January 17th, 2021

Family Day Play Day activities at U of L will have agriculture theme

By Bobinec, Greg on January 22, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


The University of Lethbridge’s ninth annual Family Day Play Day is returning to the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness on Feb. 17, with a new twist as they introduce new agriculture-themed activities.

Presented in partnership with North & Company LLP, Play Day is a free day of family fun featuring all of the 1st Choice Savings Centre areas, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Families wanting to participate are encouraged to bring their swimsuit, gym shoes and comfortable clothing to take part in a variety of fun agriculture activities.

“When we started working on this concept for our first Play Day in 2012, I’m not really sure we knew what to expect,” says Kali McKay, manager of Constituent Engagement. “The idea then, as it remains today, was to create an opportunity for southern Albertans to come together and celebrate being a family by simply playing with one another. It has obviously resonated with our communities and I think there’s been a boost in Family Day activities all across the region as a result. Family matters and we’re proud to keep the tradition going.”

Activities for the agriculture-themed event include the classic and popular free build cardboard fort building zone, along with a collection of sporting activities such as basketball, floor hockey and swimming. The university’s Ascent Climbing Centre is also available for play, while science-themed educational areas and art activities will be spread throughout the facility.

“We’re a family law firm and many of our associates have young families, so for us, Play Day is the perfect kind of community activity with which we want to be associated,” says Kerry Gellrich, partner with North & Company LLP. “Our people and the work they do is about building community and we do that through our families. We’re excited to be part of Play Day again.”

Family Day Play Day is an opportunity for everyone to take part in activity and unobstructed play. Play Day is free to everyone, including parking. The U of L is also adding the option for people who attend Play Day 2020 to receive 15 per cent off identified regular priced Summer Camp registration fees, including Horns Recreation, Destination Exploration and Conservatory of Music.

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