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22 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region

22 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region22 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region

Getting ready for some fun at Chicopee Ski

February 2022

“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 break from the February blahs. Since its inception in 2007, Family Day has been a time for families to get together, and enjoy a little quality time and have some fun!

The Family Day long weekend is also the perfect time to plan a road trip to Waterloo Region! Take advantage of the new Staycation Tax Credit and book a stay at any of our hotels, motels and inns. Then check out the list below and start planning all the fun things you can do together as you explore Waterloo Region!

22 Ways to Enjoy Family Day in Waterloo Region

1. 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!

2. Chicopee Tube Park
All Family Day Weekend (Weather Permitting)
Why not get out and enjoy our Canadian winter with a day of snow tubing? Timed passes can be booked online: and if you work up an appetite, there are outdoor options available for BBQ food, as well as take & go food/beverage items.

3. THEMUSEUM UNZIPPED
All Family Day Weekend
Get some Satisfaction and head to THEMUSEUM in Kitchener to take in the Rolling Stones UNZIPPED exhibit. This is the first international exhibition devoted to the world-famous rock band, and it makes its debut in Canada at THEMUSEUM. The show boasts more than 300 original objects from the Stones’ personal collection: highlights include a replica of their recording studio, an immersive reconstruction of their Chelsea flat ‘Edith Grove’, and culminates in a mind-blowing three-dimensional experience.

4. Outdoor Skating Rinks 
Lace up your skates and check out any number of outdoor rinks in the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo. Don’t forget about the new outdoor synthetic ice rinks in Kitchener where you can always skate, no matter the weather!

5. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Family Days
All Family Day Weekend
Ever been up close with a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach or a Tailed Whip Scorpion? This is your chance during during Family Days at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory! And, don’t forget to check out the thousands of butterflies in the conservatory while you’re there!

6. Family Day at the Kitchener Market
Monday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Family Day outdoors at the Kitchener Market! Strap on your skates and enjoy our synthetic ice rink with live music on the piazza (near the King Street entrance). There will be free hot chocolate, and Chef D and his team will be selling fresh donuts and other snacks from their wood-fired popup kitchen. You can also register for indoor, family-focused programming with a Chef Nicole cooking class or crafting a smash book with Mindful Makers.

7. St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway
All Family Day Weekend
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. Rediscover the Long Weekend in St. Jacobs
All Family Day Weekend

Take an Art Walk, shop at unique retailers, and head to an Après Ski party at Fat Sparrow’s Big Tent! There’s lots to do in the Village of St. Jacobs during the Family Day long weekend.

9. KW Titans vs. London Lightning
Monday Feb. 21st at 2PM
Family Day couldn’t be a better day to get back together as a community to see the Titans for the first time in almost 2 years! Cheer loud during their home opener against the London Lightning and welcome back your Titans. #WeAreTitans

10. Go Fishing with your Family!
All Family Day Weekend
Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for residents to fish Ontario waters for free. Locally, you can try your hand at ice fishing at Shade’s Mills Conservation Area in Cambridge (weather permitting: check here for the daily ice fishing status).

11. Kingpin Cambridge
All Family Day Weekend
Your family can Eat – Tag – Bowl – Play at Kingpin Cambridge! With 10-pin bowling, laser tag, and  a huge variety of state-of-the-art arcade games, Kingpin Cambridge provides lots of great ways to have fun. And, don’t forget to check out Kingpin’s Kitchener location too.

12. Airborne Trampoline
All Family Day Weekend
Your family will be jumping for joy (literally!) at this trampoline facility. Please note that reservations must be made and booking is only available one week in advance.

13. St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours Winter Sleigh Ride
How about a sleigh ride this Family Day? St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours offers large and small sleighs rides by reservation only. As powerful horses pull the sleigh, you can sit back and enjoy a scenic ride through open fields and a sugar bush!

14. Cambridge Family Day Events
All Family Day Weekend
Swimming, skating and camp activities are just some of the fun that’s in store in Cambridge. Don’t forget about the Photo Challenge Contest: show off how you’re celebrating Family Day this year for your chance to win a gift card for $50 to be used towards any Cambridge Recreation & Culture program!

15. Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery Family Day
Monday, Feb. 21st
Visit KWAG for free family-friendly art activities inspired by its current exhibitions. Create a star, moon, or planet that represents your family, and add it to the growing interactive universe on view throughout Expressions 47. Explore the experimental sketchbooks created through the InSight project, and make a miniature zine inspired by your family. Art activities are designed for ages 4-12 with an adult companion.

16. Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery @ Home Kits
This family day you can relax and create your own clay artwork at home, then bring it into the Clay & Glass Gallery for firing. Each kit comes with everything you need to create your work of art – choose from a Charcuterie Plate Kit, a Claytime at Home kit, or even a Date Night Workshop @ home.

17. Bring on the Sunshine Festival
Virtually All Family Day Weekend
Join Bring on the Sunshine for a diverse offering of culture, education, music and dance. Catch it on YouTube LIVE at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on February 19th – 20th and February 21st at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the Kids Family Day Session!

18. Adventure Rooms Kitchener 
Looking for a thrilling adventure your family can do as a team? Choose from 4 exciting escape rooms at Adventure Rooms! Work together to see if you can make your escape in 60 minutes or less. For some at home fun, check out their Virtual Escape Games where you can play LIVE on Zoom with friends, family, or co-workers in different households, cities, or countries!

19. Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum Great Backyard Bird Count
All Family Day Weekend
The Great Backyard Bird Count is on at the Waterloo Region Museum! Download the free eBird app and head out on the museum’s 60-acre site and look for birds. Learn how to make a simple birdfeeder: all activities and bird guides are INCLUDED in the price of admission! If your family prefers to relax at home on the long weekend, check out WRM’s Museum At Home offerings for fun indoor and outdoor things to do.

20. Artshine Free Family Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 19th 

Gather your family and your favourite art supplies, and join Artshine on Saturday evenings for FREE virtual family workshops! Their Family Day weekend workshop is Wonderful Paper You, and will keep the family busy with hours of fun creating paper people and playing dress-up! Registration is not required.

21. North Dumfries Community Centre Family Day Fun
Monday, Feb. 21st 9AM to Noon
Family skates, pickleball, and treks on the walking track are all part of this year’s family day event at the North Dumfries Community Centre in Ayr. Pre-registration is required for some events and there are there are capacity limits for some activities.

22. Family Day Fun at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.
Monday February 21st
Get the family together and come on out to Descendants for some Family Day Fun!

Happy Family Day!

Skaters on the frozen pond playing hockey in the village of Wellesley

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