10 Things to Do With Your Family On Family Day

Family Day is a great excuse to spend time with loved ones, but it doesn't have to cost you your hard-earned cash.


 

There are endless ideas for how to spend 24 hours of your free time, but they can sometimes be costly or involve crowded venues with other people who had the same idea as you. Here are some ways to wile away the time with your clan this coming Monday.

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Winter Wonderland

If you and your family love to get going outside, and are somewhat on the sporty side, you can spend your day at your local park, or get in the car, and jet to the nearest patch of wilderness. Strap on your cross-country skis, or go for a snowshoe hike. Tobogganing is cheap and lots of fun too. Skating rinks or downhill ski hills tend to be popular venues, so if you don’t mind braving the crowds (and still have energy) get on over to your  local rink or hill. At the end of the day, build a snow family or fort with the kids outside. Then get cozy at home and make a round of hot chocolates, and relax-or get out your favorite board game.

 

Make a Home Movie Theatre

Start off the day making and  baking some nice treats you would find at the movie theatre-pop some popcorn, bake some chocolate covered treats. You can even make own soda, with a soda making machine, like sodastream. It is healthy and a great way to save money on soda over the long term. 

For your home movie theatre, hang a sheet on the wall. A white sheet may not be the best option if it is transparent, so get curtain backing or black out cloth at your local fabric store. These fabrics are opaque and block out light. Hook up projector to your video source, and voila. If you don’t have one, you can rent one from your local library, or the AV club from a local school. You can even get the kids to make movie theatre tickets, if they wish, for an added touch.

 

Game Day

Get out your favorite board games, and cards, and have a blast. You could even play traditional party games, like pin-the-tail on the donkey (or a twist on this), and musical chairs. Why not get the kids to make a banner that reads: Happy Family Day? And then centre the theme around the concept of party games. Get them to blow up balloons, and bake a cake. You can have a lot of fun with this idea, and not have to spend too much dough.

 

Arts and Crafts Day

Get all the arty stuff you have in the house, or hit up the dollar stores before Family Day, and have an arts and crafts day. Get blank t-shirts, and bright colored paints to create Family Day or spring-themed t-shirts. Pop-up cards are fun to create for special occasions as well.

 

Home Restaurant

Get your kids into cooking and baking (and save money!) by pitching the idea of a home restaurant. Get the kids to write up the menu with a main course, entrée and dessert (with your help of course - you don’t want candy for dinner!) Decorate the place to make it look like a fancy restaurant. Bake your favorite desserts, like a cake or a pie. If you are up for it, make two options. You will always benefit from leftovers for the rest of the week. Decorate the place to your desire. Hanging Christmas lights and getting out candles for the table adds a nice touch. The kids can be assigned tasks, like waiting the tables, and taking orders.

 

Winter Carnival Day

Winter carnival season is upon us now, but if you don’t have a winter carnival happening nearby to you, you can always make your own! Make a snowman contest, ice sculptures, forts and set up carnival games outside and indoors. Hang up winter-themed decorations, like snowflakes. Make homemade snow globes, but putting rice, sparkles or coconut in a jar. Make hardened syrup candy on snow.

 

Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Make a treasure map or a list of clues for various treats and prizes to be found around the house and outside. You can get really creative with this, and it kills a lot of time. Get the kids to make one for the grownups too, if they wish.

 

YMCA

Although this may fall into the “crowded venue” category, there is always a ton of cheap stuff to do at your local Y. You can go for a family swim or run around the track to burn off some energy!

 

Museum Day

Although not all museums will be open on Family Day, and this can be another crowded type of place, it is a nice opportunity to learn and have fun together. If it becomes overly populated, you can always make it a half day, and choose a different activity from the list for the latter half of the day.

 

Animal-themed Day

Make your day fun and educational by engaging in activities about nature. Go to your local park and go bird watching or go on a nature hunt. You can make up a list of animals or birds to check off the list. Visit your local zoo or botanical gardens and check out the flora and fauna. 

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