We’re so lucky to have Family Day, a holiday to break up the long winter, which has been especially long this year! Family Day in Ontario falls on Monday, February 21, 2022. Because provincial COVID restrictions have loosened somewhat, you may even be able to get together with your family in person this year! How exciting is that? Why not make the holiday even more special by introducing Family Day traditions that you can carry out every Family Day?! Read on to find out which traditions resonate with your family. [Disclosure: I received a complimentary order from Pizza Nova to write this post.]
You know all of those family photos you’ve taken over the years? You probably don’t get a chance to look at them very often, right? Why not designate Family Day as the day when your family will get together to look at photos, watch old videos or DVDs of family events or even haul out the old photo albums belonging to your parents or grandparents. You’ll be amazed at the family memories that resurface by looking at old family videos and photos and it is a great bonding experience for everyone!
Family Day Skate
Create a special Family Day tradition of gathering the family together for a skate at outdoor or indoor skating rinks in Toronto. Skating is an inexpensive way to enjoy Family Day with your family. Getting some fresh air and exercise also provides a nice balance to indoor activities you will enjoy on Family Day.
Family Day = Pizza Nova Day
After you’ve looked through family photos and videos or gone for a skate, why not create a new Family Day tradition of enjoying pizza from Pizza Nova with your family? Pizza Nova has expanded their menu to please flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans! Some of the new menu offerings include plant-based pepperoni pizza and plant-based chick’n bites (Plantollini). If you’ve never had a Pizza Nova pizza before, you are in for a treat. We love their large Primavera pizza (a Signature Pizza) that comes with sautéed spinach, grilled zucchini, roasted red peppers, fresh mushrooms and parmigiano cheese. You can choose whether you want a regular, thin or thick crust – we prefer the thin crust! We also tried a custom pizza made with gluten-free multigrain dough (available only on a medium-sized pizza). I was pleasantly surprised that the dough was not heavy at all; in fact, it was almost as light as the wheat-based dough. Other items on the menu you should consider are Chicken Pollini. These are delicious breaded chicken morsels that come with either BBQ, hot, medium, mild or honey garlic sauce. We ordered the Chicken Pollini with medium sauce and they had just enough heat to make them spicy without burning the roof of your mouth! If you have a hearty appetite, order the meatballs. They are served with a zesty tomato sauce that makes them moist and delicious.
Family Day is a great day for the family to tackle a new puzzle. Since you have the whole weekend to work on it, you may even get it finished by the end of Family Day! Working on a puzzle together creates feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment. It’s also a great activity to share as a group. Each family member can work on a separate section of the puzzle. Choose a puzzle with a picture that everyone is excited about!
Veggie Garden Launch
Family Day Weekend is the perfect time to start planting seeds for your vegetable garden. You can start growing some veggies and herbs indoors as early as February including bell peppers, onions, celery, basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano. Take the family with you to your local Home Depot or Canadian Tire and pick up some containers with good drainage, some organic soil and some seeds. Starting these seeds in February will mean that your plants will be ready to transplant in May.
I hope the above ideas gave you some inspiration to start your own Family Day traditions. What do you have planned with your family for Family Day this year?