Family Day in and around the City

Family Day in and around the City
The third Monday of February marks Family Day. It’s observed as a statutory holiday in Ontario. What do you and your families have planned?

Much of the province will be closed for business. Banks, schools, public libraries, shopping malls not designated as tourist attractions, liquor stores, most grocery stores and pharmacies, and the Toronto Stock Exchange will be closed for Family Day.

There are a few that will remain open, including all of Toronto’s family-friendly attractions.

Federal government offices (including passport offices), Eaton Centre, Pacific Mall, Woodbine Centre, some supermarkets and convenience stores, most restaurants, and most of Toronto’s tourist attractions and museums, including the Ontario Science Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Hockey Hall of Fame and Casa Loma will be open for Family Day. Movie theatres and some ice rinks and arenas will also be open to the public.

The city is also inviting families to come out for Family Day to four free events across the city on Monday, Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. The events will take place at the Mel Lastman Square- North York Civic Centre, Downtown at Fort York, Albert Campbell Square -Scarborough Civic Centre, and Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke. Music, dance, crafts, storytelling, street theatre, tasty treats, skating and free hot chocolate is also included.

The TTC will be operating on a holiday schedule. This means buses, subways and streetcars will be running as if it was a Sunday. Services will begin at 6 a.m. As for other forms of public transit, the GO Transit will also be available on a holiday schedule, similar to a Saturday service.


  • Toronto Zoo- Family Day Weekend
    February 19-21
    Bring your wild family to meet out wild animal families

  • CN Tower celebrates Family Day and 35 years
    February 18-21, 2011
    Purchase 3 CN Tower Observation Experience tickets for only $35 (a savings of up to 50%)

  • Family Day at the AGO!
    February 21 from 10 a.m.- 4p.m.
    Bring the Whole Royal Family to the AGO on Family Day
  • Family Day long weekend at the ROM
    February 13-21
    Mesozoic Monsters
    -African Adventure

  • Varley Art Gallery
    February 21 from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
    Animals Alive! Storytelling & Dance
  • The Clay Room
    February 21 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    Paint your own Ceramics at The Clay Room on Family Day.
    EVENTS from the City of Toronto:

  • NORTH YORK at Mel Lastman Square – North York Civic Centre
    Get your groove on with the Bunchland dance party for parents and children alike in the heart of North York. Don’t forget to bring your ice skates!
    Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

  • DOWNTOWN at Fort York
    Explore Aboriginal, French Canadian and Métis music, dance and stories at Downtown’s oldest venue. Lace up your ice skates or roller skates and check out the synthetic rink at Fort York.
    Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • SCARBOROUGH at Albert Campbell Square –Scarborough Civic Centre
    Celebrate our diverse cultures, through music, dance and art in Scarborough. Bring your ice skates and take a spin on the outdoor rink.
    Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • ETOBICOKE at Colonel Samuel Smith Park
    Enjoy dance and contemporary art at Etobicoke’s new skating trail. Be sure to bring your ice skates and warm socks.
    Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

About this article

By: Christina Cheng
Posted: Feb 14 2011 12:41 pm
Filed under: Arts & Life