Family opportunities for Family Day in Ladysmith

Long weekend offers chance to disconnect and reconnect

Jesse Bixby Special to the Chronicle

It’s the Family Day long weekend. Why not spend it with family?

There are many activities scheduled around Ladysmith for families beginning Friday, Feb. 15.

Ladysmith Family & Friends Society is hosting a concert featuring music from The Nanaimo Community Band to kick off the long weekend and invites everyone to attend.

LaFF facilitator Sandra Hendricks believes the concert is a great opportunity to connect with others in the community.

“We reach out to the senior homes and they’ll get a bus and [come] down. It’s really cool to see everyone from young families with young kids to the older generations get together to have fun.”

Hendricks believes people should take advantage of the day off work and cherish the quality time with their family.

“I find everybody is so plugged in and go-go-go and there’s so many extra activities and I think it’s good to just go back to the basics,” Hendricks said. “It’s that day where you can actually disconnect.”

Hendricks isn’t the only LaFF facilitator who believes in the importance of Family Day.

“Families are integral to society. If we have healthy families, we have a healthy society,” said Monica Stieda, who has been working for LaFF for nearly 24 years on-and-off.

The concert is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aggie Hall. There will be refreshments, a photo booth, and a gift basket door prize to be given away.

The LRCA is also running a Bingo contest that will keep your family busy during the long weekend. Pick up your bingo card at the Frank Jameson Community Centre to get started and for a chance to win prizes.

Don’t miss other events around Ladysmith during the long weekend:

Saturday, February 16

Wake up and visit Dad’s Drop-In breakfast and social at the Ladysmith Resource Centre from 10am-12pm. RSVP to ian@lrca.ca as space is limited.

Monday, February 18

Get two free skates at Fuller Lake Arena, rentals included. Sessions run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Free swimming for the family at Frank Jameson Community Centre from 12-3:30pm. Special family-oriented activities are planned.

Visit “The Tie That Binds,” the new exhibit at the Ladysmith Museum. Showings of archival film on the E & N Railway are from 12-4pm. Refreshments provided.

Drop by LaFF for activities including a reading center, craft station, a snack table, and more from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

 

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