With fifteen years between my first and my last child, they have vastly different interests. They all share a love for gaming, but their choices in game systems and games vary, and what they’re allowed to play varies from child to child as well. I’m fairly strict about games. My oldest couldn’t play the shooter games until he was 18 and could buy them himself, and while I don’t prevent my husband from having them, he has to keep them hidden away from the kids. I just don’t feel that participating in violence (real or digitized) should ever be considered entertainment.


However, I understand that kids like action and excitement, and I’m happy to say that they found it with Splatoon. Exclusive to Wii U, Splatoon is a family-friendly game that has all of the fun kids want, without the violence. It is like shooting water guns, only with paint! Splatoon does not have online chat functionality either, which I also prefer in games for my younger children.

Take a look at the game…

 Aside from being a great substitute for third person shooter games, Splatoon is perfect for our family because it’s fun for all ages. It’s not too difficult for my seven year old, yet still fun for my preteens. The colours and adventure make it even more appealing.

Nintendo is inviting you and your family to get messy! They’re travelling across Canada so you can try Nintendo’s new action game, Splatoon, only for the Wii U console. Go head-to-head with a friend and splatter your way to victory. Switch from human form to squid form at any time to swim faster in your coloured ink or hide from your enemies. The more of your coloured ink the ground is covered with, the bigger your advantage. Don’t miss out: Start Inking!

Also at the Splatoon Splatter truck, you have the chance to enter a draw to win a Splatoon Prize Pack. Each week we will be drawing for two lucky winners to take home: a packaged version of Splatoon, a Splatoon amiibo 3-pack, and a Splatoon-themed skin to customize your Wii U GamePad controller.

The Splatoon Splatter truck may be pulling up to a location near you! Check below for dates and locations*:

July 30 – 31: Yogurty’s – 26 McKenzie Towne Gate SE, Calgary – 12pm-4pm
August 1: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary – 10am-7pm
August 2: Cobbs Corn Maze and Family Fun Park – 1500 84 St NE, Calgary – 10am-5pm
August 19 – 22: Whoop Up Days – 3401 Parkside Dr. S, Lethbridge – 1pm-10pm

British Columbia
August 6 – 9: Penticton Peach Festival – Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, Penticton – 11:30am-7:30pm
August 16: Kelowna Art Gallery – 1315 Water St, Kelowna – 1pm-4pm

September 5: GoldEyes – Shaw Park, Winnipeg – 4:30pm-8:30pm
September 6: GoldEyes – Shaw Park, Winnipeg – 12pm-4pm

New Brunswick
August 14: Dieppe Kite Festival – Dover Park, 337 Dover Rd, Dieppe – 1pm-8:30pm
August 15: Acadie Rock – 140 Botsford St, Moncton – 1pm-6pm
August 16: Dieppe Kite Festival – Dover Park, 337 Dover Rd, Dieppe – 1pm-5pm

Nova Scotia
August 1: Natal Day Festival – Alderney Landing – 2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth – 5pm-10pm
August 2: Natal Day Festival – Halifax Common, Halifax – 1pm-9:30pm
August 3: Natal Day Festival – Sullivan’s Pond, Dartmouth – 1pm-5pm
August 6: Yogurty’s – 9999 Highway #1, Saulnierville – 12pm-4pm
August 8 – 9: Digby Scallop Days – Water St, Digby – 9am-5pm

August 28 – 29: Sunlife Financial Waterloo Buskers Carnival – 100 Regina St. S, Waterloo – 1pm-10pm
August 30: Sunlife Financial Waterloo Buskers Carnival – 100 Regina St. S, Waterloo – 12pm-5pm
September 3: Fan Expo – 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto – 4pm-9pm
September 4 – 5: Fan Expo – 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto – 10am-7pm
September 6: Fan Expo – 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto – 10am-5pm
September 7: CNE – The exhibition place, 210 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto – 10am-2pm

August 29: Market Mall – 2325 Preston Ave, Saskatoon – 12pm-4pm
August 30: Yogurty’s – 210 South Service Rd, Melville – 12pm-4pm

There are more locations that are not outlined on this schedule. ‘Follow’ Nintendo on Twitter and ‘Like’ them on Facebook for more updates on dates and locations.

*Entry fees may be required.

Click here for the official rules for the Splatoon Splatter Truck Contest.




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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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