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Family Day 2010

What's Open on Family Day:

All of Toronto's family-friendly attractions will be open, and most have special activities and admission deals. Movie theatres are open, and live stage performances continue as usual (although a number of live theatres usually close on Mondays, so double check any show you're interested in). If you'd like to shop, the Eaton Centre will be open as will many stores in the surrounding Downtown Yonge area.

What's Closed on Family Day:

Before the holiday hits you should stock up on food, books, and -- if you're planning a day of writing letters to faraway loved ones -- stamps.

Libraries, banks, liquor and beer stores, post offices, City of Toronto offices, schools, daycares and many grocery stores will be closed on the third Monday of February. Malls and most other retail outlets outside of Toronto will all be closed on Family Day as well, including Square One in Mississauga.

Getting Around on Family Day:

The TTC will be running on a Holiday Schedule. This means the buses, streetcars and subways will be running as if it was Sunday, except service will begin around 6am -- much earlier than Sunday service. GO Transit will be pretending it's a Saturday,

Things to Do on Family Day:

The beauty of Family Day is that as soon as you spend time with family, you're automatically celebrating. You can stay home together, visit other families, have a big dinner, head out to a park -- the options are really endless. But if you are looking for something more structured to do, consider the events below and check back for further updates as Family Day approaches.

Visit Toronto Attractions Over the Family Day Long Weekend:

Special events and admission discounts for 2010 include:
  • As it's also Valentine's Day weekend, from Friday to Monday the Toronto Zoo is offering free admission to children 12 and under who bring a Valentine for their favourite insect (Love Bugs!). Maximum two free child admissions for every paying adult.
  • Casa Loma's special Monday events include "Tea Time for Teddy Bears" for younger children and family archery lessons (register in advance).
  • The Hockey Hall of Fame is offering free admission to seniors 65+ on Monday, plus will be giving out a variety of contest prizes throughout the day.

Family Day at Local Museums:

In 2010 enjoy the following special events at Toronto's historical museums (regular admission fees apply):
  • Colborne Lodge - "Pretend to be a member of the Howards’ 1870s household", play with 19th century toys and prepare cookies on Saturday and Sunday, Noon - 4pm
  • Fort York - Tours and old-fashioned hot chocolate on Monday, 10am - 3pm
  • Gibson House - Drop-in for treats and crafts during "Family Day Discovery" on Monday, Noon - 4:30pm

All information can be found at toronto.about.com

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