Spending time with family is important.
So is having fun! Family Day weekend in February is a welcome break for everyone. How can we make the most of it while staying safe and ensuring the safety of others?
The office of Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre has rounded up some great suggestions for how to celebrate locally, all while respecting the physical distancing requirements that are currently in place.
Which of these fun activities might your family enjoy most?
Go for a skate
Why not add some fresh air and exercise to your fun? Take the family for a skate at the Queens Athletic skating oval or the Ramsey Lake skating path, a 1.5-km trail that extends from the Sudbury Rowing and Canoe Club to Science North. The city has a number of outdoor rinks you can enjoy. Did you know there are also 54 neighbourhood rinks throughout Greater Sudbury?
Take a hike
Go for a wintry family hike at Sudbury’s famous Kivi Park. You can even snowshoe, cross-country ski or skate ski along the park’s extensive trail network.
Go ice fishing—for free!
Take the family on a memorable ice fishing expedition on one of the many beautiful lakes that Sudbury has to offer. Family Day weekend is one of just four times a year that there’s no licence required from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Saturday, February 13th to Monday, February 15th is Family Fishing Weekend in Ontario, so bundle up, grab some bait and get out there.
Experience a carnival
The 48th edition of the Walden Winter Carnival runs virtually this year from Friday, February 12th to Sunday, February 14th. Offerings include a free online concert, a snow sculpture contest, a scavenger hunt and a Valentine’s cake decorating contest. There are over 40 online activities you can participate in at home, and you’ll have the chance to win some amazing prizes.
Enjoy a movie
Cuddle up and watch one of the many important Black History Month movies Cineplex is streaming. The collection was curated to elevate Black history, artists and filmmakers and spark discussion. There are several excellent titles to choose from, including Hidden Figures, Selma, 42, Harriet, Fruitvale Station, The Hate U Give and more. One dollar from every transaction in February will be donated to The Black Academy, to help foster opportunities for young and emerging Black talent in Canada’s entertainment industry.
Watch some stand-up comedy
Comedian Derek Seguin is performing a virtual stand-up comedy event that you can watch from the comfort of home. The Montrealer was the 2015 winner of Sirius XM’s Top Comic competition and has performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival six times. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and the event is a fundraiser for the Sudbury Performance Group. Join virtually via Zoom or YouTube: on Zoom you get all of the comedy plus some audience interaction, on YouTube you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Showtime is Friday, February 12th at 9:00 pm.