The Town is encouraging residents to disconnect from their electronic devices and connect with their families and friends on February 18th with “Family Day Unplugged”. Families can take advantage of free activities at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex, or one of the many other family-friendly activities available around town.
“We really want to get everyone to turn off their cell phones, computers, videogames, and televisions and spend the day having fun as a family,” said Shelley Koot, manager of community support services for the Town. “Whether it’s swimming or skating at the recreation complex, walking on the Happy Trails, or playing board games at home, it’s important to get face-to-face time as a whole family.”
“Family Day Unplugged” is being promoted by FCSS departments in communities around the province.
There are a variety of benefits to be gained by disconnecting from electronics and spending time as a family. “Studies have shown that kids would rather play with their parents than watch TV or use the internet,” says Koot. “It’s also been shown that teens who have more than three family dinners per week are more likely to get better grades.”
From 1 – 4 p.m. on February 18 the recreation complex will be offering free swimming, skating, and other games, as well as hot chocolate and hot dogs for everyone.
“We are encouraging everyone to leave the video games at home, turn off their cell phones, and bring the entire family down to the recreation complex for an afternoon of fun and entertainment,” said Cynthia Farrow, community program supervisor for the Town.
There are many year-round activities available in High River that can help families of all ages stay connected. “Take a walk, cook and eat together, meet for coffee, or go skating on Emerson Lake,” says Farrow. “Just about anything that gets you spending time, and connecting with your family.”