What to do in Kingston on Family Day 2020

Three children show off their painted faces during Family Day celebrations at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. (Whig-Standard File Photo)

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Monday is Family Day in Ontario, and although getting yet another day off from school might not be particularly special for the children this winter, it’s still a prime opportunity to get out and do something together as a family. It is Family Day, after all.

But what is there to do on Monday? Well, we took a quick survey of all of the events being planned in and around Kingston, and here are some you may want to consider:

Although Family Day is a statutory holiday, the City of Kingston is keeping the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, and Invista Centre open all day long with a large schedule of different family activities at both facilities:

Artillery Park Aquatic Centre – 382 Bagot Street

In the pool

10:30-11:25 a.m. – Parent & Tot Swim

10:30-11:25 a.m. – Family Aqua Fit

11:30 a.m.-1:25 p.m. – Lane (Vicki Keith Pool) & Family Swim (Leisure Pool)

1:30-3:25 p.m. – $2 Leisure Swim (both pools)

3:30-4:25 p.m. – Parent & Tot Swim

3:30-4:25 p.m. – Swim Sports

4:30-5:55 p.m. – Lane (Vicki Keith Pool) & Family Swim (Leisure Pool)

6-7:25 p.m. – Leisure Swim (Leisure pool)

6:30-7:25 p.m. – Family Aqua Fit

In the gym/fitness rooms

10:30 a.m.-noon – Family Open Gym

12:15-1 p.m. – Family Quick Fit 4 Lunch

1:15-2:50 p.m. – Family Badminton

3-5 p.m. – Family Open Gym

5:15-6 p.m. – Family Fitness @ 5

6-7:25 p.m. – $2 Family Open Gym

Invista Centre – 1350 Gardiners Rd.

At the rink

8:30-10:20 a.m. – Senior/ Adult Skating

9-10:20 a.m. – Parent & Tot Stick & Puck

10:30-11:50 a.m. – Parent & Tot Skating

1:30-2:50 p.m. Free Public Skate sponsored by Kingston Transit

Garrison Golf and Curling Club

If you want to take the kids curling, the Garrison Golf and Curling Club is offering free games from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arts and crafts

If your family is feeling creative, you may want to head down to the Tett Centre between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a wide variety of artistic activities: a singalong, gallery tours, arts and crafts, ballet, face painting, balloon animals, mosaic making, and more.

Outdoor fun

If getting some fresh air and enjoying all the newly fallen snow is what your family desires, take them to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, which is hosting a full day of events between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There will be a snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, feeding chickadees, hot chocolate, rock painting and even a bonfire with marshmallow roasting at 2 p.m.

Canadian Forces Base Kingston

Starting at 10 a.m., there will be outdoor games and a military display by Canadian Forces Base Kingston.  An hour later, there will be a free fun skate, horse-drawn wagon rides, dance lessons and marshmallow roading.

Free escape room

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Family and Youth Ministry has put together a free escape room at the church on Taylor-Kidd Boulevard beginning at noon.

Escape rooms are puzzles where participants have to find clues on how to exit the room. This room takes about 15 minutes to solve and, although it is free, tickets are available on www.bookeo.com/famfest-escaperooms.

Old school fun

Let your children enjoy their day off by putting them right back in school — a 19th-century school!

The Frontenac County Schools Museum is hosting a day of old-fashioned games, dress up and exploration. There will be a lesson taught by a schoolmarm at 11 a.m.