Top Activities for Families on Family Day

Let’s face it: most of us live hectic, on-the-go lifestyles. Juggling day-to-day responsibilities like important meetings, presentations, sports practices and dance rehearsals can sometimes make it difficult to slow down. Sounds like you? No problem! We’ve put together the top four things to do together this Family Day.

 

CN TOWER

 

This Family Day, you can feel like you’re on top of the world – or at least the top of Toronto. The CN Tower’s LookOut Level is perched 346 meters (1,136 feet) above the city, and with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window walls, it boasts spectacular views.

 

One level below is an all-new glass floor, installed directly above the original, which was installed in 1994. This adrenaline-rushing experience offers a vertical view 346 meters straight down!

 

Did you know you can save 25% by taking advantage of the Family Pass? This consists of two adult general admission tickets and two child general admission tickets. This package offers access two observation levels, including the LookOut Level, Glass Floor and EdgeWalk.

 

The family pass is only available for purchase online and must be redeemed by March 31, 2019.

 

FAMILY FUNDAY WEEKEND AT ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

 

If you’re looking for an interactive and educational experience to engage in this weekend, then look no further!

 

From story time and arts and crafts to Wildzone Workshops and musical performances, The Royal Ontario Museum is inviting you to join in a world of excitement.

 

Performances range from Renaissance and Baroque to 19th Century Character Dance. This family-friendly program will also include Flamenco dancing and some beautiful songs by Mozart. Opera Atelier’s founding co-artistic Director, Marshall Pynkoski, will provide the educational and entertaining commentary.

 

While family festivities take place all weekend, these special performances will take place on Monday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will run for 40 minutes.

 

SKATING AT ONTARIO PLACE 

 

With extended holiday hours and a wide range of activities, Ontario Place is bringing families together this weekend.

 

Skating is one of the most popular winter activities, so why not join in the skate parties? Skate the night away while live DJs spin tunes for visitors of all ages. Later, cozy up near the bonfire and warm up with a steam cup of hot chocolate.

 

Despite winter being gloomy and dark, Ontario Place is also bringing some light back to those cold, sunless days with the Winter Light Exhibition. Utilizing creativity, innovation, light and discovery, creators from all artistic streams will showcase their exhibits following the curatorial theme of “Disruptive Engagement.”

 

Looking for an indoor experience? Hit the world’s first permanent IMAX® theatre! This weekend they are showing:

 

  1. Inception: The IMAX Experience – Friday, February 15 to Monday, February 18
  2. Iron Giant (Signature Edition) – Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18
  3. A Beautiful Planet – Monday, February 18

 

For show times, please visit: http://ontarioplace.com/en/cinesphere/

 

HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

 

Are you a family of hockey fans? Then treat your kids to the ultimate VIP status at the Hockey Hall of Fame this Family Day.

 

Greeted with a free gift, kids will have the opportunity to play within the five interactive zones, where they can try their hand at goaltending, shooting, play-by-play calling and even host their own sports broadcast. Don’t forget to snap a photo with the Hockey Hall of Fame mascot, Slapshot, and the iconic Stanley Cup!

 

The VIP experience doesn’t end there. Present your Hockey Hall of Fame receipt at The Bottom Line to receive a free kids meal!

 

Please note: The VIP experience is available on Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only. Rules and restrictions apply.

Moving During the Canadian Winter

Moving has been universally acknowledged as one of the hardest things to do. Moving during the winter is considerably much tougher. With Canadian winters being wildly unpredictable, there are a few things you’ll want to consider long before moving day.

 

Pack for Extreme Temperatures

 

Did you know you should pack your possessions differently in the winter months than you would if you were moving in the summer? The reason for this is, of course, temperature. Items such as plates, glasses and even wood furniture are susceptible to breaking when exposed to freezing temperatures. Just as we double up on the layers, be sure to double pack your possessions to keep your belongings protected! Using thick blankets can help ease the transition from the extreme temperatures outdoors to the warmth of your new apartment. Electronics are also sensitive to moisture and extreme temperatures. Be sure to pack these last and transport them in your car.

 

 

Hire Professionals

 

Moving in the winter is no easy chore, but you can make it less stressful. By hiring a moving company to load, transport and unload your possessions, you’ll greatly reduce the hassle and frustration of trying to do it all yourself. Moving companies are trained to handle wintery conditions, they’ll know how best to wrap your items to protect them from the cold and they are equipped to deal with any challenges that may come up.

 

 

Weather Conditions

 

While it may sound like common sense, sometimes when you’re tasked with an all-mighty to-do list, it’s the little things that often get overlooked. Be sure to check the weather network to keep up-to-date regarding any storms or weather conditions. Expect road closures, allow yourself longer travel times and most importantly, be flexible!

 

 

Get an Early Start

 

When the weather is cold and bleak, it can be hard to get motivated. By getting an early start, you can take advantage of the daytime hours, which will reduce the risk of getting hurt when it’s slippery or dark. It also provides more time to iron out any hiccups, should something not go quite as planned. You can also call it an early night before it gets too dark – or too cold!