We all look forward to the mid-winter mini vacation known as Family Day Weekend. The weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy fun things to do in Toronto with your family. In Ontario, Family Day falls on Monday, February 20 in 2017. Here are a few suggestions for things to do Family Day Weekend in Toronto.
Family Day Weekend at the Toronto Zoo
Visit the Toronto Zoo on the Family Day weekend from Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 to Mon., Feb. 20, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet Jia Yueyue and Jia Panapan, the giant panda cubs, who love playing in the snow. Walk along 10 km of walking trails, explore indoor tropical pavilions and sit in on daily animal keeper talks. Visit the BIG and SMALL interactive interpretive stations at Polar Bear, Gorilla and Indo-Malaya Pavilion Interpretive Stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Family Fun Fest at Downsview Park
Take the kids to Family Fun Fest at Downsview Park on the Family Day weekend from Sat., Feb. 18 to Mon., Feb. 20, 2017 to enjoy kids’ Midway rides, inflatable rides, jumping castles, arcade games, obstacle courses, carnival games and attractions. Live shows include The Trevor Show, an interactive show that will get the kids dancing and singing; Doo Doo the interactive clown who also performs magic; and Hands On Exotics!, a stage show offering games and prizes and where kids can see exotic animals. Tickets are Children $25; Adults 18+ $8; Family Fun Pass (2 adults, 2 children ages 2+) $60. Tickets that are purchased at the door are cash only. Family Fun Fest takes place at Downsview Park, Studio 3, 40 Carl Hall Road.
Mary Poppins at Lower Ossington Theatre
Enjoy this live musical production based on the Disney film at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Performances of Mary Poppins on the Family Day weekend include Fri., Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 19, 2017 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $64.99 and $54.99 and can be purchased online.
Bring the family to tour Fort York and the historic kitchen, sample baking and hot chocolate and warm up by the crackling fire. Kids can participate in an 1812 drill class, officers’ sword drill, old-fashioned games and an activity book. Hours on Mon., Feb. 20, 2017 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission. Fort York is located at 250 Fort York Boulevard, 416-392-6907.
Visit Casa Loma during Family Day Weekend and view the gorgeous costumes from Disney’s upcoming film, “Beauty and the Beast,” to be released March 17, 2017. The event includes nine costumes from the film, themed activities and special performances. The Beauty and the Beast Exhibit is included with general admission to Casa Loma. Purchase general admission tickets at Casa Loma. Online tickets coming soon. Adult (18-59) $25, Youth (14-17) $20, Child (4-13) $15, and Senior (60+) $20. Children 3 and under are Free when accompanied by an adult family member. Casa Loma will be open for special hours from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from Feb. 17-20, 2017.
Family Day at the Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario will transform into the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario on Family Day, Monday, February 20, 2017. The day will include art activities inspired by the current exhibition, Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation , as well as kite-making, gallery tours, bubble wrap-bursting, family yoga, interactive performances by the SOAR children’s skipping team and a screening of Small Cave, Big Cave, a new short film written by two Toronto seven-year-olds. Activities take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for AGO members and children five and under. A special discounted family pass is available online for $39. A family pass admits two adults and up to five youths (ages six to 17). Individual tickets are $11 for youth ages 17 and under, $16 for seniors, and $19.50 for adults and can be purchased online, in person and over the phone at 416-979-6648. The AGO is located at 317 Dundas Street West.