Langley is packed full of activities to celebrate Family Day with loved ones on Monday, Feb. 19.
The annual statutory holiday is celebrated each year on the third Monday of February and offers an opportunity to relfect on the importance of spending quality time with family and friends.
Explore aviation at Canadian Museum of Flight
The local flight museum is hosting its annual Family Day event on Feb. 19. Along with free admission, kids receive a free take-home goodie bag and photo opportunities. There will also be free hot chocolate complimented with a cookie.
Brenda Radstaak, administration at the museum, said a temporary tattoo station will be set up, in addition to a variety of games and craft station.
“Weather permitting, some of our vintage aircraft will be open and guests can climb in and let their imaginations soar,” she said.
Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and share stories about the museum’s aircraft.
“We want to inspire young people towards future engineering design and invite them to explore B.C. aviation,” said Bruce Friesen, president of the Canadian Museum of Flight.
The gift shop will be stocked up for kids and their parents to browse and find a new toy.
Family Day activities at the museum run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located in Hangar #3 at 5333 216th St.
Make furry friends at the BC Farm Museum
Fort Langley’s farm museum has several activities planned for Family Day on Monday, Feb. 19.
Visitors can make ropes the old-fashioned way, pose among more than 6,000 heritage agricultural items and tractors, pretend to ride a horse, and participate in a scavenger hunt for a prize.
Aldor Acres is bringing some fluffy bunnies, which will be available for petting (gently), and a local blacksmith will make a souvenir to take home.
The museum is typically closed in Feburary, noted Grace Muller, vice-president and co-chair on the museum development committee.
The Family Day events began after the pandemic when families were looking for things to do together.
“The farm museum decided to open for Family Day and organized a fun family event with the assistance of a B.C. government grant. The response has been awesome,” Muller shared.
In addition to the activities, cupcakes will also be served.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BC Farm Museum located at 9131 King St.
Test your bird-nerd knowledge at the Fort Langley National Historic Site
Families are invited to take tours at the historic site on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 19.
Enjoy a full day of bird activities like a walk with B.C. Field Ornithologists, try bird trivia, and hear from members of the Langley Field Naturalists and Langley Environmental Partners Society, among many others.
People can also try their hand at crafting a pinecone bird feeder to take home and hang up.
Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and regular admission prices apply.
The national historic site is located at 23433 Mavis Ave.
Try the Langley Literacy Network’s family challenge
People are invited to pick up a game sheet from any participating Langley library, or print one from online, to fill out by completing each activity on the sheet.
Activities range from singing a song to hosting a family party.
The finished game sheets can be dropped off at the library until Feb. 20 for a free book per family, and to be entered into a contest for a chance to win one of three gift cards to the Raving Gamer Bistro.
Participating libraries are in Aldergrove, Murrayville, Langley City, Willowbrook, Brookswood, Walnut Grove, and Fort Langley.
Learn more at langleyliteracynetwork.com.
Skate like the Giants do at Langley Events Centre
Following the Vancouver Giants home game against the Spokane Chiefs on Monday, Feb. 19, the public is invited for a post-game family skate on the ice.
Puck drops at 2 and the game is scheduled to run until 5 p.m. Tickets to the game start at $23.90, and can be bought online at chl.ca.
The Langley Events Centre is located at 7888 200th St.
Have a family photo taken at Willowbrook mall
From Feb. 16 to 19, the Willowbrook Shopping Centre has its resident photographer available to take a free photo of families inside an immersive photo frame.
Times are noon to 4 p.m. each day.
No appointment is necessary.
The mall is located at 19705 Fraser Hwy.
Township of Langley:
The Langley Township is hosting a variety of recreation activities for Family Day, starting with a public skate at the George Preston Recreation Centre on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.
Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre is also hosting a public skate on Monday, Feb. 19, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. It also has free admission to its public swim in the pool from 2 to 4 p.m. the same day.
On Family Day, W.C. Blair Recreation Centre will host a public swim from 10 a.m. to noon, and Tumble Time in the afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. which involves games, storytime, and exploring the gymnastics equipment.
The Walnut Grove Community Centre has a Tot Romp from 9 to 11 a.m. for Family Day, which is an opportunity for parents to spend some time playing with their toddlers and participate in face painting. Starting at 11:30 a.m. is a friendly pickelball game until 1:30 p.m. A public swim will be open from 1 to 3 p.m., and badminton from 2 to 4 p.m.
City of Langley:
On Saturday, Feb. 17, the city is hosting a Parent and Tot drop-in event at the Timms Community Centre from noon to 3 p.m.
A Robotics and STEM event will be held as part of the Robotics Camp in the Timms Community Centre on Monday, Feb. 19, for Family Day. Families can enroll for $40 per child, and participate as a team. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
IN OTHER NEWS: Langley animal shelter 50/50 raffle starts Feb. 16