Speed skater

You don't need to be an Olympian to have fun during Monday's Free Family Day skate at the Clarence Downey speed skating oval, at Gordie Howe Park. (CBC)

The City of Saskatoon has a few remedies for boredom, after weeks of bitter cold and families feeling cooped up indoors.

  • Try what Olympians do on Monday, February 17 at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval. The outdoor Family Day Skate that afternoon is free of charge, and runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST. 
  • If skating indoors is more your style, admission is also free Monday afternoon at the Cosmo Civic Centre.
  • Prefer to stay inside? Free games, arts and crafts are on offer at the same time, at the Cosmo Civic Centre gym.

Not sure if you can stay up on those ice skates? The city offers free drop-in Learn to Skate programs over the next four weeks. Bring your own helmet and skates, and make sure anyone under the age of six is accompanied by an adult.

  • On Saturdays starting February 22, drop in at Achs Park, St. George School, Holliston School, or King George School.
  • On Sundays starting February 23, drop in at Briarwood Pond or Archiblad McDonald Park.

The city will also offer non-competitive camps at the Cosmo Civic Centre next week, giving pre-teens a chance to try new sports. Make sure to register ahead of time by calling the Community Development department at 306-975-3378.

  • Wrestling on Tuesday, February 18. Girls only from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by a co-ed session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST.
  • Basketball on Wednesday, February 19. Girls only from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by a co-ed session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST. 
  • Art Ventures is offered Thursday, February 20 in partnership with Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming. Ages 10 to 16 welcome, for either a morning or afternoon session.