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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ontario Family Day Weekend events and winter carnival listings

Monday February 15, 2016
Some activities are weather dependent, please call ahead

City & Location
Hours & Admissions
Contact Information
General Information
Town Park
Mosley and Wells Streets
10am – 4pm



2016 Arctic Adventure in Aurora
Choose from a host of family activities including: Professional Ice Carving, Outdoor Winter Games, Snow tubing, snow shoeing, Live Entertainment, Arctic Golf and new this year Body Zorbs.
Food Vendors will be on-site with a variety of delicious options including Soups for Smiles.
Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street

1pm – 4pm



Join an experience of colour and sounds for all ages - celebrate the spirit of Carnival with friends and family. Create a special 'headpiece' in house, and then dance the afternoon away to the rhythms of Pan Fantasy Steelband. You won't be able to sit down!
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26,
10:00am – 4:00pm

Adult $6
 Student/Senior $5
Child $4
Preschoolers Free


Strap on your snowshoes, grab your toboggan & head to the Museum to compete in the Family Day Extravaganza.
Snowsnake Challenge – 10am – noon                       The Really Big Shoe - 10:30am                            Sliding Through the Ages – 1pm - Bring your fastest, oldest, largest & strangest toboggans for races & contests of old versus new
Tiffin Centre for Conservation
8195 8th Line of Essa,
 west of Barrie.
10:00am – 3:00pm
$5 per person
3 & under - Free


9am-12pm join in workshops & demos that’ll get you ready for outdoor winter fun: birding, shelter building, photography, ice fishing, orienteering, and visit with a Harris Hawk.
Drop-in outdoor activities 9am-3pm: skating, Kicksledding, traditional snowshoeing, winter scavenger hunt and more. Throughout the day, warm up by the fire or stop at the picnic pavilion where Scouts & Guides will be selling hot dogs.

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area
4649 Debruge Rd.
10am – 3pm

Free admission

Additional cost
for BBQ


Join us for a special day of family activities. Bring out your skates and skis and skate on the pond or ski on the cross-country ski trails. The ice slide will open weather permitting. Bring your lunch or buy something at the BBQ hosted by the Friends of Mac Johnson Wildlife Area.
Blue Mountain
The Village at Blue Mountain

Saturday to Monday

Events start at 10am

705-444-7398 X 229

There’s no better way to spend Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village!  Gather the family for a weekend of active adventure and entertainment.  Skate under the stars, tour the Village by Horse & Wagon, head off on a scavenger hunt and much more!
Cambridge Butterfly               Conservatory
2500 Kossuth Rd
Saturday to Monday
10am - 4pm
Adults $13.25
Seniors $11.25
Child (3-12) $7
Under 2 free


Come Hug-a-Bug for Family Day
Rotary Waterfront Park
and various other locations

11am – 4pm



Interactive ice sculptures and ice carving, live DJ at the outdoor rink and horse drawn wagon rides
Various locations

8am – 7pm

Family Day WinterFest South Huron kicks off with breakfast, clowns and face painting at the Lion’s Club.  Take part in skating, snowshoeing, a scavenger hunt, giant snow hills, watch The Good Dinosaur, and fireworks at 7pm in MacNaughton Park.
Wellington County Museum & Archives
0536 Wellington Road 18
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Admission by donation

519-846-0916 x5221

Spotlight on Heritage - Join local heritage groups from Wellington Cty & Guelph in highlighting their activities and stories from their past.
1-3:30 - "Open Mike" storytelling
3:30 performance: Same Latitude as Rome
All afternoon: skating, sledding, snow shoeing weather permitting. Refreshments available
Huron County Museum
110 North Street
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free for the Day


Enjoy Family Day at the Huron County Museum to discover and explore. Fun for the whole family! 2016 Theme – Distinctive Destinations. Event organized and sponsored by the Museum and Museum Friends. 
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9280 Airport Road
Mount Hope

Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm
Mon 9am – 5pm

All Day Ride $25
Adults $10.00
1 & under Free


On Family Day weekend, children bounce, slide, ride, craft, learn and laugh at Hamilton's Kids-Fest, sponsored in part by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. Kids-Fest is Canada’s largest inflatable festival, bringing a variety of fun and educational activities for children 12 and under. Other activities, for an additional cost, at include: Motis’ hands-on skateboard-making workshops; ceramic painting; sand art; face painting; and glitter tattoos.
Various Museums and locations throughout the city

Check the website for times and costs at the various museums.

The following Hamilton museums are offering special Family Day programs: Children’s Museum, Whitehern, Museum of Steam & Technology, Battlefield House, Dundurn Castle 
See the website for details on each.

