Relaxing Activities for the Family

Who doesn’t love long weekends? You get to plan events and dinners for your family, catch up on school and work, and of course do all the errands you couldn’t fit into your regular schedule. Okay, so maybe long weekends aren’t that relaxing. Still, they’re a chance to spend time with family as well as being a short reprieve from the daily grind, and it can be nice to find more reprieves like that even when the holiday is over.

In that spirit, here are a couple of activities you can do when you need some downtime over the next few weeks:

Family Care Office: ABC’s and 123’s of Infant Massage (6 months and up)

Scarborough Session:
Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: UofT Scarborough Campus, AA160

St. George Session:
Date: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Location: 214 College St., Room 313

It’s a great opportunity for both the parent and child to relax, and the lesson includes tips on adapting massage strokes to nursery rhymes and children’s stories. The workshop is targeted toward children from six months until preschool age. Find out more and register by going here, and then come on out!

Family Care Office: Family Yoga

Date: Friday, November 16 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This is exactly what it sounds like: family friendly yoga, with individual and group poses, creative breathing exercises, and mandalas and colouring sheets available as well. It’s meant for children ages four and up and their parents, and all that’s required is a yoga mat or towel and comfortable clothing. To find out more, and register, go to the FCO’s events page, here.

Even if you can’t make it to these events, I hope that–as the term really gets underway–you still find small stretches of time where you can breathe easy.