Published on February 13th, 2018 | by Miriam Porter
Get Out and About on Family Day in Ontario.
Family Day in Ontario is celebrated on Monday, February 19 and many schools are giving students a four-day weekend starting the Friday prior. If you are wondering what to do in the middle of February in Ontario – look no further. This list of Family Day events includes frosty outdoor activities among nature where you can make soup and feed the birds, educational endeavors, arts and crafts and places to have good old-fashioned fun with loved ones.
MacGregor Point – Port Elgin.
A frosty Ontario event taking place from February 17 to 19 is Snowfest at MacGregor Point, an ecologically diverse natural habitat. There will be winter programming throughout the weekend and lots of opportunities to have fun in the snow. There is an organized family hike on the February 17 at 2:00 p.m., just meet up at the visitor center parking lot. Kids can learn how animals survive in the winter at MacGregor Point and will get to feed the wild birds along the way. Outdoor winter skating is available daily, so be sure to pack your skates for your road trip to Port Elgin and take in the winter beauty of the Lake Huron shoreline.
Gardiner Museum of Ceramics – Toronto.
Head over to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics on Queen’s Park and participate in their clay collage activity with your family. Clay is an ancient art form and the museum uses clay to inspire and connect people to art and allows your creativity to flow. Your mission on Family Day, Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will be to create part of an object or a picture with clay and put it together to form a magnificent piece of artwork. There are exhibits on display all year round and currently you can check out artwork from Japan.
Scarborough Museum – Scarborough.
Drive over to Scarborough for their educational Family Day event from February 17 to 19, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Located on Brimley Road, the museum will be offering a scavenger hunt, crafts and treats for the whole family and admission is pay what you can. While there, learn about the development of Scarborough through their displays and add some local history to your Family Day. Bundle up and go for a walk along the peaceful trails of Thomson Memorial Park surrounding the museum before heading home.
Wye Marsh – Midland.
Family Day at Wye Marsh is happening on Monday, February 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with tons of family friendly activities for all ages. Dress warmly and enjoy their outdoor winter games, bannock roasting by the fire with hot cider and tea and feed Chickadees out of your hand. Rentals are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, where you can explore the beauty of Wye Marsh’s 3,000 acres of wetlands and forests in Midland near Georgian Bay. This renowned research facility is the perfect place to learn about the importance of environmental awareness.
Kidapalooza – Markham.
If you have little ones in your group, consider driving to Markham for 60,000 square feet of rocking indoor space and outside events. Located at the Markham Fair Grounds, Kidapalooza happens from February 17 to 19. You can expect all the makings of a children’s dream world with interactive inflatables, rides, shows, meet and greet characters, video games and even sports such as skateboarding lessons and a bike course. Local artists and artisans will be selling their items and you can chat with the vendors about their products and services. If you get hungry there are several food trucks on site.
Snowman Mania – Wasaga Beach.
Snowman Mania starts on Friday, February 16 in Wasaga Beach and continues all weekend long with lots of outdoor activities to keep your family busy. What started out years ago as a snowman building competition, has grown into a four-day winter festival. The kick-off party starts with an all ages party at the RecPlex with a musical tribute to the Tragically Hip and indoor kid’s activities including face painting and balloon art. There are also outdoor fire pits and a fireworks show at night. Other events throughout the weekend include a charity ball hockey tournament and a polar plunge, if you dare.
Evergreen Brick Works – Toronto.
Drive over to Evergreen Brick Works on Bayview Avenue on February 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for their annual Family Day event. There are hiking trails where you can wander on your own or visit their famous Children’s Garden for planned activities including a stone soup making endeavor where you can bring your own vegetable to contribute. The children’s garden is home to a clay table, sand play and greenhouse. Also on site for Family Day will be Brewer’s Backyard, a free event for all ages where you can warm up inside and learn about the brewing process.
There are countless fun activities to do in Ontario over the Family Day long weekend so we hope you’re able to get out, explore and have a blast.
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