Nearly every attraction in the city has something planned for Family Day on February 19—and in some cases for the entire weekend. Things to do include kids’ films and theatre productions, Olympics-themed sports activities, art and STEM workshops, and big Family Day festivals with rides, games, and children’s entertainers.
The following are just some of what’s on this weekend, but you can browse our entire events calendar for even more things to do!
Also see What to Do This Weekend with Kids in the GTA for things to do outside the Toronto city limits, including Mississauga.
Toronto Family and Kids’ Events: February 17–19, 2018
Fairs and Festivals
See the Lion Dance and other cultural performances, try traditional foods and take part in giveaways, games, and fortune-telling activities. Saturday–Sunday
At Downsview Park, the annual Family Day weekend event is a huge festival of stage shows, kiddie rides, bouncy castles, carnival games, and strolling entertainers. Saturday–Monday
Don your costume and stop by to play in the Jungle Gym, meet Elsa and Moana, do family yoga, and snack on hamentaschen. All are welcome. Monday
FREE | Brighten your winter evening with some illuminating light sculptures by local and international artists, on display every evening in the Distillery Historic District. Daily through March 4
Museum and Library Events
Hands-on activities, musical performances, crafts, story time, Vikings, and more—including a music flash mob through the galleries—at the ROM this weekend. Saturday–Monday
FREE | African drumming and dance shows, craft workshops, children’s music performances, and story times are just some of the many Black History Month programs taking place at library branches. Saturday
Take part in a multi-sensory experience at the Aga Khan Museum exploring the music of the Muslim world, including an instrument petting zoo and a Mongolian yurt. Stop in on Sunday for Family Fun Day. Ongoing through April 22
It’s all about colour at the AGO for Family Day weekend! Enjoy a bubble wrap room, sticker room, and more music, movement, and interactive activities for all ages. Saturday–Monday
Plays and Concerts
For Family Day and March break, The Second City presents an uplifting—and, of course, funny—tale especially for kids ages 4–12 at its downtown Toronto theatre. Saturday–Monday and March break week
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs the score live, to accompany a showing of the original musical motion picture starting Judy Garland, at Roy Thomson Hall. Saturday–Sunday
At the Young People’s Theatre, a play for children based on the beloved classic by Paul Ledoux about Mary Lennox, who is sent from India to live with her uncle in Yorkshire. Saturday–Monday; additional dates through March 17
The award-winning show for babies at Young People’s Theatre returns, prior to a provincial tour. Everyday objects are transformed in a show suitable for ages 3–24 months. Saturday–Monday; additional dates through March 3
A knight and princess who don’t fit their stereotypical gender roles must use their true talents to save the kingdom in this children’s play at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Saturday–Sunday and next weekend
Final weekend! This show at the Lower Ossington Theatre is now running through February 18. See the magical story about a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow. Saturday–Sunday
Opening this weekend at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, four Robert Munsch books are portrayed on the stage, presented in the style of a live improv show. Saturday–Monday; additional dates through March 12
Indoor Sports and Activities
FREE | Does your family love the Olympics? Spend the day celebrating the Games with the Pyeongchang mascots, snowboard simulator, curling, a Jr. Journalist contest, and CBC broadcasts. Monday
At this inaugural event, meet Olympic and professional athletes and take part in fun games and watch impressive athletic performances. Saturday–Monday
FREE | All nine YMCA of Greater Toronto centres are offering free activities for all ages on February 19, including swimming, fitness classes, family gym time, and more. Monday
FREE | The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is opening its doors for a day of family fitness and sports, from pickle ball and basketball to Zumba classes, rock climbing, and swimming. Monday
Outdoor Sports and Activities
FREE | A day of icy activities outdoors: free skating lessons, rink-side dance breaks, DJs, a fireside lounge, and ice-carving demonstrations. Monday
FREE | Food, drink, and outdoor activities: Brewer’s Backyard event with local beers for grown-ups, Children’s Garden exploration for kids and a campfire for all. Monday
FREE | Parks Canada has a full day of outdoor winter activities and sports planned for families in Rouge National Urban Park. Saturday
FREE | Through March Break, Ontario Place will be aglow with festive lights and winter fun. Come to see the daily Winter Light Exhibition (daily 5 am–midnight) with a dozen illuminated exhibits themed after Ontario’s winter landscape, created by local artists. Or take a spin on the synthetic ice-skating rink. Daily through March 18.
Films and Story Times
Flms for kids will be presented as part of the Toronto Black Film Festival in a move to empower and inspire kids through black history and black stories on the big screen. Monday
See Oscar-nominated films on screen at the IMAX “dome”, including Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (rated PG), which was shot specifically for IMAX viewing, using the world’s highest resolution cameras. Friday–Sunday
Inspire your kids to with two films spotlighting outspoken female role models and activists: Jane Gooddall and Delores Huerta. Monday
FREE | The Family Day instalment of drag-queen story time for young children at The Gladstone, plus a creative activity. A special guest reader, father, and filmmaker will try drag for the first time. Monday
Workshops and More
You may need to register for these in advance.
Three awesome STEAM workshops from Codezilla Kids for just $10 each, including slime-making, coding with tech toys, and video game making. Saturday
Family workshops for ages 6 and up, plus behind-the-scenes tours and craft activities in addition to performances of The Secret Garden (ages 6–13) and One Thing Leads To Another (ages 0–24 months). Monday
FREE | Design your own chair and make felt from scratch in special workshops for kids based on industrial design and sustainable textiles exhibits. Monday
Get hands on with technology and art at this unique event designed for kids ages 3–13 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Create animated fish, compose music by playing hopscotch, and play with an augmented reality train table. Saturday through April 22
For more upcoming events, search the full Toronto and GTA events calendar.