Top Family Day Events in Toronto 2017

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We all need a little time with our nearest and dearest and February 20 in Toronto gives you plenty of options. Here are just a handful of the fun and engaging events going on.

Toronto Zoo's giant pandas, named Jia Panpan and Jia Yeuyeu, play in the snow in their pen.

Family Day Events

Family Day Weekend at the Toronto Zoo

From February 18 to 20, bring your family to meet Canada’s only giant panda cubs, Jia Yueyue and Jia Panapan. Enjoy over 10 km of walking trails and explore five indoor tropical pavilions. Or visit the BIG and SMALL interactive Interpretive Stations at Polar Bears, African Rainforest and Indo-Malaya PavilionPlus.

HarbourKIDS North

Come down to the Harbourfront, have a skate by the lake and immerse yourself in the intersection of nature, science and contemporary art of the northern winter landscape. There will be craft-making, performances and interactive activities designed to send your imagination soaring north.

Family Funday Weekend: One World

The Royal Ontario Museum celebrates our rich multicultural landscape with musical performances, films, special workshops and more February 18 to 20.

Beauty and the Beast Exhibit

In advance of the opening of the Disney movie in March, visitors to Casa Loma will have the exclusive 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. February 17 to 20.

Kids Gallery of Ontario

The AGO transforms into the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario for a day with a jam-packed line-up of artful activities. Highlights include kite-making, bubble wrap-bursting, interactive performances by the SOAR children’s skipping team and a screening of a new short film written by two Toronto seven-year-olds, Small Cave, Big Cave.

Family Day Free Skate /
Mattamy Athletic Centre

Family Day Free Community Skate

Bring your family and friends for a free skate at the “Cathedral of Hockey.” Formerly Maple Leaf Gardens, the Mattamy Athletic Centre opens up the ice from 1 to 4 p.m. on Family Day.

KidsFest at the International Centre

This three-day show has something fun for every child 12 years old and under, from slides and rides to educational and musical stage shows. Face painting, pony rides, petting zoo and carnival games are available at an additional cost. Parking is free.

Winter Wonderland at Bata Shoe Museum

Bring the kids to the coolest shoebox in the world! Enjoy arts & crafts, hands-on demos, a game of I Spy in the galleries and much more.  A special screening of The Snow Queen, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, will complete your afternoon.

Family Day at Fort York

Explore the past of Toronto by touring a historic kitchen and sampling baking from the hearth. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, officers’ sword drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled activity book. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire complete the experience.

Scenes From a Tree /
Young Peoples' Theatre


James and the Giant Peach & Scenes from a Tree

Young Peoples’ Theatre has two different performances to choose from on Family Day Weekend: a rollicking musical version of the beloved children’s classic, James and the Giant Peach and for the little ones, Scenes From a Tree, a charming tale about growing up and putting down roots.

Big Bad Wolf vs. Lord Underwearface Von Schtinker

A hilarious musical take on a classic fairytale from Second City, entertains your kids. Framed for heinous crimes by the evil von Schtinker, our unlikely hero, Big Bad Wolf, must enlist the help of his fairy tale friends to prove that things aren’t always as they seem. February 18 to 20.

The Energy Show

Get ready to encounter a seven-foot Tesla coil, a hair-raising Van de Graaff generator, burning bubbles and more to uncover the world’s ultimate source of power – all in the name of science at the Ontario Science Centre! Multiple show times a day February 18 to 20.