Written by: Sandy Howe
With this week being Family Day (three cheers for a long weekend!), there is plenty to do and see in Niagara on Monday with your family or friends:
- Richardson’s Farm Sugar Bush – starts Monday, February 15 from 9:00am-3:00pm and continues on Saturdays through March. Come to the farm to watch the sap be boiled and enjoy some piping hot pancakes, sausage and pure maple syrup! Take a wagon ride to the sugar bush for a guided tour of how we collect sap, using both buckets and modern pipeline. Be sure to browse around the market before you leave and take some maple syrup or tempting treats home with you!
- Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival – Dundas Valley Conservation Area from 11:00am-4:00pm. The Story: In January 2012, nine-year-old Braden Marshall asked his dad if he could open a lemonade stand. While he told Braden that it would be a good idea for the summer, he then asked his son what could be an alternative to lemonade for the winter. The answer was hot chocolate. From that conversation sprouted the concept of the Hot Chocolate Festival, a unique outdoor winter festival to be held on Family Day, providing the community with a fun way to spend time with their families. Join in this year to celebrate the 5th annual festival! Free admission, activities & entertainment, and cups of hot chocolate by donation (all proceeds are donated to the Hamilton Conservation Foundation, which are used specifically for the preservation and maintenance of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area’s natural environment and cultural heritage). Parking is limited, but free shuttles are available from Dundas Valley Secondary School.
- Winterfest – at Heartland Forest from 11:00am-3:00pm. Find great food, craft, nature knowledge, prizes to give away, indoor and outdoor activities for the family as well as a campfire!
- Free events in St. Catharines on Family Day:
- Free Public Skate | 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Seymour Hannah Arena
- Free Pop Up PLAY Tent & Fun Zone | 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
- Admission by donation at the St. Catharines Museum 10:00am-4:00pm
- Free Swim:
- Leisure Pool: 8 – 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 3 p.m.; 4 – 7 p.m.
- Lane Pool: 3 – 5:30 p.m.; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Also, take the opportunity to venture downtown and participate in the “WalkSTC – Your Downtown Photo Competition”. Visit the website for details on how you can share how you see downtown’s architecture, people and its hidden gems in a variety of categories. #WalkSTC
If you’re a student in the area and celebrating Reading Week and not having classes this week, go cheer for the Niagara IceDogs, Niagara Lock Monsters or Niagara River Lions at a game at the Meridian Centre, or find a show at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre!
Or cheer for the Brock Badgers:
Basketball Games over Reading Week at Brock U – Bob Davis Gym
Friday, Feb. 12, Brock plays Carleton in Basketball, Women at 6 pm, Men at 8 pm (tickets are going fast)
Saturday, Feb. 13, Brock plays Ottawa in Basketball, Women at 6 pm, Men at 8 pm
Friday, Feb. 19, Brock plays Laurentian in Basketball, W at 6 pm, M at 8 pm
Sat. Feb. 20, Brock vs. Nipissing, W at 6 pm, M at 8 pm
There are free tickets for Brock students available at the Walker Complex Welcome Desk for the basketball games.
Men’s Hockey – at the Seymour Hannah Centre
Friday, Feb. 12, Men’s Hockey plays Waterloo at 7:15– just show student ID at the door and there is no charge.
Women’s Volleyball – at Bob Davis gym
Saturday, Feb. 13, Women’s Volleyball plays Guelph at 2 pm (show student id at the door)
Saturday, Feb. 14, Women’s Volleyball plays Western at 2 pm
Sunday, Feb. 21, Women’s Volleyball plays York, 2 pm
Women’s Hockey – at the Seymour Hannah Centre
Saturday, Feb. 20,– W Hockey plays Guelph at 2:15 pm (show student ID at door)
Sunday, Feb. 21, W Hockey plays Queen’s at 2:15 pm
Have a great week, Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy getting out to #ExploreNiagara!