Happy Family Day Weekend!! I laughed out loud a little while I thought of my own family preparing for this holiday weekend. All about celebrating families and love and creating memories. Like every holiday prior to this one, I wonder how much I will struggle with the kids to just get one photo!! Can I please just get one?! And why did they have to have blueberries while wearing their new outfits? And what is this in your hair; ketchup, paint, nail polish? Where did you get nail polish?! Why is it that in those moments it feels like we're the only ones. Why are all the other family's so organized and pretty? lol.
Holiday weekends are always exciting because there are so many fun things for families to do. Some of our family go to's are hitting up Redwood Park on 179th and 20th Avenue in Surrey on a nice and less wet afternoon, heading to Crescent Beach for a walk to breathe in the salty air, and heading to Grandview Heights Pool for a family dip in the still pretty new and still very awesome pool. On February 13th they will be offering a free family swim from 12 pm to 4 pm, making it $12 more amazing.
If there is a princess at your house, as there is at ours, then my recommendation this weekend is to take in the Disney Exhibit at the Surrey Museum. Cinderella and Rapunzel will be making an appearance between 12 and 4 pm on Sunday, February 12th. The event is free, but I'm really hoping it's priceless.
If princesses aren't your thing there are lots of other pretty awesome events taking place. For example, what child doesn't love an enticing scavenger / geocache hunt? This free event will be held in Bakerview Park (1845 154th Street, Surrey) on Saturday, February 11th between 2 and 3:30 pm. Prizes and hot chocolate are all part of the action. Registration is still open!
For some decadence we are debating between two events. Krause Farms which will be hosting a chocolate fondue for families on Sunday, February 12th between 11 am and 2 pm. $20/adult and $15 for kids under 12. While that may seem steep for kids under 12, I know that my kids would definitely eat at least $15 in chocolate and fruit each. They love their grapes and given the cost of grapes these days it's safe to say that they'd eat the value of our adult tickets too.
On Saturday and Sunday, this weekend, the Township 7 winery in Langley is hosting a Sweet Valentine's Pairing. Between 12 and 4 you can catch live acoustic music, while sampling a selection of delectable macarons paired with their special new wine releases. I like this option because it means we'll probably take a time out from the kids to swing by and truly savour the experience.
On Monday, February 13th there are a few solid offerings for families to squeeze in that quality time and make some great holiday memories. The City of Surrey is hosting a few family skates, one being at the Cloverdale Arena (admission, skate rentals and helmets are all free) between 6:15 and 7:45. We will not be taking advantage of this opportunity as I move on ice as gracefully as a newborn walrus fighting for the warm spot in the sun. That aside, I found a couple of other fun options.
South Surrey Rec Centre is offering a huge array of activities like face painting (always a hit), family zumba (what?!), scavenger hunt, crafts, and dodgeball between 11 am and 1 pm. This sounds like a winner for families with kids of various ages. I would love to check out family zumba.
We, however, will be checking out the Vancouver Giants family day game which starts at 2 pm. It will be Henry's first hockey game and Alexa's first that she'll be able to remember. We got awesome seats right on the glass, so I'm hoping the kids like all the up close action. If not, we will focus on fries and mini-doughnuts.
I hope every family gets a little extra time this weekend to enjoy one another and explore all of the possibilities for adventure together.