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February 11, 2013
City of Toronto's activities for a fun Family Day on February 18
The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy this year's Family Day on Monday, February 18 by making the most of the City's recreational activities, museums and other attractions.

"There are a number of fantastic Family Day activities for families to take part in across the city this year," said Mayor Rob Ford. "I encourage everyone to get out, be active and take advantage of some of the programs the City offers."

City of Toronto municipal childcare centres, libraries and some community recreation centres will be closed on the Family Day holiday. The Toronto Zoo will be open. All City of Toronto emergency services and 24-hour operations will continue to be provided.

Details about Family Day recreational activities and museum programming follow.

Outdoor skating
Family Day schedules for outdoor rinks and select indoor rinks vary and are available at or by calling 311. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under six years of age, and are recommended for skaters of all ages. There is no charge for public skating at indoor or outdoor rinks.

Shinny hockey
Supervised shinny hockey is available free of charge for different ages and skill levels. Family Day schedules vary at each facility and some programs are gender-specific. Schedule details are available at and by calling 311.

CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for all shinny hockey participants and full face masks are also mandatory for all participants under the age of 19. The use of neck and mouth guards is strongly recommended, along with other protective equipment. Participants must have their own gloves and stick.

Skiing and snowboarding
Both of Toronto's ski and snowboard centres will be open for public skiing and snowboarding on Family Day. Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open from noon to 9:30 p.m. Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (416-394-8754) is located at 256 Centennial Park Rd., inside Centennial Park. The Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre (416-395-7931) is located at 4169 Bathurst St., inside Earl Bales Park.

At Earl Bales, a $2.3-million investment is improving the customer experience. Participants are reaching the top of the hills faster this season with a new four-person chairlift. Indoors, rental equipment and lift passes are available for purchase all day.

The two ski and snowboard centres offer "Adults Pay, Kids Play" from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Adults pay $23.25, and up to two children under 18 years of age can ski or snowboard for free (rentals not included).

For the beginner aged eight and older, a two-hour group Introduction to Skiing and Snow Boarding lesson is available for $44. The lesson involves an instructor with a group of four to six participants. Each person receives a lift pass, rental equipment and a lesson with a certified instructor. Registration for the lesson can be made in advance by calling the preferred location to check on openings.

The use of a recognized ski or snowboard helmet for lessons is required and is strongly recommended for other participants.

For information about the Toronto Ski and Snowboard Centres, call 311 or visit

Make a splash at one of 10 City-run indoor pools open between 2 and 5 p.m. Regular admission fees will apply on Family Day: child, youth and older adult $1, adult $2 and family $5.50. A list of locations is available at

Riverdale Farm
Animal lovers are invited to visit the cows, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm cats at Riverdale Farm on Family Day. In addition, the farm will offer indoor board games, sewing craft with the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild, and activities with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers. Drop-in activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The farm, located at 201 Winchester St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and activities are free. More information about the farm is available by calling 416-392-6794 or visiting

High Park Zoo
Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year round from 7 a.m. to dusk, including on Family Day. For more information, call 311 or visit

Shared Path walk
The Shared Path - the newest of the City of Toronto's Discovery Walks - includes 15 kilometres of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto's outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available to download at

Most of the City's recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Exceptions are those that are designated swimming or skating locations for their district. Details:

Events and activities at seven of the City of Toronto museums offer Torontonians a historic, cultural, educational and fun way to celebrate Family Day.

Selected details are provided below. More detailed Family Day information can be found at

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Families can explore Toronto's history while visiting the Fort's historic kitchen and sampling some traditional baking from the hearth. Regular admission applies: adults $7.96, seniors $3.81, youth $4.87, children $3.76 (plus tax), children five years and under are free. Family Day hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)
At the one-room Zion Schoolhouse in North York, visitors can explore everything paper and pop-up. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Family Day hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
In celebration of Black History Month, visitors will be able to learn more about the early black community in Toronto, including newspapers of the day. Mike Ford, formerly of Moxy Früvous, will share his songs and children can try illumination - colouring previously drawn and printed pictures. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors $3.54, youth $2.62, children $2.65 (plus tax). Admissions is free for children four and under. Family Day opening hours: noon to 5 p.m.

Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue)
Maureen O'Leary of Maureen's Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop at 2 p.m. and then host an Irish ceilidh gathering at 4 p.m. Resident storyteller Nan Brien will share tales at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats over the fire. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors and youth $2.86, children $1.90 (plus tax). Family Day hours: 1 to 5 p.m.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
Families can join fun activities such as pioneer crafts, a scavenger hunt and wood stove baking. Hot chocolate will be available. Admission is pay what you can. Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
At Spadina Museum, hands-on tours will give visitors opportunities to experience the luxurious world of the Austin children and the working-class lives of the chauffeur's children. Families can engage in toys, games, school lessons and more. Kid's Life tours will start at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Regular admission applies, with children five and under having free admission. Family Day hours: noon to 5 p.m.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (bottom of Pottery Road)
Families can take tours to learn about owls, explore 19th-century historic homes and sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth. Guests can make their own owl-theme crafts. Admission fees: adults $5.31, children $2, students/seniors $3 (plus taxes). Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.

The City of Toronto operates 10 historic museums that work collectively to inspire passion for the city. More information is available at
or you can follow the museums at and on Twitter @TOhistoricsites.

Other municipal facilities/services
The Toronto Zoo will be open as usual from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 18. More information about activities at the zoo is available at

The TTC will provide holiday service on most of its routes on February 18. More information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Bob Langmaid
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