Press Release:
Experience Toronto, Family Style

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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TORONTO (January 29, 2013) – Whether you’re urban or suburban, celebrate Family Day in Toronto, from Friday, February 15 to Monday, February 18, 2013, with an array of attractions and special events throughout the city.

Guests can also take advantage of Tourism Toronto’s popular Attractions & Events Packages, which includes hotel accommodations; tickets to the Royal Ontario Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, Art Gallery of Ontario, Segway Tours, Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma, Ontario Science Centre, and more. For more information please visit or call 1-800-499-2514.

Family Day in Toronto adventures include:


Visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox for an assortment of FREE activities such as movies, arts and crafts, filmmaking and magic! Come watch the screening of Reel Rascals: Animal Mania followed by behind the scenes secrets of green screen technology, and become enchanted by magicians. Finish off your day by learning how to become your very own buttonographer.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will celebrate Family Day by transforming for one special day into the Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO). On Monday, February 18, the Gallery will offer a family-friendly art-making extravaganza featuring the creation of a day-long exhibition by kids entitled Kid Nouveau. The iconic red AGO on the building’s exterior will be creatively reworked to reflect its temporary name change, “KGO.” Kids attending the event (included in the price of admission) will be encouraged to channel their inner artists through activities co-programmed with Bunch Family Inc.

Celebrate Family Day all weekend long at the Ontario Science Centre with special programming and new exhibits. Be the first to try a new exhibit: the Science Centre’s designers and fabricators have developed prototypes of two Winter Olympic Sport experiences: Curling (using humans as rocks!) and Biathlon. Watch the Stouffville Steppers, a performance jump rope team representing the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program.

Visit animal families during the Family Day weekend at the Toronto Zoo as they feature families such as the Western lowland gorillas, orangutans, Komodo dragons, and green tree pythons just to name a few. Open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, there’s no better way to spend quality time with the family than to visit these furry friends at the Zoo.

Explore the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on February 16-18 for dazzling colour and vibrant displays
welcoming kids and adults this Family Day Weekend! Make your own Carnival mask and visit the special
exhibition Carnival: From Emancipation to Celebration. Plus, touch tables, stories and scavenger hunts
help tell the stories and history of Carnival traditions from around the world. Program will run 11 am – 4
pm at regular admission.

This Family Day, explore the CN Tower and enjoy breathtaking views from the Look Out and world famous Glass Floor with its thrilling 1,122ft / 342m view straight down to the ground. The CN Tower offers great entertainment value for kids of all ages with a special admission offer all weekend long – from February 18-20, 2012. Tickets must be purchased at

Experience the world of Hockey at the Hockey Hall of Fame with FREE admission for kids on February 18, 2013. Guests can take shots at real-time goalies; stop the shots of Gretzky and Messier; call the play-by- play of some of hockey’s greatest goals; view hockey flicks in one of our two theatres; get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup; explore the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world — all of this plus so much more!

The National Ballet of Canada is offering FREE workshops for families with children ages 6-12. On Monday, February 18, celebrate Family Day by exploring movement together in The National Ballet of Canada’s studios at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm. Register online at

Don’t forget about your four-legged family members and explore the waterfront with Woofjocks Canine Performance Team Demos at Pawsway. With face-painting, arts and crafts, and tons of free games and prizes courtesy of Dog Chow, guests can also enjoy the Woofjocks, which are a high-energy dog/handler performance team specializing in interactive games and demonstrations of canine agility and obedience. All shows are FREE!

The Beach BIA is offering a FREE fun-filled afternoon at Kew Gardens on Sunday, February 17 from 12-5 pm, for the family. Come enjoy furry friends at the petting zoo, take a tour on the vintage trolley, watch entertainers like ice sculptures, wine tasting for adults and more!

Kids-Fest at the International Centre takes place Family Day Weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is Canada’s Largest Indoor Inflatable Show. Guests can bounce, laugh, play, run and scream in 80,000 sq. ft. of some of North America’s largest indoor inflatables. The event also includes stage shows, face painting and a pony ride. General admission is FREE plus free parking, and $25 for the Unlimited All Day Ride Band and $15 for the Toddler Band (Toddler rides only).

Families can enjoy Family Archery at Casa Loma which caters to children and their parents. Join their
NCCP trained archery coach, Shawn Adams, for an opportunity to learn the history and techniques
involved in the ancient sport of archery. With only three classes that day, the hands-on workshop is
suited to beginners and will afford all participants the chance to develop and hone their archery skills.
Each participating child must be at least nine years of age and must be accompanied by a
participating adult. The classes are very popular and are limited to five children and five adults per

The Gardiner Museum will feature a Family Drumming Workshop on February 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.
From tea cups to flower pots; cardboard boxes to ice cream buckets; tin cans to one-of-a-kind pottery
pieces, discover how traditional everyday objects can become musical instruments in this Found
Percussion workshop designed for the whole family. Participants will turn non-musical objects into an
orchestra of sound possibilities, with a focus on improvisation and creative music making. The workshop
will be a unique, inclusive and extremely fun way to spend Family Day and is free with admission.


The Gladstone Hotel is offering FREE Family Day concerts. Take over the Ballroom with the whole family and come play along at a free Stella and Sam Family Day Reading and Concert with author Marie- Louise Gay and Emilie Mover and her band! Elegant and gentle, the Stella and Sam Adventures are perfect for the preschooler in your life. In addition, get ready to blast into hyper-fun with the stellar high- energy kids band, Space Chums! This oddball crew of galactic pals are new to the planet, but they’re figuring it out as they go with the help of their young earthling fans who know a thing or two about a thing or three.

The Delta Chelsea is offering Camp Chelsea, an all-day camp for children ages 5–12, and is packed with activities like water sliding, games, arts and crafts, lunch and dinner buffet, two snacks and a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel. For only $45 for the first child, $30 for any additional kids or for a half-day, take advantage and enjoy some time alone or sightseeing while the kids have a blast on your next Toronto family vacation. Camp is included for guests who book the Family Fun Suite.


Get to Toronto on Via Rail Canada; get around on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the city’s local transit system; and see the sites with the Toronto CityPass which provides admission into five top attractions

For further information on Toronto or to plan and book a Toronto hot deal, travelers should visit or call 1-800-499-2514.

For further information contact: Vanessa Somarriba, Tourism Toronto at; (416) 987-1739