February 5, 2016 5:00 pm
Updated: February 11, 2016 11:18 pm

10 ways to spend Family Day in Edmonton

The Edmonton skyline on Monday, December 8, 2014.

Kendra Slugoski, Global News
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EDMONTON – Family Day is right around the corner and what better way to spend it than – yes, you guessed it – with your family.

The holiday falls on Monday, Feb. 15. There are a number of fun-filled ways to spend the day in Edmonton. Here are just a few:

Family fun at City Hall


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There are a number of indoor activities taking place inside City Hall on Family Day, including arts and crafts, balloon sculptures and live performances. After that, you can head outside to Churchill Square for a twirl on the ice rink. Or you can go for a hay ride, roast bannock over an open fire or grab a bite at one of the on-site food trucks.

Hit the hill

Grab your sled and hit the hill for a day of outdoor fun at one of the city’s many toboggan hills.

Hit the ice

Free skating is available at the city’s outdoor ice rinks in Hawrelak, Jackie Parker, Victoria and Castle Downs parks, as well as at City Hall. This also includes the Freezeway in Victoria Park.

Silver Skate Festival

Held from Feb. 12 to 21, the Silver Skate Festival combines sport, arts and culture and recreation. The 10-day festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with fun for the entire family.

Ice Castle

If you haven’t checked it out already, why not make a stop at the Ice Castle in Hawrelak Park. The behemoth structure was built with harvested icicles grown from more than three kilometres of sprinklers.

Organizers recommend wearing good boots, as the floor of the castle can be uneven in spots. And be sure to buy your tickets online in advance, as they are less expensive and time slots can sell out.

Those behind the castle also suggest visiting sooner rather than later, as they aren’t able to predict if they’ll be able to stay open past the end of February due to the warm weather.

READ MORE: Things to do in Edmonton this winter

Spend the day at the Art Gallery of Alberta

The Art Gallery of Alberta is offering free admission on Family Day. There will also be family-friendly activities for people to enjoy.

Visit the Alberta Legislature

From live music and magic performances to a history hunt and dancing, there’s no shortage of fun to be had inside the Alberta Legislature this Family Day. Kids can also build their own legislature in the Lego Zone. The parking and the fun is free.

Dare to unplug

Family Day Unplugged is an initiative that encourages Edmontonians to take a break from technology and spend quality time with their most important social network – their family.

You could play a board game, go for a walk or spend the day in the kitchen making up new recipes.

Build a winterscape

In a winter city like Edmonton, it’s always great to embrace the season and get outside. So why not build your own winterscape? Create a snowman or snow creature, paint a masterpiece in the snow with coloured water or stack up colourful ice blocks to make an interesting sculpture.

For more winterscape ideas, visit the City of Edmonton’s website.

Hit the rec centre

If the outdoors doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not hit up one of the city’s many recreation centres? You can play a game of tennis, shoot some hoops or take a class as a family. Regular admission applies.

Have a suggestion for how people can spend Family Day in Edmonton? Leave it in the comments section below.

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