Ah, long weekends! While it’s never really time off for mom, the change in pace that a long weekend can bring is always a refreshing change of routine. This Family Day in Durham there are lots of inexpensive activities on offer for you to enjoy with your family:
Watch a live children’s show at Winterfest in Ajax.
Pick up a cup of free hot chocolate while you’re at the Winterfest family event. The children’s live show starts at 2pm, so if baby has just finished their nap, bring them along to watch.
Take a tour of the Bowmanville Museum.
This building is a restored period home full of information about local history. Perhaps all the walking around you’ll do on your tour will rock baby to sleep?
Learn about the universe in a planetarium show.
The Ontario Planetarium will be visiting the Bowmanville library branch with their mobile planetarium. Bring along baby for a show of the stars, planets, comets, meteor showers and even, the Northern Lights!
To celebrate Family Day, the YMCA in Oshawa will be open.
This location has a heated pool for you to take your little one for a swim. Ask any parent – Babies will always have the deepest naps after playtime in the pool! Well worth the planning to make it there.
Cost: Free. Sign up for the free five visit pass online before you go to save time when you arrive.
Check out the playful, Family Day, science experiments at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
The gallery spaces will be converted into a science lab for Family Day so, that means lots of colorful and interesting objects for baby to see.
Cost: Pay by donation. The gallery suggests $5 per family.
Watch the ice skating at the RBC Family Free Skate.
Better yet, take turns ice skating with a family member. Your baby can watch you skate from the sidelines while in a family member’s arms!
Take the family for a free swim at the Anne Ottenbrite Pool.
A swim in the pool doesn’t just have to be relaxing for baby, it can be for you too. The pool will be open for two hours so you’ll have plenty of time to arrive and get ready.
Contribute to a cooperative art project at the Station Gallery.
After you’ve contributed to the art project, there is lots left in this gallery for baby to look around and see. I like to think that the calm atmosphere at the gallery will also soothe baby!