Family Day Activities

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Family Day is in one week on Monday, February 16. Do you need something fun to do? If staying at home isn’t your thing, here is what is happening in London:

ADVENTURES ON WONDERLAND

AOW is open for Family Day from 10am to 8pm AND they’re having a special for Grandparents – bring your grandkids and get $1.50 off each admission!

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The London Children’s Museum is open specially for Family Day this year from 10am to 5pm with lots of big things happening! Come and celebrate by learning about animal families and Black History Month at the Museum!

STORYBOOK GARDENS

The castle is open from 10am to 5pm on Monday for skating, hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows, and even a sleigh ride! ** At the time of posting, the website is showing that this event is still happening. Due to the unfortunate fire and destruction of the barn last week, this may be cancelled.

SKATING

NO PUBLIC SKATING AT ARENAS with the exception of free Family Day Public Skating at Kinsmen Arena from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Argyle Arena 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Stronach Arena 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Victoria Park and the Covent Garden Market will have skating hours during the day.

BOLER MOUNTAIN

Boler Mountain is extending their skiing and snowboarding hours on SUNDAY, February 15 – 9am to 9pm. Bring the family, stay up late!

SWIMMING

CGAC is open for regular programming until 3pm, with an additional rec swim from 1-3pm.

CHOCC pool is open ONLY from 1-3pm for a rec swim.

SLCP is open ONLY for a rec swim from 10-11:30am.

FLEETWAY

Fleetway is open 9am to 11pm on Family Day with all kinds of fun! Bowling, glow golf, rock climbing wall, Playdium, billiards, and of course – Dairy Queen!

PALASAD

Palasad is the place to be this Family Day! Enjoy half price classic pizzas all day – the perfect way to fuel your bowling, arcade, laser tag (south location only) or billiard games!

LASER QUEST

Celebrate Family Day with a triple play at Laser Quest! Three games for only $19 per person. Reserve now!

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY IN SPARTA

If you feel like taking a bit of a drive, head over to Sparta for lots of family fun with fortune telling, a scavenger hunt, the tea room and more!

MAKER FAMILY DAY

Is your child an aspiring techie? Bring them to the UnLab for a day of science and technology as you make a working flashlight together. $40 per family, please register in advance.

WINTERFEST SOUTH HURON 

South Huron is having it’s annual Family Day Winterfest! It starts with breakfast and ends with fireworks, all along the middle is great times for the whole family! Most activities are free, food is an additional charge.

FAMILY ZUMBA AT ELAN DANCE ARTS

Elan Dance Arts is offering FREE Zumba and Zumbini for families on Family Day! Zumbini is for parents and children 0-3 years old at 9:30am, Family Zumba for all ages at 10:30am and Family Fitness Boot Camp for all ages at 10:30am. Let them know you’re coming on Facebook!

 

Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is finally here and if your kids are anything like mine they are probably bouncing off the walls as they countdown to Trick or Treating! Here are some helpful tips to keep this eve fun and safe for everyone.

FOR ADULTS

Drive Slowly. There are bound to be over excited kids out there who will forget to look both ways. Help them out by slowing down and staying focused.

Go With Your Kids. Kids under 10 should have an adult or a responsible teen walking with them. Bring a flashlight!

Plan Ahead. Have a route outlined with your children so they know how far you plan to go and when the fun is up. Have a meeting point designated or a plan if you get separated.

COSTUME SAFETY

Masks Vs. Makeup. Masks are not recommended, especially out in the dark, but if your superhero insists on donning one, make sure s/he can see clearly through and maintains her/his peripheral vision. If you are using make up, test a small spot ahead of time to make sure that your child’s skin won’t react to it.

Lagging Behind. Hike up that ballgown or cape! Make sure your child’s costume isn’t going to be a trip hazard as they go up and down driveways.

Prop Regrets. Swords, wands, and pixie dust really make the outfit, but odds are good that they will get lost somewhere along the way. Unless you are okay with carrying your child’s regretted props, leave them at home for pictures and post-Halloween dress up.

FOR THE KIDS

Slow down.

Look both ways.

Ask before eating.

Stick to the houses with lights on.

Stay on the porch – don’t go inside unless your parents are with you.

Remember to say Thank You!

 

And lastly, as it looks like it might be a wet, cold evening, bundle up! It wouldn’t be a true Canadian Halloween without that extra layer, eh?