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Take Advantage of February 29th – It Only Comes Once Every Four Years!

Yay, it’s a leap year! I challenge you all to take advantage of the extra day we have this year on February 29th! Try something you’ve never done before as a family and enjoy your time together by embracing the great Canadian Winter. We have written an article that includes fun indoor and outdoor family activities that you can take part with your children.

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Woman and child in the snow.

Take Advantage of February 29th – It Only Comes Once Every Four Years!

It seems that as a mom, I am always so busy working, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, and grocery shopping that these days I am expected to be in five places at once and juggle the weight of the world! There just simply aren’t enough hours in a day! Can I please have 4 more hours, minimum!

It’s definitely important to take the time during the winter months to go outside and enjoy exciting winter activities with your family. You have an extra day on February 29th, so go outside and enjoy the winter scenery!

The 3 winter activities below are my favourites:

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 and not to mention it’s great exercise. Your kids will love the novelty of floating on top of the snow! Try it out on February 29th!


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. Building a snow cave is a simple cold-day activity. Make sure you have enough shovels for the whole family since 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 with a cup of hot chocolate to add warmth.


Visit somewhere new

Canada is chalk-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, taking part in the Quebec Winter Carnival festivities, skiing at the beautiful Lake Louise, 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 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!

What are your favourite winter activities?

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. My fave winter activities are snowboarding, snowshoeing and winter survival training; the boys love these too. Getting outdoors I find is the best physical fitness and mental health routine.

  2. I love the outdoors. Not so much in the cold weather. But during winter I can skate and ski, sports I cannot do in the Summer.

  3. I enjoying going for a hike on the warmer days in the winter The local parks are very pretty and sometimes you can see deer and rabbits


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