Family Day is fast-approaching – do you know what you and your brood will be doing to celebrate? If you’re unsure or stuck on where to spend your time, rest assured you’ve got lots of options in Toronto. Whether you want to do something low-key or a little more keyed up, there’s likely something happening in the city that will suit your interests. Here are some of the best things to do for Family Day in Toronto.
Head to the AGO
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is a good option for families looking for something to do for Family Day. On Monday, February 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the AGO will transform into the KGO – the Kids Gallery of Ontario with special programming inspired by pop art.
Visit Fort York
Another spot to have on you Family Day radar is historic Fort York. On Monday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. families can explore Fort York as well as tour the historic kitchen, sample some baking, sip hot chocolate, try an 1812 drill class or an officer’s sword drill and play some old-fashioned games.
Have Fun With the Fam at Downsview Park
Downsview Park will play host to Family Fun Fest February 13 to 15. The annual event has been making sure families have fun on Family Day for the last five years and you can expect this year to be no different. There will be inflatable rides, kids midway rides, live entertainment, jumping castles, obstacle courses, arcade games and much more to keep the whole family busy.
Catch a Flick at TIFF Bell Lightbox
There’s always unique programming happening at TIFF Bell Lightbox and Family Day is no exception. Some of the movies on offer February 15 include The Land Before Time, Ernest & Celeste, The Witches and Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism. There will also be free Family Day activities happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a trip to Kortright Centre
Just 10 minutes from Toronto you’ll find the Kortright Center for Conservation, which sits on 325 hectares of woodland and offers regular education sessions and events focused on sustainability and environmental conservation. From February 13 to 15 you can visit for nature hikes, snowshoeing, face painting, family activities and hot chocolate by a campfire.
Learn About Wildlife Conservation at the Zoo
The Toronto Zoo makes it easy to get up close and personal with all sorts of interesting animals, but it also offers the chance to learn about the wildlife you're seeing. Over various weekends, including Family Day weekend, you can take part in the Zoo’s Connecting with Wildlife Conservation program. This program aims to educate visitors about how the Toronto Zoo is working to protect animals from around the world. Family Day weekend the focus is on animal families at the Polar Bear, Gorilla, and Indo-Malaya Pavilion Interpretive Stations.
Check out the Science Centre
Another educational but fun Family Day opportunity can be found at the Ontario Science Center. There’s always something going on at the Science Centre for all ages and interest levels making it an ideal destination for the family-focused holiday. Catch an IMAX film, check out the ever-popular electricity demo, visit the planetarium and take part in all kinds of hands-on learning exhibits.
Take the Kids to the Hockey Hall of Fame – for Free
Families that are hockey fans might want to think about heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Family Day when kids get in free. Up to four kids 13 and under can get in free on the holiday Monday with the purchase of one adult admission. During your visit, you can enjoy simulation games, theatres, a huge collection of hockey artifacts and hands-on access to the Stanley Cup.