Even with the stay-at-home order in effect, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Family Day safely with your household. Get out and enjoy the winter season with free outdoor family skating, explore the over 125 kms of community trails, try something new like snow sculpting or tobogganing. Outdoor winter activities not your thing? Reimagine winter indoors and stay connected virtually with dozens of wellness, cooking, Active At Home classes and so many other indoor programs perfect for the whole family. For details and more things to do, visit www.kitchener.ca/ReimagineWinter.

Let us know how you’re celebrating Family Day with your household this weekend for your chance to win a $100 gift card to a local coffee and donut shop. Snap a photo or video of you and your household showing us how you’re celebrating Family Day and post the photo in the comments of the City’s Family Day contest post on Facebook. Or post a photo or video tagging @CityOfKitchener on Instagram for you chance to win. No matter where you post, be sure to use hashtag #ReimagineWinterKit. Contest closes Monday, Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Nothing says celebration like sharing food, which is why the Kitchener Public Library is helping to encourage families to come together on Friday, Feb. 12 for a virtual Caribbean Cooking class with Chef Arielle Neils. For details or to register, visit the Kitchener Public Library’s website.

Join in celebrating African, family, community and culture at the 11th annual Bring on the Sunshine festival and first-ever online event, honouring the contributions of Black, Caribbean and African Canadians in Waterloo Region. The virtual festival, in honour of Black History Month, takes place on Sunday, Feb.14 from 3-6 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 15, from noon-4 p.m. For more details on this event or other community events taking place throughout the month, visit www.kitchener.ca/blackhistorymonth

Facility closures

Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for the statutory holiday. Services normally offered by appointment will be available again on Tuesday, Feb. 16.


The Kitchener Market remains open Saturday, Feb 13 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. but will be closed as usual on Monday, Feb. 15.


All Kitchener Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for Family Day. 


All City pools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15.


All community centres will be closed Monday, Feb. 15.


The Aud & Arenas will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15.


Budd Park indoor facility will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15.


For more information:
Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications