I miss the rink. I realized this when I took my son to a Toronto Marlies game. The scent of popcorn, the shine of freshly zamobonied ice and the excitement of pucks hitting the boards brought back so many childhood memories of watching junior hockey in my small hometown.

I was happy to give my kid the same experience – except, well, his just happened to be the Air Canada Centre.

Normally, you can catch the Toronto Marlies home game action at the Ricoh Coliseum but a few times a year the American Hockey League takes to the ice at the ACC. And it’s a spectacle from the lights and jumbotron entertainment to the intermission games and Duke the Dog sightings. Plus some fun family-friendly activities pre- and post-game like a mini basketball court, slapshot area and foosball in the ACC Galleria.

Want to check it out?

There are two upcoming Marlies games vs. the Binghamton Senators at the ACC on Family Day Monday, February 20, at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 3, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. during March Break.

Use this link and promo code KIDSINTO to get up to 25 % off your ticket purchase!


Activity Zone in Galleria.


Activity Zone in Galleria.


Activity Zone in Galleria.

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Getting there: The Air Canada Centre is downtown off Bay St. in between Front Street and Lakeshore Blvd. It’s a quick walk from Union Station. Driving, there is paid Green P parking on the east side of Bay and several other lots in the area.

Low-down: Generally tickets range from $10 – $49.  Family 4-Pack starts at $89. What you need to know about the ACC.

Food: No outside food allowed. Tons of concession type food.

In the hood: More hockey at the Hockey Hall of Fame, a short walk north. To the west, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the CN Tower.