Fun This February

With winter still going strong, the capital city has a few ways to keep you busy for the rest of the month. If you’re looking for fun things to do, whether for Family Day or just in general, check out these upcoming Ottawa events.

OUTDOOR

Winterlude begins the first weekend on February 3 and takes place each weekend until February 20. You’ll want to bring your skates over to the Rideau Canal Skateway, as part of the festival’s tradition. Be sure to visit Confederation Park, where talented artists will display beautiful ice sculptures. It’s recommended to visit at night, when the sculptures are lit up by coloured lights. The kids will enjoy the Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom at Jacques Cartier Park. The Ice Hog family, Winterlude’s mascots, will be there along with obstacle courses, horse drawn sleighs and snow slides.

As part of the Winterlude festival, the 2012 Winterman races start on February 19 at the Canadian War Museum in Lebreton Flats. Medals will be awarded to all those who cross the finish line. Races vary in intensity, from 3K to marathon. Registration for regular entry fee closes on February 6, so be sure to sign up soon.

MUSIC

Canada’s own indie-rock group, the Sam Roberts Band is coming to the National Arts Centre on February 11.  Be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late.

FAMILY FUN

The Funatorium Explorium by the Hunt Club community is holding a Family Extravaganza from February 18 through February 20, just in time for Family Day. Parents are encouraged to play with their kids through multiple fun activities including rock climbing and obstacle course runs. Events focus on both physical exercise, through programs like family yoga and martial arts, as well as educational activities that include learning to create animation, creative writing and more. Tickets are available online.

Know of any upcoming events this February? Feel free to share.

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