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Having a happy family day

Langley City allows families to book gym time to play
Larkyn, 2, and dad Ben Lanteigne were among the families who booked play time at the Timms community centre gym on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Family Day got off to an early start for two-year-old Larkyn Lanteigne and her dad, Ben.

While the official holiday is set for Monday, Feb. 21, on the Saturday morning of the long weekend, the father and daughter spent some quality time together at the Timms Community Centre gymnasium in Langley City, one of several families who signed up for a free city initiative that provided gymnasium time to run, jump, and play.

It was a perfect day for playing indoors, with grey and drizzly weather outside.

By the time the doors opened on Saturday, almost all of the available spaces had been pre-booked.

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The gymnasium was split into four spaces.

A maximum of six participants per booking was allowed and families were required to provide proof of full vaccination for everyone 12 and older, and wearing masks was mandatory when not actively participating in sport.

Sports options were limited to non-competitive, low-intensity versions of basketball, soccer, badminton and pickleball.

On behalf of the city, Langley City recreational supervisor Christine Daum wished everyone “a fun and active Family Day.”

Whether it’s a walk around the Brydon duck pond, a bike ride through Penzer Park or shooting hoops at Timms Community Centre, we challenge everyone to get out of the house and try something new,” Daum said.

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Dan Ferguson

About the Author: Dan Ferguson

Best recognized for my resemblance to St. Nick, I’m the guy you’ll often see out at community events and happenings around town.
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