Fun Family Day activities to do up north

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Last minute activity ideas for the Family Day Weekend

February 16th, 2012


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I love the Family Day weekend. Not only is it a new holiday in the deadliest month of the year, but it actually is a great time to do something fun with the family. If you haven’t planned something, it’s not too late! There are lots of drop-in events to make the most of this snowy holiday.

  • Out and about with Ontario Parks: If you’re heading north, there’s lots of fun stuff to do. Our sister publication Explore posted three great ideas for great winter outdoor activities to do this Family Day at Ontario Parks, including Winter in the Wild, a new one-day festival on Saturday at Algonquin Park, stargazing, snowshoeing, a wolf howl, and skating through the woods (cool!). Programs are offered at specific Ontario Parks, so call ahead to see what the park closest to your cottage has planned.
  • Get hooked on fishing: This weekend is also winter Family Fishing Weekend, when you can try out ice fishing with the kids without a license. The site features lots of activities around the province to get you started.
  • Bird spotting for all ages: Friday through Monday, bird watchers of any experience level can participate in this annual bird tally for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Go for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the weekend and participate in Citizen Science in this 15th annual event. It’s easy: count birds at a spot near you (home, the cottage, a local bird destination) using a printable form (you can also print out a list of bird species for your location), tally the highest number of birds of each species seen together at once, and fill out the online checklist. Check out their special page for kids, which includes online games to practice bird id, colouring pages, and puzzles. Read the instructions to do your own tally at home or at the cottage doing a stationary count (or a travelling count if you’re out for a walk). The Wye Marsh in Midland, or any Ontario Park, nature centre, or trail is a good place to go to count birds. The Great Backyard Bird Count is organized by  Bird Studies Canada, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Audubon Society.

Click here for more ideas to keep the troops entertained. Whatever you do, dress warm, and have fun!



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