Family Day events in Windsor-Essex

Families line up for activities on Family Day at Devonshire Mall in Windsor on Feb 20, 2017 (Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News)

Every municipality in Windsor-Essex will celebrate Family Day on Monday.

Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario, on the third Monday in February, usually the same day as President’s Day in the U.S.

To encourage families to spend time together and be active in the community, each Windsor-Essex community is holding a free or low-cost event open to everyone on Monday.


Free, supervised ice skating will be available at Charles Clark Square downtown from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Family Day, weather permitting. The Lanspeary Park Lions Outdoor Rink is closed for the day.

At the WFCU Centre, a family swim is offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at regular admission rates.

The Windsor Express has a free game against the Sudbury Five with a 5 p.m. tipoff at the WFCU Centre. Tickets are required. There will be a limited number available at the box office starting at 11 a.m. Monday.

Adventure Bay Family Water Park and Cannon Cove are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, with a $15 flat rate good for the entire day.

Devonshire Mall’s annual Family Day celebration will run Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a wide variety of activities. Tecumseh Mall is open from noon to 5 p.m. with a special program of events.


A free public skate will be held at Tecumseh Arena from 1:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.


The town of LaSalle is hosting a family skating session from noon to 2 p.m. at the Vollmer Complex, along with six sessions of recreational swimming. Swim sessions begin hourly from noon to 5 p.m. and last 45 minutes each. Admission fees apply and demand will likely be high. Reserve your spot by visiting the town’s official website.


A day of activities is planned at Lakeshore’s Atlas Tube Centre Monday. Public skating, swimming, drop-in badminton and drop-in basketball are on the schedule, which can be seen on the town of Lakeshore’s official website.


The town of Amherstburg will hold a free family skate at the Libro Centre. It runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Essex is hosting a variety of Family Day events at several venues across the municipality.

At the Essex Recreation Complex on Talbot Street North, a leisure swim runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a recreational swim from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Essex Centre Sports Complex on Fairview Drive West hosts a Family Day Fun Zone from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., plus a free skate from 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Public skating will also be offered from 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. at the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre.


Learn how to save a life as the town of Kingsville offers a free Level A CPR clinic at Kingsville Arena from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is also a free public skate from noon to 1:50 p.m. To learn more or register for the CPR course, visit the town’s official website.


The Kinsmen Centre will be the focal point of Family Day events in Leamington. The program runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m unless otherwise noted.

Four inflatables will be set up in the gymnasium. Families can do all four inflatables together as a group for a chance to enter a family prize draw.

Open swimming runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with registration opening at 1 p.m. Limited wristbands will be given out for each hour of swimming. Parents will be required to accompany younger swimmers in the pool.

Both the centre’s ice pads will be open for free skating from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and on the Unico pad only from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.