Family Day in Langley is all about fun

This is year two of British Columbia’s stat holiday Family Day, and more and more local groups and governments are planning events.

So for the second Monday in February, here’s some Langley events for all ages.

Start early

Family Day at the Fort runs Feb. 8-10 as the Fort Langley National Historic Site offers family activities starting Saturday and continuing on through the holiday Monday.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. people can enjoy old-fashioned fun. Parents can put the kids to work doing chores kids would have done in the 19th century.

From 2 to 3 p.m. kids can try on historical costumes. Mom and Dad, bring the camera.

There will be campfire songs from 3 to 4 p.m.

The fort has annual family passes on special only Feb. 8-10 on site.

Free games

The Timms Recreation Centre, 20702 Eastleigh Cres., will have games from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., if the little ones can last that long.

Drop-in anytime during the day for activities such as foosball, a parent and tot play area, table tennis, pool, shuffleboard, board games, puzzles, video games, crafts, air hockey and more.

For information about these events, call 604-514-2940.

Down the street

Head over to the Langley Arts Council, 20550 Fraser Hwy., to be part of the third annual Lantern Festival preparation.

There are lanterns to be decorated and people can be part of that. A lantern decorating workshop runs 2-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Then on Feb. 22, the lanterns will be displayed at the festival which runs 7-9 p.m. at the Douglas Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Cres.

Call the Langley Arts Council at 604-534-0781 to sign up. The festival is a joint project between the arts council and Langley City.

The cost is $5 and there are people there to help.

Still in the City

Do good for others and have fun at a Monday event at Twin Rinks on the Langley Bypass.

A free family skate is being held 1:15-3:15 p.m. when there will also be crafts and face painting. Admission and skate rentals are free.

But people are encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation for the Langley Food Bank.

For more information, contact the Douglas Recreation Centre at 604-514-2865. This event is presented by the City, Canlan Ice Twin Rinks and the Province of B.C.

Township, too

The Township-owned Langley Centennial Museum invites everyone over for a Scavenger Hunt, suitable for all ages.

The cost is $10 for a family of four and the event runs 1-4 p.m. at 9135 King St.

Call 604-532-3536 for more information.

On the move

Langley Township recreation centres have a variety of Family Day fun.

• Family snowshoeing, for ages eight and older, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., two parents and one child pay $46.50, one parent and one child cost $36.25, and $10.25 per additional person. Participants must sign up in advance and they will be picked up at either the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre or the W.C. Blair Recreation Centre. Call 604-856-2899 or 604-533-6170 to sign up.

The Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre offerings include:

• Family Sports Day, 1-3 p.m., for all ages, free (at the athletic park, 29th Avenue and 267B Avenue).

The W.C. Blair Recreation Centre, 22200 Fraser Hwy. (604-533-6170), has:

• Tot Romp, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., for ages nine months to five years, $2 per child.

• Loonie/Toonie Swim, 1-4 p.m. for all ages. $1 for kids, seniors and youth, and $2 for adults.

• Creative swimmers, for ages three to six, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $26.50 per child.

Over at the Walnut Grove Community Centre, 8889 Walnut Grove Dr. (604-882-0408), there’s:

• Tot Romp, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for ages nine months to five years, $2 per child.

• Loonie/Toonie Swim, 1-4 p.m. for all ages. $1 for kids, seniors and youth, and $2 for adults.

• Boot Camp, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for ages six and older, free.

• Open gym, 1-4 p.m., for ages six and older (children must be accompanied by an adult), $1 for kids and $2 for adults.

The Willoughby Community Centre, in the Langley Events Centre, has family-oriented fun such as:

• Tot Romp, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for ages nine months to five years, $2 per child.

• Yoga, 4-4:45 p.m., for those five and older, free.

• Parent and preteen Pilates, 5-5:45 p.m., for ages nine and older, and it, too, is free.

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