will follow before a screening of Lightyear under the stars.

“We really want to send summer off with one last outdoor activity to bring families and the community together in a healthy way that everyone can enjoy for free,” said Community Services Coordinator Rachel Veilleux.

The event will feature free popcorn, and guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets. For more information visit sarnia.ca/Events.