Now seriously! This weekend is quite packed with holidays. It's Ontario Family Day on Monday February 17th, which means it's a long weekend, it's also Valentines Day and Heritage Day! Don't know what to celebrate? How about all 3 and we'll help you along!
If an overnight family getaway is what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. With so many great winter activities like skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, fat biking, snow tubing and so many more it's easy to find packages that contain something for active kids. For those families who like to take things slower, there are getaways for that too that include wagon rides, bonfires, fireworks, crafts and a ton of coziness and relaxation.
Many of the resorts north of Toronto have been around for a long time, some even more than a 100 years. Visit a heritage resort and teach your kids some of Ontario's history.
Here's a list of our favorite featured events perfect for you and the kids this Family Day Weekend!
This weekend's 'PLAY LIST'...
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA:
These events are within 1-3 hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be within proximity or close to many of Ontario's 'cottage country'.
The 2014 Season of Winter Carnival Celebrations is quickly running out! If you're Canadian or visiting Canada, come see how much there is to celebrate about winter with activities like dog sledding, tobaggoning, skating, snow mobiling and so many many classic and new activities that make winter fun.
This weekend's carnivals and festivals:
Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival
Bon Soo Winter Carnival Sault Ste. Marie
Barry's Bay Timberfest
Wasaga Beach Snowman Mania
Haliburton Frost Festival
Voyageur Winter Carnival
Dryden Winter Festival
Outdoor physical activity has so many benfits for kids and families. Sometimes it might be hard to get out there but you're always glad you did.
Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.
Read our Tips for Fishing with Kids
SNOW VALLEY RESORT
Celebrate winter with your family at Snow Valley. Choose from a great variety of outdoor recreation activities. There is truly something for every member of the family. Fun for all ages activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing and they also offer lessons, as well as racing and school programs.
* SATURDAY * Valentine's Day at Snow Valley Resort!
Love it or hate it, Linzi invites you to Snow Valley Resort in Barrie, Ontario for Valentine's, and breaks down the best and worst Valentine's gifts! p.s. If you don't like Valentine's, then grab your friends for a night of fun!
*It's FEBRUARY FUNFEST AT SKI AND PLAY* Sunday evenings between 4pm and 6pm througout February. For ages 3-5, introduction to skiing and indoor play. Registration begins at 3:30.
Rediscover winter fun in Ontario this season at Horseshoe Resort. With 26 runs, a terrain park and 35 km of groomed Nordic ski trails, Horseshoe has your ski and snowboard needs covered! A variety of activities await you this Winter season at Horseshoe Resort's Adventure Park such as snow tubing and fat biking!
* SATURDAY * MOONLIGHT SKI
Join Horseshoe Resort for a fun and unique moonlight Nordic ski experience on January 18th, as we guide guests through the beautiful Copeland Trails.
HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
Hardwood is a full service nordic ski centre providing trails for all levels of skiers or snowshoers. They are open seven days a week and offer rentals, retail nordic ski, lessons, cafe and children's programs.
* SUNDAY * MARAGARITAVILLE
Margaritaville is fun for all ages! With music, food & drink on the trails, come dress up in your favourite Hawaiian shirt and warm up in spirit. Not heading south this year? Head north to ski with us 'beach style'. Caribbean music will be playing, plus you can get Caribbean Food and Drink available in the Cafe .....and on the trail. Wear your Hawaiian or Caribbean shirts and hats. This Event supports Haitian Relief and volunteers will be taking donations. Come out and have some mid-winter fun!
Also check out their Super Sochi Sale! Great deals to be had on equipment, gear and clothes.
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~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~
SCENIC CAVES NORDIC CENTRE
Winter activities include groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and traversing 420 feet over Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge. See natural Ontario forrest as a beautiful winter wonderland!
* SATURDAY * Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures * (6pm-8pm).Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Our professional guides lead you on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Beautiful trails wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees and spectacular lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. No experience is required and the pace is moderate. Night hikes are recommended for ages 8-10 and older.
SKIING & ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Click here for the latest snow conditions. Be a part of our biggest winter ever with new terrain in the Orchard – six new trails to be exact – and a brand new high-speed chairlift. The increased terrain brings the total skiable acres to 364 with a grand total of 42 trails – the most at any resort in Ontario.Check out the Kids at Blue Programs including the Burton Riglet Park! Friday is the official Grand Opening of The Orchard!
BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE - ACTIVITY CENTRAL
Activity Central is your source for the region’s and the resort’s best year-round activities! Pure adrenaline or simple serenity, we have activities to suit every interest and budget! Currently selling Scandinave Spa packages, Wine tasting, Caving tours and gearing up for winter with Snowmobile tours, snowshoeing and the list goes on.
** There’s no better way to spend Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village! Gather the family for a weekend of active adventure and entertainment. Skate under the stars, watch birds of prey fly overhead, tour the Village by Horse & Wagon and enjoy our Fireworks display! **
Stay in COLLINGWOOD HOTELS
SIR SAM'S SKI & BIKE
Sir Sam’s hosts twelve main runs and a view from the top that is only matched by the view of the slopes from the chalets panoramic windows and outdoor sun deck. Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere.Sir Sam's Super Savings Sunday : Ski/Board every Sunday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 for only $25.00! (Rentals only $15.00). Excellent opportunity to try out the sport . Breakfast served from 9:00-2:00.
* ALL WEEKEND * FAMILY DAY WEEKEND
Family Day Weekend including Monday, February 17, 2014 Make Sir Sam's your family playground for the weekend or a day on the slopes . For decades, family traditions have been made at Sir Sam's & this weekend has already become an annual tradition for many. Join us for deck barbeques, tasty treats & maybe even a sighting of Sammy the St Bernard, our famous mascot .
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
DOWNTOWN SHOPS AND DOCKS
Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids and check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.
MIDLAND CULTURAL CENTRE
Drop in to see what's going on or visit our website for the latest programs. Cafe Roxy is open for hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, light meals and snacks, wine and beer. Open Mic at the Cafe on Saturday.
SKI & SNOWSHOE TRAILS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times.
* THURDAY * Afterhours Sweetheart Ski & Snowshoe
Come and discover the Wye Marsh after hours and bring a friend for FREE! Ski or snowshoe the trails by moonlight then warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Headlamps are recommended and ski and snowshoe rentals are available for an extra cost. Trails are open to 9pm, last admission is 7pm.
* MONDAY * FAMILY PLAY DAY
HURONIA FOOD TRAIL
You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail.
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Install the 400eleven.com and 411ontariokids.com APP
This APP conveniently lists events, last minute getaway links, Thing To Do and other fun travel north of Toronto related information. When on the move, this is an easy way to see what's going on! Great for cottagers, day trippers and getaway travellers and even locals! The APP is available from iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon, you can find links here ~
Have a Happy and Safe Family Day!