Graphic by Stephanie Truong

Graphic by Stephanie Truong



This year instead of “failing to remember” the sole purpose of Family Day, take advantage of the opportunity spend the day with your family and friends. The Naughty Prude takes a break from her day job to tell you about some more family friendly activities.

A majority of people view Family Day as a miraculous statutory holiday created and delivered by a like-minded genius, who understands the appeal and allure of a day off for no apparent reason. As true as this may be, Family Day is a holiday that is meant to be a release from your hectic lifestyle, but most importantly meant for family. Instead of dredging through this holiday, actively enjoy and participate in it!

Waterloo Region Museum, located on 10 Huron Road in Kitchener is hosting Family Day from 9:30 am to 5 p.m. The main gallery on Family Day will be “CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top.” Exhibiting the importance of science within the circus world, CIRCUS includes 20 interactive exhibits that the family can enjoy. Test your balance by walking the high wire, explore the wonders behind the human cannonball and test your feats of strength, upon many other fun activities.

If you are predicting the CIRCUS exhibit may be sensory overload, The Tenth Annual Winterloo Festival is running Feb. 16-18, located at the Uptown Waterloo Public Square, The Button Factory, Regina Lot and City Square. Activities include free public skating, a winter uptown walk and a thrilling ice slide. Activities in The Regina Lot run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as dog sled rides, and the chance to try Olympic Snowshoeing. (If you visit Waterloo Public Square any time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can see lovely volunteers from The Cord at the volunteer booth).

Of course the infallible plan is going to the movies and sharing a big ol’ bucket of popcorn with the family. Princess Cinema is tried, tested and true by yours truly, The Naughty Prude. At 2:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., Princess Cinema is playing “Oscar Nominated Short Films”, which is an amazing opportunity to view the nominated short films that so often fall by the wayside.