Family day in the GTA!
Monday, February 20th is Family Day in Ontario. And while not everyone gets the day off, for those that do, here are a few things happening in the GTA:
Family Fun Fest
Downsview Park (40 Carl Hall Road): This three-day event, for all children two to twelve years, brings a variety of fun activities including games, rides and roaming entertainers. Admission: $25 kids’ all-day wristband (includes admission and rides); free for children 2 years and under; $8 adult (entrance fee). Face painting and carnival games are available at an additional cost. Parking is free. February 18, 19 and 20 (10am to 6pm). (more)
Royal Ontario Museum
Family Funday Weekend: One World. Celebrate Canada’s multicultural landscape at the ROM with musical performances, films and special workshops. Participate in the Asafo Flag Workshop to create your very own Asafo-inspired flags or work your creative muscle on MakeLab’s Giant Digital Colouring Wall. (more)
• Some malls (Bayview Village, CF Fairview Mall, Dufferin Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre)
• LCBO and Beer Store
• Toronto Public Libraries
• City-run daycare and childcare services
• Municpal service centres
• Some restaurants
• Most large grocery chains
• TTC will be on a Sunday (holiday) schedule
The Toronto Zoo will be open from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Family Day, with daily activities free with zoo admission. More information about the zoo's indoor tropical pavilions, interactive interpretive stations and daily keeper talks is available at (more)
Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre exhibitions this Family Day include Canada 150, celebrating our unique scientific achievements, and Biomechanics: The Machine Inside. The latest IMAX film Dream Big will also be screening. (more)
Toronto Light Festival
The Toronto Light Festival transforms the Distillery Historic District into a visual journey of light art perfect for your family to explore. The free festival is on from sundown until 10pm on Monday and runs until March 12. (more)
Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO will be transforming into the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario for Family Day with a jam-packed line up of artful activities inspired by the ongoing exhibition Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation. Activities include kite-making and bubble wrap-bursting, family yoga and interactive performances by the SOAR children’s skipping team. Children five and under are free. (more)
All Family Day Weekend visitors have an exclusive preview of the costumes from the upcoming film, Beauty and the Beast, as well as participate in themed activities and performances in a special interactive exhibit. Casa Loma will be opened from 9:30am – 9:00pm on Family Day. Children three and under are free. (more)
Celebrate Canada’s northern winter landscape at HarbourKIDS: North! Immerse yourself in the intersection of nature, science and contemporary art. Free art making, performances and interactive family-focused activities are planned for the festival. (more)
The City's farm at 201 Winchester St., open daily from 9am to 5pm, features farm animals and offers various activities. Admission is free.
High Park Zoo
Toronto's oldest zoo has been entertaining people for 120 years. The zoo, which houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas and reindeer, as well as our famous capybaras Bonnie and Clyde, is located on Deer Pen Road and is open daily from 7am to dusk. Admission is free. (more)
The Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame has several activities in store to celebrate Family Day – visitors can try their hand at goaltending and shooting, host their own sports broadcast and grab a family portrait with the coveted Stanley Cup. Visitors also an Upper Deck collector’s pack on recent releases (while they last so get there early!) (more)
Fort York National Historic Site
Families can visit the fort's historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make for a memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, the officers' sword drill, old-fashioned games and a fun-filled kids' activity book. (more)
Head to TIFF Bell Lightbox for digiPlaySpace, an interactive playground featuring the latest in interactive digital, art and design activities. TIFF is also screening family-favourite films through the day, including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Jumanji. (more)
Go ape with The Monkey Bunch, a rock ‘n’ roll band with music that both parents and children will love. Their annual residency at the Drake Underground is not only a celebration of the planet, sprinkled with some humour. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The Drake is also offering 15% off brunch beforehand. (more)
Visitors can celebrate Black History Month in Toronto by learning about Black Victorians and their publishers and newspaper journalists. On Family Day visitors can also enjoy performances at 1:30 and 3pm by a Scottish dance troupe from the Guthrie School of Dance, who will be sharing Scottish Highland and Scottish Country dances and the history and stories that inspired them. (82 Bond St.).
The museum will offer fun activities such as a scavenger hunt and a craft activity. Visitors will be able to sample baked goods and hot chocolate. (1007 Brimley Rd.).
A family-friendly tour includes games and hands-on fun in the historic kitchen – all set in this beautifully restored 1920s environment. (285 Spadina Rd.).
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
Visitors can make crafts and tour the historic homes while viewing the first ever retrospective of acclaimed Canadian painter Helen Lucas in the Papermill Gallery. (67 Pottery Rd.).
Evergreen Brick Works
There are plenty of outdoor activities to do with the family at Evergreen Brick Works. Free skating, CBC Kids Photo Booth, and Nordic Pole Walking are just a few. Bring along your own skates, hiking poles and bikes. Rental options are also available on-site. (more)
Bata Shoe Museum
Experience a magical wonderland with arts and crafts, hands-on demos, ISpy in the galleries and much more! There will be a special viewing of The Snow Queen at 12pm. Drop-in activities are on at the museum until 4pm. Children four and under are free. (more)
Aga Khan Museum
Special Family day activities are planned in the Education Centre from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Families can create their own art inspired by the colours and patterns in Contemporary Persians and Syria: A Living History. Museum hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm. (more)