Family Day in Saskatchewan is fast approaching and it’s the perfect time to plan something special! Have you made any plans made for the weekend of February 13-15? If not don’t despair, there are certainly a lot of choices and it’s not too late to figure out what will work best for you and your family! Stay inside or embrace the season, visit an attraction or take a weekend trip. Below I have outlined some of the great things to do. Note, some are time sensitive and require bookings, which may fill up, so if you are interested, call today.
Indoor FUN for Family Day
Schoolhaus Family Day Brunch Class
Do you ever let the kids into the kitchen to help prepare a meal? If not, this may be the perfect reason to sign up for The Family Day Brunch class at Schoolhaus Culinary Arts. This tops my list as something I think would be a fantastic Family Day activity.
There’s a chef in everyone of us (even kids!) ~ Schoolhaus
Firstly, the Schoolhaus environment is so fun! And of course food preparation and cooking are as hands on as gets. Expect to learn something new (yes, even you adults) and watch your kids take pride in helping prepare a meal. The menu is designed to give enough jobs for small hands and challenging enough for the bigger hands to be engaged.
It’s taking place on Sunday, February 14th and runs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The cost of registration is $175 + GST and covers two adults and two children. Each family works together at one table and makes everything on the menu: Super Healthy Green Smoothie, Ham, Cheddar and Potato Chip Frittata, Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes with Warm Vanilla Sauce, and Maple-Black Pepper Bacon. When everyone is done cooking, they pull all the tables together and set up a big family-style meal for the entire class.
*Space is limited, so call today if you are interested. As this is an in demand class, my sincere apologies if it has filled up already for 2016. Note Schoolhaus does private group bookings as well, so you could always set up another time to have some kitchen play time with your family.
After you’ve spent time checking out all of the fun the indoor exhibits have to offer, be sure to head to IMAX for the opening of brand new documentary on “off trail adventures and untamed wilderness”: American Wild – A National Park’s Adventure, happening on Family Day long weekend (starting on Feb 12).
Or, take in a Cinema Science winter camp during the February break (16-19).
How does learning about different sciences from a variety of movies and TV shows sound? Campers will get to do a variety of activities such as: make their own version of angry birds, learn to make sound effects (pew, pew), and at the end of the week even make their own movie! The cost is $160 for SSC Members and $200 for non-members. Junior camp (Ages 6-8) is unfortunately already sold out but there is still room for senior campers (Ages 9-11). Call 306.791.7943 to register!
Bounce the day away at Boomers Air Park
Recently my son talked me into giving Boomers Air Park a go. It wasn’t that I didn’t think it would be super fun – I mean how can you go wrong with two rooms full of trampoline beds and foam pits? I thought I might just hurt myself. Rest assured, Boomers is well supervised and has pretty strict rules to ensure the safety of everyone jumping. And even this former (very accident prone) gymnast, escaped without harm. We had a blast bouncing and laughing the hour away. It’s a great place to burn some excess energy (I’m pretty sure I burned 1,000 calories) while having a lot of fun! Book your tickets ahead of time online.
Head outside if the weather permits on Family Day
RCMP Heritage Centre Arctic Adventures
Returning in 2016 is Arctic Adventures, taking place as the RCMP Heritage Centre. Though we haven’t made it out to this one, it seems like a great draw with oodles of family friendly winter activities including: archery, dog sledding demos, mock ice fishing, Klondike relay, photo booth, crafts and more!
The event is taking place Family Day, Monday, February 15, 2016 from 1 – 4 p.m. Regular admission charges apply but the great news is that you can buy advanced tickets online.
Plan ahead for some time away OR out of town on Family Day
OK, this is technically still in the city but does require spending the night, so in all essence, it is time away!
Call ahead and book a hotel room at the Travelodge Regina where your kids can enjoy Soaked! Waterpark. As this isn’t open to the general public, it requires planning and booking a room in advance.
Call 1.306.586.3443 to book or visit Travelodge Regina.
Another water hot spot in town can be found at the Best Western Seven Oaks. With a three story, 240-foot water slide in the Indoor Sea slide Courtyard Pool, kids will love it.
But, you don’t have to get a hotel room to enjoy the water. Check out the City of Regina pool schedules and fit some water fun in during a family friendly swim time (North West Leisure Centre, Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre or the Lawson Pool at the Sportplex).
Nature refuge near Moose Jaw
Close enough to plan an afternoon away but far enough to feel like a getaway – consider Wakamow Valley, just mere minutes from downtown Moose Jaw for an out of town Family Day trip.
Here your family can completely embrace the season with a skate on the oval rink, a hike (they have 20 km of trails), snowshoeing (free rentals) or cross-country skiing on groomed trails. Tote your winter gear, hot chocolate and winter spirit for an adventurous day out.
Ranch charm and history at Reesor Ranch
Now, if you are looking to take a few days or the whole weekend away, consider a bit of a longer drive – but not too long for young ones. A ranch vacation to Historic Reesor Ranch, a “Canadian Signature Experience,” near Cypress Hills promises the delivery of winter fun meets cozy getaway.
Tuck into the onsite B&B, cabins or log barn. Cabin rooms are dedicated to local ranchers and their history, so expect to also learn a little something during your visit. Bring your snowmobile, toboggan, cross-country skis or snowshoes (some are also available at the ranch) to enjoy some outdoor play time at the ranch.
Dine at the Ranch House Grill after a day of playing in the snow, then head to the games room or relax by the fireplace for a cozy evening in the Cypress Hills countryside.
Learn more about the ranch on their website at reesorranch.com. Call 1.306.662.3498 to book.
Also be sure to check out the Cypress Hills Destination Area for more fun winter ideas!
And of course, CBC Saskatchewan wants to add a little fun to your long weekend so they are giving away some prizes to help you take advantage of the Family Day long weekend.
Just show them your family fun photos!
Send CBC Saskatchewan a photo of what your family does to have fun! Is it board games, snowshoeing, early morning hockey practice or maybe car karaoke? Bonus points if you can make them laugh!
Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or #CBCfamilyfun on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to WIN a fun day for the whole family! The contest closes Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. Winner announced on The Morning Edition with Sheila Coles on Friday, February 12 at 8:15am. Some great prizes are up for grabs:
- Family pass for Arctic Adventures at the RCMP Heritage Centre (Dog sled demos, mock ice fishing, Klondike relay, photo booth, scavenger hunt & more!) – $30
- 1 night stay at a hotel in Regina (Travelodge – night of Feb. 14) $150 plus taxes and fees
- Gift certificate for family dinner at Leopolds East – $100
- Gift certificate to a cafe for hot chocolates (Fresh & Sweet) – $50
- Gift certificate for snowshoe or ski rentals at Fresh Air Experience – $125
Now, if you don’t win the contest, don’t worry, as there is still a ton of fun to be had!