Cooper’s Hawk Vineyard
1425 Iler Road

12pm – 5pm



Bring your family to CHV and enjoy crafts, sledding on our hill (weather permitting), a magic show, treats and more details to come! Admission is free and we will be collecting canned goods for local food banks.
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area
1641 Perth Road

9:00am – 4:30pm

$5.50 Adults
$3 – 11 & under
Max. of $14 per car
Cash only


Bring the family out for a skate on Kingston’s largest natural ice skating rink (weather permitting)! We’ll have the fire going in the warming hut by the rink or you can drop by the Outdoor Centre for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Skate rentals will also be available at the Outdoor Centre.

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens
1550 Road 3 East

Friday to  Monday
8:00am - 6:00pm

Fun Passes
 Junior $16.99
Youth $13.99
Adlt. Buddy Pass $9.99


Mini golf, bumper cars, inflatables, kiddie rides, and more!

Zoo Shows daily
 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm

Waterloo Regional Museum
10 Huron Rd

Saturday to Monday
9:30am – 5:30pm

Adult - $10
Senior & student - $8
Children 5-12 - $5
Family - $25


Explore the newest exhibit called In The Dark! Be immersed in a world of darkness! Visitors of all ages can explore life that exists on our planet with little or no light. Bring the entire family and take part in fun activities throughout the day.  Explore the mysteries of darkness through electronic, mechanical and computer interactive activities in the exhibit.
McMichael Art Gallery
10365 Islington Ave
Sunday and Monday
Gallery open
10am - 4pm

Adults $18
Students $15
Seniors $15
Family $36


Celebrate love, friendship, and family during this 2-day festival with children’s activities & special performances. Sunday a series of Valentine Tours will explore the special relationships of Canadian artists such as A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Emily Carr and Tom Thomson. On Mon, enjoy Faustwork Mask Theatre’s Little Big Frog, a heartwarming & quirky retelling of Grimm’s classic The Frog Prince.
Lanark Highlands
Wheelers Maple Products
1001 Highland Line

(Open 7 days a week year round)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free Admission,
small fee for certain activities


In celebration of the Family. Enjoy a day at the sugar bush and enjoy a pancake feast. The Pancake House and Museum will be open. Relax by the fireplace after skiing or snowshoeing.
Snowshoe rentals available.
 Point Pelee National Park
White Pine Picnic Area

1pm – 4pm


Chase the winter blahs away over a roaring fire, complete with roasted marshmallows! Bring a mug for hot chocolate and your favourite song or story to share. Connect with family and friends while making crafts or playing games. If snow conditions allows, join in our snow sculpture contest! Will you create a classic snowman or push the limits with something truly out of this snowy world? Whatever the weather, bring your creativity and smiles!
Storybook Gardens
1958 Storybook Lane

10am – 5pm

Adult - $4.25
Child - $3.25
Family - $13

519 661-5770

Enjoy Family Day at Storybook Gardens! Programming runs throughout the day, plus beautiful outdoor skating!
Markham Museum
9350 Markham Road
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Kids 2 and under FREE


Celebrate Family Day at the Museum! Explore the science of snow, and try snowshoeing and ice block building. There will be lots of activities, crafts for the kids, music, and great food!
Markham Fairgrounds
10801 McCowan Rd

Saturday to Monday
9am – 6pm

Children - $25
Adults - $8


Kidapalooza Family Festival is an indoor Family Festival featuring over 35,000 square feet of activity stations, play zones, interactive inflatables, a performance stage, dance parties, and 30+ vendors - this three daylong celebration of the imagination will have families creating, exploring and playing together.
Wye Marsh
16160 Hwy 12 E
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adults - $11
Student - $8.50
Ages 4 - 12 - $8
Family Pass $30


   Explore the trails by ski or snowshoe and stop to hand feed chickadees. Animals show daily at 1pm, bannock roasting daily at 2pm.
Monday 10am-12pm:  Snowshoe Obstacle Course

International Centre
Hall 6
6900 Airport Rd
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Monday 9am – 6pm

$25 – Children 2+
(incl. unlimited rides & admission)
$8 – Adults 18+


The largest indoor inflatable road show for kids with over 30 inflatable rides and attractions! Children can slide, ride and bounce all day. They range from large slides to toddler appropriate rides. On top of the fabulous inflatables, Kids Fest Toronto offers shows, interactive activities, games, crafts and more.
Elman W. Campbell Museum
134 Main Street
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
For ages 4 – 10 yrs.

