What's open and closed? List of GTA Family Day activities
Miranda Scotland, ctvtoronto.ca
Published Friday, February 17, 2012 7:59AM EST
Looking to keep busy during the Family Day weekend? Here is a list of what's going on in Toronto from Feb. 18 to 20.
GO Transit is on a Saturday schedule Feb. 20.
TTC is on a holiday service schedule, with a family day pass for $10.50.
The Hockey Hall of Fame is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids 13 years and under are free with one paid adult admission (up to four kids). There will also be free muffins, compliments of Marche Restaurant.
The Toronto Zoo is open from Feb. 18 to 20. Hours and prices are the same as usual.
Casa Loma has ‘Tea Time for Teddy Bears' at 10 a.m., where kids can bring their teddies and decorate teapot-themed cookies while parents enjoy a scone, jam and tea or hot chocolate. Cost to participate is slightly more than regular admission. Pre-registration is required.
The CN Tower is offering 25 per cent off all admission tickets (except CityPass and Premier) from Feb. 18 to 20.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is offering kid-centric tours of the gallery and art activities, including painting, sculpture and installation art. Family passes will be $10 off.
The Royal Ontario Museum presents Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World, an exhibit that will teach kids about the mysterious Mayan culture. Activities include learning about chocolate, making a chocolate drink, creating Mayan crafts and meeting a Mayan high priest. A scavenger hunt will also be run from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Royal Botanical Gardens is going to be sweet on Family Day. The Gardens' chocolate exhibit will teach kids how to make delicious treats to eat, and families can enjoy seeing the stunning plants.
The fifth-annual Beach BIA Family Day will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature shadow puppet making workshops, a petting zoo, a sing-a-long with Jack Grunsky, fun science demonstrations, face painting and more.
Canada's largest indoor inflatable show will run from Feb. 18 to 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be stage shows, face painting, bouncy fun and pony rides. Admission is free but rides cost extra.
Riverdale Farm is open year round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Drop by on Monday for board games and crafts then visit the animals.
Markham Winterfest at Markham Museum is offering skating, snowshoeing, ice block building, crafts and more. Admission is $3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre at Harbourfront will have canine sports demos by the Woofjocks, face-painting, balloon artists, prizes and games. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre will host free activities from Feb. 19 to 20, including crafts, skateboard making demos, movies and skating. There will also be performances from the Toronto all-star Big Band and Le Patin Libre, a skating troupe from Quebec. Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Botterill is expected to appear Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to help kids hone their hockey skills.
The TIFF Bell Lightbox is offering regular film screenings plus special family films and events for free from Feb. 18 to 20. There will be workshops on Monday as well.
The NFB is offering free activities, including animated journeys and film screenings. Workshops, which must be pre-registered for, will teach kids clay animation.
Family FUNdays is offering tons of fun activities at Toronto's museums, including Gibson House, Fort York and Colborne Lodge. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Check website for details about specific museum operating hours.
The first-ever Family Day on Kingsway is hosted by the Kingsway BIA. On Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they will offer maple taffy demonstrations, crafts, a charity BBQ and more. Events are free.
The Ontario Science Centre will provide programming on the science of flight Feb. 18 to 20. Families can participate in hands-on workshops to create working parachutes, kites, paper airplanes and more. Regular admission prices apply.
Piola is having a make-your-own pizza day where kids will learn how to stretch out the dough and then top their tasty creation with their favourite toppings. Cost is $10 and includes pizza and juice or pop. Event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is opening its doors to the public for free family day events. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the centre will offer paper making, family zumba and yoga classes as well as story time.
Ontario Parks is encouraging families to spend the day exploring the outdoors. Families can enjoy winter activities, such as skating, sledding and cross-country skiing.
Crawford Lake Conservation Area will run winter activities Feb. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families will be able to hike, snowshoe or ski the snow-covered trails, gather around a toasty fire to roast marshmallows, make bird feeders, go on a winter discovery hunt to win prizes and tour the longhouses. Regular admission applies.
Potted Potter, a Monty Python-esque show that condenses all seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes, has added an extra show on Feb.17. Tickets for this performance are 25 per cent off if viewers buy four tickets.
Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, fish licence free. Fishing events across Ontario will offer prizes, hot chocolate and more.
Parks, forestry and recreation invites Torontonians to enjoy the day swimming, skating, playing shinny hockey, skiing or snowboarding at one of the city's facilities.