Things To Do In Toronto For Family Day Weekend 2016

An extra-exciting long weekend is coming up February 12 to 15. With Family Day, President’s Day in the U.S. and the most romantic day of the year all during the same weekend as the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, there are tons of fun things to see and do. ShareThis

2016 NBA All-Star Weekend

February 12 to 14. Taking place for the first time outside the U.S., the 2016 All-Star Game and related events and festivities tip off on February 12 in Toronto. The hub of the action is the Air Canada Centre and Maple Leaf Square as well as at Ricoh Coliseum for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and Enercare Centre for family-friendly All-Star activities at NBA Centre Court.

All-Star Girls Basketball Clinic

February 13. Three-time Olympian and WNBA Champion and League MVP, Tamika Catchings, is holding her first basketball clinic outside of the U.S. The clinic is for girls 8 to 18 and designed to improve skills and promote the importance of sportsmanship and goal setting.

KIDS FREE at the Hockey Hall of Fame

February 15. A thrilling experience awaits the entire family at the Hockey Hall of Fame with simulation games, larger-than-life statues, theatres, the greatest collection of hockey artifacts anywhere in the world and, best of all, hands-on access to the Holy Grail of hockey, the Stanley Cup.

Explore the CN Tower

February 15. Come to the CN Tower to Celebrate National Flag of Canada Day with flags, stickers and other giveaways and keep your eye out for a special lighting on this night! With an adventure at every level, explore the world’s #1 elevator ride, LookOut Glass Floor and SkyTerrace observation areas.

HarbourKIDS Snowglobe

February 15. Harbourfront Centre celebrates the hand-sized blizzard of the SnowGlobe with a day of special activities for children and the rest of the family including making your own snow globe, live music and skating. Kids can step inside a giant living snowglobe!

Mammoths and Mastodons

February 10 to April 24. Piece together the past at the Ontario Science Centre’s new exhibition Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. Through exciting hands-on displays, including fossils and life-sized replicas, learn how researchers use cutting-edge science and technology to excavate and analyze tusks, hair and stomach contents to learn more about these mighty creatures who roamed the northern hemisphere during the last Ice Age.

Family Day at PAMA: Your Stories Here

February 15. The Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives offers FREE admission all day to take part in workshops, activities and exhibitions. With inspiration from We Are Here and Stitched Together: The Art and Warmth of Quilts exhibition and our From The Heart of Turtle Island art exhibition, families can enjoy storytelling, music and activities.

Scarborough Museum

February 13 to 15. Go on a scavenger hunt, try a craft, sample baked goodies and wash them down with delicious hot chocolate. Admission is “pay what you can.” Check the City of Toronto website for Family Day programming at all city museums.

Fort York

February 15. Explore the history of Toronto at Fort York National Historic Site. Visit the Fort’s historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a heartwarming and memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers’ Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids’ activity book.

Kids Fest Toronto

February 13 to 15. More than thirty themed inflatables are blown-up and ready for action inside 80,000 square feet at The International Centre in Mississauga. Children can slide, ride and bounce all day on a range of large slides to toddler-appropriate rides. On top of the fabulous inflatables, Kids Fest Toronto offers shows, interactive activities, games and crafts.

Super Dude and Doctor Rude – Second City

February 13 to 15. Second City invites you to a world where kids make the rules and super-villains won’t know what hit them. Join the Supercrew on a wild musical adventure filled with jet packs, secret lairs and selfies.

Mistatim – Young People’s Theatre

February 9 to 19. In this moving coming-of-age story, two young neighbours discover they live in worlds that are very far apart. Then Mistatim – the Cree word for horse – brings them together to form the truest of friendships. On Family Day February 15, take part in “Meet the Theatre.” Admission is free but space is limited.

TIFF Next Wave – A Festival for Young Movie Lovers

February 12 to 14. TIFF Next Wave is free movies (including your old faves and new releases from around the world), amazing guests and Q&A sessions, industry workshops and panels, the 24-Hour Film Challenge (in case you hate sleeping), the epic kick off at Battle of the Scores and free wi-fi throughout the building.

Canadian International Autoshow

February 12 to 21. The annual Autoshow showcases more than 1,000 new cars, trucks, SUVs, luxury vehicles and motorcycles. Scout out future purchases, check out the latest technologies and browse more than 100 exhibitor booths for new and trendy car products and services and see concept cars and high-end models you won’t see on the streets.


If the great outdoors are your thing, ice skating is a wonderful way to experience a winter’s day. Rinks with skate rentals include Harbourfront Natrel Rink, perched scenically on the edge of the lake, and Nathan Phillips Square for a real urban setting. If you have your skates, many more rinks and skating trails dot the region.

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With the Canadian dollar trading at approximately $.70 on the U.S. dollar, it’s an even better time for Canadians and Americans to travel here. “There is no question that once people are interested in Toronto, they will do the math and discover it offers more value than maybe they first thought.” Read about how the low Canadian dollar benefits visitors. Find a currency converter .

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