$3 with donation of non-perishable food item


Enjoy our old-fashioned wooden toys and activities involving our antique toys.  See our model train, Nursery Rhyme and Fairy Tale displays.  Have fun in our dress up area, discover the toys in our play area, have your picture taken with our pioneer board and go on a Museum scavenger hunt!  Suitable for ages 4-10.
Niagara Falls
Butterfly Conservatory
2405 Niagara Parkway
February 6 to March 31

Open Family Day Weekend from
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Incl. with reg. admission
Adults   $14.25
 Kids   $9.25


We Are The Insects

Learn how insects play an important role in our ecosystem at this brand-new colourful, family-friendly exhibit featuring live insects. Explore and learn about the advantages and adaptations that allow insects to thrive in their environment, such as night vision, special hearing, enhanced smell, and defence mechanisms.
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
History Museum
5810 Ferry Street

10am – 5pm



Celebrate Family Day @ the Museum for FREE! Participate in an interactive Reptile Show with Reptile Kingdom @ 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, make a craft, complete a scavenger hunt and explore the history of our unique city!
Canada Agriculture & Food Museum
901 Prince of Wales Dr
9:30am – 4pm

Adults $10
Children $7
Family $26


A unique family learning adventure awaits you at the Museum! Explore the sights and sounds of farm life through animals, exhibitions, treasures from the collection, hands-on demo, & delicious foods.  Get the whole family to participate in creating a “garbage soup” using up those odds and ends from the veggie crisper, and join in a fun filled family yoga class
Owen Sound
   Cobble Beach
   221 McLeese Drive
11:00am – 4:00pm



Bring the whole family - the little ones will love the face painting, princess polish, pony rides, and games. The older kids will enjoy ice hockey, an obstacle course and other various outdoor winter games. There'll be fun for everyone with snowshoeing and outdoor skating, a bonfire with s'mores and fun festival food for nominal charge!
Thunder Bay
Fort William Historical Park
1350 King Road
(off Broadway Avenue)
Saturday to Monday
11:00am - 5:00pm

Adults: $10
Senior/Student /Youth  $8
Child 5 & under:


It’s winter fun for everyone at the Annual Voyageur Winter Carnival on Family Day Weekend.
Bundle up, and come out and enjoy the giant snow maze, tubing & sliding hills, skating on the Kaministiquia River, winter games and activities, carnival games and contests, live indoor and outdoor entertainment, plus so much more! It’s fun for the whole family!
Studio 3 at Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Rd
Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun 10am – 6pm
Mon 9am – 6pm

Children 2+ - $25
(incl. unlimited rides & admission)
Adults 18+ - $8


Featuring an indoor amusement park with over 30 rides, activities and attractions including Kiddie Rides, Jumping Castles, Giant Slides, Interactive Games, Fun Foods, Arcade and Carnival Games,  strolling entertainers, and more!
Plus - Interactive Stage shows guaranteed to get your kids smiling, laughing and dancing too. Featuring  performances by the world renowned “Doo Doo the Clown” and “The Trevor Show”
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Special Rate

    Family Pass - $39
(2 adults, up to 5 youth)


The AGO celebrates Family Day by transforming into the Kids' Gallery of Ontario (KGO). 
Inspired by Pop Art, the real and “unreal” of everyday objects, and the playful work of sculptor Claes Oldenburg, it's a happening day! Make artistic burgers, "pizza" and "cookies", Superhero Self-Portraits, do yoga together, make some wacky moves in our all-day "donut" dance, bust some bubble wrap, take a family tour and make wonderful, wacky, humorous pop art creations.
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
Monday to Friday
10 am – 4 pm

Weekends and Holidays
10 am – 5 pm

Adult - $22
Child - $13


Join us on Family Day Weekend for lots of science FUN, special programs, IMAX films and more! And don't miss our special exhibitions:
Circus! The Exhibition and
Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

Harbourfront Centre

Sunday and Monday
11am – 5pm



The Snowglobe is a magical world of winter encapsulated in a watery sphere of imagination.
This Family Day, HarbourKIDS celebrates these traditional handheld snowstorms, offering you a chance to come inside and interact with our Snowglobe inspired installation. Creata your own fantasy world full of snow to take home, then bring the magic outdoors and whirl around by the lake on the Natrel Rink. Don’t miss your chance to play a role in creating the perfect winter scene.
                    Toronto Zoo
Meadowvale Road

Open daily
9:30am – 4:30pm

For the Love of Family Program 10am-2pm

Adult (13–64) $23
Senior (65+) - $18
Child (3–12) $14
Ages 2 & under free


Kids and adults will have the opportunity to connect with wildlife conservation by visiting the interactive interpretive stations throughout the Zoo.

