Things to See and Do on Family Day in Toronto
The first long weekend of 2012 is in full swing and Toronto residents are looking for things to do with their families on Family Day.
The Royal Ontario Museum is holding a Mayan exhibit for families on Monday. Programs Coordinator Patti McCabe says the event brings a little something for everybody.
McCabe says the exhibit will have, “everything from crafts, to films, chocolate tasting, archeological digs, plus we always have some sort of interesting educational component to it, so people are having fun but they’re learning at the same time.”
The exhibit will include lots of chocolate workshops because the Mayans were considered to be the first true chocolate aficionados, and as McCabe says, as a family, “what’s more fun than making chocolate?”
For the first time ever the ROM will also be incorporating a scavenger hunt that families can take part in through their smart phones. The hunt includes prizes and a "behind the scenes tour" of the museum that is up for grabs.
Meanwhile, there will be lots to do elsewhere in the city too.
Tourism Toronto’s Media Relations Manager Vanessa Somarriba says that the city of Toronto has plenty of family-sized activities happening on Monday, and Toronto residents should take this opportunity to see what Toronto has to offer.
“Sometimes it’s nice to play tourist in your own city and we sometimes forget all of the wonderful things that there are to do. This is a great opportunity for those who are already in the city to enjoy what there is to see” says Somarriba.
Here are a few other Family Day hotspots in the city.
- The Beaches is holding a family festival that will include a petting zoo and face painting.
- The Harbourfront Centre will have free public skating
- The Art Gallery of Ontario will have family workshops
For the families travelling from out of town the Western Harbour Castle and the Radisson Admiral have Family Day packages available and the Delta Chelsea is offering movie tickets with your stay.
CLOSED: Most stores, shops and malls, banks, municipal buildings, liquor and beer stores.
OPEN: Because it's a provincial holiday, federal buildings and offices will be open. So will tourist attractions and some malls like Pacific Mall, Vaughan Mills, Eaton Centre and Square One. Mail delivery will be in full effect.
TTC will operate on a holiday schedule, while GO Transit will operate as if it's a Saturday.