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Okotoks Recreation Invites Okotoks Families to Unplug for Family Day

Family Day Unplugged at the Okotoks Recreation Centre

Monday, February 16, 2015 – 10:00am to 3:30pm

family day unplugged web bannerFamily Day is a holiday recognized in Alberta as a way for families to spend time together. The Town of Okotoks, along with Okotoks Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), recognizes the importance of this and is planning its third annual Family Day Unplugged.

Mark your calendars – unplug from technology & electronics for the day, and spend time connecting with yourself, friends, family and your community on Family Day. Take advantage of the free activities at the Recreation Centre, and help provide recreation access to residents on a limited income with a donation to the Recreation Fee Assistance program!

Get Unplugged with FREE Family Day Activities @ Okotoks Recreation Centre

All Activities are FREE* – Get Unplugged and Join the Fun!
*admission by donation (optional) to support the Recreation Fee Assistance program. Learn more about the Recreation Fee Assistance program.

Activity Time
Gym Time 10 am – 3:30 pm
Family Swim 11 am – 1 pm
Public Swim 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Public Skating, Piper Arena 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Parent & Child Shinny, Murray Arena 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Noon Hour Shinny, Murray Arena 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Outdoor Skating & fire pits, Outdoor Rink
with free hot chocolate and popcorn
12 pm – 3:30 pm
Live Entertainment 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Enter the Unplugged Facebook Contest! 

Once you’ve plugged back on Tuesday, visit the Town’s Facebook page anytime on Tuesday, February 17, and tell us how your family unplugged on Family Day. One lucky person will be randomly drawn from all entrants to win a 10-visit Family Pass to the Okotoks Recreation Centre! Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Participate in the School Contest!

Parents, help your kids ‘disconnect’ for the day on Family Day and participate in the contest for Okotoks schools. Your child’s class could win a pizza lunch! Watch for a Family Day Unplugged contest form to come home with your child in the week leading up to Family Day.

Here are a few ways your family could spend the day together:

  • Play a board game or plan a games night,
  • Make breakfast together or bake a batch of healthy cookies,
  • Go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, or just play in the snow,
  • Make a playdate with friends, or get out and meet your neighbours,
  • Read a book,
  • Go bowling,
  • Take an art class, or
  • Go swimming or skating at the Okotoks Recreation Centre

Why Unplug?

  1. A higher percentage of two to five year olds can play a computer game than ride a bike (www.AVG.com)
  2. By graduation, the average teen will have spent more time watching screens than being in the classroom, playing sports and talking to their parents combined. (www.screensmart.ca)
  3. Children who watch more television during the first three years of life are more likely to have greater problems with attention deficit disorders when they are between the ages of seven and nine years old (Institute for Safe Families).
  4. 73% of kids would rather play with their parents than watch TV or use the Internet.
  5. Residents in connected neighbourhoods have greater quality of life
  6. Elementary-aged children use entertainment technology 7.5 hours per day, and 75% have a device in their bedroom
  7. Three critical factors for healthy physical and psychological child development are movement, touch and connection to other humans.

Having trouble disconnecting from technology?

  • Give yourself a break from the internet and turn off your computer
  • Rest your thumbs and phone a person instead of texting
  • Do what you need to do to relax, connect and de-stress
  • Let the fan cool on your gaming systems

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