As a second-generation restaurant, family is everything to us. That’s why we can’t wait to celebrate Family Day with our loved ones (plus, who doesn’t love a long weekend?). The holiday has been around since 1990 when former Premier Don Getty created the holiday to encourage Albertans to spend more time with their families; 26 years later, a majority of the Canadian provinces have adopted the holiday. Pasta Pantry will be closed for Family Day, but if you’re looking for something to do with the family in Edmonton or Sherwood Park, we’ve got 5 events worth checking out.
Take the family to Strathcona County! In honour of Family Day, the facility will be donating 100% of admissions to Everybody Gets to Play, a program that provide recreational services to low-income families (you might remember our partnership with them during the Canadian Wrestling Team Trials). We’re also doing our part to help out: $1 from every large pasta sold until February 13th will go to the program. To see a full list of events at Strathcona County on Family Day, visit this link!
If you’re going to be in Downtown Edmonton on Family Day, you need to take the family to Churchill Square. Between noon and 4pm, the square will feature musical performances, plays, crafts, and a whole lot more. Make sure you bring your skates (there will be free skate and helmet rentals, but they’re only available on a first-come, first-serve basis) and a big thermos of hot chocolate; you’ll want to spend the afternoon at the City Hall ice rink. Churchill Square will also have a variety of activities, games, and food trucks for everyone to enjoy.
Between 11AM and 4PM, the Edmonton Federal Building and Legislature Building will become the place to be on Family Day. Spend the afternoon building a replica of the Legislature using Legos or jam out to the live music. The Legislature will also feature magic, treats, and the opportunity to get a tattoo of the Alberta emblem (temporary of course).
Edmonton Public Library:
The EPL is known for their countless activities for the community, but they’re offering even more free events from 1-5PM on Family Day. From movies and live music to puppet shows and drum circles, you and your family are practically guaranteed a fun time. Visit this link on the Edmonton Public Library website to see what’s taking place at each location.
Elk Island National Park:
What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than at Elk Island National Park? Bring your skis or snowshoes (and the biggest thermos you’ve got full of hot chocolate) take a trip through the park’s trails or grab your skates and have some winter fun around High Island on Astotin Lake. Afterwards, head over to the Elk Island Golf Course when you can grab a bite and catch some live music.