Family Day is one of the most community driven statutory holidays in Canada. B.C.’s first official Family Day took place in 2013, and since then, the province has enjoyed this holiday annually on the second Monday in February. This year, Family Day in B.C. falls on Monday, February 12. Family Day is an important holiday because it encourages families to spend time together and celebrate what family means. Here in North Van, we are fortunate that North Vancouver Recreation and Culture works tirelessly to offer an immense variety of entertaining activities and events for the community to enjoy, and family day is certainly no exception to this! Here are just five of the many amazing options to fill your Family Day with fun.
Craft Workshops - Free
Join other families at Delbrook Community Recreation Centre for some creative craft workshops: Crafting Memories Upcycling, Felting Memories Keepsake, and Collaging Memories. These unique and engaging activities take place from 10:00am-12:00pm and again from 1:00-3:00pm. Delbrook will also have a free photo booth in the lobby from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Family Yoga (5yrs+) - Free
What better way to celebrate Family Day than getting the whole gang to a yoga class? Yoga is a wonderful way to de-stress and get great exercise at any age, so this is a wonderful option for Family Day. Take advantage of Family Yoga from 9:00-10:00am at Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre.
Open Gyms - Free
Watch the kids delight in the activities at open gym while you connect with other families in the community. A perfect and active way to fill some time on Family Day. Parent Participation Open Gym (5-10yrs) 12:00-2:45pm and Open Gym (8+yrs) 3:00-5:30pm, are scheduled at Delbrook. There will also be a number of Parent & Tot and Toddler and Me drop-ins happening. View the website for times.
Family Skates - $2
Lace up the skates and have a ball on the ice this family day! Skating is a very fun and extremely physical activity- perfect for Family Day. You can catch a special Family Skates this Family Day at Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre sponsored by Whole Foods Market from 11:30am–1:00pm and 1:30–3:00pm (only $2 including rentals!) or head to Karen Magnussen for a $2 Family Skate from 12:00pm–3:00pm.
Public Swims - $2
A number of $2 public swims will take place at Delbrook Karen Magnussen, Harry Jerome & Ron Andrews pools. Visit NVRC’s website to view times.
For the full schedule of free and low cost activities happening at NVRC, click here.
What are your plans for Family Day? Perhaps I’ll see you and your family at one of these great events!
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