17 fun Family Day events to enjoy in Toronto this weekend

Feb 15 2019, 12:33 am

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 this weekend.

From family winter games to a number of skating parties, be sure to check out these 17 events happening in the city with your beloved family members and friends.

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Ice Breakers

What: Now in its third year, temporary winter art exhibit Ice Breakers is returning to Toronto’s waterfront. Organized by Winter Stations and The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA), Ice Breakers will provide the city with five temporary wintertime art installations that are 100% free to the public.

When: On now until February 24
Where: Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the third 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 3
Where: Distillery District

TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

What: The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival features FREE movies, amazing guests and Q&A sessions, industry workshops and panels, and a Young Creators Showcase, which is a showcase of student shorts.

When: February 15 to 17, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

Winter at Ontario Place: Family Day Weekend

What: All Family Day weekend, Ontario Place will be hosting a number of family-friendly events.  In addition to the regular winter program and renowned Winter Light Exhibition, there will be DJ skate parties, a YMCA kids winter pop-up, a complimentary screening of a Beautiful Planet at the Cinesphere, paint nights and special effects classes and face painting for kids.

When: February 15 to 18
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West

Canadian International Auto Show

What: Experience the total automotive experience with over 600,000-sq-ft of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways and engaging exhibits.

When: February 15 to 24
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Natural Soap Workshop

What: If you want to try a fun, hands-on experience, you can spend an afternoon learning how to make natural soap the “old fashioned way,” by hand. Learn from an experienced soap maker, step by step, what is involved in the cold process of making natural soaps.

When: February 16, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Yonge and Eglinton

Greektown Food Tour

What: Calling all foodies! You can explore Toronto’s historic Greektown this weekend and visit a number of authentic Greek restaurants and cafes that are more “off-the-beaten-path.” Participants can look forward to delicious Greek coffee, traditional street-style food, and fresh pastries. It’s the ultimate balance of comfort foods and sweets.

When: February 16, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Meet in front of Pape Station, Danforth Village

Fun Camp Animal Therapy

What: What could be more therapeutic than spending an afternoon with some adorable rescue animals. Guests can experience a unique up-close relationship with a large variety of animals in the country and enjoy some fresh air. Trust us, your heart will melt.

When: February 16 to 18 (times vary by day)
Where: Lucy’s Farm Zoo, 8440 County Rd 56 (Just under an hour from Toronto)


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 16 to 18
Where: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

DJ Skate Nights: Nino Brown & Dre Ngozi

What: You can sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This weekend DJ Nino Brown and DJ Dre Ngozi will be spinning the hottest tracks. The best part? This skating party is totally free.

When: February 16, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Nathan Phillips Square Skating Party

What: Families can visit Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall on Family Day to take part in a fun-filled outing sponsored by Tim Hortons, which will feature informal skating instruction and hot beverages at the Tim’s House lounge. Skate rentals are available.

When: February 18, 9 am to 10 pm
Where: 100 Queen Street West

AGO Family Day

What: This Family Day, the AGO will be hosting a family-friendly college party. Visitors can look forward to arts and crafts, sculpture building, dancing, karaoke, a family-friendly tour of the Mickalene Thomas’ Femmes Noires exhibition, and much more.

When: February 18, 10:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street 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 18, 10 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. Don’t forget your skates – The Bentway at Fort York public skating trail is open until 9 pm.

When: February 18, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd


What: Bundle up for a free day of family-friendly winter activities at Rouge National Urban Park. There will be bird watching, pinecone bird feeder building, snowshoeing, ice carving demonstrations and more.

When: February 18, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Bob Hunter Memorial Park

Family Day Freestyle drop-in painting

What: Get your creative juices flowing this Family Day at Fresh Paint Studio’s drop-in painting session. While this isn’t a guided painting lesson, there will be images on display to provide reference along with helpful staff members. Just pay for your canvas and the studio will supply the rest.

When: February 18, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Fresh Paint Studio (Danforth East), 1849 Danforth Avenue

WinterStations 2018

What: Now in its fifth 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 18 to April 1
Where: The Beaches

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