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There’s so much happening in Toronto this Family Day long weekend you can get whopped over the head with it.


family dayPhoto: Family Day Fest

Ignore the weather report, and head over to a massive 30,000 square feet of indoor fun, as Family Day Fest takes over Downsview Park. Over 20 rides and attractions such as Jumping Castles, Giant Slides and interactive entertainment.

(Family Fun Fest: Sat, Feb. 16 to Mon, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downsview Park Studio 3, 40 Carl Hall, 905-779-0422, $25-  unlimited rides).


Chinese New Year Carnival 2013 – direct from a China, this multi-disciplinary arts troupe kicks off its Canadian tour in Toronto – where acrobats and dancers perform in front of a live 42-member Chinese orchestra.

(Legends of China Chinese New Year Carnival, Sat, Feb. 16, shows at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St, tickets $34.50 & up)


Jump up, jump up and get down at Kids-Fest, a massive inflatable play area for kids with games, exotic animals and more.

(Kids-Fest, Sun, Feb. 17 and Mon, Feb. 18, International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, 905-779-0422, $8-adults, $25 – kids.)

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Free Stella and Sam Family Day concert! Enjoy the readings of author Marie-Louise Gay and the music of Emilie Mover at the Gladstone Hotel. (Mon, Feb. 18, shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, 416-531-4635, FREE – space limited.)

Step back in time and explore the fun of old-fashioned wooden toys at Toyland’s Family Fun Day.(Mon, Feb. 18, Toyland, 136 Main Street South, Newmarket, 905-953-5314, $3 plus donation of a non-perishable food item for the Newmarket Food Pantry.)

Free crafts, free movies and free hot chocolate (if you have a travel mug) at Queen’s Quay Terminal(Mon, Feb. 18, 12-4 p.m., Queen’s Quay Terminal, 207 Queen’s Quay West, 416-596-9821, FREE.)

Kids Art Gallery of Ontario -- brings you Art Explosion!

Kids Art Gallery of Ontario — brings you Art Explosion!

Kids take over the Art Gallery of Ontario, and transform it into the KGO (Kids Gallery of Ontario). Kids will stage their own exhibit, experiment with art creation, create a mural in Walker Court, and dance to a live DJ. (Mon, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, 416 979 6648, free for members, or cost of regular admission) Co-presented by AGO and Rec Room, the consulting arm of Bunch.

Families are invited to Old Navy for an afternoon of cool crafts, a dance party, and a special discount on purchases over $50. (Mon, Feb 18, 1-4 p.m., Old Navy, Queen’s Square, 177 North Queen Street  Etobicoke, ON. 416-622-6021. FREE) Brought to you by Rec Room, the consulting arm of Bunch.

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