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Family Day

Tribune photo by Ned Bekavac

Four venues offer Family Day activities.

Lots to do on Family Day

Four locations to enjoy family day:

Former men’s hockey Olympian Todd Hlushko will be the special guest at the city’s Olympic-themed Family Day activities downtown on Feb. 17.
The former NHLer and Guelph Sports Hall of Famer competed in the 1994 Olympic games, bringing home a silver medal. He’ll be at the Guelph Civic Museum to meet the public during the city’s RBC-sponsored Family Day Festivities from 1 to 4 p.m.
The free Olympic- and winter-themed festivities will take place at both the museum and Market Square.
In addition to the chance to meet an Olympian, the museum will feature a chance to try the biathlon, play street shinny and try snow painting. There will also be a photo booth and the museum exhibits to check out.
At Market Square, there will be skating, indoor curling, hot chocolate, and a chance to create an ice brick sculpture, make maple candy and watch figure skating demonstrations at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. For the full schedule, visit

Family fun with outdoor activities – indoors – will be on offer at the Ariss and District Lions Club’s Family Day celebration at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre in Marden.
The Family Fun Day, taking place Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature a variety of bouncy castles and amusements, with something for the whole family, including two toddler areas, a news release said.
A food booth will be available with hotdogs and pizza for sale, and around the track there will be displays and information booths, it said. There will also be a face-painting booth collecting donations for Cats Anonymous.
Speed River Bicycle has donated a child’s bike, and Kiddies Fun Trak donated a gift certificate for a three-hour rental of a bouncy castle, and each child will get a ballot to be entered into a draw to win these prizes.
The entry fee for the day is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five. Proceeds from the event will support the work of the Lions.

The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre has an afternoon of free activities planned to help people celebrate Family Day on Feb. 17. The art gallery, located at the corner of Gordon Street and College Avenue, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., with guided tours between noon and 3 p.m.
It will hold a screening of Happy Feet 2 at 1 p.m. Then people will be invited to come outdoors and build a penguin in the park at 2:30 p.m.

The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph is opening its doors to the public for a Family Day celebration that will also be the launch of its 2014 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
“One in four kids coming to our Y needs financial assistance,” Guelph Y CEO Jim Bonk said in a news release. “With the funds raised by the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, we are able to provide opportunities for all kids to participate and learn healthy living habits in a nurturing environment.”
The campaigns starts with Family Day fun on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include family zumba, family yoga, family swim and more, and are available to members and non-members for a $1 per person donation, a news release said.
For more information, or to make a donation, visit or call 519-824-5150.

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