Where to Spend Family Day 2023 in Toronto
For lovers of art and design, there’s plenty to explore this Family Day long weekend in the city
This long weekend is all about family. To enjoy some downtime with your loved ones, here are our picks of the best places to visit in Toronto this Family Day 2023 long weekend.
A site for public art installations and vogue balls during the warmer months turns into something of a winter wonderland once temperatures drop. The Bentway’s 220-metre-long skate trail under the Gardiner Expressway will be open for its final Winter run this Family Day, February 20. If you’ve yet to take advantage of this fun and family-friendly outdoor activity, hop to it this long weekend.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Winter programming at The Power Plant has officially begun. Along with a variety of exhibits on display, this Family Day long weekend will showcase a new iteration of Power Kids: the series of free creative workshops for children led by skilled and dynamic artist-educators. On February 19, the Power Kids: Our Story workshop will showcase the art and process of Amartey Golding.
More than 40 ice sculptures will take over the streets of Yorkville this weekend in part of the neighbourhood’s annual IceFest. On February 18 and 19, the surreal walkway will feature an ice lounge, carving demonstrations and a marketplace to grab treats on the go. Open until 11 pm, an evening segment brings the sculptures to life and they light up in vibrant colours as part of the festival’s light display.
Who says the beach is only for the summer? Celebrating its seventh year of bringing the international design and art community to the shores of Woodbine Beach, Winter Stations is back and just in time for Family Day 2023. The exhibition will showcase the works of eight winning design teams whose unique art installations incorporate the beach’s strategically placed lifeguard towers.
Pop-Up Photo Studio @ the AGO
Inspired by the exhibition You Look Beautiful Like That: Studio Photography in West and Central Africa (currently showing in Gallery 249), Toronto lens-based artist Roya DelSol will photograph families, friends and loved ones in a pop-up studio this Family Day from 11 am to 1 pm. Participants will be able to take home their Polaroid keepsakes, so get ready to strike a pose!
Bathurst and Front’s mixed-use public market made of repurposed shipping containers is home to a vast calendar of year-long programming and events. This Family Day, pop by Stackt Market to explore the one-day-only vendor Family Day market, chocolate s’mores huts, a Black History Month art gallery and more.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Families and kids at heart can make their way to TIFF Bell Lightbox on February 20 for a day of special programming. Just for Family Day, the theatre will be screening a 50th anniversary showing of Charlotte’s Web alongside classics like Kiki’s Delivery Service and The Sandlot.
Royal Ontario Museum
Included with admission from February 18 to February 20, visitors can enjoy enhanced weekend activities from a nature-inspired design class to a museum-wide hike of the ROM. Inspired by the current exhibition, Canadian Modern, participants and invited to collaborate, ideate, and innovate with exciting design-focused activities that will help educate on the ways we can reduce our impact on urban wildlife.