Family Day Weekend in Toronto

TIFF digiplayspace
North American premiere of ‘Virtual Growth’ by Netherlands’ Lieven van Velthoven at TIFF’s digiPlaySpace.

Light it up – it’s the weekend! And there are tons of places in Toronto to explore with the family all weekend long. Best part? So many of the get-out-and-play activities are free. Our top picks for Family Day:

Gaming with the family: Opening this weekend, TIFF’s digiPlaySpace is an interactive playground featuring 23 educational and innovative installations and videogames, robotics, mobile apps, green screen escapades that take you into Parks Canada and other hands-on activities by Canadian and international new media artists.

Films with the family: For the teens in TOw, a 24-hour movie challenge, music battle and FREE Movie Marathon film screenings for the under 25s in TOw as part of TIFF’s Next Wave festival – begins Friday.

The waterfront with the family: Harbourfront’s FREE HarbourKIDS North celebrates the winter experience with crafty activities (make your own snowshoes), interactive performances and free skating at Natrel rink. Take stroll along the waterfront afterwards to check out the Ice Breakers art installations (here’s a peek) – it ends end of February.

Science with the family: Action Potential Lab is constantly wow-ing us with fun experiences that having kids experimenting with art and science. This Family Day offering from 2 to 4 p.m. is all about bubbles. $10 per kid and a special discount if you sign up for March Break and Summer Camp.

Theatre with the family: The sweet story of friends who become family in the Young People’s Theatre’s latest presentation of James and the Giant Peach had us smiling from ear to ear. Mainstage performance on Family Day is at 2:30 p.m. with free craft activities. Littles in TOw? Scenes From a Tree, aimed at children 18 months to 4 years, is in the studio at 11 a.m.  and 2 p.m.

Nature with the family: Evergreen Brick Works is the outdoor destination for all things winter – FREE public skating, nature hikes and special village building in the Children’s Garden on Family Day. For the adults in TOw, family-friendly Brewer’s Backyard is also back featuring Ontario craft beer.

The beach with the family: Those awesome Winter Stations art installations that take over the lifeguard stands on Woodbine and Kew-Balmy Beaches along The Boardwalk return with new designs – officially opening at noon on Family Day. Of course it’s all FREE.

 

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