The Family Day long weekend is finally here, so enjoy your three days off. Scroll below for some fun events taking place over the weekend and for a list of what’s open and closed.
What’s open and closed on Family Day
- Most tourist attractions and museums: Art Gallery of Ontario (10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Royal Ontario Museum (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), CN Tower (9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.), Casa Loma (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.), the Toronto Zoo (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), and Hockey Hall of Fame (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
- TTC runs on a holiday schedule
- GO Transit operates on a Saturday schedule
- Some malls: Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Eaton Centre (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Promenade (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), and Toronto Premium Outlets (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Some grocery stores, but call ahead for hours
- Most city-run ice rinks and arenas
- Federal government offices; mail will be delivered
- LCBO and Beer stores
- Municipal buildings and banks
- Public libraries
There are several events taking place over the weekend, including the Toronto Marlies taking on the Syracuse Crunch at the Scotiabank Arena at 3 p.m. on Monday. Below are some more events.
Family Day Weekend at Ontario Place
Get outdoorsy this Family Day weekend at Ontario Place. The West Island is offering tons of activities and to top it all off, admission is free. There will be skate parties, community bonfires and a winter light exhibition. But, if you prefer to keep warm inside, there are painting lessons, special effect make-up classes, a YMCA pop-up camp and movies at Cinesphere. For a full list of Family Day weekend programming, click here.
ROM Family Day Weekend
The Royal Ontario Museum will be celebrating our rich multicultural landscape with musical performances and activities this long weekend. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday. It features historical dances, including Renaissance and Baroque, 19th century Character Dance and excerpts from the Romantic ballet. There will also be Flamenco dancing and songs by Mozart. The programming is free with Museum admission.
DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest
North York is holding its first-ever DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest this Family Day. The festival includes indoor skating, maple syrup snow taffy, face painting, games, free books for every child to take home, food and craft vendors. It’s taking place at the Champagne Centre from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Admission and parking are free.
Family Day at the Legislature
Explore Queen’s Park this Saturday, during a special two-hour Family Day program. Families will get the opportunity to tour the historic legislative building, do a scavenger hunt, learn about how Parliament works and make crafts. The sessions run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, click here.
Brewer’s Backyard Family Day
Brewer’s Backyard is celebrating Family Day with a “tap takeover” at Evergreen Brick Works. It will feature South Etobicoke Brewers, including Big Rock Brewery, Black Oak Brewing and Great Lakes Brewery. There will also be food from Delight Bite, Los Vietnamitas and Heirloom Toronto. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Young Welcome Centre and BMO Atrium. All ages are welcome.
Canadian International Autoshow
Car buffs will be taking over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the next week and a half, for the annual Canadian International Autoshow. The show kicks off on Friday and runs until Sunday February 24th. It features exotic cars, Second Word War-era vehicles, classics, EV test-drives, Lexus test-drives, a Barrett-Jackson showcase of some of the most prized cars in collections from across Canada, and more! The Canadian International Autoshow welcomes an average of 300,000 visitors each year. It’s been held in Toronto since 1974.
GTA Home & Reno Show
Looking to re-do your bathroom or update your kitchen? If so, the GTA Home & Reno Show is the place to be this weekend. The show is taking place at the International Centre in Mississauga Friday through Monday. Guests can take part in hands-on workshops at the Handyman’s Corner, get inspired by touring the show’s feature home, get design advice and learn the ins and outs of renovations from various experts. There’s also kids programming on Family Day, including the Little Green Thumb’s Make it & Take it Garden, creative colouring, planting activities and mini putting.
The beach is not just a place to enjoy during the summertime but it can also be a happy place in the winter. Starting Friday and until April 1, head to Woodbine Beach and check out the art installations that celebrates the city’s waterfront landscape during winter. This year’s theme is “Migration.” Lifeguard stands will be used as part of each installation.
The winter season is not all gloom and doom, so make the best of the season on Family Day. The Rouge National Urban Park is hosting a day of free, family-friendly winter fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the activities include bird watching, building a bird feeder, testing your hockey skills, snowshoeing, and sipping on hot chocolate like they would have made it in the 18th century.