16 things to do in Toronto today: Monday, February 17

Feb 14 2020, 5:08 pm

Are you ready for your extended weekend, Toronto? Sleep in this Monday, and then head out for something fun to do. There’s no reason to stay in this February 17.

Winter Stations 2020

Mirage, by Cristina Vega and Pablo Losa Fontangordo / Winter Stations

What: A massive public art festival, the winning pieces were selected from 100s of submissions. This year’s theme is beyond the five senses and will feature some of the most interesting and imaginative creations from some increadible creative minds.

When: February 17 to March 30
Where: Woodbine Beach — 1675 Lake Shore Blvd East
Admission: Free

Family Day at The Bentway

The Bentway

What: There’s so much going on at The Bentway this Family Day. Skate the beautiful trail or partake in any of the family-friendly activities. From storytime to blanket forts — and a place for adult beverages —

When: Monday, February 17
Time: Noon to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway Skate Trail — 250 Fort York Boulevard
Admission: Skate rentals $10 adult, $5 children


What: Bundle up for a free day of family-friendly winter activities at Rouge National Urban Park. There will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, bird watching, ice carving demonstrations and more.

When: Monday, February 17
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Zoo Road Welcome Area — 1749 Meadowvale Avenue
Admission: Free

Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works

Evergreen Brick Works / Instagram

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: Monday, February 17
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works — 550 Bayview Avenue
Admission: Free

Mary Ann Shadd Cary and the Black Press

What: For Black History Month, learn about the abolitionist and journalist, Mary Ann Shadd Cary — the first female African American publisher in North America. Print a souvenir copy of her newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the recreated 1850s print shop.

When: On until March 1
Time: Friday to Saturday, noon to 5 pm
Where: Mackenzie House — 82 Bond Street
Admission: Adult, $8; child $5

‘On Thin Ice’ by Christine Montague

What: An exhibition of paintings depicting polar bears, which aims to connect this northern animal with a southern audience, while exploring both the wonder they evoke and the warning their changing habitat offers as the world struggles to deal with climate change.

When: On until March 1
Where: Montgomery’s Inn — 4709 Dundas Street West
Admission: Free

Family Winter Fun Day at Scarborough Museum

What: Enjoy Family Day at Scarborough Museum and be transported back in time as you can watch a blacksmith ply his trade. Build a snowman and take part in an ice cube scavenger hunt. Roast marshmallows by the bonfire and go inside to warm up in one of the historic kitchens where there will be demos on how to make potato soup and hot chocolate.

When: Monday, February 17
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Scarborough Museum — 1007 Brimley Road
Admission: Free

Nathan Phillips Square Skating Party

What: Everyone is invited to visit Nathan Phillips Square on Monday and take part in a fun-filled outing which will feature informal skating instruction and hot beverages. Cut some lines on this Toronto landmark. Skate rentals are available.

When: Monday, February 17
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Family Day at the Toronto Railway Museum

What: Learn more about why railways were introduced to Toronto in the first place, and how the ever-increasing population impacted train travel as we know it. See multiple exhibitions in the hour-long guided tour.

When: Monday, February 17
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Railway Museum — 255 Bremner Boulevard
Admission: $3 to $4, available online

Family Day Drop In

What: See pieces of history at the Textile Museum while having some fun with family friendly activities like arts and crafts.

When: Monday, February 17
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Textile Museum of Canada — 55 Centre Avenue
Admission: Free with admission

The Elephant Queen

What: A perfect doc for the cinema lover in your family. For four years, filmmakers Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone lived up close with these elephants, capturing their intimate moments. The Elephant Queen is a story of familial bonds

When: Monday, February 17
Time: 12:45 pm
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema — 506 Bloor Street West
Admission: $11.50, available online

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. Don’t forget your skates – The Bentway at Fort York public skating trail is open until 9 pm.

When: Monday, February 17
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site — 250 Fort York Boulevard
Admission: Free

Auto Show Transformative Times

What: See some of the greatest and latest in automotive technology. This massive car show is perfect for the gearhead in your life — especially if that person is you. It’s 10 days of truely awesome metal and oil, all in one place.

When: On until February 23
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Admission: Tickets start at $14, available online

StreetARToronto You’ve Changed Exhibit

What: This exhibit showcases the ways these artists and artworks have transformed Toronto’s streets, laneways, and parks into a city-wide art gallery. Featuring videos, special displays and photographs that showcase more than 100 projects, the exhibit tells the story of how local street artists have taken Toronto street art to a level of renown.

When: On until April 19
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: The Market Gallery — 95 Front Street East
Admission: Free

Printmakers Unleashed

What: The printmakers at Neilson Park are excited to display works created with techniques using plates made from zinc, styrofoam, cardboard, lino blocks, wood, mylar, screens, and geli plates to produce prints on printing paper, Japanese paper, material and even collaged prints.

When: On until February 20
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery — 399 The West Mall
Admission: Free


What: This season, step up to the plate and taste what Asian Restaurants has to offer. Each restaurant will present one delicious signature food and bonded with its special offers. One Dish, One Story. More than 100 Asian restaurants and daily tasting events, there’s so much for your taste buds to explore.

When: On until February 28
Where: Venues vary, check online

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