Family Day is on Monday, February 19th here in Ontario, but no matter where you live, we have a host of ideas to keep you and your family entertained the whole day though.
Medium Art Studio knows that the family who creates together stays together! Drop in anytime and make a set of ice cream bowls or popcorn bowls for everyone in the family, custom mugs for everyone’s hot chocolate, or choose your own piece and paint it your way!
The Art Gallery of Burlington is open from 12 till 5 pm and is eager to show off their newest exhibits. Be sure to catch “PrimeTime”, the exhibition provides a visual chronology of Canada’s Prime Ministers through a Pop Art filter with works created by Julio Ferrer. And in “Storytellers”, the exhibition presents the work of five artists addressing the idea of storytelling.
3. Build a puzzle. Just don’t tell the kids how awesome puzzles are for learning.
4. Introduce the kids to one of your favourite movies from your childhood. The Parent Trap? Mrs. Doubtfire? Back to the Future?
5. Start a YouTube channel to share your family’s silliness with relatives. Did you know that channels can be private? They’re also a fun “screen time” activity for kids.
6. Make this super easy recipe for play dough.
7. Take the family ice skating at one of the many indoor rinks, or at Rotary Centennial Pond.
8. Learn a new dance move – Can you “dab”? Your kids can probably teach you, mine taught me!
9. Set up a salon and offer manis, pedis, shaves with real shaving cream, and fancy hair-dos to your little customers. If you’re brave enough, you could even be the customer!
10. Build a fort. Or up your fort game like these folks did. #2 is a personal fave.
11. Whoop your kid’s butts at Wii Sports – or any other video game you’re good at!
12. Make a home movie – act out a scene from your favourite TV show or movie, write and record your own play, or sing a song for the camera!
13. Let the kids make the adults breakfast/lunch/dinner. And don’t forget to smile while eating it!
14. Visit a local seniors centre and take them some magazines and crafts. They loooove seeing kids!
15. Bake and decorate a cake – just because you’re the best parent ever. Get some inspiration here.
16. Stay in your pajamas all day long. Because you can.
17. Have an indoor picnic. We put a plastic table cloth down so it’s worry-free.
18. Make a marble or pom pom tunnel – so fun and so easy!
19. Have some fun with science and make a marshmallow catapult. I’m serious, it looks awesome.
20. Use up some of the thousands of Perler beads your kid has. These ideas will have you covered for gifts all year!
21. Find a local skating rink and lace up. A timeless family activity. (Rotary Pond even rents skates now!)
22. Meet the neighbours, and host a Love My Hood party.
23. Grab your sleds, your friends, and your neighbours, and go tobogganing. Bonus points if you bring a thermos of hot chocolate!
24. Have you tried snowshoeing yet? Conservation Halton rents snowshoes and hosts family hikes. (snowy weather permitting)
25. I’m not a fan of spiders, but I LOVE this sticky spiderweb. And it’s an active, mess-free game!
26. There’s no school today, so throwing paper air planes is permitted! Check out this easy to make hanging target!
27. Teach your kids a new game: checkers, chess, crazy 8’s, Battleship, euchre – the list is endless.
28. Did someone say backwards day? Wear your clothes backwards, call each other by your middle names, walk backwards, eat breakfast for dinner, and most importantly – eat dessert first!
29. Take a hike! Nature doesn’t close up shop just because it’s chilly. Burlington is rich with beautiful locales to walk and hike, and there are lots of free spots to visit too!
30. Get a jump on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts with these adorable DIY mugs.
31. Have a staycation right here in Burlington! Choose a hotel (preferably with a pool) and enjoy!
32. FaceTime a friend or family member – local or living abroad – it’s always fun to see those we love.