Free Family Day fun

By Kassidy Christensen

February 16, 2017 12:00 AM

The province of Alberta has announced special events and free admission will be available at Alberta historic sites, museums, archives and parks for Family Day.
On Feb. 20, the Government of Alberta is offering a chance for “Albertans of all ages to reconnect with provincial history and explore Alberta’s vast landscapes through a variety of free activities and events,” which was stated in a press release.
“I am proud to live in a province that recognizes the importance of family,” said Ricardo Miranda, minister of Culture and Tourism, in the same release.
“Museums and heritage sites are the perfect place to learn, have fun, and connect with the past,” he said.
“I hope families take the opportunity to enjoy the many activities being offered including free admission to our provincial historic sites, museums and archives.”
Some of the historic sites, museums and archives that will be offering free admission to families near the Lloydminster area include the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, and the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray.
For families looking to travel further away from the Border City, sites offering free admission include the Provincial Archives of Alberta in Edmonton and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod.
Alberta Parks are a great way to spend some time outdoors on Family Day, and Gary Walsh, conservation officer with Environment and Parks Alberta, parks division vermilion office, said a Family Try-Athlon will be held at the Vermilion Provincial Park free of charge.
Families can enjoy activities such as, “tobogganing … snow painting, bannock making, Frisbee golf,” among others, including a campfire to keep warm.
“Prizes available as well for the people that come and do this, (and) hot chocolate is going to be served as well,” Walsh said.
Ice fishing will also be available throughout the Family Day weekend without a license in the province of Alberta. All standard regulations still apply.
The Alberta Legislature will be hosting an event with live music, Indigenous games and crafts, a history hunt and magic performances on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.assembly.ab.ca for more information on Family Day Legislature events.

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