Monday, February 13, 2017     Suzanne Hooker     The Orchard Neighbourhood Community Information - The Orchard

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It’s hard to believe but Family Day is right around the corner, that February long weekend many Ontarians look forward to as a break from the winter drudgery. So what are your plans for this weekend of family and fun? If you’re like many of us and you have no idea as you just got through Valentine’s Day, here are some local ideas to make the planning process a little easier.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Our big neighbour to the east will be hosting some family-friendly activities on the Monday. Visit their Nature Centre for live animals, hands-on activities, crafts and much more. Other park attractions available that day will include the Children's Playbarn, farm animals, tobogganing hill and kilometres of hiking trails suitable for the whole family.

Free Public Skating

For those looking to strap on the skates for free, you have two options in Burlington come Family Day. First off, you can join MPP Eleanor McMahon from 11am-1pm for a free skate at Burlington Central Arena. Free hot chocolate will also be served at this event. Alternatively, you can travel downtown to the Rotary Centennial Pond, weather permitting. Skating is open there from 10am-10pm.

Parks and Recreation Burlington

The city has scheduled a number of activities at several of their facilities throughout the day. Click here to get a complete list of the events for the day. Note that most of these activities are NOT free.

Conservation Halton Parks

If you’re interested in taking a short roadtrip for some Family Day fresh air and much more, then the Conservation Halton Parks should be on your radar. Two of their parks are celebrating Family Day with special events. Mountsberg will be welcoming visitors to their Tales by a Winter’s Fire while Crawford Lake has plans for a very special native event called Snowflakes and Snowsnakes. Go check them out!

The Big Freeze – Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

Ice Age anyone (and no, were talking about the animated movie series)? This exhibition is ideal for those fascinated with everything prehistoric and who are interested in learning more about what our world and environment was like 4 million years ago. There’s definitely a lot to see and do at the RBG!

As you can see, there are several options available that should appeal to most everyone. Check things out, talk it over with your family and make plans to get out sometime during the Family Day long weekend for some fun, exercise and most importantly some good old family bonding. Enjoy!

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