While our technological gadgets can help us connect with others, spending too much time in a virtual world can prevent us from interacting meaningfully with our family and friends. Taking an occasional break from all the electronic devices in our lives can help us reconnect with our loved ones and make us feel refreshed.
With this in mind, the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta would like to invite everyone to participate in its Family Day Unplugged initiative. The goal of the event is simple: “Disconnect to connect with yourself, your family and your community.” Here’s your challenge, should you choose to accept it:
On Family Day (Monday, February 17), put away your phone, shut down your computer, power off your TV, and ignore all other electronic devices. Instead, spend quality time with your friends and family, read a good book, play outside, or enjoy your technology-free time any other way you see fit.
Winterfête: Family Day at the Legislature
If you’re looking for an event that will help keep you and your family unplugged on Family Day, why not take a trip downtown? Winterfête, taking place at the Alberta Legislature (10800 97 Avenue) from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Family Day, will provide you with tons of technology-free — and just plain FREE — fun.
There are indoor activities like a legislature scavenger hunt, magic shows and puppet shows, face painting and crafts, as well as outdoor activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, snowman-making competitions, and skating on the south grounds rink, featuring a performance by Royal Glenora Skating Club. You can also enjoy hot chocolate in a heated tent while attending autograph sessions with local sports celebrities, including the Edmonton Eskimos.
For more information, visit the Legislative Assembly of Alberta website.