Family Adventures by Steve Betts
In spite of the unpleasant winter weather, you do not have to spend every afternoon or weekend sitting at home. I am sure your children would appreciate a little excitement out of the house. Get inspired by some of the interesting events for children or families taking place in Toronto over the month.
361A Old Finch Avenue
February 11th, 12th
Valentine’s Day is not only about romance. Why not spend the weekend dedicated to love with the ones you love most — yes, your children — at the zoo? On February 11th and 12th, you and your family will be able to demonstrate how important animals are for you. Everyone under the age of 12 who brings their favourite zoo animal a Valentine’s Day present can enter the zoo for free. Be careful: the limit is two children per adult. It is worth paying a visit. The zoo is open from 9:30 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. Come and let our animals have a lovely Valentine’s Day too.
3029 Bloor Street W.
The first annual Family Day on the Kingsway is to take place from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 18th. Take your kids and enjoy an exciting Ice Sculpture Competition, Maple Taffy Demonstrations, a barbecue, real animal skulls, paws, and furs from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and so much more. Sounds like a perfect family Saturday, and the premiere of this event is most likely going to be a huge success! Come and have fun!
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
The largest indoor inflatable show in Canada is back and it’s bigger and better than ever! Kids-Fest will be readily expecting excitement-craving young visitors from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. from February 18th to 20th. Let your kids go wild and enjoy a little shopping in the market place, a fun ride, or one of the fantastic stage shows — this year including Suzie Sunshine, Veggie Tales, and Juggle Magic. All children have to be supervised, obviously. There is no need to worry about the cost of parking; you can spend the whole day in the centre, and it is all free. Pony rides are free as well, but the tickets for toddler rides are $15.00 and a ticket for all the rides is $25.00. Have fun!
The annual HarbourKIDS: SK8 festival has been moved from December to February, giving families across Toronto a wonderful opportunity to spend an unforgettable Family Day weekend. Indeed, from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on February 19th and 20th, every adrenaline- and fun-loving family is welcome at the Harbourfront Centre to “celebrate winter culture from children’s perspective.” The festival offers everything from sports, such as hockey and skateboarding, to movies, craft activities, urban art, and music by talented artists including the well-known Toronto All-Star Big Band. All children will find their favourite activity, and as you can see, there is a lot to choose from. The event is free, so do not hesitate to come out; there is nothing to lose.
30 Yonge Street
Sport fans, watch out! The Hockey Hall of Fame decided to celebrate Family Day too, and on February 20th, kids under the age of 13 can visit the place for free — with the limit of four children per adult! Furthermore, every child will get a voucher for a free Chocolate Chip Muffin at Marché Restaurant, Brookfield Place. Bring your children and enjoy a number of games. Check out an NHL dressing room and explore the amazing collection of hockey sticks, pucks, sweaters, and the one and only Stanley Cup.
770 Don Mills Road
Adventure seekers, do not make plans for March 3rd! Destination Discovery Sleepover is where you have to be! Take your sleeping bag and spend the night (from 4:45 P.M. on Saturday until Sunday at 10:00 A.M.) in the Ontario Science Centre to discover everything it offers. An IMAX® movie, science activities, special shows, a virtual campfire, delicious snacks, and a hot breakfast will all contribute to this exciting experience. Interested? The price of this unforgettable night full of fun and discoveries is $59 — absolutely worth it!