School’s almost out for the holidays! It’s such a great time of year to be with your family and friends. If you want to get out of the house and do something fun and different together, it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. London offers lots of free or low cost activities you can do with the whole family. Here are some ideas:
Skating is an active, wintery activity that just feels so festive. Tim Horton’s offers complimentary skating times during the holidays at these local arenas:
Dec. 28 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Dec. 29 2:00-4:00 p.m.
January 5 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Dec. 29 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Visit Tim Horton's website for a complete list of free skates in London this month.
If you want to hit the rink but stay outside, why not visit one of London’s outdoor skating rinks. There’s nothing quite as merry as skating outside on a December night.
Covent Garden Market
Skating at the market downtown is totally free and open to the public every day. After you've finished skating, warm up with a drink or a snack from one of the many delicious vendors inside. www.coventmarket.com/news/skating-rink/
Although it costs a bit of money, a trip to Storybook Garden’s skating rink includes other festive activities. You can also rent skates for $6.00 if you don’t own a pair.
Children (2-17) $3.25
Family (children with up to two adults) $13
Visit their website for regular and holiday hours: www.storybook.london.ca
If the timing works for you, Tim Horton’s is hosting free, community skate times at Storybook on:
Dec. 23 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Dec. 24 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Skating in our beautiful park with all the Christmas lights is definitely a highlight of the season. The rink is open 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. every day (but is closed for ice resurfacing from 5:30-6:30 p.m.).
London Public Library
The library is always a great place for free events, especially during the holidays. There are movie marathons, craft workshops, holiday concerts and more. It’s even a fun place to explore on a cold day when no one wants to be outside. Visit their website for all the details http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/.
Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club has lots of fun activities planned for over the holidays. Enjoy sports in the gym, board games and other activities, holiday crafts, art projects and more. Checkout their webpage for holiday hours and a complete list of drop in programs http://www.bgclondon.ca/.
You don’t have to leave your neighbourhood to keep busy. Make a hot chocolate at home and go for a “Bundle up Walk” to see all your neighbour’s beautiful Christmas lights. Organize a snow fort or snowman making contest with your family and friends and then go tobogganing! Or, in the spirit of the holidays, shovel a neighbour’s driveway as a random act of kindness.
Wishing you and your families a very happy holiday season! We can’t wait for 2014 and for the program to be up and running once again. We have lots of awesome activities, recipes and visitors all ready to go. See you on Monday, January 13.