Wondering how to celebrate Family Day? I’ve searched and found a number of free (or close to free!) events happening in London and other places nearby. Enjoy tomorrow with your loved ones 🙂
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City of London activities
Free recreation activities on Monday, Feb. 17:
London Curling Club
Free curling clinic and just-for-fun game, Monday, Feb. 17, 9:15-10:30 a.m., new curlers’ instruction, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at London Curling Club, 377 Lyle St.; clean-soled running shoes and warm, layered clothing required; children ages 9+ welcome, accompanied by an adult and must wear a helmet; teens and adults of all ages are welcome; register for Family Day event by calling 519-432-3882 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centre Branch YMCA
There will be many activities offered throughout the day, such as Kidz Combo, Family Boot Camp, Family Yoga, aqua fit and even a bouncy castle during Family Day, Monday, Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Centre Branch YMCA, 382 Waterloo St.; all activities are free; 519-667-2351 or visit www.ymcawo.ca.
Secrets of Radar Museum
Family Day Open House, Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hot refreshments and “radar popcorn” will be available for purchase as well as free tours of the museum’s permanent exhibits, Secrets of Radar Museum, 930 Western Counties Rd., (behind Parkwood Hospital), 519-691-5922
Museum of Ontario Archaeology
Events include storytelling in the longhouse, Indigenous food cafe, traditional snowsnake throwing, snowshoeing, Inuit games, kids craft and more; feature exhibit on Winter Archaeology, ask an archaeologist to identify your artifacts; parking offsite at Banting secondary school with free shuttle bus, accessible parking only at the Museum; Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd.; admission by donation; 519-473-1360 or visit www.archaeologymuseum.ca.
South East London
Celebrate Family Day in south east London, Monday, Feb. 17, 1:30-5 p.m. Open house at YFCLondon, 254 Adelaide St. S. features ball hockey tournament, face painting, arts and crafts, games and volleyball, 1:30-4 p.m., followed by Talent Show, 2-3:30 p.m. Free family skate at Glen Cairn Arena, 3-5 p.m. at 370 Chippendale Cres. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
Drop in for art activities, games and more, geared toward JK to Grade 5, Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas; everyone welcome, free; 519-631-4040 or visit www.stepac.ca.
Events happening Monday, Feb. 17 include: breakfast by the Exeter Lions Club; try curling at the Exeter Curling Club; free snowshoeing by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at the Rec Center; big screen movie organized by Big Brothers, Big Sisters held at the Exeter elementary school; free indoor skating, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; tobogganning at MacNaughton Park all day; grand finale of fireworks over the MacNaughton Dam at 7 p.m.; hosted by the community of South Huron; visit familydaywinterfest.ca.
Fun, games, scavenger hunt, free draws in participating stores, free hotdogs (conditions apply), Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Sparta Village (corner of County Roads 36 and 27); donations for the Caring Cupboard appreciated.
Huron County Museum
Enjoy some of Huron County’s favourite winter pastimes, build a village of snowpeople on the front lawn, and explore the winter exhibits, Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Huron County Museum, 110 North St., Goderich; free event sponsored by Museum Friends and Volunteers; 519-524-2686 or visit www.huroncounty.ca/museum.
Elgin County Railway Museum
Visit the historic MCRR Locomotive shops and discover railway artifact displays, rolling stock, and the History in Motion Model Railway. Climb aboard and explore the interior of a caboose and our 5700 Steam Engine. Open Family Day, noon-4 p.m. Admission: adults $5, children 3-12 years old $2, under three free. 225 Wellington St. in St. Thomas; 519-637-6284 or visit www.ecrm5700.org.