February on the Cheap! 2016

Kids get in Free at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Family Day

Thanks to Family Day and Winter Carnivals, February is loaded with free events for families to enjoy! Here's a list of free or cheap activities, events, performances, festivals and other things to do with kids throughout the month, that won't cost anything (or very little.)

DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront
Until Feb 20, 2016
DJ Skate Nights promises a musical journey that spans eras – taking you back in time to funk, soul, R&B, jazz, disco and so much more. Free admission.
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in February
Hit the trail with the friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteers and staff on an urban wilderness adventure! February is the month when we begin to feel the longer days are real. Get out for a natural hit of Vitmain D with us! There's an outing for everyone! Free admission.
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Cineplex Family Favourites for February
Saturdays in February
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family! 
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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2016
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE!
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Skating at the Shops at Don Mills
Until Mar 31, 2016 - 10:00 am until 9:00 pm
Lace up your skates and take a twirl on CF Shops at Don Mills’ very own skating oval. Bring your friends and family out for some fun in the fresh air...all for FREE!
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Kuumba at Harbourfront
Feb 5, 2016 to Feb 7, 2016
Join us as Kuumba 2016 explores the theme of “Black Like We” through music, discussion, comedy, dance and family activities for all ages. Building on over 20 years of tradition, Kuumba has sparked discourse and conversation around current and historical debates within the African-Canadian community. Free.
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Richmond Hill Winter Carnival
Feb 5 to 7, 2016
The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival is a weekend of affordable fun and entertainment organized by volunteers to celebrate the community of Richmond Hill in a welcoming atmosphere. Bookmark February 5, 6 and 7 for some family fun. Carnival weekend highlights include a Viking village, ice carving, face painting, kids rides, pony rides, Sunday morning pancake breakfast, and much more! Free.
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Chinese New Year Origami & Puppet Show
Feb 6, 2016 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Join us at Lillian H. Smith branch for a fun afternoon of Chinese New Year festivities to celebrate the Year of the Monkey! This month's STORYgami session will celebrate the Year of the Monkey. All children and teens are welcome to come and fold with the U of T Origami Club. Free.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
Feb 6, 2016 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Free admission.
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Newmarket Winterfest
Feb 6 to 7, 2016
Celebrate winter at this annual festival that features two days of fun winter activities across Newmarket. Try new activities, foods and enjoy live music. Admission is free, with a minimal fee for some activities, food and drinks. Food donations are appreciated.
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Barrie Winterfest
Feb 6 to 7, 2016
Named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the Winter season with adventures that the whole family will enjoy. Outdoor activities include a polar bear swim, horse drawn wagon rides, dog-sled rides, mini-tube run, lumberjack shows, giant snow slide, ice maze, and more. The Festival of Ice features 300 pound blocks of ice carved into spectacular, themed sculptures. The February Blues Festival features great music in venues throughout Barrie and neighbouring communities. Free admission.
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Power Kids: What's In An Image?
Feb 7, 2016 - 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Inspired by Leslie Hewitt's exhibit Collective Stance at The Power Plant, this workshop draws inspiration from Hewitt's lithographs, sourced from Civil Rights era photographs housed at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Participants will experiment with perspective by constructing paper viewfinders and then selecting photograph fragments from newspaper and magazine images and use their imaginations to create a new story. Free.
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FREE After School Yoga Class with Yogi Frogz!
Feb 10, 2016 - 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Our program is expanding and we would like to invite you to come and try our AFTER SCHOOL YOGA CLASS. In children's yoga, young yogis are introduced to healthy movement and are invited to participate in stories, songs, and many more engaging activities. In this free class we'll be doing yoga and exploring the book WHAT I SEE, I CAN BE by yoga teacher and primary school teacher Janet Williams. Free admission.
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Build and Grow Clinics at Lowe's
Feb 13, 2016
Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Recommended: For children from grades two to five. What Kids Will Take Home: The toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron and goggles. On February 13 make a Valentine's Day Picture Frame. Free admission.
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Family Day Program at Ontario Legislative Building
Feb 13, 2016 - 10:00 am until 2:30 am

