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Mom of the House: A handy list of local family-fun events and attractions for Family Day!

In this week's column, Brianna curates a few events for local families to choose from and you may have a hard time choosing between the fantastic line-up of events this year
Mom of the House with Brianna Bell

Family Day is one bright and hopeful day in the middle of the cold and dreary winter for many Ontarians. Our family takes advantage of this statutory holiday each year by finding a fun-filled event to attend as a family.

Last year, we enjoyed the Hug-A-Bug Event at the Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, and this year we are hoping to find a new event to make family memories at.

In Guelph and the surrounding areas there are plenty of things to do on Family Day — Feb. 20 this year. I’ve curated a few events for local families to choose from, and if you’re like me, you may have a hard time choosing between the fantastic line-up of events this year!

  1. “In the Nick of Time” Live Show @ The Sleeman Centre: For families that love hockey, after the Guelph Storm Game at 6 p.m. a special event will be taking place for families to enjoy. The event features a world class ice show, starring many world class skaters, including Emanuel Sandhu, Jozef Sabovcik, Richard Dornbush, Dan Hollander, and the first woman to perform a backflip, Rory Flack.

    This event is sponsored by the Nicholas Lambton Foundation and many other local businesses, and will be followed by a Family Day Skate with the Guelph Storm players.

  2. Family Day @ The Guelph Civic Museum: Drop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guelph Civic Museum. The Museum is hosting a Family Day event with lots of DIY family fun.

  3. Pancake Breakfast @ Trinity United Church: Start your Family Day off with a free Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Royal City Lions from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Trinity United Church (400 Stevenson St North). Donations are being accepted for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

  4. Knightfest @ Guelph Youth Music Centre: Your family can enjoy a fun and free Medieval Festival on Family Day, hosted by the Guelph Youth Music Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the second annual Knightfest, and the festival will include Medieval era-themed displays, costumes, games, activities and entertainment. Find out more about the event here.

  5. Family Day Fun @ The City of Guelph: There are lots of fun family-friendly events hosted by the City of Guelph’s West End Community Centre. Events include the Family Day Free Skate, sponsored by Boston PIzza Guelph at 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Other events include various swimming times, family yoga, preschool drop-in, arts and crafts, live-music and hot chocolate, and much more. To enjoy Family Day Fun families can purchase a day pass for $20/per family. See the full list of events here.
  6. Insect Petting Zoo @ the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory: From Feb. 18 to 20 the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory will be hosting their annual Hug-A-Bug Family Day weekend. The entire weekend is jam-packed with family-approved fun, from an insect petting zoo, a special express menu at the Chrysalis Cafe, and lots of butterflies and birds to enjoy. Regular admission price applies, find out more here.

  7. Winter Family Day Fun @ Rockwood Conservation Park: The Grand River Conservation Authority will be hosting a Free Family Day event full of outdoor fun for the whole family. The event includes horse-drawn wagon rides, fire trucks to explore, guided hikes, campfires, snowshoeing, and more. Food and hot chocolate will also be available for purchase. For details visit the event website here.

  8. Tyrannosaurs Exhibit @ the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener: For the first time in North America the Tyrannosaurs Exhibit is on display a short drive from Guelph at the Waterloo Region Museum. The Museum is hosting a fun-filled Family Day weekend with lots of interactive dinosaur games, activities and crafts. Find details here.  

  9. Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit @ Wellington County Museum and Archives: At the museum in Fergus a new Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit includes 12 unique showcases, as well as five interactive games and 3 NHL trophies. Find out more about the special Family Day event here.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below! What will you be doing this Family Day?