By Robin Stevenson and Samantha Wu
The Oil Sands Discovery Centre
Learn all about the Earth in this themed event filled with special activities, performances with The Odd-Pot Puppetry Co., special presentations and an outdoor scavenger hunt. Admission is free but call in advance to book your place. For more information call 780-743-7167 or visit oilssandsdiscovery.com.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum
Start off Family Day weekend with a prehistoric blast from the past with a Camp-In at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Beginning Sunday evening, come in for dinner and stay for three fun, family-friendly, educational and interactive family activities. Follow it with a bedtime snack and spend the night with your sleeping bag in tow in Dinosaur Hall surrounded by giants from the past. In the morning post breakfast, you’ll be the first to explore the galleries before the crowds. Costs: $48 per child (5-13), $25 per one required chaperone, $48 per additional chaperone. For more information or to book a fossil casting reservation, call 403-820-6225 or visit tyrrellmuseum.com.
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
Take a visit to the historic home of the first premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, this Family Day to celebrate Alberta’s history. Experience Edwardian family life with different family activities. Take a tour of the mansion, sample cookies made in a wood-burning oven and try your hand at old-fashioned arts and crafts. Open from 12-4 p.m. For more information visit, culture.alberta.ca/rh.
City of Saskatchewan Leisure Services
Spend the day being active with the whole family in the water or on the ice at the Family Day Swim or Skate. From 1 to 3 p.m. your family can choose from these two FREE events to help stay fit. Enjoy swimming at the Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre or skating at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval. Check saskatoon.ca for more information or call 306-975-3392.
Celebrate Heritage on Family Day
Family Day is also Heritage Day in Saskatchewan and what better way to celebrate than taking a family history lesson. Take the kids on a walking tour of your own childhood neighbourhood and share memories along the way or look through old photographs with your family. For more ways to celebrate family and heritage, visit saskculture.sk.ca.
The Toronto Zoo
Take a trip on the wild side with a visit to the Toronto Zoo with half off the price of admission. Check out the info-filled family trees posted throughout the tropical pavilions. Go to torontozoo.com for more information.
Skate on outdoor rinks, rent snowshoes and traverse the 25-acre historic village, or take part in some fun indoor activities including a Genealogy class for families at the Markham Winter Carnival on Family Day Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2. Call (905) 294-4576 or visit markhammuseum.ca for more information.
Bring your family to Parliament Hill and build a snow angel. Each snow angel will represent a child waiting for a family in the care of an Eastern Ontario Children’s Aid Society. From 11 until 1 p.m. with free activities. Visit fosterasnowangel.com for more information.