Red Deer-area families can participate in two-weeks of outdoor or virtual fun this month to mark Family Day.
The Winter Escape Family Day Challenge kicks off on Feb. 13. Nine cultural organizations have collaborated to create a Family Day celebration, Winter Escape/Escapade Hivernale festival comprised of various safe activities that can be completed until Feb. 27.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate — despite the COVID-19 pandemic, say the groups.
Winter Escape activities are designed around safe social distancing while bringing participants together.
There will be trivia questions and photo and video challenges. Participants will be asked to snap a selfie in front of some of Red Deer’s murals, learning simple powwow dance moves, and navigate the MAG Virtual escape room.
Completed challenges will allow entries into a draw to win one of three gift baskets (one per team, per category).
In times of uncertainty, the organizers are excited to help bring culture to the people of Red Deer.
“We are trying to make the Winter Escape Challenge as family-friendly, senior-friendly, and accessible as possible,” says Lynn LeCorre, Education Coordinator at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG).
“We want people to explore culture and heritage in Red Deer, and recent circumstances have pushed us to think of new ways to make that happen.”
Individuals and families are encouraged to sign up for solo or team competition at www.winterescapereddeer.ca. All activities are free and registration opens on Feb. 5.
The event is offered in partnership with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, Norwegian Laft Hus, Red Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe, Red Deer Arts Council, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, Red Deer Public Library, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (MAG), and Sunnybrook Farm Museum.