Being Family Day, Monday was a day when many kids across Waterloo Region grabbed their sleds and headed for the nearest big hill – so why wouldn’t newly arrived refugee children get in on the action, too?

About 75 kids, all of them in the region under the government-sponsored refugee children, were bused to Victoria Park for a day of tobogganing and winter fun.

“For some of these kids, (it’s) the very first time they’ve ever played with snow,” said Andrea Savu, a youth program coordinator with Reception House.

“I think they’re really amazed at the amount of fun you can have with this white stuff.”

The kids were joined by about 20 volunteers, who showed them the basics of winter play, and then offered them snacks and hot chocolate.

The event was organized by Reception House and the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association.