After a long cold January, getting back into the hustle and bustle of life after the holidays, everyone could use a fun-filled long weekend and Family Day 2015 is just that! The holiday lands on Monday, February 16th this year, and there are plenty of activities to do in and around the city Head down to Queens Quay for a plethora of free activities for the entire family to enjoy on Family Day.
Bring your own travel mug to the Winter Warm-Up along the waterfront for complimentary hot beverages to insulate an activity-filled day.
If the arts are your forte the Queens Quay Terminal will be offering free craft-making and face painting. Stop by PawsWay to see the Woofjocks, the high-energy dog/handler performance team that will surely keep the kids entertained. For an educational turn, visit the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA), which will host culture-rich activities providing an abundance of Canadian history.
For the adventure seeker, $25 covers registration (plus optional donation) for Sears Great Canadian Chill Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square. The urban polar bear dip is a must-see event. The festival includes DJs, live entertainment, free food, children’s activities, and custom-built pools/hot tubs.
If you feel like taking the family indoors for some educational fun, check out “Brain: The Inside Story”, the Ontario Science Centre’s latest exhibition exploring the human brain and all it is capable of doing.
Guests will untangle the mass of neurons that make up our brains, learning how chemicals create our moods, how our senses paint the picture in our minds, and how the brain has changed across species over the millennia.
Additionally, many resorts offer long-weekend discounts just outside the city. Try the Margaritaville mid-winter celebration in Oro, or the Horseshoe Resort both just an hour from Toronto. Ski trips to Blue Mountain and Barrie are both fun and affordable for all.
Despite all the events, staying in for the long weekend isn’t frowned upon (After all it is Family Day). Spending time with loved ones, catching up on sleep, or beating a cold-weather fuelled illness can be a welcomed break from the sludge and slush of the city streets.
Go to www.toronto.com/events for more Family Day 2015 ideas.