Family Day is celebrated on the second or third Monday of February (depending on the province). First launched in Alberta in 1990, and now celebrated in most provinces across the country, there are endless family festivals and organized events to mark the day. Outdoor activities top our list and we’ve compiled our favourite outdoor winter activities to celebrate!
Play in the Snow
If there’s snow, then making snow angels, a snowman or a snow fort are some of the most fun all-ages activities. Invite neighbourhood friends to join in the fun and create a little snow village. When you’re done, head indoors to make hot chocolate and have a movie marathon.
Plan a Winter Hike
Have a dog? Then a hike is a no brainer! Bundle up and enjoy nature. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, some trail mix for the humans, and sunflower seeds to feed wild chickadees. Don’t forget your camera to capture some frozen magic on the trail.
Spend Time on a Toboggan
When was the last time you enjoyed the thrill of a toboggan ride? Find the steepest hill in the neighbourhood and see who has the guts to go first. Try different toboggan loading different combinations to make your sled go faster. Kids with adults, multiple kids, or a couple of friends (wearing masks) make for a thrilling ride. Don’t forget your helmet!
Have a Winter Campfire
There’s nothing like warming up by an open fire during or after a snowfall. Invite neighbours (as long as you stay in your restricted limits) to gather for s’mores or hot chocolate. Kick it up a notch by gathering at night to tell scary stories, or encourage a lively sing-a-long.
Go Snow Painting
If your kids have exceptional artistic talent, introduce them to a new medium: snow! Just a few drops of food colouring in a spray bottle filled with water can turn your backyard or local park from a blank canvas into a masterpiece.
DIY Hand Warmers
So easy to make, hand warmers are great for keeping little and big hands nice and toasty.
- Add ¼ cup of uncooked beans or rice into two child-sized socks
- To limit the mess, place an empty toilet paper tube into the sick to fill with beans/rice
- Optional fragrance step: Add a couple drops of lavender oil
- Tightly tie the socks closed with twine or strong string.
- To heat, microwave on high for 45 seconds. Microwave heat varies between each machine, so check the warmer before popping it into your child’s mitten.
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