Winter weekends are so easy to plan. All it takes are skis or a snowboard and a short ride to the nearest resort and you’re ready to hit the slopes! However, if you’re looking for a change or if the freezing wind is too much to take this time, why not spend an afternoon in the city? February is packed with events and shows for young ones and their parents. So whenever you decide to sleep in and have a relaxed weekend in the city, we’ve got you covered.
Dates: February 16, 2014–February 17, 2014
Location: International Centre
Toronto Kids Fest is Heaven on Earth for young attendees. The venue offers 60,000 square feet of inflatable trampolines with designs including dinosaurs, ships, volcanoes, the deep sea, and a classic medieval castle. This unbelievable selection is finished off with an array of vendors, comedy stage shows, and a face painting booth. Unlimited all-day ride bands cost $25 for ages two and above, $15 for toddlers (one to two years), and $5 for adults. Children under one year of age have free admission, but with no rides included.
Dates: February 17, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre
Get closer to music at Music with Bite: Victory Quest! Grab some comfy cushions with your kids and find a place in the front row. Soon you’ll be embarking on a journey around the world! Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard master many different instruments of the percussion world. Join them as they discover the marimba, vibraphone, drums, gongs, and tambourines and show the countless options these instruments offer. Featuring many music genres — from the classics through pop and folk to movie and games soundtracks, the percussion duo will take your breath away.
Kids can meet the musicians and ask them questions after the performance while snacking on complimentary cookies and milk.
No registration is required, and the performance is free of charge for all ages. The event starts at 1 p.m. in the Brigantine Room of the York Quay Centre.
Dates: February 22, 2014–February 23, 2014
Location: Bloor-Yorkville B.I.A.
The ninth annual Bloor-Yorkville IceFest is said to bring summer back to town. Let palm trees, parrots, tropical fish, and flowers flood our frozen city, as “heatwave” was chosen as the main theme of the festival. You can marvel at the works of art from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
If, on the other hand, it’s crafts you admire, come to the 14th Annual Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition, starting on Saturday at noon. You’ll have a rare opportunity to watch ice carvers turning their visions into reality. You’re also invited to vote for the People’s Choice Sculpture between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Winners will be announced at 5:15 p.m. on the same day.
Throughout IceFest, both Cumberland and Bellair streets will be closed, and many other carving demonstrations will be taking place in the neighbourhood — together with a live DJ that will contribute to the fun atmosphere.