February 18th is Family Day, and there are many fun activities planned all over Toronto!
To get the whole family in on the excitement, check out the interactive and engaging events happening at some of the city’s top arts and cultural centres.Carnival at the ROM
The Royal Ontario Museum has activities aimed at families that explore the Carnival traditions from around the world, including folklore storyteller Sandra Whiting, mask making, a Carnival parade, and on-going scavenger hunts! Family day activities are included in the price of admission.
Special Family Day activities include getting up close and personal with reptiles at the Live Animals Presentation, learning the science behind music technology, and learning how to make your own paper- then taking the instructions to make more at home! (Could you make enough to write a whole story??)
The Art Gallery of Ontario temporarily becomes the Kids Gallery of Ontario, and the centre, normally closed on Mondays, is open with kid-themed displays. Hands-on activities allow families to “blow up” art. Dare you find out what that means?
If you’re looking for a bit more action, the Harbourfront area is entertaining families on Monday with skating, dog sports demos (next door at PawsWay), bouncy castles, street-dancing performances, Olympians, arts and crafts, music, magicians…but none of that sounds like fun, does it? (All activities free!)
On the other hand, enjoying time together at home can be just as great! If you’re looking for quality time activities for home, consider the following ideas:
Building a board game
Make up your own theme, draw your template, design the cards, and then play as a family! (Added bonus of reading and writing practice, but don’t tell the kids!)
Sharing time in the kitchen
Tie on the aprons and crack a cookbook- baking or cooking something delicious for a family meal is great quality time and will make everyone feel like a special contributor to the day. (Again, try reading those recipes together, or making notes as you go!)
However you choose to spend your Family Day, we hope you enjoy the bonus quality time- you deserve it!