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What's happening Family Day in the Falls?
Kaylei and Liam Matyuska of Niagara Falls enjoy a day at the annual Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemens Carnival in 2017. (Richard Harley/Niagara Now)

What’s going on Family Day in Niagara Falls?

There are plenty of events to take advantage of in the city this Family Day, Monday, Feb. 19. Here is a list of some community events, most of them free.

Family Day at the museum
Families can spend the day exploring biodiversity and habitat conservation at the Niagara Falls History museum. The day will feature three Earth Rangers shows, which offer up-close encounters with their “animal ambassadors”, including Chavez the Crimson-rumped Toucanet. The experience is meant to educate and inspire children to help protect animals in the wild and is sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. Other activities will include crafts, free family portraits, scavenger hunts and three galleries of artefacts that explore the local history of the city.

Family Day at the libraries
Families can also spend the day at either one of Niagara Falls’ libraries (MacBain Community Centre or Victoria Avenue) where there will be free drop-in activities for the whole family, including crafts, a scavenger hunt, and Olympic-inspired activities. (No registration required.)

Family public skate
Families will be able take advantage of free public skating and activities at the Gale Centre on Family Day. The free public skates will be held in rinks one and three from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Activities will include face painting and a magic tricks.

Family Day at the YMCA
Families are welcome to spend Family Day at the Niagara Falls YMCA, which will be offering free day-pass access and activities including a “family bounce” and “family gym” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an open swim from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

No One Goes Hungry
Families can spend the afternoon of Family Day giving back to the community at the No One Goes Hungry Family Day Cook Off at Firemens Park. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will see families join together to cook for those in need.

Winterfest
If the outdoors is more your family’s thing, you can spend the day participating in a variety of activities at Winterfest at Heartland Forest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will include both indoor and outdoor activities, such as train rides, a bouncy castle, a scavenger hunt, woodcarving demonstrations and astronomy displays. Food trucks will be on scene serving up lunch and Safari Niagara will also be in attendance with animal companions. Admission to the festival costs $5. Heartland Forest is located at 8215 Heartland Forest Rd, Niagara Falls.

A reminder, Niagara Falls Transit will be running on a holiday schedule on Family Day. More information about holiday transit schedules can be found at, niagarafalls.ca.

Know of an event that should be on this list? Email editor@niagaranow.com, and don’t forget to submit it to our events page.

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