What to do on Family Day in Toronto

Cookies, skating, Space Jam & more

After you rage with Shaq and Snoop Dogg, crush some Connect 4 with your significant other at Snakes and Lattes – spend a little time with your kin!

It’s a trifecta of events this weekend in Toronto with the NBA All-Star Game, Valentine’s Day and Family Day. With all of the diligent planning, we’re here to make things slightly simpler for you. There are many activities to do with the family that range from the tame like Winterfolk Blues And Roots Festival to the insane, such as Great Canadian Chill at Yonge and Dundas Square.
 

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS COOKIE CHALLENGE

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At the glorious Evergreen Brick Works, there’ll be skating but also a casual attempt to achieve the largest cookie mosaic in support of We Bake for Change – a WE Day initiative. The mosaic will be made up of over 13,000 individual cookies and there’ll be complimentary hot chocolate on deck! Once the record is broken, the feast begins. Milk not included.
 

MUNSCH MASH

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Solar Stage will be presenting their newest edition of Robert Munsch stories performed as one play. It’ll be based upon the books PIGS PIGS PIGS, David’s Father, Angela’s Airplane, and Jonathan Cleaned Up and Then He Heard a Sound. If Munsch ain’t your thing, there are plenty of other theatrical productions ongoing this weekend, put on by this charitable organization.
 

SCIENCE RULES! ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE

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Ah, school trip nostalgia! Always the place of exploration. Celebrate the detection of gravitational waves (Einstein was right!) by checking out the special programming on the Ice Age, IMAX films and more.
 

TIFF – THE NEXT WAVE FILM FESTIVAL

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Programmed for youth ages 14-18, the best in film from around the globe will be showcased with many, many special guests, interactive workshops and challenges for the young Scorcese in your family. There’s also a Space Jam live read during NBA All Star Weekend. We’re looking at you, LeBron!
 

MACKENZIE HOUSE

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Visit to celebrate Black History Month and learn about the Victorians and their publishers, journalists and take home a copy by printing Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s newspaper. It’ll be a throwback to the 19th century with illumination activities, cookies and warm cider.
 

GET ICED! SKATING PARTY AT NATHAN PHILIPS SQUARE

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Hosted by Scott White, there’ll be mascots galore with complimentary Tim Hortons coffee and hot chocolate. There’ll be Roots Canada airstream trailers and Buddy the Beaver. This is not a joke.
 

GET YOUR REVENANT ON! (SORT OF)* *NOT REALLY

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Don Valley trail will be open wide with their 5k snowshoe along the picturesque tail. If you’re not up for that length, there are plenty of activities planned for distraction.
 

MUSEUM OF INUIT ART

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Learn about the cultural landscape of your nation through exhibitions in North America’s only museum devoted to Inuit art.
 

CASA LOMA!

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After the NBA All Star shenanigans calm down, you might be able to spot reminants while exploring the underground tunnels to the Edwardian stables, greenhouse and the classic car exhibit. If you’ve never been, why not!
 

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There’s also the Second City musical adventure, High Park Zoo, Hockey Hall of Fame, Riverdale Farms, multiple conservatories and greenhouses. Get outside with the family and listen to Sly and the Family Stone on repeat!