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5 Free Things To Do With The Kids On New Year's Day

By: Robin Stevenson
Canadian Living
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5 Free Things To Do With The Kids On New Year's Day

By: Robin Stevenson
With very few attractions open on New Year's Day, you may have to create your own fun. Here are five great ideas to start 2014 off right. Best of all they are all free. 1. Attend your local levee A New Year's levee is a reception held by many municipalities in Canada where people can meet members of their local government. The word is derived from the French verb "lever" which means to rise. Most events take place in the early afternoon and include light refreshments, music and more. (If you are attending the levee of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, you'll even get to see the Grey Cup!) Check your municipal and provincial or territorial websites for more information. 2. PJ day If you have no plans, declare a PJ day. Let the kids pick their favourite movies to watch as a family. Or break out the new board games, puzzles or craft kits they received for Christmas. Chances are you were busy during the holidays, and with school starting in just a few days, a lazy day might be just what the family needs. 3. Hockey day If your local rink is open, lace on the skates for a game of shinny. Hockey fans will want to make some game day snacks and tune in to the NHL Winter Classic featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. The Original Six rivals will be playing in front of 107,000 people on an outdoor rink at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The coverage starts at 12:30 p.m on CBC. 4. Hit the hills All you need is a sled, a helmet and a snow-covered hill. Make a thermos of hot chocolate and head out for some fun with the rest of the kids from the neighbourhood. Or check out our round up of other  snow toy ideas for great ways to enjoy the outdoors. 5. Take a hike Bundle up and get the family outside for a hike. Hit your local trails, or if that is too far, just get out for a long walk to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. It is the perfect way to ring in the new year in Canada. Photo courtesy FlickrCC/JudeDoyland  
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