The Family Day long weekend is nearly upon us! For many St. Albert families this means a trip out of town to see relatives or that long-awaited family vacation somewhere warm. But for those of us with no travel plans, this doesn’t necessarily mean staying at home and watching Netflix. Far from it: our community truly comes alive during the February long weekend!
Haven’t decided what to do this long weekend? Here are a few family-friendly ideas.
Call the fire brigade!
Since 2014, St. Albert Firefighters Local 2130 has been proudly hosting the Fire and Ice Festival, the city’s premier Family Day weekend festival. Taking place on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at Lacombe Lake Park, the festival features fire dancers, campfires, a real firefighter obstacle course, hotdogs donated by Save On Foods, and coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of Tim Hortons.
Admission is free but the organizers encourage donations, which will be going to support the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.
The library awaits.
St. Albert Public Library is never at a loss for activities for kids of all ages, and the Family Day long weekend is no exception. The madness starts Friday evening with Nerf Wars: Attack of the Foams for the grade 4 to 7 crowd (Bring your own nerf gun, ammo, and eye protection!), while preschoolers will enjoy the Sunrise Storytime on Saturday at 11 am at the Children’s Open Corner.
On Monday, February 17 the whole library will be open for Family Day fun from 1 to 5 pm. Among the day’s highlights will be the whimsical music and puppeteering of renowned children’s entertainers Peter and Mary, who will be performing at Forsyth Hall at 1:30 pm.
The Edmonton Garrison will be holding its annual Family Day Carnival on Monday, February 17 from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation to the Edmonton Garrison Chapels Food Bank. More information will be coming soon on the Family Day Carnival Facebook page.
Water, water everywhere!
The Fountain Park Recreation Centre will be opening its doors to family public swimming starting Saturday, February 15 and continuing through Monday, February 17.
Two giants of folk music
Music lovers are in for a treat this long weekend with two legends of folk rock rolling through town, starting with veteran Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Poltz. Best known as the frontman for indie rockers The Rugburns and as co-writer of Jewel’s mega-hit “You Were Meant For Me”, the Halifax-born folk rocker will be performing at the Arden Theatre on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 pm.
Then on Saturday, February 15, fellow Canadian folkie Danny Michel will be taking the stage at the Arden for a night of great music. A multiple Juno and Polaris Prize nominee, Michel is one of Canada’s greatest living songwriters whose 2012 album Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me was praised by Billboard Magazine as “one of the finest musical works of our time.” His show will commence at the Arden at 7:30 pm.
Who needs organized events when you live in a city with 515 hectares of parkland and an abundance of green space everywhere you turn? With weather expected to be in the single sub-zero digits, this Family Day long weekend looks to be the perfect one for tobogganing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, marshmallow roasting, snowman-making, and whatever other winter fun you can dream up!