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February 16, 2018

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Top 5 in the 6ix: What to do this Family Day weekend

The Family Day weekend has arrived! A full extra day off from work to enjoy with your family, friends, partner, or even by yourself. But, if you’re like us, you may be wondering how you should spend your extra long weekend. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of our top five activities that are taking place around Toronto this weekend. From dazzling light displays to Toronto’s newest skating destination, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Family Day long weekend.

1. Toronto Light Festival

The Distillery District – On now until March 12

light festival

Light up the night this weekend with dazzling displays in the Distillery District. Created with the goal of getting people out of the house to enjoy the outdoors in winter, the Toronto Light Festival features curated light installations and illuminated sculptures created by both local and international artists.  The event even features fire shows on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays! The second annual Toronto Light Festival is free to attend, and nightly light displays begin at sundown.

2. digiPlaySpace

TIFF Bell Lightbox – February 17 – April 22


Want to stimulate your child’s imagination and as they explore the creative and artistic possibilities of technology?  Opening just in time for Family Day, digiPlaySpace at TIFF Bell Lightbox is an interactive playground for kids that showcases hands-on games and installations from Canadian and international new media artists. Featuring interactive games, mind-bending augmented-reality installations, and innovative coding activities that showcase the creative potential of new technologies, this year’s installations will have your kids drawing, dancing and more! One of the coolest installations promises to be the Sketch Aquarium, which allows kids to draw their own sea creature and have it scanned and uploaded to a projected aquarium.

3. The Bentway Skate Trail 

Beside Fort York Visitor Centre – Open daily


Looking for a fun free activity to do with a friend, partner or your family? Why not go for a skate on the Bentway Skate Trail? Newly opened underneath the Gardiner Expessway on Fort York Blvd. between Strachan and Bathurst streets, the Bentway Skate Trail is a 720 foot long path. Open daily, the trail features rotating special programming including Friday night skate parties, pop-up skate instruction, ice breaking (ice break dancing) workshops and more! Family Day features a special event including family-friendly DJ sets, onsite giveaways and much more.

4. The Leslieville Flea Winter Market

The Fermenting Cellar (In the Distillery District) – February 18


Looking for a one of kind gift, or even just something for yourself? The Leslieville Flea is one of Toronto’s most popular curated markets, featuring vendors selling vintage finds, furniture, clothing, collectibles and antiques, plus a wide variety of artisan jewellery, art, and handcrafted goods. The flea markets take place in various locations across the city throughout the year, and the winter market is taking place in the Distillery District at the Fermenting Cellar. Make a day of it and check out the market before heading to the Toronto Light Festival!

5. Visit the WinterStations in The Beaches

The Beaches – February 19 – April 1


Now in its fourth year, WinterStations is an outdoor exhibition intended to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape by bringing temporary public art installations to The Beaches. An international design competition that creates shelters at lifeguard stands across The Beaches, creative installations were submitted by artists all over the world. The theme of WinterStations 2018 is RIOT, which is inspired by the current upheaval of the world we live in. Fittingly, one of this year’s winners is the “Pussy Hut,” a large knitted replica of the pussy hats worn by protesters in the Women’s March.

Have a great weekend!