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Family Day long weekend in the GTA


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This weekend is the Family Day Long Weekend for three of Canada’s provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Being Family Day, we thought we would put together a list of events taking place in and around Toronto for you to attend with your family.

1. Kidsfest TO

Kids Fest Toronto is a family event taking place at the International Centre this long weekend. There will be over 30 inflatable play spaces for you to bring your children and keep them entertained. The fest also has a number of shows and activities for children, along with crafts, carnival games, animals, science experiments, and more.

Where: International Centre, International Centre Hall 6, 6900 Airport Road

When: February 18th to 20th 2017

Cost: Tickets go for $8-$25, with the option to purchase a family pass for $60.

2. TIFF Next Wave

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is for youth between the ages of 14-18 and will be hosting free movies, an exciting list of special guests and a full day of industry talks and workshops from experts. They are also running a 24 hour Film Challenge for the young filmmakers to participate in. For a full schedule of the weekend, visit their website.

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W

When: February 17th to 19th

Cost: Free for anyone under 25 years old, $14 for adults, and $11.50 for seniors.

3. The Ontario Science Centre

The Science Centre is a great place to hang out with your family this long weekend. They are hosting The Energy Show, Biomechanics: The Machine Inside, Science on 2 Wheels, special IMAX films and more. You also have to opportunity to check out their new installation, Canada 150: Discovery Way. This exhibition shows Canada’s unique scientific achievements and is definitely inspiring to young Canadian innovators and inventors.

Where: The Science Center, 770 Don Mills Road

When:  February 18th to 20th

Cost: Child tickets: $13, youth tickets: $16, and adult tickets: $22.


4. AGO Family Fun Day

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is celebrating Family Day by transforming into the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario (KGO) for the day. The day will be full of creating and exploring including kite-making, jump roping, sail boat making, fort building, and bubble wrap bursting, along with gallery tours for the family.

Where: The AGO, 317 Dundas Street West

When: February 20th, 10:30am to 4pm

Cost: Children are free, $11 for youth, $19.50 for adults, and $40 for a family day pass.

5. Hockey Hall of Fame

Featuring the world’s greatest collection of hockey artifacts from the greatest players to ever grace the ice, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a can’t miss spot in Toronto. Along with all the memorabilia are a 3D movie and interactive games, where you can take on the NHL’s best in shooting and goaltending simulators, practice your play-by-play announcing, and more! New this year and for a limited time is the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, where you can view the history behind one of the league’s most storied franchises. Finally, and best of all, get your family photo with the Stanley Cup, the hardest trophy to win in all of sports!

Where: Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street

When: February 20th, 10am to 5pm

Cost: General: $18, Youth (4-13): $12, Senior (65+): $14, Children (3 & under): Free


6. Beauty and the Beast Exhibit

This long weekend, Walt Disney Studios Canada is inviting Beauty and The Beast fans to Toronto’s very own Casa Loma for a special look into the intricate costumes used in the upcoming film. Guests will have the opportunity to see nine costumes from the film, as well as participate in themed activities and view special performances over the course of the weekend.

Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace

When: February 17th to 20th

Cost: Child (4-13): $15, Youth (14-17): $20, and Adult (18-59): $25

7. Evergreen Brick Works

Spend the day with your family at Evergreen Brick Works where you can enjoy free skating and lots of outdoor activities with your family. You can then refuel with Brewer’s Backyard and local food options. Events include skating, family fun in the Children’s Garden, Fat Bike Rides, Nordic Pole Walking, CBC Kids Photo Booth, and more. Make sure to bring your skates!

Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave

When: February 20th, 11:00am to 5:00pm

Cost: FREE

Looking for more outdoor skating? Here is a list of the 10 best outdoor rinks in Canada.

8. The Toronto Zoo

Meet some of the most adorable animals in the world this winter at the Toronto Zoo! Featuring Canada’s only giant panda cubs, five indoor tropical pavilions, and over 10km of walking trails, there’s tons to do here. There are also daily animal keeper talks so you can learn more about your favourite animals!

Where: The Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Avenue

When: February 18th to 20th, 2017

Cost: General admission (13-64): $23, Child (3-12): $14


9. Family Fun Fest

Superior Events Group is transforming over 30,000 square feet at Downsview Park into a huge indoor fun zone for the entire family this long weekend. Family Fun Fest is basically an indoor amusement park with over 30 rides, activities, and attractions. There will be kids rides, jumping castles, giant slides, carnival games and more.

Where: Downsview Park, 40 Carl Hall Rd.

When: February 18 to February 20

Cost: Children: $25, adults: $8, family fun pass: $60

10. Skiing and Snowboardingsw4bthmsgqg-ostap-senyuk

There are tons of hills around the GTA, one of the most notable being Blue Mountain in Collingwood. Skiing is a great way to get active with your family and embrace the cold winter weather! Most hills have a spot to rent equipment and take a lesson or two if you’ve never been before. Here’s a list of some ski hills close to the GTA for you to explore.

There’s plenty to do in the GTA this long weekend. Get out, enjoy the break, and make the most of the warm weather creeping in this weekend. We hope you enjoy your Family Day long weekend!

Staying in this long weekend? Check out this list of some of our favorite documentaries on Netflix.


Anastasia graduated with a BA Honors Communications Degree and is currently pursuing her passion for writing and helping small businesses succeed.