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Family Day 2018 in #BurlON

by Pam Belgrade

The Family Day weekend will soon be here and it a great time to reconnect with our loved ones. There lots of things to choose from to keep you busy as you celebrate the day.

A time to play!

Nothing is more Canadian than skating and there are a couple of options for you.   Join MPP Eleanor McMahon for a free Family Day Skate and cup of hot chocolate at Aldershot Arena from 12:30 – 2:30 pm on Family Day.  You can also head downtown to the Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond to enjoy outdoor skating on the rink overlooking the waterfront.  No skates? No problem, take advantage of the free skating lending program (subject to availability).

Get vertical at Glen Eden where you can ski or snowboard one of the many runs from beginner to advanced.  Want to try some tricks? Be sure to visit their terrain park for some fun.  Remember just because it not snowy in your backyard doesn’t mean it’s not snowy on the hills.

Any day is a great day for a hike so why not hit the trails?  Experience Winter at Crawford Lake Conservation by going on a Evening Moonlight Snowshoe Hike, on Saturday Feb 17.  Explore the trails at Royal Botanical Gardens, Conservation Halton, Bronte Creek Provincial Park or along the Bruce Trail. Don’t forget your “four legged” family members along with their leash.

Fun Starts Here

Ireland House - hearthIt’s a Family Affair is a new event this year held on Saturday Feb 17 at Mainway Arena and organized by Random Acts of Art.  There will be 35 artisan vendors from across the Golden Horseshoe area, entertainment throughout the day, a middle school Art Show and Competition, door prizes, Snack Bar and more.

The 3rd annual Burlington Comedy Festival, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, commences with a Family Variety Show. This show is suitable for all ages and features award winning, international circus artists. Including a Portuguese Clown who is one of the judges on Portugal’s Got Talent, a Magician who has performed in Las Vegas and a Juggling and Acrobatic Duo who will be coming direct from China. The show runs approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. Tickets required and seating is general admission. Show time is 3:00 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Family Day Feb 19.

Hop on over to the Royal Botanical Gardens where they are presenting their winter exhibition, Frogs! These amphibians are among the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing, and adaptively remarkable life forms on earth. If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, this exhibition will change your mind! View the exhibits and be sure to leave time for activities and presentations.

On Sunday Feb 18 let your inner artist free at the Art Gallery of Burlington Creative Hub Open Studio. Try a variety of hands on art experiences at this drop in event that runs run 1-4pm every Sunday.  While at the Gallery browse the new exhibits Prime Time, Canada’s 23 Prime Ministers and Storytellers.  

On Family Day Feb 19 spend the day at Bronte Creek Provincial Park where they will have hands on activities at the Nature Centre. In addition there are the regular park activities that include the farm animals, children’s playbarn, toboggan hills and more.

Ireland House Museum looks forward to welcoming you on Feb 19 for their Family Day Event. Learn about local history with a tour of the home, sample food cooked on the historic Rumford hearth, and participate in outdoor activities.  Visit the website for details.

Terra Greenhouses (Burlington location only) is offering a special Dog & Puppy Parade Day from 10:00-3:00.  It’s a free event with kids crafts, a dog show, prizes for best dressed dog and free nail clipping for your dog courtesy of Ren’s Pet Depot. And don’t miss the Wiener dog race at 11:00 and again at 1:00.

Get Active Indoors

Grab the family and head to one of the many escape rooms located in Burlington for some teamwork and fun! Check out Confundrum Escape Rooms or Mission Possible – reservations are recommended.  Scale to new heights with indoor rock climbing at Rockin’Jump indoor trampoline park or Climbers Rock.  See who can get the first strike at one of the bowling alleys in Burlington including: Burlington Bowl and Splitsville Burlington. Other fun activities include PaintballIndoor GolfIndoor Playground, or Bad Axe throwing.

Culture & Culinary

The three-day Burlington Comedy Festival kicks off on Family Day and features over twelve comedians and variety performers at two amazing venues tailor made for live stand-up: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre and the iconic Water Street Cooker.  On Monday Feb 19 the “Best of the Fest” is taking place at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre at 8 pm. The seven comic lineup is headlined by comedian/actor Kevin Pollak, “The Kids in the Hall” alumnus Scott Thompson, and Canadian writer/actor Jon Dore.  (Please note that the material is not censored and intended for a mature audience. Seating is general admission, no recordings are permitted.)  Note that the festival continues on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st at the Water Street Cooker where you can book Food & Funny tickets either on the BPAC website or at Emma’s.

There are a number of other performances taking place over the weekend including:

Burlington is quickly becoming known as a dining destination with the variety and unique offerings of larger metropolitan cities combined with the accessibility and service of a small town. Get your tastebuds ready, A Taste of Burlington now in it’s tenth year is offered  starting Family Day February 19 until March 11 at 36 of Burlington’s best restaurants.  Enjoy three-course prix-fixe dining at restaurants that range from casual fine dining to intimate bistros.  Visit the website for participating restaurants, pricing and menus.

We hope that you have a wonderful Family Day no matter where or with whom you spend it.  Our visitor centre will be open Saturday February 17 & Sunday February 18 from 9am – 4pm but we will be closed on Monday February 19 (Family Day).  For information on City services visit their website and don’t forget parking is free in municipal lots (3 hr limit) & meters in Downtown Burlington on weekends and holidays. For more information on planning your visit to Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook we’re always happy to help.



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