Join us for a family friendly tour at Ontario’s Legislative Building on the Saturday of Family Day Weekend. During this 90 minute program, families will: Explore the historic Legislative Building, Participate in a scavenger hunt, Learn how Parliament works, Create a craft, Have fun, all for free!
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Family Day Fun Carnival at Kortright
Feb 13, 2016 to Feb 15, 2016 - 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
Enjoy nature hikes, snow-shoeing, face-painting, family activities and hot chocolate by a campfire. Admission is FREE for ages 15 and under.
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Family Days at Scarborough Museum
Feb 13, 2016 to Feb 15, 2016 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Join the museum for lots of fun activities for the whole family. Go on a scavenger hunt, try a craft, sample baked goodies and wash them down with some delicious hot chocolate. Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Ontario Family Fishing Events
Feb 13, 2016 to Feb 15, 2016

Introduce a friend to fishing! Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. The Ontario Government designates this period as license-free: February 13-15, 2016 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday). Free.
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Purina PawsWay's Valentine Event
Feb 14, 2016 - 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your love for your pet and family. Take part in themed pet programming, as well as a variety of kid friendly activities. Free admission.
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Family Sunday in The Beach
Feb 14, 2016 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Join us for our 9th Annual Family Sunday in The Beach! This year's theme is Fire and Ice! February 14th, bring the whole family along Queen Street East for all things Fire & Ice! Kicking off at noon at Kew Gardens, experience the Beach Village! From sculptures and interactive ice games, to Frozen character performances, bouncy castles, fire performers, stilt walkers, meet real firefighters, warm up in our warming stations and enjoy a ride in our vintage trolley! Don't miss out! Free admission.
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Arctic Adventure in Aurora
Feb 15, 2016 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Join family, friends and neighbours at Aurora's Arctic Adventure event happening on Monday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Aurora Town Park, located at Mosley and Wells Streets. Vendors will be selling BeaverTails®, hot dogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate and coffee.​​​ Choose from a host of family activities. Free admission.
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FREE Family Day Yoga Class with Yogi Frogz!
Feb 15, 2016 - 11:00 am
Happy Family Day! This class will be open to families with little ones crawling to 5 years of age. Family day is a special day for parents and children to spend time together and simply connect by being together. Why not try a family yoga class and share an hour of healthy movement, family activities, engaging connections and a little laughter. Parents and children are encouraged to bring water and wear non slip socks. Yoga mats are available onsite and will be shared for seated and resting activities. Free admission.
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RBC Family Skate in Ajax
Feb 15, 2016 - 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Sometimes good old family fun can help encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. So strap on your skates and join us as we wobble across the ice! Free admission.
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HarbourKIDS: Snowglobe
Feb 15, 2016 - 11:00 am until 5:00 pm

The Snowglobe is a magical world of winter encapsulated in a watery sphere of imagination. This Family Day, HarbourKIDS celebrates these traditional handheld snowstorms, offering you a chance to come inside and interact with our Snowglobe inspired installation. You’ll also have the opportunity to create your own fantasy world full of snow to take home. Bring the magic outdoors and whirl around by the lake on the Natrel Rink with our gracious hosts. Free.
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Family Day at Purina PawsWay
Feb 15, 2016 - 11:00 am until 5:00 pm

Celebrate Family Day at Purina PawsWay! Enjoy fun for the whole family including WoofJocks Canine All Star shows, Pockets the Clown, face-painting, giveaways  and more courtesy of Purina Dog Chow®! As always pets are welcome throughout Purina PawsWay's facility. Free!
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Kids FREE at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Family Day
Feb 15, 2016 - 10:00 am until 5:00 pm

