Family Day events and what’s open and closed


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Ontarians mark another Family Day this weekend.

If you’re looking for something to do there are plenty of events happening in the region and around the GTA.

If you’re looking to get outdoors, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry say you can fish for free this Family Day weekend.

Kids are also free at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Up to a maximum of four youth (13yrs & under) will be admitted free with the purchase of one regular price adult admission.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is also holding Family Day weekend events.


Ajax is holding Winterfest on Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Audley Recreation Centre.

Highlights at Winterfest include an Elsa and Anna magic show, horse and wagon rides, inflatables and games.


In Pickering, Family Day Fun events are happening at Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex.

There will be swimming and skating, among other activities.


In Whitby, you can check out events happening on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Iroquois Park Sports Centre.

The Town says there will be face painting, a balloon artist, music and more.


In Oshawa, you can meet Lightning McQueen at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

There will be crafts and a scavenger hunt there.


The Clarington Library is holding its annual Winter Wonder Learn festival.

The Bowmanville Indoor Soccer Facility hosts a day of activities which includes a family fun fitness camp and family open play.

There is drop-in skating at the South Courtice Arena and drop-in swimming at the Diane Hamre Recreation Complex.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of snow and icy trail conditions, the Friends of Mac Johnson Wildlife Area has cancelled its Family Fun Day event.


Family Fun in Scugog is happening at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. on Monday.

There will be princess guests, inflatables, balloon making, face painting, a magic show and more.

What’s Open and Closed

You can expect the usual closures, including banks, government buildings and libraries.

Canada Post does not observe Family Day as a holiday, but you should check ahead for the hours at your local post office.

Many grocery stores will be closed, but again, you may wish to check ahead with your local store.

LCBOs and Beer Stores are expected to be closed for the provincial holiday.

Durham Region Transit will be operating on Sunday hours.

GO Transit will run on Saturday hours.

The TTC will run on a modified Sunday schedule, beginning around 6 a.m.

There will be no blue box collection on Monday. During the week of Family Day, homes in Oshawa and Whitby will have their recycling collection moved to the next day.

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