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Jam out, bring your fam out: here's a list of family day events

Short month, long weekend, celebrate with your family in Collingwood next Monday.
The Healthy Kids blue blocks will be available for building and fort making on the second-floor of the Central Park Arena for February Family Jam next Monday. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday

February’s long weekend approaches and with it, a full schedule of family-friendly activities to mark the occasion.

Monday, Feb. 18 is the annual Collingwood February Fam Jam with sports-based and creative activities planned all day at Central Park.

The sports begin with curling from 9-11 a.m. at the Collingwood Curling Club, where members are inviting individuals and families to try the game known for crazy pants, screaming “hurry, hard,” and so much sweeping. You’ll need a clean pair of indoor shoes and children under 12 require helmets.

The YMCA is opening the gym for an hour between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for families, adult supervision is required. There will be family swim time at the YMCA from 10:#0 to noon, and basketball in the YMCA gym from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

There will also be open lap swimming time at the Centennial Aquatic Centre at 9 a.m. and again at noon, and family swim time from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If frozen is your preferred state of water, you can skate indoors at the Central Park Arena for parent and tot skating from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A Power off and Play scavenger hunt begins at the Central Park arena, and you can start the hunt anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Continuing along the physical activity vein, there will be family street hockey outside the Central Park arena from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and sledge shinny indoors from 11 a.m. to 12:30. Shinny continues with family shinny at 1 p.m. inside the arena, and family shinny at 5 p.m., youth shinny at 6 p.m., open shinny at 7 p.m. and adult shinny at 8 p.m. all on the outdoor skating rink. Helmets are required for all shinny games.

Public skating hours for the outdoor rink run from noon to 5 p.m.

The Central Park baseball diamond is being turned into a game zone with giant games, snowman building, snow/ice construction and family fun. There will be 20 pairs of snowshoes available to borrow throughout the day as well.

On the creative side of things, there’s a button-making workshop hosted by the Collingwood Museum and indoor board games available to borrow in the arena lobby (donations of games welcome). On the second floor, you can get creative with the Healthy Kids giant blue building blocks.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 13 years of experience as a local journalist
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