Sunshine and warmth are just around the corner as Monday, February 15 marks the midway point of this dreary, depressing month. It’s also a holiday in Ontario to celebrate Family Day and that means you need to find something to do with the kids!
Here are five fun things that should keep you busy all weekend long in Ontario (Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan also celebrate Family Day on Feb. 15 and I’m sure there are lots of things to do in those provinces as well).
My wife, kids and I just spent a few days up north around Horseshoe Resort in Barrie and it was a blast. As I don’t ski (and I chickened out on trying it after I said I would) we mainly stuck to tubing, which was crazy fun because of the super icy track they have going on. We did enjoy watching the skiers and snowboarders from the comfort of the restaurants we ate at, and sitting by the outdoor fire pits was a nice way to end the day. If tubing and skiing are not your thing, there are many other winter activities you can do outside in Ontario with the whole family.
Check out some awesome cars
The 2016 Canadian International AutoShow kicks off Feb. 12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and along with a selection of fan vehicles on display, I’m excited to check out the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Chevy’s long-range electric 2017 Bolt EV (which can supposedly go 320 kilometres on a full charge) up close and personal. My wife and kids are pumped for Volkswagen’s Beetle Dune and Maserati’s rare Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna. Ford is also bringing Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey in to help kick off the Ford Performance Zone – which is fitting since the NBA All-Star Game is also on this weekend in Toronto. The Canadian International AutoShow runs Feb. 12 to 21. Visit autoshow.ca for more info.
See something new at the Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre is launching its new Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age exhibit on Feb. 10 and it’s sure to entertain and educate kids and adults alike. The exhibit, which is free to access with regular admission to the Science Centre, features fossils, life-sized displays and the chance to find out what it feels like to have a trunk (and you get to wear a robotic trunk – how cool is that!). Check out ontariosciencecentre.ca for more info.
Catch a movie
If you’re looking to catch a movie with the kids, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a safe bet for all ages, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens is good for the 8+ crowd (and if you’ve already seen it, it’s worth seeing again). Cineplex is also screening Hotel Transylvania 2 at select theatres for $2.99 on Saturday morning as part of its Family Favourites series. If you prefer to stay home, The Peanuts Movie is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD and Inside Out and The LEGO Movie are both streaming on Netflix.
WATCH: Trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3
Make Valentine’s Day dinner together
My kids love being in the kitchen cooking with my wife and I and since we usually don’t get out for Valentine’s Day (too expensive), we tend to turn it into a family event and make a big meal together at home. It might not be as romantic as we’d like, but it’s always a memorable time and the boys feel like they are doing something special for us. Now if we can only agree on what to make…
What do you plan to do this Family Day/Valentine’s Day weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.