Museums and Other Activities for Family Day
There's lots to get out an do this Family Day in Toronto.
If swimming is your thing, all 10 city run indoor pools will be open between 2 and 5pm. Regular admission applies on Family Day, with child, youth and older adult 1$, adult 2$ and family pass $5.50. You can get a list of locations at www.toronto.ca/parks/swimming.
There will be free skating at the former Maple Leaf Gardens, now the Mattamy Athletic Centre, on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. You can find more information on their website.
Riverdale Farm wil be open offering indoor board games, sewing crafts with the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild and activities with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers. Drop in between 10 and 3. Admission and activities are free.
The Toronto Zoo is open on Monday for family fun, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
High Park Zoo: Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year round from 7 a.m. to dusk, including on Family Day. For more information, call 311 or visit www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/high_park.htm.
Shared Path walk: The Shared Path - the newest of the City of Toronto's Discovery Walks - includes 15 kilometres of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto's outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available to download at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/discover.htm.
There's a special 'Winter Picnic Event' planned for the Evergreen Brickworks. Families are being asked to dress warmly and come out to enjoy an afternoon of skating, healthy eating, and activities. The event runs between 11 and 3.
All outdoor rinks in Toronto are open for public skating from 10 am to 6 pm, with scheduled times for leisure skating. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under six years of age, and are recommended for skaters of all ages. Supervised shinny hockey is available free of charge for a variety of ages and skill levels. Some programs are gender-specific. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for all shinny hockey participants. Full face masks are also mandatory for all participants under the age of 19. Neck and mouth guards are strongly recommended as well as other protective equipment. Participants must have their own gloves and stick. Game rules: The puck is not raised off the ice. There are no goalies. Body Contact is not permitted. The game may or may not be directly supervised. If supervised, staff will help divide players into teams for a friendly game.
Downsview Park is holding a three-day Family Fun Fest. An indoor amusement park has been set up with over 20 rides, bouncy castles, arcade games and entertainment.
The Harbourfront Centre has a family skating festival with rink performances, dance competitions, and concerts.
Casa Loma is holding a storytelling event on Monday. Kids can bring their teddy bears for a reading of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The Ontario Science Centre is open on Monday.
Family Day Weekend at the ROM
Scavenger hunt, artifact touch tables, hands-on galleries & dino mascots included with regular admission
The art gallery has an all-day event for families that includes art workshops, scavenger hunts, films and yoga.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Families can explore Toronto's history while visiting the Fort's historic kitchen and sampling some traditional baking from the hearth. Regular admission applies: adults $7.96, seniors $3.81, youth $4.87, children $3.76 (plus tax), children five years and under are free. Family Day hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)
At the one-room Zion Schoolhouse in North York, visitors can explore everything paper and pop-up. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Family Day hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
In celebration of Black History Month, visitors will be able to learn more about the early black community in Toronto, including newspapers of the day. Mike Ford, formerly of Moxy Früvous, will share his songs and children can try illumination - colouring previously drawn and printed pictures. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors $3.54, youth $2.62, children $2.65 (plus tax). Admissions is free for children four and under. Family Day opening hours: noon to 5 p.m.
Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue)
Maureen O'Leary of Maureen's Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop at 2 p.m. and then host an Irish ceilidh gathering at 4 p.m. Resident storyteller Nan Brien will share tales at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats over the fire. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors and youth $2.86, children $1.90 (plus tax). Family Day hours: 1 to 5 p.m.
Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
Families can join fun activities such as pioneer crafts, a scavenger hunt and wood stove baking. Hot chocolate will be available. Admission is pay what you can. Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
At Spadina Museum, hands-on tours will give visitors opportunities to experience the luxurious world of the Austin children and the working-class lives of the chauffeur's children. Families can engage in toys, games, school lessons and more. Kid's Life tours will start at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Regular admission applies, with children five and under having free admission. Family Day hours: noon to 5 p.m.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (bottom of Pottery Road)
Families can take tours to learn about owls, explore 19th-century historic homes and sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth. Guests can make their own owl-theme crafts. Admission fees: adults $5.31, children $2, students/seniors $3 (plus taxes). Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.