Here is a list of events and activities happening across the Greater Toronto Area during the family day long weekend: Friday, February 12, 2021 – Monday, February 15, 2021.
The entire Greater Toronto Area is under lockdown and it will stay that way until Feb 22 except for Durham and Halton regions, which will be moved colour-coded system on February 16th.
Though most of the events are online, here are some of the best outdoor activities and events that you can enjoy during family day weekend.
**Please choose activities near your house. We are still in a lockdown.**
1. Enjoy Skating at Outdoor Rinks or Skating Trails
Ontario boasts of quite a few outoor skating trails that vary from 250 m to over 7 kms in length. GTA has its share of outdoor skating rinks. Lace up and go for a twirl at fabulous rinks like those at Nathan Philips and Celebration Square or on the skating trails in Brampton, Richmond Hill and King City.
2. Black Film Festival
The annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is back with the 4th edition of the TBFF Kids Film Festival. TBFF Kids Fest is Online this year. Get ready for a fun-filled, family day celebration, taking place on Monday February 15th, 2021. We have a variety of activities designed for Children ages 4-12 to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their homes.
3. TIFF Next Wave Film Festival
TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is *literally* in your house from February 12 to 15. Thanks to the internet, you can get down at Battle of the Scores and the Opening Night Party, join a chat with Finn Wolfhard, binge on a Movie Marathon guaranteed to be A Trip, catch virtual screenings of brand new films (free for anyone under 25), and connect with film pros for tips and inspiration in the Young Creators Co-Lab — all from anywhere in Canada.
4. Fish Ontario Licence Free
5. Winterlit – An illuminated Walk in the Woods
Stroll the Illuminated Sugar Bush Trail at Mountsberg Conservation Area and then make your way over to the Winterlit Trail for an experience with a little extra sparkle. The Winterlit Trail (600m round trip) features a unique and stunning lighting experience with inspirational art installations along the trail. until February 21, 2021 @ Mountsberg Conservation Area,2259 Milburough Line, Campbellville
6. Kids Corner Live
Join for a 60 minutes of interactive fun as we virtually explore Ontario’s Legislative Building. Learn how provincial parliament works, see where laws are passed for the province of Ontario and participate in a debate, games and much more.
- Saturday, February 13th from 10am to 11am or Saturday, February 13th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. @ Online
7. Family Day Weekend Fun in Mississauga
To help make this year’s Family Day weekend memorable, City of Mississauga is hosting a number of family-friendly activities to enjoy with your household and also sharing a few ways to safely enjoy the outdoors.
- February 13th to 15th – online and in-person.
8. Family Day with BPAC
Burlington Performing Arts Centre invites you to celebrate Family Day by snuggling in with our FREE virtual Storytime With the Stars! Enjoy videos of some of BPAC’s favourite artists, who have each selected a cherished children’s storybook to read to your little ones.
9. Winterfest – Virtual Frosty Fun
Brighten up your winter as a family, and watch exciting performances from Fire Guy Glow who will light up your screen with an extraordinary LED performance, plus don’t miss WonderPhil as he amazes you with his sleight of hand and magical acts. In between, sit back and enjoy the musical musings of local youth artist Avery Raquel, who is sure to warm up your soul.
- Monday, February 15 at 2 p.m. — Online
Weather Network says there is a chance of snow this family day weekend. If so enjoy snowshoeing at various parks.
The city of Toronto has opened five City golf courses for walking an snowshoeing with a total of eight snow loops available with loops ranging from 1 to 2.5 km to explore.
- Dentonia Park – Scarborough
- Don Valley – North York
- Humber Valley – Etobicoke
- Scarlett Woods– York
- Tam O’Shanter – Scarborough
11. Go Tobogganing
If there is enough snow on the ground for sliding down the hill, why not enjoy this old-fashioned fun that is completely free of charge.
These hills will provide hours of sledding fun for you and your crew.
12. Go Walking
Wear warm winter boots with good grip and explore various parks in and around GTA. The winter scenery at these natural areas absolutely breathtaking, and there are plenty of interesting birds and wildlife who have made that area their home.
13. Play Disc Golf
Originating in 1980 at the Toronto Islands, disc golf has grown in popularity and is now offered at six different park locations within Toronto. Disc golf is a combination of Frisbee and golf that is played on a course of either nine or eighteen holes. The concept is to throw the disc into nearby baskets (which serve a similar purpose as holes within traditional golf games).
Toronto has six disc golf locations including the newest at Scarlett Woods Golf Course.
- Ashbridges Bay Park
- Centennial Park – Etobicoke
- E.T. Seton Park
- Marilyn Bell Park
- Toronto Islands
- Scarlett Woods
14. Bird Watching
This stunning path stretches over five kilometers stretches from Leslie Street south towards Woodbine Beach. The area goes by many names, mainly The Spit and Tommy Thompson, and is loved by many Torontonians for its plethora of species and its tranquil homage to Mother Nature. Go for a hike and discover various creatures that call Toronto home during winter.
If Tommy Thompson Park is far from your home location, here is a list of 50 natural attractions in and around GTA.
- Birds on the Niagara, bi-national virtual celebration of winter birds: If you like learning more about birds, birders from Canada and the U.S. will gather virtually in celebration of the extraordinary winter birds that call the Niagara River Corridor home. The ‘3rd Annual Birds on the Niagara’ (BON21) will take place from February 12 to 14 and school groups, families, and experienced and novice birders alike are welcome to join the virtual celebration. They can look forward to a remarkable lineup of speakers and presentations, varying in topics and themes and guaranteed to captivate audiences of all ages.
Train your inner Katniss at E.T. Seton Park. The archery range is free to use and you can find everyone from beginners to Olympic athletes training at the E.T. Seton range – 73 Thorncliffe Park dr, North York.
16. Visit an outdoor Farmer’s Market
Luckily, even during the COVID lockdown, outdoor farmers markets are still open to the public. Check out the outdoor winter market that offers seasonal fares. This is an excellent way to support local and independent businesses while remaining safe.
17. Take Some Family Winter Pictures
GTA has some stunning locations that inspires both hobbyists and professionals alike. Visit a natural area near your house, wear masks and take some photos to remember COVID-19 Family Day Weekend of 2021.
18. OUTDOOR WINTER FUN
Checkout some of the outdoor winter activities near your house.
Visit Zoo Animals Online
Zoos across Canada have decided to bring their inhabitants to your home. Here is a list of places where you can watch wildlife online.
19. Science Experiments to Do at Home with Kids
Here are a few easy fun science activities/experiments that are easy and super fun in addition to being educational.
20. Canadian Museums & Museums Across the World Online
With the advent of technology and widespread availability of the internet, the world is now at your fingertips. You can travel to distant lands, tour famous museums, all from the comfort of your home.
21. See Free Movies
As Canada’s public producer and distributor, NFB’s website features award-winning movies, documentary and animated films, pioneering interactive works, and more.