A day to celebrate family in Fort McMurray

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

Residents enjoy skating under The Shell Place canopy on The Molson Outdoor Rink on February 5. The rink will be open on Family Day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Public drop-ins cost $2.25 per person at The Shell Place’s Guest Services. PHOTO: Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

Residents enjoy skating under The Shell Place canopy on The Molson Outdoor Rink on February 5. The rink will be open on Family Day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Public drop-ins cost $2.25 per person at The Shell Place’s Guest Services. PHOTO: Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

Since 1990, Albertans have been taking a day off for what matters most – family. Being the first in Canada to initiate it, the 26th annual Family Day takes place on February 15.

“As we all strive every day to make a better living in this busy world that seems to demand a lot more from us as the years go by, we find ourselves more tired with little time left to spend with our beloved family,” said Yurdiga.

Fort McMurray-Cold Lake Member of Parliament David Yurdiga shared this year’s statutory holiday is a day to slowdown and spend time with loved ones.

“As we all strive every day to make a better living in this busy world that seems to demand a lot more from us as the years go by, we find ourselves more tired with little time left to spend with our beloved family,” said Yurdiga. “It is important to create a pause in life and spend time with family. This day gives us the opportunity to remember the things in life that truly matter. As we celebrate the Family Day long weekend, we allow the stresses of life to fall behind and we spend our time doing things we love with the people we love.”

With many events planned, Fort McMurray residents have a variety of ways to celebrate free or discounted activities – inside and out.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, weather may be in favour for snow-themed fun. Families can hit the numerous skating rinks around Fort McMurray. A full list of outdoor rinks are available on the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s (RMWB) website at www.rmwb.ca. The municipality keeps the list updated on a regular basis. Popular rinks with access to restrooms and eateries are available at downtown’s Jubilee Plaza and the Molson Outdoor Rink at Shell Place.

More on the go at MacDonald Island include Family Day activities organized by the McMurray Gospel Assembly at the Nexen Field House and the Kinette Club of Fort McMurray will be hosting their annual Toonie Swim. Residents can access the Syncrude Aquatic Centre for a discounted price from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Family Day is a great opportunity for families to come and check out all the great amenities at MacDonald Island Park. From the Syncrude Aquatic Centre to the Molson Outdoor Rink at Shell Place, there is so much to do at the Island,” said Theresa Wells, Communications Coordinator of Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo.

“We look forward to seeing many families enjoying the facility that day.”

For fans of science, check out the Sense-sational Science event. The Oil Sands Discovery Centre is offering a free show presented by The Odd-Lot Puppetry Company called: “Talent Inside.” There are four show times available at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event includes activities for families to explore difference senses in the Discovery Lab and make some sense-sational crafts. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.oilsandsdiscovery.com.

With Family Day coinciding around Valentine’s Day, Fort McMurray is bursting at the seams with events throughout the entire weekend. To view more community listings for residents of all ages, check out The MAC Calendar at www.mcmurrayallconnected.ca/calendar.

– Connect Weekly –