 For The Love Of Family at Polar Bear, Gorilla, and Indo-Malaya Pavilion Interpretive Stations  
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

City of Toronto Historic Sites

Some events free, some are pay-what-you-can and others are included with regular admission


City of Toronto Historic Sites is a collection of City-owned and operated heritage properties that aim to engage the public in telling Toronto's story.
Many are hosting Family Day events:

Fort York, Historic Zion Schoolhouse, Mackenzie House, Montgomery's Inn, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills, Scarborough Museum
Hockey Hall of Fame
30 Yonge St
10:00am – 5:00pm

Adult $18
Seniors $14
Kids FREE on Family Day
 (*up to a max of 4 with purchase of an adult ticket)


Celebrate Family Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame where KIDS get in FREE*.
Celebrate Family Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame where a thrilling experience awaits the entire family - simulation games, larger-than-life statues, theatres, the greatest collection of hockey artifacts anywhere in the world, and best of all, hands-on access to hockey's Holy Grail, the Stanley Cup!
Museum & Community Centre
14732 Woodbine Ave

Noon – 4pm

Adult $6
Child $5
Family $16


A new event for 2016! Come sample fresh local maple syrup & other treats, enjoy snowshoeing in the park (bring your own or borrow ours!) and check out the activities in the heritage buildings.
2 Zap Zone locations:
1930 Ambassador Drive
1665 Lauzon Rd

Wristband Slam
$15 All-you-can-play laser tag


XS Zap Zone is Windsor’s premier spot for laser tag, glo-golf, arcade action, go-karts, and much, much more!

Kortright Centre
9550 Pine Valley Dr

Saturday to Monday 10am – 3pm

Admission is FREE for 15 & under
Adults - $6.50
Parking $4


Family Day Fun Carnival                                                                Enjoy nature hikes, snowshoeing, face-painting, family activities, and hot chocolate by a campfire! Some offerings are weather depending. Activities are included in the price of regular admission.

Province wide

12:01 am Saturday to 11:59 pm Monday

If you or someone you know would like to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time circle this weekend on your calendar.  Canadian residents can enjoy the fun of fishing in Ontario without a licence during the annual Ontario Family Fishing Weekend.  All other regulations, fees and limits will apply. 
Province wide

Saturday to Monday

Test-drive the OFSC Trails at no cost.                                     Go to the OFSC website – register and print the                2016 Try Our Trails Permit

Many Ontario Parks have special events planned for Family Day:

Check out Attractions Ontario for E-Coupons and Events:

Winter Carnivals taking place during Family Day Weekend

*       Algonquin Park   Winter in the Wild                    Sat  Feb 13                               www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/winter_in_the_wild.php
*       Ameliasburgh                     Winter Carnival                        Mon Feb 15                             http://prince-edward-county.com/ameliasburgh-winter-carnival/
*       Aurora                                Artic Adventure                       Mon  Feb 15                            www.aurora.ca/arcticadventure                               
*       Cochrane                            Winter Carnival                        Feb 5 – 15                               www.cochranewintercarnival.com
*       Dwight                                Winter Carnival                        Feb 14 -14                               www.facebook.com/DwightWinterCarnival
*       Gravenhurst                        Winter Carnival                        Feb 15 – 21                             http://skokie.wix.com/gravenhurst
*       Haliburton                          Frost Festival                           Sat  Feb 13                               www.frostfest.ca
*       Hamilton                             Winterfest                                                Feb 6 – 15                               www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca
*       Kirkland Lake                     Winter Carnival                        Feb 11 – 28             www.klfestivals.com
*       Markham                            Winterfest                                                Mon Feb 15                             www.markhammuseum.ca
*       Orillia                                 Winter Carnival                        Feb 12 – 14                             www.orilliawintercarnival.ca
*       Ottawa                                Winterlude                                               Jan 29 - Feb 15             http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1416239267950/1416239373076
*       Parry Sound        Snowfest                                  Feb 12 – 15                             www.parrysound.ca/en/visit-us/Snowfest.asp
*       Penetang                             Winterama                                               Feb 12 - 15                              www.penetanguishene.ca                        
*       Sault Ste. Marie   Bon Soo                                   Feb 4 – 15                               www.bonsoo.on.ca
*       Sudbury area      Walden Winter Carnival           Feb 11 – 14                             www.waldenwintercarnival.com             
*       Thunder Bay       Voyageur Winter Carn.            Feb 13 - 15                              www.fwhp.ca
*       Wasaga Beach     Snowman Mania                      Feb 12 - 15                              www.snowmanmania.com
*       Washago                             Ramona Winterfest  Sat Feb 13                                www.ramonahall.ca
*       Wawa                  Winter Carnival                        Feb 13                     http://discoverwawa.com/

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