Here in Ontario, the third Monday of February has been designated as Family Day since 2008. Being a relatively new holiday, there aren’t any established traditions or motifs like turkey or carved pumpkins. This presents the perfect opportunity to start your own customs, and we’ve got a few ideas in this department! Some of these suggestions also extend through the week, for anyone in post-secondary who may be looking for a little fun during reading week 🙂


1. Get your arts & crafts on at the AGO

Family Day at the AGOImage courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario

When: 10:30 am – 4 pm

Location: 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto

Best for: Kids under 12 with a creative streak. More details can be found here.


2. Cheer on our Olympic team & get sporty at the CBC Broadcast Centre

Plushies of the 2018 Winter Olympics MascotsImage courtesy of Kārlis Dambrāns

When: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: 250 Front St. W, Toronto

Best for: Anyone interested in a snowboard simulator or meeting Soohorang and Bandabi, mascots from the current PyeongChang winter Olympics. Find out more specifics here.


3. Catch an inspiring flick at the Hot Docs Cinema

Dolores Huerta Documentary at Hot Docs CinemaImage courtesy of Hot Docs Cinema Instagram (@hotdocsfest)

When: 1 pm – 2:40 pm OR 3:30 pm – 5:15 pm, depending on the film

Location: 506 Bloor St. W, Toronto

Best for: Aspiring zoologists, activists, and anyone who appreciates a good documentary. The two films that will be screened centre around Jane Goodall (1 pm) and Dolores Huerta (3:30 pm), and entry is free for anyone under 16 years old.


4. Go skating and take in the lights at Ontario Place

Skating at Ontario PlaceImage Courtesy of Ontario Place Instagram (@ontarioplace)

When: 10 am – 4 pm for skate rentals today; hours of operation for subsequent days can be found here

Location: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W., Toronto

Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts who may want to sharpen up (or show off) their skate skills


5. Get moving at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre


Toronto Pan Am Sports CentreImage courtesy of TorontoGuy79 at English Wikipedia

When: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: 875 Morningside Ave., Scarborough

Best for: Families looking to get active together (for free!), and anyone who wants to take a peek inside this state of the art facility from the 2015 Pan Am & Para Pan Am Games. Activity schedule can be found here.


6. Get swept away in a flash mob at the Royal Ontario Museum

Michael Lee-Chin Crystal of Royal Ontario Museum in TorontoImage courtesy of Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine

When: 2 pm for the flash mob, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm for other activities

Location: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Best for: Curious minds and anyone looking to escape the winter doldrums with some indoor music action.


7. Bounce around Kids-Fest at the International Centre

Kids-Fest TorontoImage courtesy of Kids-Fest Facebook

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Best for: Kids and kidults alike with a discerning taste in bouncy castles. Numerous other activities being offered are listed here.


8. Marvel at premo ice sculpting skills at the Harbourfront Centre

Chainsaw ice sculptingImage courtesy of The Edinburgh Ice Co Instagram (@edinburghicecompany)

When: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

Best for: Anyone looking to break up their leisurely stroll along the lake shore with some cool eye candy.


9. Indulge your sweet tooth at Demetres

Two plated crepes with ice cream, a waffle with sauce and fruit, and slices of red velvet cheesecake on a white and blue background

When: 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location: Any of our 11 restaurants found here

Best for: The whole family 🙂


We wish you all a warm and safe Family Day! Remember to check back later this week for a sneak peek at some exciting developments and follow us on Instagram @demetres for daily updates.

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