Free Family Day Weekend Activities At Harbourfront Centre

on February 14, 2013

Not sure what to do with your kids for the ‘Family Day’ long weekend? The Harbourfront Centre has plenty of fun and free Family Day weekend activities lined up.

In addition to two skating days at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay W., Toronto ON), here’s a complete rundown of the events that are happening for the Family Day Long Weekend that range from frolicking on Natrel Rink to your kids doing their best Rockwell impression in the Lego room.

Skating & Outdoor Activities:

Le Patin Libre
Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18
(Natrel Rink)
Performances at 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Le Patin Libre will amaze and dazzle visitors with short skating performances and interactive rink animation throughout the weekend. First-time skaters and experts alike will be invited to join the artists of Le Patin Libre in games and challenges.

Natrel Slo-Skate Zone
Sunday, Feb. 17 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. / Monday, Feb. 18 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Natrel Rink)

If you’re afraid that there are too many wannabe speed skaters on the ice who might scare your kids, The Natrel Slo-Skate Zone is a special area where little ones can try skating for the first time and move as slowly as they want.

Play Hockey Activities
Monday, Feb 18. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Natrel Rink)

Play Hockey will be back this year bringing several activities and family fun to the rink.

DIY Snow Castle
Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Natrel Rink)
How fun does this sound? Every time the Olympia ice resurfacer clears the rink, it creates a big pile of snow, begging to be sculpted and carved. Forget sand castles, how cool is making your own snow castle. Spray bottles with coloured water are provided, so kids can paint the snow.


Street Dance Canada Competitions
Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18
12 p.m. / 2 p.m. / 4 p.m.
(Lakeside Terrace)

HarbourKIDS partners with Street Dance Canada to bring some of the best young performers in the country to Harbourfront Centre. A live DJ will be spinning some polar beats to groove to on the rink, and the whole thing will be hosted by the incredible award winning Sean Mauricette, aka Subliminal, a beat-boxer, DJ, lyricist and producer.

Arts & Crafts:

The Children’s Own Media Museum
Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(West Arcade)

Exploring the The COMM Experimental Portrait Studio

This mobile media museum is a place where kids can create their own portraits and become part of the museum ‘family’. Portraits can be drawn by hand on paper, on a touch-screen, taken with a camera, or taken with a camera and then manipulated in a photo program.

Artwork by Arts for Children and Youth
Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Marilyn Brewer Community Space)

Working with community partners, Arts for Children and Youth provide opportunities for children and youth in under-resourced communities and schools to engage meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education. It will be a showcase of art by some of the youngest artists around.

Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Marilyn Brewer Community Space)

Create your own masterpiece!

Theatre & Music:

Playback Theatre
Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18
2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.
(Miss Lou’s Room)

Miss Lou’s Room, is the storytelling hub of Harbourfront Centre and here you can tell some of your own creative tales. The best part is that there will be actors/facilitators who will act out your stories as you tell them. Afterwards they will give you a chance to respond.

Rapp Battlez a.k.a. Rhyme Times
Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb. 18 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
(Studio Theatre)

Adapted for kids, this rhyming showdown is a hilarious, off-the-wall mix of rap, comedy and spectacle. Watch as some of Canada’s most talented comics adopt big, bold characters, costumes, and of course rhymes. This 45 minute extravaganza is guaranteed to provide lots of laughs for everyone.

Music with Bite – Fiestango
Monday, Feb. 18 ONLY! English show at 1 p.m. / French show at 3 p.m. (Brigantine Room)

Three mischievous cousins receive a large trunk in the mail. Inside, they find all manner of amazing objects, including… an old diary belonging to the young and mysterious Mercedes. Just for fun, they decide to act out the story of Mercedes, who spent her life traveling with this trunk in tow, filling it with souvenirs. Immersing themselves in the narrative, the three cousins rediscover and invent their own fantastic adventures that lead them to learn about the history of the tango, a style of music and dance they adore.


Sock Polar Bears with Operation Sock Monkey
Two workshops ONLY: Sunday, Feb. 17 & Monday, Feb 18 from 2- 4 p.m. (Studio Lab 1)

This workshop includes a brief presentation on Operation Sock Monkey and the communities we serve. Then comes the fun part, making stuff! Two OSM Operatives will lead your group through the craft, providing step-by-step instruction and assistance. It takes approximately two hours to make a sock animal. Crafters 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. You can pre-register by emailing:

For complete event details and full schedule, the public can visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay and York Quay revitalization visit the Harbourfront Centre Website.