Scavenger hunts, snow yoga and free skating.
Niagara residents looking for something to do this Family Day long weekend will find a wide variety of activities planned across the region.
Here are some of the events taking place. More information can be found on individual municipalities’ websites.
A city-wide scavenger hunt “Winterquest” is taking place until Feb. 22.
Participants can download the free GooseChase mobile app and join the game with the code: 3MV899.
They’ll be given missions to complete at outdoor art installations, recreational trials, parks, community rinks and more.
St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Family Day, with structured programming between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., including collection viewings, interactive activities, a scavenger hunt and a DIY family tree take-home activity kit.
Collection vaults will be open with behind-the-scenes tours throughout the day. An exhibit featuring the relationship between food and family will be on and visitors are encouraged to bring recipes of favourite family meals to pin on the boards in the Burgoyne room.
St. Catharines is offering “SNOWGA in the park — outdoor yoga outside the Russell Avenue Community Centre at noon Monday. Participants can join a 45 to 60-minute class, depending on the weather. Bring a yoga mat and dress in layers.
Participants can get some exercise and practice reading at the Port Weller Community Centre by following the trail of story book pages for a winter walk. Drop by the park between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday.
NORDIC POLE ADVENTURE WALK
Participants can bundle up and meet at the Lock 3 parking lot at 10 a.m. for an adventure walk along the Welland Canal. Nordic poles are available to borrow. The city has a Nordic Pole Walking 101 video to view on the City of St. Catharines YouTube page to see what it’s all about.
Public skating is happening at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre on Family Day with hour-long time slots starting at noon.
Numbers are limited to 40 per session and reservations can be made at stcatharines.ca/activestc
Free skating at the Gale Centre Monday, Feb. 21.
Public skating 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., 1 to 2:15 p.m and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
No walk-ins due to capacity limits. QR Code is required to enter all Niagara Falls recreational facilities.
Patrons can reserve spots at www.niagarafalls.ca/skating
Niagara Falls Museums is hosting a free Family Day weekend scavenger hunt for families and friends who want to have fun, explore the city and learn some local history.
The contest runs from Friday at 4 p.m. until Monday at 9 p.m.
Participants can download the free GooseChase mobile app and join the game with the code: VW5W6Q. They’ll be sent on nine different missions taking them across the city to find answers to questions.
Those who don’t want to use the app can find a list of locations and questions at niagarafallsmuseums.ca/events/family-day.
More information is available on the website.
Butterfly Conservatory — The new travelling exhibit opens, “On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly,” produced by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico
Niagara Parks Power Station — Little Inventors workshops run 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday featuring STEM-related activities designed to inspire young minds. Workshops free with admission.
Journey Behind the Falls — Reduced winter rates in effect, $15.50 for adults and $10.50 for children.
Zipline to the Falls — Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Family Day.
Garden at Home virtual series — Niagara Parks horticulturalists kick off an all-new virtual gardening series, Garden at Home. Tickets cost $15 per event with admission to the entire four-part series for $45.
Visit niagaraparks.com for more details on locations and hours.
Free skating with the donation of a non-perishable food item at Welland Main Arena, sponsored by Welland Optimist Club. There will be a “learn to skate” area with skate aids and bumpers and a play area to try out ringette.
Vouchers for a free hot dog and free drink for each child will be handed out and are redeemable Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Family Day GooseChase is running from Friday at 3 p.m. to Monday at 6 p.m.
Families will be sent on a scavenger hunt around the city or in their neighbourhoods, building a snowman, creating a snow angel, taking a photo with a hockey stick and more.
Participants can download the free GooseChase mobile app and join the game with the code: ZMG8LL.
Free skate on Monday at Vale Health and Wellness Centre from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Proof of vaccination status is required for anyone 12 and older.
The arena programming schedule with other program details and fees is available at the www.portcolborne.ca site by following the links.
Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum is hosting a scavenger hunt featuring local heritage. Participants can download the free GooseChase mobile app to participate in the “Humberstone Hunt” scavenger hunt.
Details will launch on Monday on the museum’s social media accounts. Those who don’t want to use the app can arrange to get a paper copy by calling the museum at 905-834-7604.