February is here and love and kindness are in all around us – along with a giant arctic outflow and polar vortex. So, our hearts are warm, but let’s be honest, it is so cold outside.
Valentine’s and Family Day are just about here and it’s always nice to try something new with the kids. There are so many events taking place around the Fraser Valley and not all of them mean that you need to bundle up to enjoy them.
Family Day Hawaiian Skates – Surrey
The City of Surrey knows that you’re longing for those beach days and a holiday in the sun. Join them during Family Day weekend at one of three Hawaiian Skates. Admission AND rentals are free and fun, on-ice games including Coconut Bowling, a Shark Toss and Beach Ball Hockey will be taking place. Choose a location or day and lace up with the kids for some tropical fun.
North Surrey Arena
February 16 at 12pm-3:15pm
Surrey Sport & Leisure Arena
February 17 at 11:15am-2:30pm
February 18 at 10:45am-12:45pm
February 18 at 11:30am-1:30pm
Sketching with Dinosaurs – Surrey
Maybe skating is still a little too brisk and fast-paced for you. No worries. Why not take the kids to test their creativity and learn a little science along the way? The Surrey Museum will be open after hours for all ages to enjoy the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit and use the dinosaurs as their muse. The event is free but be sure to bring your own drawing supplies.
Museum of Surrey
February 22nd- 5:30pm-8:30pm
Family Day at the Fort – Fort Langley
Spend Family Day at The Fort! Fort Langley National Historic Site will be inviting your family in to experience the traditions of the families of the Fort. From Scottish and Hawaiian to First Nation and Metis, the people who make the magic happen at the Fort want to share their families’ heritages with you. Learn tradition games and songs, taste the food, and prepare for “battle” with Polynesian training.
Open from 10am to 5pm with regular rates
Starlight Radio Theatre presents “Let There Be Love!” – Abbotsford
Fun for all ages as the cast takes you to the 1940’s and behind the scene of CKUB Radio. This delightful family-friendly show features The Moonliters Big Band, an outstanding cast of actors, singers, swing dancers and Mel Bowker at the piano! Tickets are $25/Adults, $20/Seniors & Under 18
Abbotsford Art Centre
February 20th to 24th 7:30pm-10:00pm
Matinees on February 23rd & 24th
All About Kids & Family Expo – Chilliwack
More family day fun at Chilliwack Heritage Park. All activities to keep your little ones engaged and delighted. A wonderful way to spend the holiday weekend together with admission rates your wallet will appreciate. Admission is only $3 with children under five being free!
Chilliwack Heritage Park
February 16th & 17th 10:00am-4:00pm
Lunar New Year Celebration – Maple Ridge
Ring in the Lunar New Year and celebrate the Year of the Pig! Featuring traditional Lion Dancers and a Lantern Parade, this is sure to be an event the entire family will enjoy. No cost to attend.
11900 Haney Place
February 22nd 4:00pm-8:00pm
Coldest Night of The Year – Multiple Communities
And even though we can escape the old for a little while and enjoy our family, there is always a way to consider and support those in need in our communities. As a family, you can take part in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser. Raising funds for charities across the Fraser Valley that support the hungry, homeless and hurting people in our neighbourhoods. It is free for kids to participate and Adult rates vary depending on when your register.
Participants can walk 2, 5 or 10km on a safe, looping 5km route. There will be warm drinks and food at the end of the walk.
February 23rd 4:00pm Registration with 5:15pm Walk
Pink Shirt Day – All Communities
This year, Pink Shirt Day takes place on Thursday February 27th across Canada. Wear your pink shirt and talk with your kids, neighbours and friends about the impact and destruction of young lives that bullying can cause. Wearing a shirt once a year isn’t enough to break the cycle. We each can choose to stand up to bullies and be kind everyday.