Take learning outside the classroom this International Day of Families

BBB has tips to make the most of your family fun
May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014 - CALGARY, ALBERTA - Thursday marks the 20th annual United Nations (UN) International Day of Families. Each year families are called to help promote the importance of work-life balance as well as confronting larger social issues such as family poverty. Whether you're looking to make more time for fun with the kids or teach children about the importance of giving back to the community, BBB has tips to ensure safe family fun.

Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, says regardless of how people choose to celebrate their family, research and preparation are key. "Having a work-life balance is important but not always easy for some families," she says. "People who are looking to invest their time and money into family activities need to be sure they are investing wisely. Understanding what the time and financial requirements of activities are ahead of time will make for an easier and worthwhile decision."

BBB offers these tips when looking for family activities:

Family Activity

What to do/look for


Ask the organization what their specific needs, qualifications and time-commitments are. Look for a cause that interests your family and a kid-friendly facility.

Physical activity/sport

Decide if you're looking for drop-in classes or a family membership. Inquire about fees, terms and conditions as well as safety procedures for the on-site equipment.

Family movie night

Make movies and TV an opportunity to teach children about media literacy. Ask kids to describe differences between fantasy and reality and what certain concepts mean to them.

Family trip

Visit the vacation destination beforehand to determine the quality and condition. If you can't visit the location beforehand, seek out reliable sources that are familiar with the area. Also inquire about costs and family activities offered on-site.


For more information and other consumer tips, visit bbb.org.   


Media contact:

Leah Brownridge
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Email: leah@calgary.bbb.org
Phone: (403) 531-8793

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