Happy Family Day! You may be wondering what to do with your family today…well, look no further! isure has compiled a list of COVID-safe activities for you and your family to enjoy.
1. The Toronto Black Film Festival for Kids
In honour of Black History Month, here is an option you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. This festival is catered towards children ages four to 12, featuring a large variety of activities they will love! The TBFF, founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, celebrates and explores the experiences of black people across all communities. This kid-friendly event is a great way to introduce your children to their family’s experiences, or introduce them to a different perspective. This event is completely free and online, and runs on Monday, February 21st from 11 am to 4 pm. Check out TBFF’s official website for more information!
2. Winter Stations at Woodbine Beach, Toronto
This design competition is a great way to get outside on Family Day. Located on Woodbine Beach in Toronto, Winter Stations is an opportunity for designers to create large pieces of art utilizing existing lifeguard towers across the Toronto Beaches. This year’s theme is “Resilience”, which can be a great conversation starter with your family. This event is free and for all ages! Winter Stations runs all of Family Day until March 31st, and is wheelchair accessible. Since this event is outdoors, it will be easy to social distance and participate at your family’s comfort level.
3. “Why did Elon Musk send his car to space?”
This online workshop is another great at-home Family Day option, especially if your kids love space. Running out of Brampton, ON., kids ages eight to14 will learn all about SpaceX, the costs behind space travel, and the future of outer space exploration. They will also have the opportunity to solve important problems that scientists face, along with trivia contests and STEM kit prizes. Parents/guardians can also join in on the fun! This workshop is completely online, and tickets are available online for both kids and adults. The workshop costs $20 runs on Family Day from 6:00-7:00 pm. Check out Inspirely’s official website for more information or to buy tickets!
4. Medieval Times
If you’re looking for something thrilling to do this Family Day, look no further than Medieval Times in Toronto! All Family Day weekend, Medieval Times is offering 15% off admission. Enjoy a four-course feast while watching an exciting two-hour show, featuring horseback riding, actors and authentic Medieval jousting. This experience is fun for all ages! Visit the Medieval Times’ official website for information on showtimes and ticket pricing. Make sure to use the code “15MT” at checkout to receive your 15% discount!
5. Go license-free fishing
All Family Day weekend, Canadian residents of any age can go fishing without a license across Ontario. Please remember all Ontario fishing regulations, fees, and limits do still apply. This event runs from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 19th until 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 21st. Visit this Ontario map viewer through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to find a fishing spot near you!
6. Kids Corner Live – Online from the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
This other online option allows you to take a virtual tour of Ontario’s Legislative Building this Family Day weekend! It’s a 60 minute virtual tour for kids ages six to 12 and their families. Learn all about how provincial parliament is run, see where laws are passed in Ontario, participate in a debate and other fun games and activities. This event is free and will be held on Microsoft Teams. The event will run on Friday, February 18th from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., and Saturday, February 19th from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s official website to book your virtual program!
7. Island of Warmth at Yonge-Dundas Square
Visit Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto this Family Day to experience Island of Warmth. It’s a “fire-themed” art installation featuring more than 150 lightbulbs. Created by Félix Dagenais and Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun of Creos and ATOMIC3, this interactive art piece is a beautiful way to bring light and music to the heart of Downtown Toronto. This art experience is for all ages and is completely free!
8. The Royal Ontario Museum – Distance Discount
Now that museums are back open in Ontario, why not visit the ROM in Toronto this Family Day? The ROM is offering discounted tickets from Family Day weekend all the way to March Break, so take the opportunity to learn and see something new with your family! This discount is specifically for those located outside of Toronto, because the further you travelled from, the more you save. For an additional price, you can also experience Dawn of Life, the new Willner Madge Gallery. This exhibit explores life on earth from the very beginning, and is the first of its kind in North America! Visit the ROM’s official website and use discount codes “L” (20% off), N & K (30%), or P (40%), depending on your postal code.
9. Winter Glow at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Enjoy an outdoor, winter-themed festival this Family Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Featuring life-sized snow globes, performers, ice sculptures, and a synchronized light show, this festival is fun for the whole family. You can participate either by walking or from inside your car, so you can enjoy Winter Glow at your own comfort level. Visit Winter Glow’s official website to purchase tickets.
10. Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Visit Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens this Family Day to enjoy a new and exciting exhibit that’s all about the rainforest! Under the Canopy allows visitors to step foot “inside” of the rainforest, while learning about its ecosystems and some of the threats it faces. Discovery Stations led by RBG employees will allow you to ask questions and learn even more about our world’s rainforests. This bilingual event allows you and your family to get up close with animals from the rainforest, listen to stories, and fill out an interactive guidebook throughout your experience. The Under the Canopy experience is included with admission to the Royal Botanical Gardens, and is free for RBG members and children ages four and younger. Under the Canopy runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. weekdays and weekends, and entry is timed.
We hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from this article, and whatever you choose to do, make memories with your loved ones this long weekend. If all else fails, get outside and go for a snowy hike, build a snowman or enjoy some ice skating.