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All in the Family this February 17

skateThere are so many events for kids and their families in and around Toronto that you’ll wish you had an entire week! Here are just a few.

Family Day at the Art Gallery – The AGO is exploding this Family Day with colourful interactive fun! Kids are asked to wear their favourite colour and join others to celebrate COLOUR – with music, movement and activities for the whole family!

Make paintings without paint, get popping in the famous bubble wrap room, play with light and shadow, make an emoji face mask, watch kid friendly films, and end the day with a memory in front of the colourful selfie wall.

Toronto Light Festival at the Distillery – Head to the Distillery District at sundown to enjoy light art by local and international artists on display. The free outdoor festival runs until March 1st and is open daily from sundown to 9 pm (Sundays to Wednesdays) and 10 pm (Thursdays to Saturdays).

Fort York – Explore the past of Toronto by touring a historic kitchen and sampling baking from the hearth. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, officers’ sword drill and some old-fashioned games. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire complete the experience. Free admission all day.

Free Skating – There’s lots of skating choices around the city, and there’s nothing quite like being outside to enjoy winter rather than fight it! toronto.ca/skate

Bentway Trail – The Bentway trail is located under the Gardiner Expressway right by Fort York Visitor Centre between Strachan Ave. and Bathurst St. Skate rentals available. thebentway.ca

Evergreen Brick Works – There are plenty of outdoor activities to do with the family at Evergreen Brick Works. Free skating, Children’s Garden, Brewer’s Backyard, “The Game of Ice & Fire” to name a few. Bring along your own skates, hiking poles and bikes. Rental options are also available on-site.

Canada’s Hockey “Cathedral” – Bring your family and friends for a free skate at the former Maple Leaf Gardens – the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Family Day, 11 am – 1 pm.

Winter Stations – Winter Stations is a public art installation, along The Beaches shoreline. The installation opens Family Day and features works from the winners of the International Design Competition and celebrates Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape.

Niagara Falls – A great day trip to see the spectacular falls in the winter. Niagara Falls is full of fun and adventure during the winter months, with several indoor waterparks, climate controlled ferris wheels, aviaries, butterfly conservatories, and Stanley Street, fun-filled with museums and arcades.