Three Great Ways to Create Fun Family Memories

March 1, 2021 | CAA Niagara

This month, we're focused on family activities. From mostly mess-free crafts to cozy nights at home, discover three easy ways to create lifelong memories that will have you thinking, why didn't I do this sooner?

Get Crafty

There is no better time to bring out the craft supplies and make an afternoon out of being creative. The best part? Almost any materials can be used for fun crafts. From toilet rolls to empty tissue boxes, get your creative thinking cap on! Need to refresh your craft supplies? CAA Members earn 3% back at Fabricville, and save 10% at Beatties.

These fun coffee filter butterflies are a great way to welcome Spring and keep the kids busy without making a huge mess.

Child holding coffee filter butterflies

How to make coffee filter butterflies

Required supplies:

  • 2 coffee filters (small, 4-6 cup coffee makers)
  • Washable markers
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • Clothes pin
  • Googly eyes
  • Water
  • Small measuring spoon or eye dropper

Lay your coffee filters flat and start colouring on your canvas with colourful markers. Take your teaspoon or eyedropper and drip a few drops of water on the coffee filters until the canvas is wet. Lay your coffee filters out to dry overnight or, for quick-dry, in a sunny windowsill. Once dry, pull apart the filters. You will have to filters that look similar. Fold each coffee filter up accordion style, in about 1/2″ folds. Stack your filters on top of each other and secure with a pipe cleaner. Curl the ends of your pipe cleaner outwards to make a small spiral. Finally, pull apart the folds in the coffee filter to open them up and shape your butterfly.

Tip: Add a clothes pin and some googly-eyes to give your butterfly some personality!

Close up of a young family enjoying time on a beach

Take Family Fun Outdoors

Whether it's a family bike ride or walk, Niagara is home to some of the best trails for families with children of all ages. Prioritizing daily activity and fresh air is a great way to keep the kids active - burning most of the energy they have after a long winter of being inside. Check out our Winter Hiking and Activity Guide for our teams' top trails, including advice on what to bring and must-see stops along your route. 

Don't forget to take some photos of the family having fun! A great after-hike activity is to create a homemade photo book. Simply print photos from your adventure, glue your photos to colourful construction paper, hole punch and tie pages together for a fun collection of memories.

Tip: Kids who are learning to write can add captions to photos and a fun title page to describe the day.

Host an At-Home Movie Night

Little girl with mom watching movies on digital tablet in bedroom.

Grab the popcorn and snacks, an at-home movie night can be a fun way to create lasting memories with the family. With cinemas like Cineplex offering the latest releases for at-home viewing, it's never been easier to see your favourite characters and stars on your big screen. 

When cinemas reopen, CAA Members save up to 20% on Cineplex movie tickets purchased at CAA Branches.

Keep the good times rolling and save on your favourite family attractions when you show your CAA Membership card. Visit the CAA Rewards website to learn more and find savings near you.

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