Monday, January 25, 2010

City of Calgary Leisure Centres celebrate Family 'Month'

Families are pretty important to the folks at Calgary’s Leisure Centres, which is why they’ve decided to make February’s Family Day last the whole month.

As part of Family Month, Village Square and Southland Leisure Centres are offering special events and activities just for families.

Since 2005 Family Month has been keeping Calgarians active during what is traditionally one of the coldest months of the year.

“It’s a way to encourage people to stay active in the darker months,” said Recreation spokesperson, Tracy Luther. “We want to remind those landlocked Calgarians to escape to our water parks. It’s like a tropical vacation in your own community.”

Events like Village Square’s Family Fun Adventure and Southland’s Tropical Fish Scavenger Hunt invite families who purchase admission to enjoy the pool, games and each other’s company at a time of year when many of us feel like hibernating.

According to Luther, it’s not just about staying active.

“We’re providing opportunities for Calgarians to try new things and for families to play together,” she said. “Family month is a really big month at the Leisure Centres. It’s about togetherness and healthy living.”

After undergoing extensive renovations in 2008, Luther is confident the new water park features are going to dazzle and impress. New additions include Southland’s tropical beach themed AquaPlay structure and Village Square’s Safari Splash Zone.

The award-winning facilities have been recognized by several local organizations for their family focused programs and state of the art amenities.

For families wanting to stay dry, both facilities will be hosting a Family Skate Night with free hot chocolate and activities as well as free family-based games in the lobby with prizes.

The complete event schedule is available at calgary.ca/leisurecentres.

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