Things to Do on Family Day in Toronto 2013

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi, photo David Shankbone
Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi, photo David Shankbone
Toronto Maple Leafs' Tyler Bozak by Bridget Samuels
Tyler Bozak by Bridget Samuels

Family Day in Ontario always falls on the third Monday of February. This year, Family Day is Monday, February 18, 2013, four days after Valentine’s Day. If you’re not planning to escape Toronto to enjoy a mid-winter long weekend, you’ll find many events and activities celebrating Family Day in Toronto.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

The Leafs play the Senators at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the only home game during Family Day weekend.

Avenue Q

Avenue Q at the Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Avenue, tells the story of the recent grad Princeton’s struggles to find a good job and happiness in New York City. The Tony-Award-winning musical will be performed during Family Day weekend on Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 17, 2013 at 4 p.m. Play is not intended for children.

Winter Folk Blues and Roots Festival

The Winter Folk Blues and Roots Festival, a free, all ages music festival which takes place at Toronto’s Delta Chelsea Hotel from Feb. 14-17, 2013, features roots, blues and folk artists including Jack De Keyzer, Brent Titcomb, The Fabulous Whiteleys, Whoa Nellie, The Wanted, Al Lerman, Peter Verity, Grainne Ryan, Kate Todd, Dan Livingstone and the Griffintown Jug Addicts and many more. Artists perform on four stages including The Monarch Pub, The Market Garden, The Listening Room and The Mount Batten Room. Some performances require a ticket.

Bon Jovi at the ACC

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi, photo David Shankbone
Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi, photo David Shankbone

Bon Jovi stops at the Air Canada Centre on a leg of their Because We Can Tour on Sun., Feb. 17, 2013 and Mon., Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $186.50, $72, $62 and $28.

Family Day Archery at Casa Loma

Learn basic archery skills in this Family Day workshop at Casa Loma with NCCP archery coach Shawn Adams on Mon., Feb. 18, 2013 at noon to 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The class is small so that you can focus on basic practice. Children must be at least 10 years old. Workshop is $40 plus HST. Call 647-725-1826.

Chocolate-Making Workshop at Hart House

Make Belgian specialty bonbons, truffles and chocolate fondant at this chocolate making workshop at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. This 90-minute workshop, which uses only high quality Belgian chocolate, takes place on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12 noon and 3 p.m. Other chocolate-making workshops are scheduled throughout March and April. No peanuts, tree nuts or products derived from nuts will be used in classes. Adults $82 and children under 12 $49.99 (must be accompanied by an adult).

Michael Bolton at Casino Rama

Michael Bolton, the mullet-haired, soft rock balladeer who had numerous hits in the 80s and 90s, performs at Casino Rama in Orillia on Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50.20 and $61.50.

Toronto Kids-Fest

Toronto Kids-Fest, Canada’s largest indoor inflatable show takes place on Sun., Feb. 17 and Mon., Feb. 18, 2013 at the International Centre, Entrance 2 at 6900 Airport Road. Kids will enjoy inflatables, face painting, pony rides (extra fee) as well as a vendor’s market. Adult $8 and All Day Ride Band $25 (fees include taxes). Toronto Kids-Fest hours are Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free parking.

Harbourfront Events on Family Day

Le Patin Libre, courtesy Le Patin Libre
Le Patin Libre, courtesy Le Patin Libre

Harbourfront Centre is hosting many family events on Family Day weekend 2013 including:

  • Natrel Slo-Skate Zone with a portion of the rink designated for children to skate slow and practice skills – Feb. 18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • DIY Snow Castle from rink ice shavings – Feb. 17 and 18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Natrel Rink
  • Lego Room at the Marilyn Brewer Community Space – Feb. 17-18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • RBC Play Hockey Shootout at the Natrel Rink with giveaways and opportunity to meet three-time Olympic Ice Hockey gold medalist Jayna Hefford – Feb. 18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Le Patin Libre skating troupe provides acrobatics on ice. The troup performs on Feb. 17 and 18, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Natrel Rink
  • Playback Theatre hosts a segment where kids can tell stories about their families and actors will act them out. The theatre takes place at Miss Lou’s Room at York Quay Centre on Feb. 17-18, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Hockey Hall of Fame Free for Kids on Family Day

If you are still stuck for ideas for things to do in Toronto on Family Day, up to four youths 13 and under who are accompanied by an adult will receive free admission to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Family Day, Mon., Feb. 18, 2013. Adult must purchase admission onsite. Each youth will receive a voucher for a free muffin at Marché Restaurant in Brookfield Place, right next to the Hockey Hall of Fame, while quantities last. Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place), 30 Yonge Street, 416-360-7735.

TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival for youths 14-18 features 20 films made for young people. Taking place Feb. 15-17, 2013 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival will screen films including Some Kind of Wonderful, Pretty in Pink, Fame High, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Molly Maxwell, Family Weekend, EarthboundOtelo Burning and Ghost Graduation.

Sears Great Canadian Chill at Yonge-Dundas Square

You can have fun with the family on Family Day weekend while raising money for the Hospital for Sick Children and pediatric cancer research. Instead of jumping in Lake Ontario, you can raise pledges to jump in a chill pool at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sun., Feb. 17 and Mon., Feb. 18, 2013. The weekend will feature live entertainment, DJs, hot tubs, heated change tents and face painting. On Monday, enjoy a free breakfast, Kids Zone and live entertainment.

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