Plan a Weekend of New Experiences & Family Fun
With Family Day just around the corner, it’s time to gear up for a weekend of fun and adventure. The GTA has many awesome events and activities for all ages and interests. Whether you’re into exploring the great outdoors, getting lost in captivating cultural experiences, or simply chilling out with your loved ones, there’s no shortage of ways to make this Family Day one to remember. So, grab your crew, put on your adventure hats, and let’s dive into our Top 10 Things To Do that will help you make the most of Family Day in and around Toronto!
1. Family Day Weekend at The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Families planning for a fun-filled Family Day weekend can look forward to an exciting lineup of activities at the AGO. From guided exhibition tours, to storytelling, to hip hop dance workshops, the long weekend promises an inspiring dose of entertainment for all, and it’s all inspired by Black History Month. Spend quality time with your family and immerse yourself in a colourful blend of art, culture, and history. Gather for artmaking at the Art Carts – a roving maker station with activities to explore art through the senses. Grab a bite to eat at the Family Day Weekend pop-up. Experience captivating storytelling by renowned children’s author Yolanda T. Marshall and join Jade’s Hip-Hop Dance Academy as they entertain you with their dynamic performances.
The AGO has everything you need for the ultimate Family Day weekend. Special activities run from February 17-19. All art activities are included in General Admission. AGO Members, Annual Passholders, and Visitors 25 and under always visit for FREE. Don’t miss out – book your visit today!
2. Splash’N Boots Family Day Show
The Rose Theatre,
1 Theatre Lane Brampton ON
February 19, 2024 at 2:00PM
Everyone’s favourite duo and their signature big yellow boot, are back to celebrate Family Day at The Rose Brampton! Just off the heels of their second JUNO Award for Heart Parade, and a 2022 Canadian Folk Music Award, SPLASH’N BOOTS are bringing their nearly 20-year legacy in children’s music to new generations. You’ve seen their hit TV shows on Treehouse TV and Disney Jr., and original music videos featured on Universal Kids’ preschool music show, Get Up and Move, now see them LIVE! Presented by Brampton On Stage, this Family Day give your family the gift of FUN, with a show filled with connection, music and heart. All ages.
3. Family Day Weekend at McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg ON
February 18 & 19, 2024 | 11am to 4pm
This family day weekend be sure to include a trip to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. To celebrate Topographies, which explores the work of Montreal-based Congolese artist Moridja Kitenge Banza, the McMichael is presenting two days (Sunday & Monday) of art, music and dance that will bring to life the vibrant culture of Africa to Kleinburg. Families can enjoy hands-on art activities, guided exhibition tours of Banza’s work, musical performances, storytelling, and drumming workshops by acclaimed Western African artists currently living in Canada.
On the Sunday, families receive free admission to the gallery and property, which includes special activities and entertainment including a Drop-in Family Art Workshop, Storytelling Circle, Gallery Tour and live performance by Njacko Backo’s African Journey.
Enjoy 2-for-1 admission on Family Day Monday, with coupon code MON241 (Kids under 5 are FREE). Special activities on the Monday include Drumming Workshop with Amadou Kienou, Storytelling Circle, Gallery Tours and live performance by Amadou Kienou: African Songs, Percussion & Dance.
4. Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic
Tribute Communities Center, Oshawa ON
Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas, snow covered mountains and the marigold bridge in Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic. This action-packed extravaganza, featuring Disney’s Moana, Frozen, Coco and Beauty and the Beast with other beloved Disney characters, skates into Oshawa on Family Day weekend for its debut at the Tribute Communities Centre, February 15-18, 2024.
Into The Magic takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead. Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless. Through the athleticism and grace of Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella, brave heroes from Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella ignite passions to believe.
Showgoers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero.
5. Family Day Weekend at The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
The ROM is set to host an unforgettable Family Day Weekend experience. Highlighting the weekend is the return of Zuul – guests can experience the majesty of ROM’s world-famous ankylosaur – just back from a triumphant tour to Japan. For just a few weeks, visitors can once again come face to face with “The Destroyer of Shins” — a gnarly horned armoured dinosaur with a sledgehammer-like tail. Alongside Zuul, families can explore engaging workshops, diverse exhibitions, and exciting activities. From chemistry experiments to hands-on biodiversity displays, ROM offers something for all ages to enjoy. Young visitors can dive into the BASF Kids’ Lab: Playful Polymers for slime-making sessions, fostering a love for STEM exploration. ROM’s youngest visitors will also enjoy WonderWorks— where play meets learning — a permanent Museum space that invites children to experiment and connect in an interactive and fun environment.
With daily programming from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, ROM promises to be the perfect destination for Family Day, plus admission for all visitors will be completely FREE on Family Day (Monday, February 19), including full access to all regularly surcharged special exhibitions. ROM’s Family Day Weekend runs Saturday, February 17 to Monday, February 19.
6. Elliott Tree Farm Maple Experience
9467 Erin East Garafraxa Townline, Hillsburgh, ON
The warm daytime temperatures have the sap flowing in Southern Ontario! The Maple Trees have been tapped at Elliott Tree Farm which means they will be making fresh Maple Syrup for Family Day Weekend! Within an hour an hour of the GTA experience this annual tradition with famous pancake breakfast at the Horse Barn Canteen, followed by a 10-15 minute sugarbush trail walk. Enjoy the sugarbush experience where you will visit a sugar shack, check sap buckets, and taste sap, maple sugar and fresh maple toffee over snow! Afterward, return to the Heritage Barn to experience the Maple Syrup Museum of Ontario and learn about the unique history of maple syrup in Ontario.
7. Jurassic World: The Exhibition
199 Rathburn Road West (beside Square One Shopping Centre)
Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Square One Mississauga will keep its iconic gates open through to May 5, 2024, allowing visitors one last chance to explore the popular attraction before the touring experience leaves Canada. This is the ultimate Family Day outing for dinosaur-loving families and Jurassic World fans.
This thrilling interactive experience made its Canadian debut in April 2023, and continues to attract visitors from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond.
8. Outdoor Adventures in Surrounding Areas
Venture beyond the GTA to explore nearby natural wonders and outdoor attractions, such as snowshoeing or nordic skiing at a conservation area, or head out for a day of tubing, skiing and snowboarding at nearby resorts like Ski Dagmar and Blue Mountain.
Nature lovers can also get their fill during Family Day Monday at Wye Marsh where visitors can experience the best of winter fun by learning all about animal tracks, watch awesome birds of prey or take a winter hike. Kids can get active on a 2-hour adventure exploring tree houses, wood bridges and net-walkways at Treewalk Village, or just grab your skates and glide down an ice trail, there are plenty of options to choose form in Toronto, as well as further afield – visit our Skating Trails Guide to find a trail near you.
9. Visit a Zoo or Nature Centre
What’s a family day weekend without inviting the awe that only the animals and wildlife around us can inspire! Head out to the Toronto Zoo for their annual Family Day Weekend celebration, visit the Cambridge Butterfly Academy for their Family Days event, or venture under the oceans at Ripley’s Aquarium. A visit to any of these wonderous spots will be the highlight of your child’s February! Visit our Guide for more Zoos & Nature Centres in Ontario.
10. Free Family Fishing
Multiple Locations across Ontario
Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. The Ontario Government has designated four periods throughout the year as license-free Family Fishing, Family Day Weekend fishing will run from February 17-19, 2024. This is a great chance to experience ice fishing in Ontario. Visit the website for more details and locations.