Every February, the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia celebrate Family Day. The holiday offers a welcome break in the long stretch between New Year’s and spring break, and it encourages families to spend time together.
Looking for fun ways to spend this Family Day? Try out one of these laid-back and affordable ideas.
Relax over Brunch
Kick back and enjoy a cozy day at home with the family. Make pancakes and hot chocolate, then play games, watch movies, read books or build pillow forts. Stay in your pajamas as long as you can, and make it your mission not to leave the house at all.
Bundle up and get out on the snow or the ice. Spend the day in the fresh air – skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or playing hockey. Head inside and warm up afterward with a hearty hot meal.
Find a Hometown Adventure
See what special events are going on where you live. Check out a museum exhibit, a festival or a concert. Look up the history of your town, and go sightseeing as if you’re visiting for the first time.
Fire Up the Oven
Fill your home with delicious aromas. Have everyone pitch in to bake cookies or bread, or teach your kids how to make a family favorite recipe for dinner.
Go for a Dip
You don’t have to wait until summer to get back in the pool. Visit a heated indoor pool and splash away.
Put together a family time capsule that you’ll open up in 10 or 20 years. Fill an archival box with treasures, letting each family member contribute. Include artwork, photos and newspaper clippings. Have each person (with grown-up help for the little ones) write a letter to his or her future self, telling stories about life now, and musing on what it will be like when you all open the box.
Look for opportunities to volunteer in your community. Visit a nursing home or hospital, put together food baskets, or play with animals at a shelter. Thinking of others will make your time together as a family even more meaningful.