This Family Day is supposed to be clear and sunny (fingers crossed), so bundle up the kiddos and hit the town. With so many stellar events, it’s hard to narrow it down. Here are Shedoesthecity’s best bets to tire the little ones out (so you can enjoy some peace and quiet come nap time).
Art Attack: The AGO becomes the KGO (Kids’ Gallery of Ontario)! Spend the day exploring and having creative fun together with activities inspired by the work of Francis Alys: A Story of Negotiation. Create your own kite, join in the jump rope extravaganza, make a paper sailboat, watch Cave Small, Cave Big, build a mega-city of big blue blocks, engage in family yoga and more! Details here.
One World: The ROM will feature family-friendly activities all weekend long, including an animal explorers scavenger hunt, an Asafo flag workshop, meet the aquarium keeper, Opera Atelier – Dance Through Time, Chinese arts and crafts, a giant digital colouring wall, and so much more. Check it out.
Hit The Beach(es): Who said the beach is only for summer? The annual Winter Stations Design Competition transforms lifeguard stations at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches into eight playful art installations. Roam through magical exhibits designed by the likes of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Asuka Kono & studio PERCH. Free.
Wild Encounter: Head to High Park Zoo (Deer Pen Rd.) and find bison, deer, llamas, peacocks, highland cattle, and maybe even a capybara or two. Enjoy the fresh air and furry friends. Free.
Take Stage: Catch a Young People’s Theatre (165 Front St. E) performance of Scenes from a Tree (pre-school to JK) or Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (grades 1 to 6). With a proven track record of keeping kids enthralled, YPT is bound to entertain.
Monkey Around: The Monkey Bunch will be performing at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen W) for Family Day. This isn’t your typical children’s concert; it is a celebration not only of music, but also of the planet, and it’s sprinkled with some brilliant humour. Plus there will be face painting and special guest Finbar Wall from Parkdale Public School. Tickets here.
We The North: Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay W) celebrates the northern winter landscape with HarbourKIDS: North. Explore the mighty expanse of the North with an interactive play space emulating the Northern Tundra, science experiments around rising arctic temperatures, a concert with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, art-making, games and more. Free.
Back To The Future: At TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, you can play with expressive robots, learn to code, and unlock your inner maker through the latest interactive art installations, game designs, and new technologies. With twenty-three installations from eight countries, digiPlaySpace showcases the evolution of play in the 21st century.