The Family Day long weekend cannot come soon enough, considering that it’s the first Ontario holiday since Christmas and is strategically placed to break up a long winter. If you’re planning things to do on Family Day, you may want to consider skating at Toronto’s indoor rinks. Whether you are spending Family Day with the kids, your parents or your significant other, you’ll find Toronto is scheduling many events and activities for Family Day in 2012, including a meet-and-greet with Olympic ice hockey gold medalist Jennifer Botterill during Harbourfront’s HarbourKIDS SK8.
War Horse at Princess of Wales Theatre
War House opens on February 10, 2012 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., 416-872-1212, and has several performances during the Family Day weekend. Tickets are $49, $79, $99, $119 and $150. War Horse’s running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.
Archery at Casa Loma
Casa Loma hosts popular couples’ archery classes; however, this Family Day, they will offer archery classes for families on Mon., Feb. 20, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Children must be at least 9 years old to participate and accompanied by an adult. Classes are $34 plus HST per person and include admission to Casa Loma. Reserve in advance by calling 647-725-1822.
Simple Plan at ACC
Canadian indie pop-punk band Simple Plan plays the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sun., Feb. 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. Guests are Marianas Trench. Tickets are $45.50, $55.50, $61.50 and $70.50.
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience
This parody of Harry Potter by Dan and Jeff covers all seven Harry Potter books, as well as features songs, props, magic and a game of Quidditch. Potted Potter will be performed at the Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, 416-872-1212, with Family Day weekend performances on Fri., Feb. 17, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 18, 2012 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun., Feb. 19, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Mon., Feb. 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets for Potted Potter are $29.75, $39.75, $69.75 and $99.75.
Toronto Raptors at ACC
The Toronto Raptors play the Charlotte Bobcats at the Air Canada Centre on Fri., Feb. 17, 2012 at 7 p.,m. Raptors’ tickets are $12.50, $26, $38, $42, $45, $61, $79, $91, $107, $136, $175, $285 and up and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
HarbourKIDS SK8 takes place at Harbourfront Centre on Sun., Feb. 19 and Mon., Feb. 20, 2012 with activities centered around the Natrel® Rink. The Le Patin Libre skate troupe will perform on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and Monday at 3 p.m. Enjoy live music while you skate including performances by rockers Bidiniband on Sunday and the Toronto All-Star Big Band on Monday. Meet three-time Olympic ice hockey gold medalist Jennifer Botterill on Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities include designing your own hockey mask, creating a graffiti fort with non-toxic spray bottles, beatboxing workshops, a skateboard-making demonstration as well as free screenings of family-friendly films including The Princess Bride on Sunday at noon and Monday at 3 p.m.
Second City Toronto
Second City performs their new show, The Spring 2012 Mainstage Revue, which includes sketches, improvisations and songs. Family Day long weekend performances will be held on Fri., Feb. 17, 2012 at 8 p.m. ($29), Sat. Feb. 18, 2012 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ($29) and Sun. Feb. 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. ($24).
Canlan Ice Sports at 1120 Martin Grove Rd., Etobicoke, 416-247-5742, is offering free public skating on Mon., Feb. 20, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as other activities including carnival games, a bounce castle, face painting and a parent and child stick and puck session.
Maya – Secrets of their Ancient World
The Royal Ontario Museum continues to host this exhibition that showcases over 250 artifacts and includes a discussion regarding the Mayan calendar and alleged end of times in 2012. Tickets for the Maya exhibition are Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $22.50, Students (15-25 with valid ID) $22.50 and Children (4-14) $17. A $2 service charge is added if tickets are purchased online.
Pinkalicious, The Musical
Playing at the 150-seat Lower Ossington Theatre,100A Ossington Ave., 416-915-6747, through February with a performance on Family Day long weekend on Sun., Feb. 19, 2012 at 1 p.m., Pinkalicious, The Musical tells the story of Pinkalicious who develops an addiction to eating pink cupcakes and catches Pinkititis, a condition that turns her whole body pink. Premium tickets are $39.50 while general admission tickets (first-come, first-served) are $29.50.
Enjoy Family Day at Downsview Park, 40 Carl Hall Rd., 1-800-567-3889, with indoor rides, obstacle courses, carnival games, jumping castles and arcade games. Rides are geared to children 2-10. Children’s day pass is $25 (includes admission and unlimited rides), Children’s VIP pass is $40 (includes admission, unlimited rides, 1 sticker book, 1 temporary tattoo, 1 Carnival game play, 1 popcorn and 1 cotton candy), Adult $8 (admission only). All passes are 50% off if purchased online before Friday, February 3, 2012.