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Fun events for Family Day, what's open & closed

Last Updated Feb 17, 2020 at 5:50 am EDT

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With Valentine’s Day kicking off the Family Day long weekend, everyone’s gearing up for a cozy few days of spending time with loved ones. Here are some events around the city that will give you all the feels.


Brew it up this Family Day

Take the time out to step back and relax this family day at The Brewer’s Backyard. A distinctive line up of breweries like Big Rock Brewery, Black Oak Brewing Co., The Indie Alehouse, Great Lakes Brewery, Mascot Brewery and Steam Whistle Brewing will be serving up some flavourful brews for all pallets, accompanied by some of the best eats in town.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 17 at the Young Welcome Centre and BMO Atrium areas of the Evergreen Brick Works, with free admission for all.

Winter Stations in 2020

Winter Stations is back in Toronto, keeping up the six-year long tradition of enchanting Torontonians with their interactive and futuristic design competition.

Held at Woodbine Beach, the exhibit runs from Feb. 17 to March 30.

The competition receives design submissions from people all over the world and participants must design temporary winter art installations which incorporate lifeguard towers along the beach that aren’t used in the winter.

This year’s four winners hail from Austria, U.K., Spain and Canada.

Explore the Science Centre 

The Ontario Science Center is organizing a several events this family day — from oversized versions of classic games like Jenga, Planetary Twister, Four in a Row and Operation, to discovering the art of papermaking.

It’s fun for the whole family and tests teamwork and strategic thinking with some friendly competition thrown in for good measure.

Plus there are several other events to make science more fun! Click here for more details.

Whats open and closed on Family Day


The TTC will operate on holiday service with subway starting at 6 a.m.

GO Transit will have Saturday service.


Most of the city’s tourist attractions will be open:

  • Art Gallery of Ontario (10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Royal Ontario Museum (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • CN Tower (9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.)
  • Casa Loma (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Toronto Zoo (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)


Some grocery stores will remain open. It’s better to call your local store ahead of making a trip.


Some malls will remain open:

  • Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Eaton Centre (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Promenade (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Square One (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Toronto Premium Outlets (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Pacific Mall (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)



  • Banks and government offices will be closed.
  • Toronto Public Library branches are closed and there is no Bookmobile service.
  • The Beer Store and LCBO locations will be closed, but some LCBO Convenience Outlets may open during their regular hours where acceptable by local municipalities.
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