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Family Day weekend activities; what's open, closed

Some Toronto students get an extra long weekend with a P.A. day Friday and the Family Day statutory holiday Monday.

If you’re stuck for ideas on how to keep your kids occupied, here’s a long list of family-friendly activities happening this weekend — and a look at what’s open and closed Monday:

ALL-WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:

The CN Tower

The CN Tower is offering a special admission price for the Family Day weekend.

$35 will buy admission for three people through to Monday. Sesame Street characters will also be making appearances on Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for more information.

Ontario Science Centre

The Nature Unleashed and Whales of Tohora exhibits are currently running. The centre also offers activities for young children.

Click here for more.

The Toronto Zoo

Learn about zoo families at the zoo’s indoor pavilions. Click here for more information.

The Royal Ontario Museum

There are various Family Day activities happening at the ROM all weekend. Click here for more information.

The Canadian International Auto Show, Metro Convention Centre

Click here for more information.

Skating

For locations of city of Toronto skating rinks, click here.

The Second City

The Absolutely Positively Completely Made-Up Show, The Second City (for kids 13 and under)

An hour of interactive, family-friendly improv comedy.

Tickets: General: $12 / $40 for a Family 4-pack

Click here for more information.


FRIDAY, FEB. 18

Loki’s Big Dream

6:30pm to 7:30pm
A show featuring puppetry, mask and poetry performed by Jim Dalling.

Tickets in advance: family $25, adult $10, ages 4-12 $5; at the door: adults $12, ages 4-12 $7.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 19

Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

The Big League, a play about the pressures of hockey.

Show at 2pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.

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Solar Stage

Dufflebag Theatre presents Peter Pan at Solar Stage (for kids ages four and up)

Shows at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3:30pm. Tickets are $14.

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Colborne Lodge, High Park

Various activities, including cookie decorating and 19th century toys between noon – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets: Adults $5.71, Seniors & Students $2.62, Children $2.38 (plus applicable taxes).

Call 416-392-6916 or click here for more information.


SUNDAY, FEB. 20

TIFF Bell Lightbox

FREE programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Sunday and Monday. Movies include Alice in Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, and a family sing-a-long featuring hit songs from musicals.

Click here for more information.

Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

The Big League, a play about the pressures of hockey.

Show at 2pm. Tickets are $15.

Click here for more information.

Solar Stage

Dufflebag Theatre presents Peter Pan at Solar Stage (for kids ages four and up)

Shows at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3:30pm. Tickets are $14.

Click here for more information.

Colborne Lodge, High Park

Various activities, including cookie decorating and 19th century toys between noon – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets: Adults $5.71, Seniors & Students $2.62, Children $2.38 (plus applicable taxes).

Call 416-392-6916 or click here for more information.


MONDAY, FEB. 21

Family Day Festival in the Beach

The festival in the Beach stretches from Neville Park to Lockwood between 11am and 4pm. There’ll be a petting zoo, ice sculptures, arts and crafts and performances.

Click here for more information.

City-run Family Day parties:

NORTH YORK – Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge Street
Music, dance, contemporary sculpture and groovy family dance parties in the heart of North York. Don’t forget to bring your ice skates!

DOWNTOWN – Fort York
250 Fort York Boulevard
Explore Aboriginal, French Canadian and Métis music, dance and stories at Toronto’s oldest venue. Lace up your skates and check out the synthetic rink at Fort York.

SCARBOROUGH – Albert Campbell Square
150 Borough Drive
Music, dance, scratching and eclectic beats to move you in Scarborough. Bring your ice skates and take a spin on the outdoor rink.

ETOBICOKE – Colonel Samuel Smith Park
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Acrobatics, dance and contemporary art at Etobicoke’s new skating trail. Be sure to bring your skates and warm socks!

Click here for more information.

Art Gallery of Ontario

The Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts exhibit will be available as well as galleries. Admission for the special exhibit is free for those 25 and under.

Click here for more information.

Dora the Explorer at Casa Loma

A scavenger hunt starts at 9:30am and runs through to 4pm. A meet and greet with Dora will happen between noon and 2pm.

All included with price of castle admission.

Click here for more information.

TIFF Bell Lightbox

FREE programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Sunday and Monday. Movies include Alice in Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, and a family sing-a-long featuring hit songs from musicals.

Click here for more information.

Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

The Big League, a play about the pressures of hockey.

Show at 2pm. Tickets are $15.

Click here for more information.

Solar Stage

Marvelous Munsch  (for kids ages 3 and up)

Shows at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3:30pm. Tickets are $14.

Click here for more information

Family Day Fest

A large, indoor amusement park, including rides and attractions, at Downsview Park

The event runs from 10am-6pm. Tickets are $20-$30, but it’s just $5 for adults who are only accompanying children.

Click here for more information.


OPEN & CLOSED on MONDAY, FEB. 21

Closed:

  • Banks, municipal and provincial buildings, including public libraries (also closed Sunday)
  • Most grocery stores and most malls
  • Beer & LCBO stores

Open:

  • Eaton Centre (10am-6pm)
  • Vaughan Mills (10am – 7pm)
  • Square One (11am – 6pm)
  • Pacific Mall (11am – 8pm)
  • The Bloor-Yorkville and Yonge Street shopping districts
  • Movie theatres
  • Attractions, including CN Tower, AGO, ROM (see list below)
  • Transit: The TTC will be running on a holiday schedule and GO Transit will be operating on a Saturday schedule.
  • There will be mail delivery Monday.