From festivals to free skating parties, there's no shortage of Family Day activities taking place in Ontario.
But for those of you who are looking beyond the tried-and-true Family Day festivities in your region, here's a round-up of inexpensive and offbeat activities your family can try out. Who knows -- you might just start a new Family Day tradition for your flock!
1. Go fish!
The province of Ontario offers special licence-free family fishing weekends and the Family Day long weekend just happens to be one of them. There are a number of family fishing events and tournaments taking place across the province. Fishing rules, including catch and size limits, still apply. For new anglers, TackleShare loans out rods and reels for free from certain libraries, conservation authorities and provincial parks. There may also be some good city fishing out at the following locations: the Lake Ontario waterfront in Kingston and Toronto; the Rideau River and Dow's Lake in Ottawa; the Thames River in London; and Lake Nipissing in North Bay.
2. Reminisce over old family photos
Photo credit: Paulo Fernandes via Harbord Village History (left), Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star (right)
Take a drive to visit your parents or siblings to pore over old family albums. Each family member can select a cherished photo -- perhaps one of an older sibling holding the new baby or one of all the kids in their Halloween costumes -- to recreate in the present day. The results are guaranteed to be heartwarming and hilarious!
3. Spot some winged wildlife
Conservation areas are incredible spots to spy some winged wildlife. Butterfly lovers can check out conservatories in Niagara or Cambridge. And for amateur birders, The Pinery Provincial Park in Southwestern Ontario is hosting an Owl Prowl on Family Day weekend.
4. Go on a scavenger hunt
This is an activity that works both indoors and outdoors. Generate a list of winter-themed finds inside the house or out on the snowy trails and set the little ones out to see who can find the most. For older kids, you can upgrade your hunt from the traditional checklist to include photographic evidence. Bonus points for the one that spots and snaps a photo of a snowy owl!
5. Learn your local history
Smaller, local museums are the perfect places to learn your city's history. Learn about settlers and founding families, early industries that drove growth and the stories behind the historic properties in your town. Challenge older kids to discover the origins of your street name to foster a connection to your neighbourhood and the city.
6. Learn a family recipe
Every family should have a special recipe to pass down from generation to generation, and Family Day is the perfect opportunity to learn -- or even invent -- yours. A family recipe is a fantastic way to pass on or combine cultural traditions and create lasting memories in the kitchen. You may just find yourself creating a new tradition of preparing your family recipe every Family Day!