Family Day in Toronto is on February 21, 2022. Whether you’re an outdoorsy type who lives in their snowsuit or a homebody who’s tired of watching Netflix, we’ve gathered an eclectic list of Toronto-centric activities to make the most of the Family Day weekend. 

Enjoy unique dining experiences 

Gather the family and try some of these unique Toronto restaurants for a delicious and fun time. Young kids are bound to love the toilet-themed dessert spot, Poop Café, where you not only sit on a toilet, but you also eat out of them! 

Craving something less juvenile? Tweens, teens and adults will be entertained at Toronto’s geekiest bar, Storm Crow Manor. In addition to mind-boggling themed rooms, secret doors and glowing decor you can expect bubbling cocktails with mysterious names and a menu featuring comfort food that will warm you right up. 

Fancy pretending you’re living in the era of knights and fair maidens? Then make plans to visit Medieval Times where your family will not only cheer on opposing teams but also enjoy a four-course feast while watching knights and squires battle it out. 

Perhaps a Royal High Tea is what your family prefers. Then head over to Toronto’s castle, Casa Loma, for High Tea service on February 19 to 20 of the Family Day weekend. Guests of all ages can enjoy an over-the-top, classic British-inspired service featuring a range of delicious savoury and sweet offerings. Don’t worry, there are adult beverages for the parents too!

Bundle up and get fresh air 

It’s cold outdoors but there’s so much fun to be had. Add on those layers and get ready to explore the city no matter what mood you’re in. 

Looking to break a sweat? How about pushing your kids down the hills at Christie Pitts, Riverdale Park or Trinity Commons? All great spots for tobogganing! There are more than 20 toboggan hills in and around Toronto to choose from. Remember to always practice physical distancing, even while sledding, and to make sure hill conditions are ideal.

Or if you like to skate, choose from 54 city-run skating rinks or one of the beloved neighbourhood skating rinks. There are also amazing winter workouts with scenic sights that the whole family will love, like snowshoeing on the Toronto Islands. (Yes, you can go to the Toronto Islands in winter.)

Link arms for a romantic stroll

Remember to bundle up this Family Day in Toronto because there’s plenty to explore no matter which neighbourhood you decide to explore. If you’re motivated outdoors purely in the search of food, I recommend a romantic stroll in Yorkville where you can grab treats, coffee and city views. 

There are other perfect spots for a romantic stroll that will also keep your bellies happy. Consider complementing your stroll with this Soundtracks of the City playlist. Each neighbourhood has its own playlist, with songs by both global and Canadian artists with strong ties to Toronto neighbourhoods and communities.

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is here and with that comes an exciting lineup of entertainment that celebrates Black creativity.

Toronto Black Film Festival celebrates 10 years with 200 films from 30 countries, 11 market panels and nine live performances from February 16 to 21. All screenings are taking place virtually so you can stay cozy indoors!

How about watching a movie at The Revue? On Family Day, commemorate the life and legacy of the late human rights advocate and icon with a 30th-anniversary screening of MALCOLM X.

As part of Habourfront Centre’s Kuumba, Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration, you can buy tickets to a unique virtual presentation of South African dance called Via Kanana. 

Marvel at these animal encounters

At the Toronto Zoo, families can enjoy over 10 km of wintery trails and visit the Canadian and Tundra animals in their natural winter habitats. Don’t worry, there are tropical indoor pavilions to warm up at as well!  

You can also get up close and personal with the Great Whales at the Royal Ontario Museum. Or perhaps you’d like to embrace the soothing views at Ripley’s Aquarium where the jellies and other creatures are excited to SEA you! 

For those looking to enjoy the fresh air while sneaking in a stroll, swing by Riverdale Farm. This turn of the century Ontario farm is open all year long and kids can see many farm animals even in the winter. 

Attempt to escape 

If you enjoy games and puzzles, Toronto is home to many escape rooms. Each one weaves unique storytelling elements into its game. Captive Rooms offers games for those 13 and older while Dream Escapes caters to the older crowd and has a cocktail lounge as well. If you’re looking to be spooked, the Butcher’s Room at Round About calls your name.