Family Day Adventures

It’s a long stretch from New Years to Victoria Day, so along came Family Day to give us a well-deserved mid-winter break. It’s only been around in Ontario since 2008, but a variety of events have now made it a well-established holiday for families to enjoy. 

Royal Botanical Gardens

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can check out two incredible exhibitions - Savage Gardens and Nature's Ninjas - that will introduce you to the wild world of carnivorous plants. Afterwards, grab your own lunch at the Gardens Cafe. Go to to find out more and register for the Family Day Feast.  

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

The Hamilton Children's Museum teams up with the Museum of Steam and Technology to offer Family Fun Day at the former Hamilton pumphouse. The Pine Cone Cafe hosts a workshop that will teach you to make bird snacks for your feathered friends. There are also tours of the site's 1859-era engines. A free event for kids four and up, it runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for more information.

Make Your Move Family Day

A number of Oakville organizations are coming together to bring you together this Family Day. The town of Oakville is teaming with the public library, the local YMCA and various community partners to offer swimming, skating, rock climbing, crafts and even snorkelling at a variety of venues across town. The Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and Oakville Museum are just a handful of locations participating. Visit to see the list of hundreds of available options and activities. 

Royal Ontario Museum

This year's Family Day celebrations span three days, so if you can't make it on Family Day Monday, drop in over the weekend to check out the attractions. The focus is on animal life. You'll meet snakes, birds of prey and bats! Sit in on the morning storytelling circle to hear animal tales from around the world, then spend the afternoon making wildlife-inspired art. Extra activities are free with the cost of admission to the museum. Find out more at

Ontario Science Centre

Special programming and all-new exhibitions make Family Day at the Science Centre a must-see. Train like an Olympian with prototypes of two of the winter sports at this year's games - curl (using humans as rocks) and try being a biathlete for an afternoon. There's also a display in honour of Black History Month, hourly performances from jump-rope team, the Stouffville Steppers,  and a magic show from The Great Baldini. Plan your day by viewing the schedule at

London Children's Museum

Make Family Day an educational experience this year by learning about Black History Month. The Children's Museum features steelpan tunes and Nigerian songs and stories. Listen to the singing and stringing of vocalist Alisha Sealy and violin player Forbehn Fossungu. You can also participate in a kite-making workshop, have your hair braided and taste traditional African and Caribbean dishes. Check out the details online at

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Ottawa museum offers a full slate of events and activities to mark Family Day. In addition to guided tours of the museum, families have the chance to participate in a printmaking workshop, learn all about ejection seats (yes, volunteers are needed for this demo), and put together a scrapbook memorializing Canada's first-ever powered flight in 1909. Full schedule can be found at

The International Hockey Hall of Fame

Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame is open for free this Family Day. Kids 13 and under will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch Sidney Crosby's gold-medal-winning puck from the 2010 Olympics. The puck, usually part of an untouchable exhibition, comes out from behind the glass for one day only. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check for details.  

Bell Homestead National Historic Site

For just a loonie per person (kids six and under free), your whole family can visit Alexander Graham Bell's own family home. You'll hear all about how Bell invented the phone in this very house. Take turns making calls from the authentic 1930s telephones, then follow costumed staff on a tour of the house (one that ends with fresh baking from Eliza Bell's kitchen). From 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details online at

Canada South Science City

All weekend long (and stretching into Monday), the Windsor museum has programmed special workshops to celebrate Galileo's birthday, which falls on February 15. Additionally, kids can dig for fossils, meet snakes, turtles and geckos, and check out historical technology (including early phones and computers). The focus here is on hands-on and interactive experiences that showcase the Earth's biodiversity. Find out more at



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