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What’s Open, Closed And What To Do This Family Day

Londoners will have no shortage of activities to take part in this Family Day.

Families can spend the the provincial holiday, which falls on the third Monday in February, enjoying everything maple at the Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush. It’s open from 11am to 3pm.

For those itching to strap on their skates, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is holding a free skate at the Western Fair District Sports Centre from 1pm-3pm. Public skates are also being held at three city arenas free of charge. Skates run from 1:30pm-3:30pm at Kinsmen Arena on Granville St., Stronach Arena on Sandford St., and Nichols Arena on Homeview Rd.

Storybook Gardens is offering horse drawn wagon rides, a visit from Roary the Dragon and the 12 foot Polar Bear, Can Bear. There will also be rides, dance parties, puppet shows, pedal cars, and a tower slide, if unseasonably warm weather forces the closure of the facility’s skate trail. Festivities run 10am-5pm.

Centennial Hall is hosting a Board Game Event from 10am-5pm. Families can choose from more than 100 board games to play, with volunteers on-hand to help with game selection. Admission is $5 per person/$10 per family.

At Eldon House at 481 Ridout St. North from 1pm-4pm, families can tour London’s oldest residence while participating in hands-on activities for children and adults in the Interpretive Centre. Admission is $6 per person/$20 per family.

The Children’s Museum invites families to participate in fort building and get up close to spiders, scorpions, snakes and more with Kennedy’s Kridders. Activities run 10am to 5pm.

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology will be open from 10am to 4:30pm with indoor and outdoor activities.

Grocery stores, shopping malls, including White Oaks Mall, Masonville Place, and Westmount Shopping Centre, will be closed for the day. As will the LCBO, Beer Stores, and the Labatt Retail Store on Richmond St.

Banks, schools, and provincial and municipal government office will not open their doors.

There will be mail delivery, as Family Day is not a holiday for federal employees.

The LTC will be running on a Sunday schedule.