2016 is a leap year so this February we get to enjoy an extra day in February. What are you going to do on your extra day?
It’s become the norm that when someone asks how you’re doing or how you’ve been the honest answer is always “busy.” These days, it seems as though you’re expected to be in five places at once and juggle the weight of the world – and there just simply aren’t enough hours in a day.
So this year, take advantage of the extra day (or one of the days this weekend)! Try something you’ve never done before as a family and enjoy your time together by embracing the great Canadian Winter with these exciting activities:
Go snowshoeing: Chances are, you’re not too far from a national park or scenic trail that is optimal for snowshoeing. Snowshoes have come a long way from the tennis racket-esque versions you’re probably expecting and are often available to rent from national parks or adventure stores. It’s a great way to take in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery – not to mention it’s great exercise and your kids will love the novelty of floating on top of the snow!
Build a snow cave: It’s also likely that there are ample amounts of snow not too far away – or even in your own backyard (well not in Calgary…but for some of you in the East for sure). Building a snow cave is a simple cold-day activity. Make sure you have enough shovels for the whole family – it’s a team effort. Once the structure is complete, let it harden for a few hours and then create an entrance way and hollow it out. If it’s big enough, you can even carve out snow benches inside! Grab your snow pants and chill out – literally – with a cup of hot chocolate to add warmth.
Go for a Nature Hike: If you don’t have any snow near you, go for a hike instead. Even though it is still winter, there are lots of animals around all year around. Keep your eyes peeled for animal prints, scat (aka poop) so that you can identify the animals that live where you are hiking. Fun!
Visit somewhere new: Canada is chock-full of amazing winter destinations featuring everything from scenic ski resorts to lively festivals. Whether it’s teaching the kids to skate on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal or visiting the Northwest Territories to take in the northern lights, find something your family will enjoy and will remember for years to come.
Trying to keep up with your kids isn’t always easy – and is often tougher the next day when those aches and pains set in. Topical pain relievers like RUB·A535™ Extra Strength Heating Cream have you covered. It starts to work on contact and provides fast acting pain relief of muscle and joint pain.
Trying something brand new will not only be different and exciting, but will also break up the monotonous schedules we adhere to when juggling work and family. Getting outside is also great for your health!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Church and Dwight. As always, all opinions are my own.