Family Day is here – three cheers for the long weekend! Most malls and stores are closed so Faze is here to share our top picks for the perfect and most affordable family day outings in Toronto.
But first, here’s a fun fact – did you know this holiday was first observed in Alberta in 1990, followed by Saskatchewan in 2007 and Ontario in 2008. On May 28, 2012, the BC government announced that Family Day would be observed on the second Monday in February each year, starting February 11, 2013. It is also widely celebrated in South Africa and in the American states of Arizona and Nevada, in Vanuatu, in Vietnam and (as “Family & Community Day”) in the Australian Capital Territory. Clearly an emerging trend, it’s a great day to get together with the family, do something fun, and appreciate the value of your family.
Here’s a list Faze composed of the top 5 things you can do with your family on the 16th in Toronto!
HarbourKIDS Skating Festival
Bring the family down to Harbourfront to experience this fun festival full of winter-themed activities. This year includes a massive Toy Box, Le Patin Libre, an ice skating show that turns the rink into a theater and many more fun things to do with the family.
Where: Harbourfront Centre
Ticket Pricing: Free
Family Day on the Waterfront
This event caters to all ages with an adorable dog show, guided tours and creative activities at the Museum of Inuit Art, and on top of all that, FREE hot chocolate! What’s better than that?
Ticket Pricing: Free
Want to experience the glory and excitement of brave knights battling it out during the middle ages? Medieval Times puts you right there in the moment, stepping away from reality for a little while. Enjoy a delicious dinner, a live jousting tournament, and the opportunity meet the cast and indulge in a selection of music from the middle ages.
Where: 10 Dufferin St. (Exhibition Place)
Ticket Pricing: For the Family Day weekend get a discounted admission using the coupon code – FAM3932
For all you animal lovers out there, it’s never too cold to head out to meet our furry friends. The Toronto Zoo has over 5000 animals representing over 500 species. Did you know the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world?! Perfect for an enjoyable day out with the family
Where: 361A Old Finch Avenue
Ticket Pricing: Head to the Toronto Zoo website for a 50% coupon on admission from February 14th- 16th
Toronto Marlies at the ACC
It may not be the Leafs (that could be see as a positive), but it’s still hockey at the ACC! Less serious and more fun, watch the Marlies verse the Binghampton Senators for a special Family Day game, plus the first 8000 people at the venue receive free mittens!
Where: Air Canada Centre
Ticket Pricing: $10-$50
And here are some famous families in honour of Family Day: