The ACT will host a free lantern-making workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ACT will host a free lantern-making workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Day full of fun planned for Family Day

B.C. celebrates its first Family Day on Feb. 11 and there's plenty to do in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

A number of fun activities are scheduled in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on Monday, the first Family Day in B.C.

The Maple Ridge Leisure Centre and the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre will have free, family activities from 8:30 a.m. to  4 p.m.

Both centres will have parent and child play time for children up to five years old,  and a mother and daughter dancefit for children 10 and above.

In addition, the Leisure Centre will host an all-ages and parent drop-in for gym activities and a story time and play for parents and children up to  seven years old.

The Pitt rec centre will host a kids gym for parents and children, ages seven to 12, and an all-ages pickleball with grandchildren.

Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong with two to four players to a court. For times and additional information, visit the district website.

For those who want to hit the water, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be underwater hockey, water walkway, relays and volleyball at the Leisure Centre pool.

From 10 a.m. until noon, the Greg Moore Youth Centre will host a free skateboard lesson for children six  to 12, along with their parents, and a drop-in from 6-9 p.m.  for participants 13 to 18 years old.

Basic skills will be taught by the youth centre’s qualified staff and a mini-competition with prizes will end the session.

Participants are asked to bring their own skateboards. Helmets will be available.

The Pitt Meadows Arena complex will host a public skate from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Regular prices will apply.

A free lantern-making workshop will take place at the ACT from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., put on by the Maple Ridge Festival of Light Society.

The Festival of Light and Lantern Parade will take place on Feb. 22, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Haney Place Mall.

Also at the ACT, an Emerald Pig Theatre B.C. workshop will be held in the Genstar Studio Theatre, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m..

Christopher Gaze, the artistic director of Bard on the Beach, will talk about the value of community theatre and it’s challenges. Lunch will be served following the forum.

Tickets are $45 for Stage 43, Emerald Pig, Theatre B.C. and community theatre club members, and $75 each for non-members.

For more information contact Cathie Young at

The Pitt Meadows Community Association is planning a free Family Fun Day and Movie event at Heritage Hall on Harris Road.

There will be family board games, a group bingo and prizes, starting at noon.

There will be face painting and Dilly the Clown will be on hand twisting balloons.

A snack bar will be open, selling hotdogs, drinks and popcorn.

At 1:30 p.m.,  the Disney animated movie Brave will be shown.

Donations will be accepted for the Friends In Need Food Bank and for the B.C. Childhood Cancer Parents Association, where the money goes to support the families of cancer patients.