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Family Day Weekend in Toronto

 

Family Day Weekend is coming up this weekend, which means families across Toronto will be getting outdoors for four days of family-friendly activities, including festivals, concerts, exhibitions, and more. The following is a more in-depth list of the various activities offered around the city this weekend.

 

 

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year 2018 is the “Year of the Dog.” Dogs represent royalty and wealth, and they have been popular in the Asian community, as many believe that dogs can predict when something good or bad is going to happen. The celebration will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 17th and 18th at Dragon City Mall and Chinatown Centre in Toronto. Admission is free.

 

digiPlaySpace

The Toronto International Film Festival presents digiPlaySpace, an award-winning technology playground, which allows visitors to become part of a classic work of art. “The exhibition brings together interactive games, projections, mind-bending augmented-reality installations and innovative coding activities that showcase the creative potential of new technologies.” The exhibition will be held from February 17th through April 22nd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Tickets range from $11 to $13.

 

 

Free Fishing Weekend

Residents across Ontario can fish without a license from February 17th through the 19th without a license. However, those who fish without a license must still adhere to the Conservation fishing license limits and regulations. These are laid out in the Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. All fees and limits apply, with the exception of the aforementioned license requirement. This only applies in Ontario waters, however.

 

 

LEGO Games

Join LEGO LEAGUES for a day of fun and play a series of LEGO titles this Saturday. This free event includes live-action family gaming events, where friends and family can challenge one another in Battle Arenas. Although the program is designed for players aged 6 to 14, it is open to everyone. The only requirement is that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the event. LEGO Games will be featured at Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough on February 17th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Memorable Munsch

Bring the family to the Solar Stage Children’s Theatre this weekend for a show comprised of four Robert Munsch books “strung together and played out in the style of live improv shows and comedy troupes, with high-energy physical humour and animated acting, using the audience’s help along the way.” The event begins on February 17th. If you cannot make it this weekend, however, do not fret. The show is sticking around through May 6th. The show begins at 1:30 p.m. daily, and tickets are available for $20.

 

 

PA Day Cooking Class

Calling all mini chefs! Join Chef Janet for a lunar new year celebration and make green onion pancakes, potstickers, Sczechuan salted chicken, fried rice, and almond cookies. The class, which is offered to children aged 8 to 12, will be held on February 16th from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Cookery on Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto. The cost for the class is $89. Those interested should move quickly, as only a few spots remain.

Credit: Cookery

 

 

P.A. Day Family Drop-In

Todmorden Mills on Pottery Rd. in Toronto is hosting an event on February 16th from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. “Join us for a take-home craft and a guided tour of our historic homes.” The cost for the event is regular admission.

 

 

The Dakota Tavern Bluegrass Brunch

Join in on the fun at the Dakota Tavern’s Bluegrass Brunch, which has been a Toronto tradition for over a decade. Bluegrass musicians hit the stage, and a family style brunch features all you can eat scrambled eggs, pancakes sausage, fruit salad, home fries, and coffee. The Dakota Tavern also offers drink specials for adults and prizes for children who show off their best moves under the disco ball. Tickets are priced at $15 per child and $29.50 per adult, and each ticket entitles you to all-you-can-eat brunch and a one-hour live bluegrass performance. (Alcohol is not included in the price.) The event will be held from February 17th through the 19th. Seating times are 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. daily.

 

 

The Misfit League

The Second City Theatre in Toronto is featuring The Misfit League, a delightfully charming tale of a young heroine who must find her way in a small town where everyone except her has mastered their super powers. “Labelled a misfit by everyone, she’s in for a brand new adventure as she fights to save the day using the most unconventional super powers the townspeople have ever seen!” The Misfit League, recommended for children aged 4 to 12, will be featured on February 17th through 19th at the Second City Theatre on Mercer Street in Toronto, and it will return for another week-long stint in March. Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $12 for children aged 12 and under (tax not included). Showtimes are as follows:

  • February 17th and 18th – 2:00 p.m.
  • February 19th – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • March 12th through 18th – 2:00 p.m.

 

 

The Wizard of Oz with Live Orchestra

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents The Wizard of Oz. Bring the family out to enjoy the classic we all know and love, with music enhanced by a live orchestra. Concert running time is approximately two hours, which includes a 20-minute intermission occurring approximately 58 minutes into the film. The concert will be held on February 17th at 7:30 p.m. and February 18th at 3 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets range from $56 to $116.

 

WonderPhil performs for a sold-out audience at a local children’s theatre.
Credit: Toronto Magician, WonderPhil

 

Wonder Phil’s Family Day Magic Show

WonderPhil is a Toronto magician who has performed magic shows for over 20 years, and he will be performing at The Drake Underground on Queen St. in Toronto on February 19th. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $10 – $30.

 

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