Top Family Day Events in Toronto 2020

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We all need a little time with our nearest and dearest, and February 17 in Toronto gives you plenty of options for a Fam Jam. Here are just a handful of the fun and engaging events going on during Family Day weekend.

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Family Day Events

Attractions

Family Day Weekend at the Toronto Zoo

Spend Family Day hanging out with the Toronto Zoo’s newest family members: Matilda the African penguin and a litter of red river hoglets. Aside from the serious cuteness, enjoy a day of Keeper Talks, Carnivore Feedings and award-winning exhibits like the Tundra Trek – home to magnificent polar bears and Arctic wolves.

A must-see new attraction is Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Into A Bright Future. Passing through a portal, you’ll be transported to a fantastical vision of the year 2099, when humans have learned to live in harmony with nature and preserve the planet. Through the use of lively lighting, multimedia effects, animated projects, music, and storytelling, you’ll get an incredible and optimistic look at the earth’s future.

VIP Kids Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame

Kids receive VIP status on Family Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Not only will kids 13 and under get FREE admission,* they’ll be greeted with a free gift and a free kids meal at The Bottom Line Restaurant. Plus they can play all day in five interactive zones and can snap a photo with the Stanley Cup and Slapshot, Hockey Hall of Fame’s mascot.

Another must-see: the 9 & 99: The Howe Gretzky Exhibition – a limited-time exhibition paying homage to the most prolific scorers of our generations. You’ll get a chance to see the greatest compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia, all hand-picked by Hockey Hall of Fame curators from the Howe and Gretzky family collections. Afterwards, grab a bite at The Bottom Line Restaurant, located next to the Hall of Fame’s Spirit of Hockey Store.

**Up to a maximum of 4 youth (13yrs & under) will be admitted FREE with the purchase of one regular price adult admission. Hockey Hall of Fame admission must be purchased onsite to qualify. Offer valid on Monday, February 17, 2020 only and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Find out more at HHOF.com.

KidsFest at the International Centre

As the largest indoor inflatable roadshow, KidsFest Toronto is bound to excite any youngster under the age of 12. This year features over 30 inflatable rides and attractions inside 80,000 square feet at The International Centre, ranging from large slides for big kids to gentle rides for tiny tots. There will also be entertaining shows, interactive activities, games, crafts and more to keep the kids busy.

Family Day at Fort York

This Family Day, take a trip into Toronto’s past at historic Fort York – Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and 1813 battle site.

The 43-acre national heritage site located in downtown Toronto has a jam-packed weekend planned of hands-on activities, performances and exhibitions. Mosey into the 1826 kitchen and try some baked goods and hot chocolate prepared over the crackling fire, and then join in on the creative crafts and other fun activities inside the Fort York Visitor Centre.

Don’t forget to bring your skates so you can glide around The Bentway Skate Trail from noon until 9 p.m.

Arts & Science

Art Extravaganza at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO is throwing a weekend-long art bash and the whole family is invited. Beginning on Friday February 14 of Family Day weekend, the theme is “togetherness” and there are abundant art-making activities planned gallery-wide, including:

• The AGO’s Fall Artist-in-Residence Ness Lee will take over Walker Court and debut her interactive artwork. Hint: it will involve large interactive moments of play!

• Family-friendly tours of the AGO Collection with spoken word artists.

• Creating hand-molded pinch pots and planting seeds in them.

• A dedicated quiet space with soft toys and soothing music where visitors of all ages can take a break.

If you’re an ambitious art lover, cruise the galleries and check out the vast collection of almost 95,000 works, ranging from contemporary art to works from the legendary Group of Seven and Tom Thomson.

Sneaker Design Workshop at Harbourfront Centre

Something for the teens: on Family Day, artist D’Wayne Edwards of the legendary Pensole Footwear Design Academy is hosting two exciting sneaker design workshops. Aspiring footwear designers can learn the fundamentals of sneaker colour design, how to sketch a sneaker, and get a sneak peek into “sneaker culture.” Free with an online registration/application.

Science Shindig at the Ontario Science Centre

There’s always something fun going on at the Ontario Science Centre over Family Day weekend. This year, learn about the solar system at the Planetarium, discover the ancient art of paper-making and get charged up at the (literally) hair-raising Van de Graaff generator.

Little scientists will be especially dazzled by the Energy Show – a 30-minute interactive and animated investigation into the different types of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Get ready to encounter a seven-foot Tesla coil, burning bubbles and more – all in the name of science!

Culinary

Afternoon Tea at Casa Loma

Back by popular demand, experience the elegance of the Edwardian Era with a traditional afternoon tea at Toronto’s iconic castle, Casa Loma. While enjoying live music, sample a selection of teas, scones, mini-croissants, pastries, strawberries and cream, crumpets with flavoured butters, and tea sandwiches. An impressive 20-foot (6.1 metres) cake tower really adds a majestic ambiance. Reservations are essential.

Performances

The Jungle Book

Snag a seat at Young People’s Theatre for a one-of-a-kind performance of The Jungle Book. This classic story has been re-imagined, bringing an immersive, multi-media adaptation to the stage that’s totally gripping. Everyone 5 years old and up will love this tale that transports you from the urban jungle to Mowgli’s childhood in the forests of India – along with Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Panther, and more favourite characters.

You and I

On the heels of Young People’s Theatre’s smash-hit for infants, One Thing Leads to Another, comes a brand new creation for “walking babies.” Running from February 11-23, 2020, You and I is a multi-sensory, playfully interactive adventure that engages little explorers (and their adults!) in discovery through colour, sound, touch and movement. There are four performances scheduled for Family Day weekend, but tickets will go fast.

Active & Outdoors

Family Day at Harbourfront Centre

Strap on your skates and zoom across the scenic Natrel Rink overlooking Lake Ontario. The Harbourfront Centre is offering free skating lessons for the whole family. Afterwards, warm up with a hot chocolate and sweet treats from the Beaver Tails booth located near Pier 6.

WinterRouge Family Day Event

To celebrate its fifth anniversary since joining the Parks Canada family, Rouge National Urban Park is throwing an outdoor bash like no other – WinterRouge! It’s a one-day winter celebration that offers a chance to explore the outdoor environment and get a taste of the park’s cultural history.

On Family Day, take part in a full day of fun (and free) winter activities and games. Go winter birding, take a guided walk, snowshoe and sip heritage hot chocolate with campfire s’mores. Even meet Parka, the Parks Canada mascot. New activities will be added closer to the date, so keep your eye on the program.

Family Day Free Indoor Community Skate

Bring your family and friends for a free indoor skate at the “Cathedral of Hockey.” Formerly Maple Leaf Gardens, the Mattamy Athletic Centre opens up the ice from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for skaters of all ages.