30 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region

30 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region30 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region

Chicopee Tube Park

“A family that plays together, stays together.” Perhaps that was the idea behind the creation of Family Day, a holiday that acts as a fun respite from the February blahs. Since its inception in 2007, Family Day has been a time for families to get together, and enjoy some all too scarce but precious quality time.

Wondering what’s happening in Waterloo Region this Family Day? Here are 30 Things to Do that will have your gang playing together all weekend long (and all Long Weekend!).

Have fun – and here’s to Families!!

30 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region

1. Bingemans Family Day Carnival
Sunday, Feb 17th & Monday, Feb. 18th
Who doesn’t like bouncy castles?? And rides, and food, and activities! Happening from 10 am – 4 pm in the Ballroom at Bingemans

2. McDougall Cottage Family Day
Monday, Feb. 18th  
Family games, crafts and tours from 10 am to 5 pm: and, the Café will be open for some traditional Scottish treats too!

3. Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum Family Day Weekend Fun
All Family Day Weekend
Your Journey to Space experience starts Saturday with “Breakfast with the Empire – May the Forks be with You”, and continues with space-themed family activities throughout the weekend.

4. Schneider Haus National Historic Site Winter Tracking and Storytelling
Monday, Feb. 18th
It’s time to put your winter survival skills to the test during this day of outdoor activities and games!

5. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Hug-a-Bug Insect Petting Zoo
All Family Day Weekend
Ever been up close with a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach or a Tailed Whip Scorpion? This is your chance! And, don’t forget to check out the thousands of butterflies in the conservatory too!

6. North Dumfries Community Centre Family Fun Day
Monday, Feb. 18th
Where can you skate, shoot some hoops, participate in a yoga class, make slime, listen to storytime, play pickleball and learn about your community’s heritage all under one roof? At the North Dumfries Community Centre this Family Day!

7. St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway
Saturday, Feb. 16th – Monday, Feb. 18th
This amazing “O” Scale model railway layout in St. Jacobs is generally closed during the winter; however, it does open for families to enjoy during the Family Day weekend!

8. Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex 25th anniversary & Family Day events
Monday, Feb. 18th
The Waterloo Rec Complex turns 25! It’s open Family Day with a special schedule that includes open swims, and Jr. B Hockey action as the Waterloo Siskens take on the Brantford 99er’s.

9. Cambridge Family Day Events
All Family Day Weekend
Have your calendar ready? There’s a lot happening in Cambridge all Family Day weekend! Check out the activities going on at local community centres, the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, and the Cambridge Farmers’ Market

10. Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery Family Day Fun
Monday, Feb. 18th
KWAG celebrates families with creative activities for the young, and the young at heart!

11. KW Granite Club 2019 OUA Curling Championships
Thursday, Feb. 14th – Monday, Feb. 18th
The best university curlers in Ontario will be at the KW Granite Club all Family Day Weekend. Take your little ‘rockers’ out to catch the action!

12. Family Fun with rare
Monday, Feb. 18th
It’s a fun family Scavenger Hunt at rare Charitable Research Reserve! Start exploring and share your discoveries on social media using the hashtag #rarefamilyfun

13. Idea Exchange Discover and Play on Family Day
Monday, Feb. 18th
Check out the new Virtual Reality Room, Makerspace, and all the STEAM Stations at the Clemens Mills location of Idea Exchange with your family! Children’s entertainer Eric Traplin makes an appearance too

14. KW Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert
Saturday, Feb. 16th
The four ensembles of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony’s nationally acclaimed Youth Orchestra Program continue to inspire and generate music enthusiasts and future musicians! You can catch these 150 young musicians in concert on Family Day Weekend at Centre In The Square.

15. KW Titans vs. Sudbury Five
Monday Feb. 18th at 2 p.m.
Take in professional basketball action as our hometown KW Titans play host to the Sudbury Five at The Aud. Lots of fun is a sure thing both on and off the court!

16. Kitchener Community Centres Family Day Events
Monday, Feb. 18th
Several Kitchener facilities are ready with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Registration for some events is required. All events are free to attend unless otherwise stated.

17. THEMUSEUM Family Day Hack Jam
Monday, Feb. 18th
This is THEMUSEUM’s 7th annual Family Day Hack Jam, with 4 floors of activities that will have your family tinkering and making, learning about S.T.E.A.M., digital technology, and interactive tech-art. And, admission to THEMUSEUM on Family Day is half-price!

18. Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Play with Clay
Sunday, Feb. 17th
Make an object out of clay on Feb. 17th, and return to paint your creation on March 3rd. It’s a great day for artists of all ages: registration is required.

19. Family Day Carnival
Monday, Feb. 18th
Straight Goods Entertainment is hosting its 2nd annual kids’ carnival fundraiser in support of Guitars for Kids – which donates guitars to underprivileged children and subsidizes music lessons at local music schools. Bouncy castles, magicians, face painting, games, and concessions are all part of the fun!

20. Cambridge Centre for the Arts Family Day Drop In
Monday, Feb. 18th
Lots of free, drop-in activities for kids and adults are happening at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts throughout the afternoon on Family Day.

21. Family Day Weekend at the Old Post Office
Sunday, Feb. 17th
Drop by Idea Exchange’s newest location at the historic Old Post Office in Cambridge for fun with marbles and mazes, Jackbox Games, and even a robotic soccer match with Family Sphero Soccer!

22. Bring on the Sunshine Festival
Sunday, Feb. 17th
Bring On the Sunshine is a Family Day festival where participants are able to experience African culture in an amazing way. The day includes a full musical stage line up, a market place with diverse and artisan items, workshops such as drumming and dance, and delicious African cuisine!

23. Kingpin Cambridge
All Family Day Weekend
Your family can Eat – Tag – Bowl – Play at Kingpin Cambridge! There are lots of great ways to have fun here, as well as at Kingpin’s Kitchener location.

24. Max’s Sports World
All Family Day Weekend
You’ll be amazed at all the fun you’ll find “Under the Dome” at Max’s! There’s everything from indoor mini golf to axe throwing, batting cages, golf simulators, and even bubble soccer!

25. Toy Building Zone
All Family Day Weekend
Remember the hours of fun you had building with LEGO® when you were a kid? At Toy Building Zone in St. Jacobs, that creative fun happens daily in their well-stocked Play area. Build a vehicle, and challenge family members to a race on their specially designed track! And, check out the amazing full scale LEGO® models too!

26. Airborne Trampoline
All Family Day Weekend
Your family will be jumping for joy (literally!) at this trampoline facility. Check out their Cosmic Public Jump – featuring special glow / cosmic lighting!

27. Chicopee Tube Park
All Family Day Weekend (Weather Permitting)
Why not get out and enjoy our Canadian winter with a day of snow tubing? All day passes are available, and then grab a bite to eat at the Chalet Café!

28. Chicopee Ski
All Family Day Weekend (Weather Permitting)
Waterloo Region is home to one of Ontario’s most popular ski and snowboard family centres. Grab your gear (or rent it there): Family Day is the perfect time to Discover Chicopee!

29. Trails in Waterloo Region
All Family Day Weekend
Why not head out for a trek on one of the region’s many fantastic trails? Family Day is the perfect time to try a trail you haven’t been on before, so you and your family can truly #ExploreWR!

30. The Bauer Kitchen Family Day Brunch
Monday, Feb. 18th
The Bauer Kitchen is open for Brunch on Family Day from 10 am – 3 pm! (They’re also serving up their regular Saturday & Sunday Brunch both days from 9 am – 3 pm). Make sure to book a table for your family before they’re all gone!

Happy Family Day!