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16 fun events to enjoy in Toronto over the Family Day long weekend

Ainsley Smith Feb 07, 2018 11:36 am 1,504

Family Day is all about spending time with your loved ones.

And it just so happens that there are plenty of great family-friendly events and activities happening in Toronto.

From family winter games to a number of skating parties, be sure to check out these 16 events happening in the city with your beloved family members and friends.

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the second year in a row, the historic Distillery District will be home to the Toronto Light Fest this winter. Designed to entertain and inspire, the free to attend light festival will feature curated light installations and illuminated sculptures created by a number of local and international artists. The festival starts at sundown.

When: Now until March 4
Where: Distillery District

Winter at Ontario Place: Family Day Weekend

What: All Family Day weekend, Ontario Place will be hosting a number of family-friendly events. Here you’ll find outdoor skating, a bonfire, light installations, and indoor areas and concessions with warm food and beverages.

When: February 16 to 19
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West

The Wizard of Oz Live in Concert

What: The 1939 film will be hitting the big screens in Toronto for a very special performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this Family Day weekend. The TSO will bring the Oscar-winning score to life like never before, as you can watch it performed live to picture at Roy Thompson Hall.

When: February 17, 7:30 pm; February 18, 3 pm
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street


What: Round up the little ones and celebrate Family Day at Canada’s largest indoor inflatable event for kids, at the International Centre. This year there will be 30 themed inflatables blown-up and ready for action in addition to fun and educational activities and stage presentations.

When: February 17 to 19
Where: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Winter Family Games at Casa Loma

What: Get your family ready, the inaugural Winter Family Games will be taking over the Casa Loma this Family Day. Come and participate in fun and interactive sports theme experiences, take in awe-inspiring performances of athleticism, meet and greet your favorite athletes and much more.

When: February 19, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace

Family Funday Weekend: One World

What: All Family Day weekend, the ROM will be hosting a series of family-friendly events including musical performances, special hands-on activities, story readings, arts and crafts, and much more.

When: February 17 to 19, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom

What: A new Justin Bieber exhibit is starting in February, in the singer’s hometown of Stratford, Ontario. Yes, not exactly in TO, but we can drive for the Beibs! The exhibit, which is called ‘Steps to Stardom’, was created with the help of Bieber and his family and will feature hundreds of the singer’s personal belongings.

When: February 18 to end of 2018
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Road (Highway #8, just West of Stratford)

The Leslieville Flea Winter Edition

What: This February, come and enjoy this curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted goods.

When: February 18, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Inside the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District

AGO Family Day

What: This Family Day, the AGO will be hosting a family-friendly colour party. Visitors are encouraged to wear their favourite colours and enjoy the special colour-themed activities including making paintings without paint, the bubble wrap room, making an emoji face mask, kid-friendly films and the colourful selfie wall.

When: February 19, 10:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West

Family Day Clay Activity

What: Celebrate Family Day by working together with your family on a clay collage. Create part of an object or picture with clay, then put them together to discover an exciting new work of art. Kids under 18 are free.

When: February 19, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park

Family Day at Harbourfront Centre

What: Come and spend Family Day at the Harbourfront Centre! Here you’ll find plenty of family fun including free skating lessons on the Natrel Rink, rinkside dance breaks, emerging DJs, icy activities, a fireside outdoor lounge and more.

When: February 19, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works

What: This year, you’re invited to spend Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works. Celebrate indoors with Brewer’s Backyard, enjoy outdoor activities in the Children’s Garden, or grab a bite to eat from tasty food vendors with your loved ones. Admission is FREE!

When: February 19, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue

Family Day at Fort York

What: This Family Day, bring your family to explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort’s historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth, enjoy hot chocolate, the roaring fire, and plenty of activities for the little ones.

When: February 19, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd

The Bentway Skate Trail Family Day

What: This Family Day, lace up your skates and head to Toronto’s newest outdoor skating destination, The Bentway Skate Trail. Come and enjoy a special Family Day event that includes all-day skate rentals, family-friendly DJ sets by DJ Lucie Tic and
DJ Cozmic Cat, onsite giveaways, and much more.

When: February 19, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Below the Gardiner Expressway at 250 Fort York Blvd

Family Day at HotDocs

What: Spend your day off at HotDocs, where you can enjoy a number of films that are intended to inspire kids to follow their passions and stand up for others. The two films include Jane and Dolores, and they spotlight outspoken role-models and activists. Kids under 16 will receive free admission.

When: February 19, Jane, 1 pm; Dolores, 3:30 pm
Where: HotDocs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

WinterStations 2018

What: Now in its 4th year, WinterStations is an outdoor exhibition intended to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape by bringing temporary public art installations to The Beaches.

When: February 19 to April 1
Where: The Beaches

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail me at [email protected]

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