Top 5 Ways to Spend Family Day in Toronto

We have assembled our picks for the top Family Day activities in the great city of Toronto for any family and any age.

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February 13, 2020

Toronto is one of the most exciting cities on the planet that’s family-friendly to boot, so you bet your sweet slush pants there’s something awesome to do this Family Day 2020.

You don’t have to have to be a young family to enjoy the best Family Day Toronto has to offer, either. Families of all types with kids of all ages can live it up on this special day in The Six.

What is Family Day?

As far as statutory holidays go, Family Day is a relatively new one. Established first in Alberta in 1990, and then in Ontario in 2007, Family Day is now celebrated in five Canadian provinces. The reason for the holiday is simple: to turn off and turn our attention to the people who matter most. 

Held on the third Monday in February, Family Day is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones and strengthen familial bonds.

What to Do Family Day in Toronto?

While schools and most businesses are closed for the day, there are still plenty of things to do on Family Day in Toronto. In fact, many parks, museums, recreation complexes, and galleries have special Family Day programming. 

So, don’t let your family sit around the house staring at separate devices: do something with your tribe this Family Day!

Here are our top picks for Family Day events in Toronto.

Top 5 Ways to Spend Family Day in Toronto

1. Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Cost: FREE

Strap on your skates at an iconic Toronto landmark and join in a popular and fun Family Day activity. Nathan Phillips Square hosts an annual Family Day Skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons. Enjoy hot bevies at Tim Horton’s lounge, skating instruction and a great time with your fam.

The party starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

2. Family Day at Fort York

Cost: FREE

Take a step back in time to a heritage Toronto homestead at Fort York. This registered archaeological site spans 43-acres and offers crafts, homemade goodies, skating on the Bentway Skate Trail and a chance to slip into a simpler sort of QT with your beloved fam-dam.

3. The Roundhouse

Cost: Varies

In addition to being home to the Toronto Railway Museum, the Roundhouse Park is home to our beloved brewery and Biergarten. Located right in the heart of Toronto, the Roundhouse experience is perfect for older families. 

Take a tour of our brewery and then stop on by the Biergarten for some traditionally-inspired Bavarian fare after. You can easily spend an entire afternoon sipping your way through the Steam Whistle experience with your family. 

4. TBFF Kids Film Festival

Cost: FREE admission to the festival. Each movie is $6 for kids and $12 for adults.

Got kids? Spending Family Day in Toronto? Then you’ve gotta check out the annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF)—one of the most powerful, potentially life-changing Family Day events the city has to offer. 

This day-long event is ideal for children ages 4-12 and is designed to encourage children to create, express themselves and learn while being immersed in important black history and stories. 

The day’s events include film screenings, photo station and interactive fun for the whole family!

5. High Park 

Cost: FREE

A visit to High Park is one of the best Family Day Toronto activities. In addition to a zoo with llamas, deer, owls, capybara (and more), a park, sprawling nature trails, there’s also an off-leash dog park so you can also celebrate the day with members of your fur family. 

These recommendations for Family Day events are definitely our top picks for how to spend the holiday in the city, but ultimately, all that matters is that you spend the day with your clan and have a chance to reflect on what—and who—really matters.

Happy Family Day, from all of us at Steam Whistle!