With Family Day fast approaching it is time to start thinking about how your family can get together and get moving.This year Family Day falls on February 19th for Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan, and on February 12th for British Columbia. The holiday is not only a break from your regular schedule but also a great day to set aside and encourage the whole family to add some movement into their day. Here are five ways to integrate movement this Family Day!
With most of the country still covered in snow, we can either sit inside and wait for it to melt, or we can bundle up and enjoy it! Hitting the ski hill with your family is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the winter months together. Whether you ski or snowboard, the hill will most definitely help your whole family to work up a sweat and put a smile on your face. If possible, take the whole long weekend for a getaway on the slopes!
If skiing isn’t what your family loves, try snowshoeing, sledding or skating. These activities can be easily accessed in any Canadian city and are normally inexpensive or free to do.
If the outdoors isn’t calling your name this Family Day, try checking out a museum with your family. Lots of museums and art galleries host Family Day activities! Some of our favourite events going on are:
Family Day is the perfect time to join in on these tours and museums; look up what’s happening in your city on Family Day and you will find something fun to do!
Pack a lunch and take a day trip to explore new trails with the family. You can try out the paths in your city’s natural areas or green space, or if you are lucky enough to live near a Provincial or National Park you can explore some of Canada’s great landscapes. Don’t let the snow stop you from hiking; you can find the trail status online for most parks and a lot of paths are maintained year-round. Nature hikes are a great way to connect with your family and the outdoors.
Indoor Farmers’ Markets are a great way to spend the day with your family. Filled with local vendors, live music, art, games and a friendly community, there is something for every member of the family. There are always markets happening on the weekends and some even host special events for Family Day, like the Eau Claire Market in Calgary or Victoria Public Market.
Sometimes going outside isn’t always an option, but the kids still have a lot of energy that needs to go somewhere. A great way to burn energy, integrate movement and spend time together is to check out an indoor park or playground of some kind. All cities will have an indoor rock climbing gym, most of which are kid-friendly and are a great way to learn something new. If your family is feeling more adventurous, check out a place like Toronto’s Sky Zone trampoline park or Calgary’s InjaNation indoor playground.
Every city and family has their own unique way of spending family time. We hope you find a way to integrate movement into your Family Day this month!
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With back-to-school season approaching quickly, we thought we would take some time to reflect on the importance of movement and physical activity for young children. With kids spending the majority of their days in the classroom, there’s no better place to implement activity that will set children up for a healthy lifestyle. There are so many benefits to encouraging movement in young children; take a look at them here!