Celebrate Family Day at the Hall where a thrilling experience awaits the entire family – simulation games, theatres, the greatest collection of hockey artifacts anywhere in the world, and best of all, hands-on access to hockey’s Holy Grail, the Stanley Cup. Up to a maximum of 4 youth (13yrs & under) will be admitted FREE with the purchase of one regular price adult admission.
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Family Snow Day, eh! Sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society at Todmorden Mills
Feb 15, 2016 - 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

Family Snow Day, eh! in Toronto will be highlighted by a 5K snowshoe along the picturesque Don Valley trail. If the little ones are not up for the 5K trek, there will be plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained as well as great eats, treats and lots of hot drinks to get you warmed up! Families are raising funds to get outside and get active against cancer. Free.
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Curio: Hands on History! Family Day at the Oshawa Museum
Feb 15, 2016 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
This Family Day experience the Oshawa Museum like never before by getting your hands on history with a day of Curio! Discover the story of Oshawa’s past through interesting artifacts and then take a tour through three of Oshawa’s oldest buildings. Free. Donations accepted.
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Family Day at Historic Zion Schoolhouse
Feb 15, 2016 - 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm

This Family Day head to the Historic Zion Schoolhouse to explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse in the heart of North Toronto and contribute to our book drive! Take a step back in time with schoolmistress Miss Coulson and learn how to write with a steel nib pen or on a slate. Enjoy storytelling, making crafts and other activities - all afternoon! Free.
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Family Day at TIFF
Feb 15, 2016

Our annual Family Day activities at TIFF Bell Lightbox include hits from previous editions of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, family-friendly classics, and fun, free activities! Don't miss free onsite activities from 10am–4pm. This event is Free. No ticket is required, attendance is on a drop-in basis, first-come, first-served. Admission applies to movies.
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OUR KIDS Toronto Camp Expo
Feb 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Explore the best camp and kids program offerings throughout the GTA, Ontario and beyond all in one place, on one day at the OUR KIDS Camp Expo. Planning your child's March Break and Summer has never be easier. Meet with the very best day and overnight camps and programs, speak with staff and experience a little bit of camp fun. Free admission.
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Bloor-Yorkville Icefest
Feb 20 to 21, 2016 - 12:00 pm
Celebrate Winter in the heart of the city at Bloor-Yorkville's 10th Annual Icefest! Toronto’s premier cultural district will transform into a showcase of incredible ice sculptures and live ice-carving demonstrations for the entire family to enjoy. Inspired by Heart Month and the Valentine’s Day season, this year’s “Expressions of Love” theme will transform the neighbourhood into a magical showcase of crystal clear ice sculpted into iconic expressions of amour. Free admission.
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LunarFest at Harbourfront
Feb 20, 2016 to Feb 21, 2016

Monkey King and his friends will be visiting Toronto to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Hundreds of monkeys will gather at Harbourfront Centre for our Lunar New Year festivities. Enjoy exhibitions, craft workshops, dance, and music. Have a fun and memorable start to your Year of the Monkey. Free admission.
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Vaughan's WinterFest
Feb 21, 2016
This fun-filled event will feature FREE outdoor stage entertainment, IceZone, Midway Zone, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, and more. A FREE Pancake Breakfast in celebration of Vaughan's 25th Anniversary will also be offered. Free admission.
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Lowville Winter Games in Burlington
Note: This year, the annual Lowville Winter Games in Burlington will not be held. It's being replace with Love My Hood: a Winter Edition pop-up Neighbourhood Rink Party. There will be up to 18 smaller neighbourhood pop-up events at local neighbourhood rinks throughout the winter with tobogganing and skating (weather permitting), weather-related games, snow painting and snowshoeing. If there's no snow, the events will feature family-friendly lawn darts and a scavenger hunt. No dates or times have been scheduled so visit the website for updates. Free admission.
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More Free Events in February
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in February! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

Know of any other Free events taking place in February? Share below!

Photo Credit: Hockey Hall of Fame
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