In just a few short years, we’ve seen Family Day grow from a quiet day off, like a P.D. day for the whole family, to province-wide celebrations. Alberta’s been taking off the third Monday in February since 1990, but Ontario and Saskatchewan are only on their fourth and fifth observances of the holiday, respectively. Manitoba and P.E.I also take the day off, but they call it something else. With B.C. joining the party next year, will we soon see Family Day eclipse Valentine’s Day in terms of holiday celebrations in February?
In order to get the most family fun out of Family Day, here are some options:
In Calgary, get yourself to the Funnovation Imaginarium happening at Old Navy. It’s a free party where kids can create inventions, design accessories, strut their stuff on a catwalk and show off their best dance moves on the Funky Floor.
Get the details: bunchfamily.ca
For those looking for an outdoor party in Calgary, TD Winterfest offers free skating, live music and snowman and ice castle building.
Get the details: tdlocal.com
In Edmonton, there’s more free skating plus wagon rides and music. We like the idea of sipping on hot chocolate while inside of a teepee.
Get the details: edmonton.ca
Moving East to Saskatchewan, if you’re in Regina, consider bringing the family to the Science Centre. It has wall-climbing sessions for any wannabe Spider-Mans, a Titanic exhibit and a 3-D film on Tornado Alley.
Get the details: sasksciencecentre.com
If your kids are curious about family life in pioneer days and you happen to be in Saskatoon, head over to the Marr Residence. You can make an old-fashioned toys and eat old-fashioned cookies.
Get the details: sasktourism.com
In our nation’s capitol, there’s another Funnovation Imaginarium party at the Rideau Centre. Do you really want to miss the chance to strut your stuff on a catwalk that’s made of cats? A free event with quirky crafts and a dance party is a pretty safe bet for guaranteed family fun.
Get the details: bunchfamily.ca
Looking for a safe place for your kids to make some noise in Ottawa? The Baobab Drum Dance Community is hosting a family drumming workshop.
Get the details: baobabtree.org
In Toronto, kids are taking over the Art Gallery of Ontario and turning it into the Kids Gallery of Ontario for one day only! Kids will also create art for a Gallery exhibition called Kid Nouveau and hobnob with artists of the past including Picasso, Warhol and Kahlo.
Get the details: ago.net
Elsewhere in Toronto, Casa Loma is offering family archery workshops where kids and parents can learn about the history of the sport before they do their best Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen impressions.
Get the details: casaloma.org
If your family just feels like hunkering down at home, you can use this newish holiday as an opportunity to create new family traditions. One Bunch mom buys a blank canvas for each member of the family and they spend part of the day creating portraits of one another. Now they’ve got a whole collection of Family Day art. Whatever you do, or wherever you end up going, Family Day provides a great opportunity to make new family memories.
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