10 ways to have fun on Family Day
If you’re fortunate enough to get Family Day off, buckle up for some fun this year. Family Day 2018 is this Monday and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the time with your loved ones. Here are 10 to try:
1. West End Community Centre
21 Imperial Rd., Guelph
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy swimming, skating and fun family activities. Free admission. Activities include shinny, Quidditch (from Harry Potter, if you’ll recall), arts and crafts, yoga and more. Details here.
2. Victoria Road Recreation Centre
151 Victoria Road North, Guelph
Also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also a variety of activities, which include Olympic viewing, family boot camp, swimming, arts and crafts and skating. Details here.
3. War Memorial Hall
University of Guelph, 390 Gordon St.
This one takes place on Sunday, Feb. 18. From 3 to 4 p.m. catch Bob Cates – Canadian juggling champion, comedian & physical variety show artist. (Doors open at 2:30 and the event is a first-come, first-seated, donation at the door fundraising event presented by Family & Children's Service of Guelph and Wellington County.) Details here.
4. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
2500 Kossuth Rd.
It’s Family Day all weekend at the conservatory with a bonus pet-them-if-you-dare exotic bug petting zoo. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and regular admissions apply. Details here.
5. Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk St.
The museum promises an afternoon with lots of DIY family fun on Family Day. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $5. Details here.
6. Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan St.
Thanks to an anonymous sponsor rescuing it from cancellation, Knightsfest is back! The popular Medieval festival returns Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free family-friendly event offers displays, costumes, games, activities and entertainment, all to the theme of the Medieval era. No registration is required, but it is first-come, first-served. Details here.
7. Art Gallery of Guelph
358 Gordon St.
There are mini-mysteries to solve at the gallery, where miniature sleuths can use clues to seek out artworks and solve riddles in the exhibition 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact. There are plenty of other activities as well. The mini-mysteries is a free drop-in program offered from noon to 5 p.m. Details here.
8. Around Kitchener
There are plenty of events to check out in Kitchener, many of them listed on the city’s website. Options include basketball, skating, a movie night, games, barbecue, sledding and more. Some are free and some require registration. Details here.
9. Around Waterloo
The City of Waterloo also lists several activities (as well as noting facilities that are closed). From swimming to skating to basketball and soccer, there are lots to keep you busy. Details here.
10. Around Cambridge
And the City of Cambridge offers several free events on Family Day, such as swimming, skating, and arts. You may need to register, though. Details here.