It’s Family Day weekend! Most towns around the GTA are opening the doors to community centres, sports complexes, and other venues for a host of free activities, from family yoga classes to slime-making workshops to kids’ dance parties. Here are the best kid-friendly events in the Durham, York, Halton, and Peel regions this weekend!
There’s so much happening, we couldn’t cover it all here: for more ideas, browse our entire Toronto & the GTA events calendar.
Also see What to Do This Weekend With Kids in Toronto for things happening within Toronto city limits.
Durham Region Events for Kids and Families: February 17–19, 2018
Find festivals and kids’ events in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, and Uxbridge.
FREE | Parks Canada has a full day of outdoor winter activities and sports planned for families in Rouge National Urban Park. Saturday
FREE | All nine YMCA of Greater Toronto centres, including the Oshawa Mary Street YMCA, are offering free activities for all ages including swimming, fitness classes, family gym time, and more. Monday
FREE | Free fitness classes, swimming, skating, movies, and more at five locations in Whitby on Family Day 2018. Monday
FREE | A family festival in Oshawa with jumping castle, magician, petting zoo, food vendors, family skating, outdoor games, and photos with PAW Patrol characters. Monday
Find more family-friendly things to do in the Durham Region in the events calendar.
Halton Region Events for Kids and Families: February 17–19, 2018
Find festivals and kids’ events in Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills, and Milton.
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory invites you to get hands-on with some incredible, and live, creepy crawlies…if you dare! Saturday–Monday
FREE | Choose from more than 100 sports and arts activities for families all day in Oakville, at community centres, YMCAs, libraries, and museums. Monday
FREE | Games, fitness, sports, swimming, skating, workshops, and more for kids and families. Some activities require registration.
FREE | Monkeynastix, Sportball, family skating, drop-in crafts, and scavenger hunts are just some of the many free activities for kids at community centres and libraries on Family Day. Monday
At the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, visitors of all ages can explore the wonderful world of frogs and their wetland homes. Ongoing
Find more family-friendly things to do in the Halton Region in the events calendar.
Peel Region Events for Kids and Families: February 17–19, 2018
Find festivals and kids’ events in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon.
This annual Family Day weekend festival in an 80,000-square-foot space in Mississauga pulls out all the stops, including rides, inflatables, clowns and magicians, kids’ shows, and fun food vendors. Saturday–Monday
Skate on an NHL-size rink with he Brampton Beast mascot and enjoy kids’ shows, magicians and performers, jumping castles, and more. All indoors! Saturday–Sunday
FREE | YMCA of Greater Toronto centres, including the Union Street Y in Brampton and Burnahmpthorpe Rd. Y in Mississauga, are offering free activities like swimming, fitness classes, family gym time, and more. Monday
Play at the outdoor nature exhibit, take part in family yoga, enjoy a sing-along with eclectic musician Bayani Llagas, and more. Monday
FREE | Celebrate Chinese New Year at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre. Free family activities including crafts, a ball-pit challenge, Chinese games, and a family talent show. Monday
Find more family-friendly things to do in the Peel Region in the events calendar.
York Region Events for Kids and Families: February 17–19, 2018
Find festivals and kids’ events in Vaughan, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, and Stouffville.
FREE | Stouffville’s annual winter festival: a magical evening of fire-eating, ice sculptures, food, and a fireworks finale. Saturday
FREE | Newmarket’s annual winter festival, with indoor and outdoor activities like snowboarding and curling, train rides, skating, face-painting, balloon twisting, and a pancake breakfast. Saturday
Bringing the fun indoors for the third year running at the Markham Fairgrounds, with inflatables, rides, a video gaming RV, sports zone, costumed characters, and more. Saturday–Monday
At the Markham Museum, enjoy winter games, crafts, and explore the great outdoors by snowshoeing around the museum’s 25-acre site, then play on the indoor playground. Monday
FREE | Celebrate Family Day in Aurora with a host of great outdoor activities and live entertainment including skating, mini snow tubing, inflatables, an ice sculpture competition, and an educational live Arctic animal show. Monday
FREE | YMCA of Greater Toronto centres, including the Rudy Bratty Y in Markham, are offering free activities like swimming, fitness classes, family gym time, and more. Monday
Find more family-friendly things to do in the York Region in the events calendar.
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