City of Toronto offers activities for a fun-filled Family Day

Posted on February 12, 2014

The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy Family Day on Monday, February 17 by taking advantage of a wide array of recreational activities, museums and other attractions.

“Family Day is a great opportunity to participate in programs and activities being offered throughout the city,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “Go for a skate, play some shinny or visit one of our museums. There is something for everyone in Toronto on Family Day.”

Outdoor skating
Family Day schedules for outdoor rinks and select indoor rinks vary and are available at or by calling 311. There is no charge for public skating at the City’s indoor or outdoor rinks. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under the age of six, and are recommended for skaters of all ages.

Shinny hockey
Supervised shinny hockey is available free of charge for various ages and skill levels. Family Day schedules for each city facility are available at or by calling 311. Some programs are gender specific. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory; full face masks are mandatory for participants under the age of 18. Neck and mouth guards are strongly recommended, along with other protective equipment. Participants must have their own gloves and stick.

Skiing and snowboarding 
Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre, located at 256 Centennial Park Rd., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre, located at 4169 Bathurst St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Rental equipment and lift passes are available for purchase. Families can take advantage of the “Adults Pay, Kids Play” offer from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Adults pay $24 each and up to two children under 18 years of age can ski or snowboard for free (rentals not included).

The use of a recognized ski or snowboard helmet is required for lessons and strongly recommended for other participants. More information is available at or by calling 311.

Make a splash at one of 10 City-run indoor pools open from 2 to 5 p.m. on February 17. Regular admission fees will apply: adult $2; child, youth and seniors $1 each; families $5.50. A list of locations is available at

Riverdale Farm
The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families are invited to visit the cows, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm cats. The farm is located at 201 Winchester St. and will offer indoor board games, sewing crafts with the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild and activities with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers. On Family Day drop-in activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free. More information is available at or by calling 311.

High Park Zoo 
Toronto’s oldest zoo is celebrating 120 years. Located on Deer Pen Rd., the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at or by calling 311.

Shared Path walk
The Shared Path, the newest of the City’s Discovery Walks, includes 15 km of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. More information is available at

The Discovery Walks program is 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available at

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort’s historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a memorable visit. Kids can participate in an 1812 drill class, officers’ sword drill and some old-fashioned games. Admission for adults is $7.96, seniors $3.81, youth $4.87, and children $3.76 (plus taxes). Free admission for children five and under. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)
Visitors can explore everything paper and pop-up at this one-room schoolhouse in North York. From Victorian times to modern day, see how paper and imagination can transform and delight. Everything paper includes silhouettes, paper-cut-outs, pop-up books, optical toys and paper dolls. Special guest Foldit Creations will lead origami lessons. Children can make a pop-up card to take home. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
In celebration of Black History Month, visitors will learn about the early black community in Toronto. Visitors can take home an important piece of journalism history by printing a copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Children can try illumination (colouring previously drawn and printed pictures), which was a popular practice in the 19th century. Admission for adults is $6.19, seniors and youth $3.54, children $2.65 (plus taxes). Free admission for children four and under. Open from noon to 5 p.m.

Montgomerys Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)
Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and Irish ceilidh from 2 to 3:30 p.m.Resident storyteller Nan Brien will share tales at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats over the fire. Admission for adults is $5.71, seniors and youth $2.86, children $1.90 (plus taxes). Open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
From Saturday through to Family Day, families can go on a scavenger hunt, try a craft, sample baked goodies and hot chocolate. Admission is pay what you can. Open from noon to 4 p.m.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
Visitors can experience the privileged world of the Austin children and the working-class lives of the chauffeur’s children who lived at Spadina House. Families can participate in games, school lessons and more. Tours take place at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $7.96, seniors and youth $5.75, children $4.87 (plus taxes). Free admission for children five and under. Open from noon to 5 p.m.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)
Families can learn about owls, explore 19th century historic homes, sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth and make owl-themed crafts. Admission for adults is $5.31, seniors and youth $3, children $2 (plus taxes). Open from noon to 4 p.m.

The City of Toronto operates 10 historic museums. More information is available at or you can follow the museums at and on Twitter @TOhistoricsites.

Other municipal facilities/services
City of Toronto-operated Child Care Centres and Children’s Services’ district offices are closed. Toronto Home Child Care Agency providers will offer service as usual.

All Toronto Public Libraries will be closed.

Some community recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Closure notices have been circulated in advance at those locations and will be posted at each site. Residents should call their local centre ahead of time to confirm if they will be open.

All City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate normally.

The Toronto Zoo will be open as usual from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 17. More information about activities at the zoo is available at

The TTC will be operating its holiday schedule on Monday, February 17. The holiday schedule has the same operating times as on a Sunday, with an earlier start time of 6 a.m. Any routes that do not normally operate on a Sunday will not operate on February 17. More information is available at

The Bloor-Danforth line will be closed from Warden to Kennedy stations from Saturday, February 15 to Monday, February 17 for scheduled track construction. Shuttle buses will operate between Warden and Kennedy stations with staff on hand to offer assistance. Customers requiring an accessible connection must exit at Victoria Park or Kennedy stations, where a Wheel-Trans vehicle will be available. Regular subway service will resume on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 a.m. More information is available at


Posted on February 12, 2014

The Toronto Police Service is currently looking for reliable people like you to work as SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS.

This position is ideal for stay-at-home parents or retirees. Successful applicants must not have a
criminal record, have good vision and be in good physical and mental health. They must be available to work morning, lunch and dismissal shifts, approximately 3 hours/ day. $13.54 per hour to start (includes 12% travel and 4% vacation).

Please call 416-808-1235 or email to arrange an interview.

King-Dufferin Park Improvements: Community Meeting – February 18th, 2014

Posted on February 12, 2014

King Dufferin Parkette and Meeting location

I would like to invite you to a community meeting with City of Toronto Parks staff to discuss the expansion of King-Dufferin Park.

The City has approved the acquisition of 248- 250 Dufferin Street for parkland. This means the expansion of the King-Dufferin Parkette southward, increasing its size and services.

Local parkland assessment shows that the South Parkdale area has some of the lowest levels of parkland in the city. The acquisition of new property for the purpose of urban green space is a top priority.

Join us to voice your vision for this space.

W e are looking forward to continuing the process of building our community a new park.


Tuesday, February 18th, 2013
06:30PM – 08:00 PM
at the Holy Family School – Library
141 Close Avenue


A further update on Dufferin Street Bridge

Posted on February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014

Given a few unanticipated project issues, and the extreme cold weather in recent weeks, the project schedule has been delayed by a couple of weeks.

Staff were originally hoping to have the road opened in February, but now we are planning for March.

The road bridges are scheduled to be installed this coming weekend during overnight (Saturday and Sunday 1am to 4am) closure of the tracks. The method will be the same as was used for the pedestrian bridge installation so we do not expect very much noise associated with the operations. There will be lights used to illuminate the area.

It is important to note that the road is still a few weeks away from opening. Unlike the pedestrian bridge, the road will NOT be opened the morning after the bridges are installed. We still have to re-grade the approaches, install protection systems, and reinstate lighting. These operations will take a few weeks, and some are weather dependent. We are anticipating that the road will be re-opened by the end of March, 2014.

Thank you for your continued patience.

February 2014