If you live in Ontario, a snow day isn’t the way you wanted to jumpstart your weekend. With one of the biggest snowfalls of the year today, many buses, schools and colleges have cancelled service and this has left parents scrambling for what to do.
Here are some great ways to keep the kids entertained on snow day until the weather clears up.
A truly Canadian tradition, you can roll out the sled that has been taking up space in your garage or even use an old laundry basket. It’s both free and fun. Suggested sled spots include Trinity Bellwoods (155 Crawford St., Toronto ON), High Park (Old Toronto, Toronto ON), Riverdale Park (201 Winchester St., Toronto ON) and Christie Pits (750 Bloor St. W., Toronto ON).
2. Ice Skating
If you’re looking for a place to skate, you’re in luck. Here’s a list of all the free rinks in Toronto. I just hope they are within walking distance!
3. Visit The Bata Shoe Museum
Sonja Bata has been collecting shoes since the 1940s and the Bata Family opened the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. W., Toronto ON) in 1995. There are shoes of every kind here. The walk of fame section shows footwear adorned by Donovan Bailey, Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Munroe and even John Lennon. There are more than 10,000 shoes, sandals and boots on display at the Museum and they span a range of 4500 years. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays , and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for children. There are also family pass options available. The best part is that it is located next to the St. George subway station so you don’t need to worry about driving and parking. Perfect for snow day! More information is available at batashoemuseum.ca
4. Check out The Power Of Harriet T!
A perfect option to educate your kids about Black History Month, the Young People’s Theatre’s new production The Power Of Harriet T chronicles the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Tubman escaped slavery when she was 30 years old and later went on to rescue hundreds of enslaved African Americans through a network of activists known as the Underground Railroad. She also worked as a Union spy during the U.S. Civil War. The play, written by Michael Miller is recommended for children from grades 4-8. Tickets range from $15-18 and the show runs until February 22. More information is available at youngpeoplestheatre.ca
5. The Ontario Science Centre’s Family Sleepover
A unique indoor camping experience for the whole family. The Ontario Science Centre’s (770 Don Mills Rd., Toronto ON) program includes an IMAX film, A DJ Dance party, an exploration of the Science Centre after dark, pizza for dinner and a boxed breakfast in the morning. There is a sleepover planned for tomorrow night. More information is available at OntarioScienceCentre.ca