What to do this Family Day Weekend

There are events for the whole family in Toronto and the GTA

It's the family day long weekend and if you're lucky enough to have Monday off, there are plenty of events to take in across the city and the GTA.

The TTC will run on a holiday schedule on Family Day and there will be no subway service between Warden and Kennedy all weekend long on the Bloor-Danforth line. Shuttle buses will be running between the two stations.

Schools will be closed on Monday along with liquor and Beer Stores. Banks, libraries, and other city buildings will be closed. Most groceries stores will be closed.

Malls including Vaughan Mills, the Eaton Centre, and Square One will be open. Sherway, Scarborough Town Centre, Fairview, and Yorkdale will be closed.

To celebrate Family Day, the Toronto Zoo is celebrating Polar Bear Fest Saturday to Monday from 11-3.

The AGO becomes the KGO (Kids Gallery of Ontario) on Family Day and family passes are $10 off all weekend.

Kids (under 13) get in free at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Family Day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m with the purchase of an adult admission.

At the International Centre Toronto Kids-Fest runs February 16-17th.

The International Centre also hosts the Spring Fishing and Boat show starting Friday and running until February 17th.

All day long at Evergreen Brickworks there will be free public skating and other family activities.

Free skating and shinny will be available at Toronto's outdoor rinks.

At Downsview Park, the Family Fun Fest takes place Saturday-Monday with a stage show, slides, and other activities.

The ROM has Family Day events planned for February 15-17th from 11-4.

The Canadian International Auto Show kicks of Friday at the Convention Centre and runs until February 23rd.

The CN Tower offers a special Family Day weekend admission for kids from February 14-17th.

At the Ontario Science Center, Sesame Street Presents the Body is an engaging and interactive multimedia exhibit that that allows children to explore the human body and learn about the importance of nutrition. The educational content has been developed specifically for children under the ages of eight years old.

There's lots to see and do along Toronto's Waterfront:

WOOFJOCKS CANINE ALL STARS @ PAWSWAY – 11:30am / 1pm / 2:30pm / 4pm

Visit PawsWay (245 Queens Quay West) for FREE, furry family fun! Activities include pet themed face-painting, arts, crafts and lots of FREE games and prizes courtesy of Purina Dog Chow! All shows are FREE. Visit for more information.

Purveyors of dog-approved fun, the Woofjocks Canine All Stars will be doing demos of today’s most popular canine sports. The Woofjocks are a high-energy dog/handler performance team specializing in interactive games and demonstrations of canine agility and obedience. After each show, they do a ‘meet & greet’ where children come out onto the floor and meet the dogs and have photos taken.

It wouldn’t be Family Day on Toronto’s Waterfront without a collection of colourful clowns. Pockets and Bilboa the Clowns will perform two 20-minute magic shows, make balloon animals and assist the talented Ester in creating pet themed face painting for the boys and girls.


Visit the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA) (207 Queens Quay West) and explore one of Canada’s national treasures. MIA offers a space where Inuit artistic expressions, both past and present, spark immersive experiences for visitors and is the only museum devoted exclusively to Inuit art south of the Canadian Arctic. Admission is FREE all day!

Get hands-on with objects from the MIA educational collection to learn about properties of the materials being used by Inuit artists and how this impacts the art being produced in the Arctic today.

Discover Inuit art! In honour of Family Day, the museum will be launching their new Adventure Pack program. Families are invited to get up close and personal with the collection through fun-filled activities they can complete at their own pace. Information about culture, history and lifestyle will be revealed as you are sent on an adventure through the museum in search of details in objects on display. Use the Inuktitut words you’ve learn while exploring the museum to solve a word puzzle. Create an object-based poem and much more. 

Take FREE guided tours of the museum at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

For more information on Family Day activities at MIA, visit


Come to Queen’s Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West) and enjoy FREE Crafts for a fun-packed afternoon together with your children! Let your inner artist out and create your own family portrait button or family tree collage, colour and have your face painted by the sensational Artbarn face painters!

All crafts are provided by Artbarn School. Artbarn School has been offering quality art experiences to adults and children in North Toronto since 2005. They are a registered charity and provide scholarships to talented children who otherwise are unable to attend their classes. For more information about the school visit


Warm-up with your family by enjoying a tasty variety of complimentary hot beverages and keep warm from the inside out, all day long on Toronto’s waterfront!

Bring your own insulated travel mug into the following local businesses for a FREE hot refill:

  • Indian Roti House 256 Queens Quay W. (east of Rees Street)  masala chai tea
  • Iron Rose Tea Gallery228 Queens Quay W. (Suite #9 – entrance on Simcoe Street)
    tea of the day or hot mulled apple cider
  • Lick It Gelato250A Queens Quay W. (east of Rees Street)
    coffee or hot chocolate
  • Music Garden Cafe 466 Queens Quay W. (west of Spadina)
    coffee or hot chocolate 
  • Rabba Fine Foods252 Queens Quay W. (east of Rees Street)
    Brown Gold single coffee (origin roasts) or tea        

  • RBC Insurance & Sobeys 207 Queens Quay W. (Queen’s Quay Terminal – west of York Street)
    coffee or hot chocolate
  • The Wine Shop – 228 Queens Quay W. (at Simcoe Street)
    1 oz samples of Panama Jack's Cream Wine Liquor on its own or with coffee

* Samples will be offered after 11am and must be consumed inside the store as per legal restrictions.

  • Williams Fresh Cafe – 245 Queens Quay West (east of Rees Street)
    coffee or hot chocolate


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  1. Frankie posted on 02/14/2014 02:33 PM
    We can thank that piece of s**t McGuinty for costing taxpayers millions of dollars annually with this unnecessary holiday. He's the "gift" that keeps on taking and taking and taking, even when he's long gone.
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