With warmer temperatures on the way, a Family Day spent exploring Alberta sounds like the perfect way to spend a holiday Monday.

All across Alberta, provincial parks, heritage sites and museums are offering free admission and special programming for the whole family on Monday, February 18, 2019. Many are offering specials and activities all weekend long.

If you’re ready to get back to the great outdoors after the recent cold snap, get out and enjoy the provincial parks. Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area and William A. Switzer Provincial Park will have a full weekend of snowshoeing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. If you don’t have any equipment or experience, don’t worry. Parks interpreters will be on hand with advice and gear you can try out for the afternoon.

If you’d rather not brave the cold, nine heritage sites across Alberta will have unique interactive activities for you to learn something new. At the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, enjoy a free presentation by a paleontologist, or make a replica of a fossil. Build your own balloon launcher, or take part in one of the other do-it-yourself science activities at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray.

The Family Day long weekend is also the first Family Fishing Weekend of 2019. In Calgary, head over to the Bow Habitat Station (1440 17A St SE) for Family FISHtival on Saturday, February 16 for snowshowing, marshmallow roasting and games from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For the full listing of events and activities, visit https://albertaculture.wordpress.com/ or https://albertaparks.ca/events/.

Emma Stevens