Enjoy Family Day on February 18 by taking advantage of City-run recreation programs and activities, or by visiting one of the City’s museums or historic sites.


Leisure swimming will be available at many indoor pools on Family Day. City-run leisure swims are free of charge for everyone.


There are 52 outdoor rinks or skating trails to choose from across the city, weather permitting. Many indoor arenas will also be open. There is no charge for public skating at the City’s indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

The rink is open regular hours, with a special skating party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by Tim Hortons. Special activities include:

  • informal skating instruction
  • hot beverages at the Tim’s House lounge
Word art Tim Hortons logo
Nathan Phillips Square Family Day Skating sponsored by Tim Hortons


Earl Bales and Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centres are open on Family Day, weather permitting. Regular admission fees apply.

General Interests

We offer a wide range of creative recreational programs for every age group. From cooking to a family movie, there’s something for everyone this Family Day.

Arts & Dance

Explore your creative side with arts & dance this Family Day! Whether you want to try dance, music or even family crafts, be sure to check out what we have to offer.


Select sports programs will be available for the whole family. Children accompanied by an adult can enjoy yoga, Zumba®, gymnastics, sports, and much more.


From family yoga to family fitness, check out all our fitness programs and find something the whole family can enjoy.

Family Winter Fun Day at Fort York

Enjoy an entire day of winter delight with pop-up exhibitions, performances and S’mores hot chocolate at Fort York. Join the Toronto History Museums — Gibson House, Mackenzie House, Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina Museum and Todmorden Mills — as they bring creative crafts and family fun to the Blue Barracks Hall. As night falls, stay toasty in the Fort York Visitor Centre and experience entertainment, face painting and a dress-up station. Don’t forget your skates – the Bentway at Fort York public skating trail is open until 9 p.m. Visit the event page for location and directions.

Scarborough Museum

1007 Brimley Rd.

From noon to 4 p.m. visitors can pose for selfies with historic props, play family board games, build a snowman, join an ice cube scavenger hunt and check out what the blacksmith is making. They are also invited to warm up by the bonfire, roast marshmallows, sample hot chocolate, potato soup and fresh bread.

Toronto’s oldest zoo has been entertaining people for 120 years. The zoo, which houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas and reindeer, as well as our famous capybaras Bonnie and Clyde, is located on Deer Pen Road and is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free.

The City’s farm at 201 Winchester St., open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features farm animals and offers various activities. Admission is free.