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Celebrate Family Day in BC this February

February 6, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Family Day, being a fairly recent holiday, wasn't around when I was younger. However, the activities we did as a family (especially snowshoeing) have stayed in my memory.

This Monday February 10th, include the entire family in some indoor or outdoor celebrations. Most Family Day activities can be done around your home or in your neighbourhood.  For indoor activities, be creative and look for activities for your family to enjoy together. For outdoor activities, you can pack a hearty and nutritious lunch to bring along and enjoy a family picnic. Furthermore, active play and outings benefit children on the social, physical, and cognitive level!

A Couple of Family Day Activities include:

  • Indoor activity ideas: indoor trampoline center, laser tag, visiting the local pool or arena (skates can be rented), or going to a rock climbing wall.
  • Outdoor activity ideas: visit a local beach or park (great for exploration), bike riding, geo-caching, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

What's stopping your family from doing this type of outing more often? Yes, I understand the statutory holiday is nice but, considering the amount of enjoyment you will have, why not scale it back and schedule a routine weeknight family activity? Or once a month use the weekend for a bigger family adventure!

Don't forget, your children like to be involved as well; ask for their opinion or suggestions, the more engaged kids are in choosing the activities, the more engaged they will be in participating in them. All in all, your whole family will receive health benefits from being active, it provides you the opportunity to interact as a family, and creates memories that will last a lifetime.

Have fun!


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