Monday, 17 February 2014

Family Fun in Toronto

These cold winter days seem to be dragging on forever and the novelty of afternoons spent sledding and skating and playing outside in a snowy winter wonderland and evenings curled up by the fire with our fingers wrapped around steaming mugs of hot chocolate has long worn off. 

We're about bloody well done with winter this year, thank-you very much. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not. And although long weekends in the summer are something to look forward to with endless possibilities for field trips and activities and active outdoor fun-in-the-sun-type things to do, a long weekend in February doesn't quite have the same appeal.

Thank goodness we live in a city with so many amazing things to do year-round!
If you're in and around Toronto this Family Day long weekend:

Family Day Weekend & Polar Bear Fest at Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is always our favourite family field trip so what better way to celebrate Family Day Weekend than with a visit to the zoo? February is Polar Bear Month at the Toronto Zoo to raise awareness of polar bears and help to save the species through Meet-the-Keeper Polar Bear Talks, fun educational activities, crafts and activities for kids, prize draws and more. The animals tend to be friskier and more active during the winter months so bundle up and head out to the zoo for some wild family fun!

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Royal Ontario Museum Family Day Weekend

The ROM has organized special events all weekend for families to enjoy, including an "Earth Rangers" animal show, photos with the ROM dinosaur mascots, hands-on crafts and activities and animal artifact touch tables, and interactions with live reptiles and amphibians from Sciencesational Sssnakes, bats and owls in the Bat Cave and insects in the hands-on galleries.

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The Science Centre always has lots of interactive science fun for families including IMAX movies, planetarium programs, KidSpark kids' zone and endless interactive science exhibitions. Special programming this month includes a magic show, an electricity demo, a papermaking demo, planetarium programs for kids, two Winter Olympic sport experiences, jump rope performances and interactive healthy living demonstrations throughout the Science Centre.

Family Day at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO is turning into the "KGO" for Family Day (Kids' Gallery of Ontario) in an all-day art extravaganza. A discounted family admission includes an all-day dance party, giant floor board games, guided tours, a Gallery-wide game of Clue, virtual-reality art-hunt challenges, a Build-It-Take-It-Apart room, a huge build-it-yourself playground, art-making, a drawing and activity area, a photo booth and family-friendly films.

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To celebrate Family Day children's admission is free. To celebrate the beginning of the Olympic hockey playoffs, visitors can touch Sidney Crosby's 2010 gold-medal-winning puck and pose with the 2002 Lucky Loonie to help cheer Team Canada on to 2014 gold!

Family Fun Fest at Downsview Park

Superior Events Group transforms over 30,000 square feet at Downsview Park into a huge Indoor Fun Zone for Family Day weekend. The Family Fun Fest includes an indoor amusement park with rides, jumping castles, giant slides, kids' activities, interactive and carnival games, strolling entertainers and interactive stage shows - and of course lots of junk food!

Family Day at Fort York

At Historic Fort York this Family Day kids can build snow forts and decorate them with their own hand-made flags or coats of arms, then sample some baking from the historic kitchen to enjoy by the fire with a hot chocolate. Kids can also participate in an 1812 drill class, Officers' Sword Drill, and old-fashioned games and crafts.

Family Day at TIFF

TIFF offers a variety of short and full-length film screenings and family activities for Family Day including create-your-own animations, shadow puppet shows and buttons for kids.

Family Day at the Living Arts Centre

A day of family entertainment including live entertainment, artist demos, dance workshops, face painting, arts and crafts and family-friendly theatre performances.

Family Skate Day at Evergreen Brick Works

Free admission to the Brick Works' outdoor Family Day event, including skating at the outdoor rink, a guided nature and heritage hike through the Don Valley, eco-crafts and nature play and community stone soup (just bring a vegetable to add to the pot!)

HarbourKIDS Skating Festival at Harbourfront

Harbourfront Centre hosts a free Family Day program designed to foster creativity in kids featuring on-ice performances, ice carving demonstrations, arts and crafts, a street dance workshop and of course a day of free family skating at the outdoor rink.

Family Day at PawsWay

PawsWay is hosting a free pet-friendly Paws & People Family Day for families courtesy of Purina Dog Chow. The event will include clowns, face painters, prizes and dog shows and performances.

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  1. We went to Downsview and it was awesome, but very busy.

  2. The AGO was AMAZING. Well worth it. We'll go back next year.