Reading Week and Family Day are just around the corner. If you’re ditching the books for a week or have nothing planned yet, there are a lot of things you can do around York Region!
Board Games & Chill
There are a handful of board game cafés in the Markham area where you can enjoy light snacks, a beverage, and play any board game you like . Here are three places, but feel free to chime in if you know of a few others in the York Region area!
- Chit-Chat-Play Board Game Cafe, Markham
- Utopia Dream Cafe, Markham
- Omescape (also an escape room), Markham
Get (Mentally and/or Physically) Active
Have you been glow-in-the-dark mini putting? Putting Edge has locations in both Vaughan and Richmond Hill. You can also go to Laserquest (actually beside Putting Edge) in Richmond Hill or go outdoor skating at the Markham Civic Centre. By now, there are also many escape rooms to choose from in the York Region. Here are a few:
- Esc-It, Markham
- Escape Newmarket, Newmarket
- KeyQuest Escape Room (inside LaserQuest), Richmond Hill
- Mr. Escape, Markham
- Omescape (mentioned above under Board Games), Markham
- Origin Room Escape, Richmond Hill
- Trapped, Markham
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
If you want to get in touch with your inner artist or just relieve some stress, try your hand at one of these activities.
PaintLounge is a fun place to get together with a few friends to paint. You can either freestyle or choose something from one of their sample books to draw inspiration from. Check out these deals:
- February 12 to 14 – ART & WINE WITH YOUR VALENTINE
Enjoy an art date in style with two 16×20” freestyle sessions & two glasses of wine, beer, tea or coffee, $70 per couple. More details at paintlounge.ca/valentines.
- February 15 – FAMILY PAINT DAY
This Family Day, come as a family for our “Up, Up, and Away” Family Workshop and explore colours, paints, and painting techniques and create collaborative art on a big canvas together. $50 per family for a 24×30” canvas. More details at paintlounge.ca/events/family-day.
- Now to February 29
Register with promo code BLOGGERPARTY2016, and your followers will get 45% off adult workshops, valid at all locations. Sign up at paintlounge.ca/adult-workshops.
Colour Me Mine is another painting place, but not on a canvas! They have a variety of ceramic pieces you can choose from including mugs, décor, and bowls. Here are a few of their deals:
- Family Fridays
One painting adult gets up to two free studio fees for kids (13 years old and under). Adult must paint their own item and pay a studio fee.
Two people paint for one studio fee.
- Ladies Night
On Wednesday evenings (starting at 4pm) ladies of all ages receive half price studio fees.
Try a New Restaurant or Unique Dish
Have you seen the colourful cotton candy lattes from Initium, the beautiful toast with rice from My Wonderful Kitchen, or the drool-worthy honey toast from LOHAS Cafe? Check out our food blog or food page on Instagram for inspiration! Confused about how to find something you need? Check out our how-to guide.
Attend Local Events
February 15 – Visit the Markham Museum for Winterfest! There’s a $3 fee per person, but the whole family can experience activities such as ice block building, crafts, music, and snow-shoeing. They’re also running a few other events this month that your whole family can enjoy.
February 23 – As cat lovers, we can’t help but mention the grand opening of Markham’s Cat Adoption and Education Centre (CAEC) (even though this technically takes place after Reading Week). Beginning at 10:30am, you can join in on the grand opening festivities by skating, doing fun activities, and enjoying some refreshments.
Don’t wanna stay uptown this break? You can always head down to the seventh-best city in the world (according to NYT), Toronto! There are many ways to get across the city including the YRT/Viva, TTC, or GO Transit. Here are some things you can check out:
- February 8 – 21 – Chinese New Year High Tea at Shangri-La Toronto
- February 12 – 21 – Canadian International Auto Show
- February 19 – 21 – Toronto Motorcycle Show
- February 12 – 14 – NBA All-Star Weekend
- Various dates – Murder Mystery at the ROM