February on the Cheap! 2019




OUR KIDS Toronto Camp Expo

February in the GTA means more than braving the frigid temperatures. The shortest month packs a lot into its 28 days like Family Day long weekend, Valentine's Day, and the Lunar New Year. There are also family winter festivals, outdoor seasonal events, and much more! Read on for the best FREE events happening for GTA kids and families.

What's Free and Cheap in February...

Cineplex Family Favourites - 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. More

Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America. More

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in February
Join us to discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with our friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, discovering the past, fitness challenges or just to meet new people! Free admission. More

DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront
Until February 16, 2019
Sharpen your skates and skills as Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party returns with another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights. The rumours are true, DJ Skate Nights is the best party in town and a surefire cure for the winter blues! Free admission. More

Evergreen's Winter Wednesdays
Until February 20, 2019
Make the most of those chilly winter nights at Evergreen’s Winter Wednesdays! Skate under the stars on our picturesque outdoor skating rink; Grab a hot chocolate (or something stronger) at our Sipping Station; Cozy up around the fire with some street fare from our food trucks and other free activities! More

ICE BREAKERS on Toronto's Waterfront
Until February 24, 2019
oronto’s latest interactive (and oh-so-Instagrammable) free public art exhibition is now open! Ice Breakers presented by PortsToronto makes its triumphant return to the waterfront, bringing with it a fresh crop of larger-than-life art installations. Rendering of Ice Breakers installation, the 'Connector'. Free admission. More

Toronto Light Festival
Until March 3, 2019
The Toronto Light Festival, the City’s first-ever light art festival, is coming back to The Distillery District from January 18 to March 3. The Festival will transform the neighbourhood into one of the largest open-air galleries in North America, lighting up the long winter nights with distinctive works from local and international light artists. This winter, Torontonians of all ages are to come out of the dark and into the light. Free admission. More

Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works
Until March 17, 2019
Skating is back! Visit Evergreen's picturesque outdoor skating rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair of ours! Skating is free, and skate rentals are available for $5 a pair. Join us weekends December through to March, and come out to our new Wednesday night public skate starting in January! More

Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place
Until March 17, 2019
Utilizing creativity, innovation, and light, creators from all artistic streams showcase 18 exhibits following the curatorial theme of “Disruptive Engagement”. Additional activities include free public skating and community bonfires where guests can make S’mores. New this year, DJ skate parties hosted by some of Toronto’s best DJs. More

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2019
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! Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Boxcar Social. The Rink usually opens mid to end of November, weather permitting. More

Skating Parties at Ontario Place
Until March 16, 2019
This winter Ontario Place is hosting our very own skate parties, featuring some of Toronto’s best local DJ’s to keep the tunes going while you skate. Free admission. More

Spectacle of Lights on Toronto's Waterfront
Until April 2019
Witness three stunning illuminated sights this holiday season during the Spectacle of Lights on Toronto’s Waterfront. See the Toronto Music Garden come alive with a fully-animated lighting experience where music notes, harps and canopy will be shining bright over 39,000 long-life, low-energy LED lights. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
February 2, 2019
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. More

Barrie Winterfest
February 2 and 3, 2019
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. Activities include Lumberjack Shows, Maple Taffy, Snow Sculptures, Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe, Battle of the Chainsaws, Pancake Breakfast and much more. The February Blues Festival features great music in venues throughout Barrie and neighbouring communities. Free admission. More

Richmond Hill Winter Carnival
February 2 to 3, 2019
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. There are many things going on for kids and families that are scheduled, and many that are not scheduled (like bouncy castles, kids games and rides, lots of food, entertainment and more). Come on out and have fun! More

February Weekends at Scarborough Museum
February 2, 2019 to February 24, 2019
Go on Cupid’s scavenger hunt, then fuel up for more fun with fresh bread baked from the cast-iron wood stove. Admission is PWYC. More

Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
February 9, 2019
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate. If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family, we've got a great workshop for kids that will teach them about building. Kids can learn how to build their very own Heart Candy Box. More

OUR KIDS Toronto Camp Expo
February 9, 2019
Planning your child's March Break and summer has never been easier! This year's Camp Expo will be the best and biggest yet, offering you more camps, more information, and more fun for the kids. All attendees receive a complimentary copy of the 22nd edition of the annual Our Kids Camp and Program Guide, the foremost, most comprehensive guide of it’s kind in Canada. Meet the leading day and overnight camps from Ontario and Quebec. Lots of free family activities. Register for Free admission. More

Hollywood Heads North for the 14th Annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest
February  9, 2019 to February 10, 2019
Celebrate winter with the 14th annual Bloor- Yorkville Icefest on Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th in the Village of Yorkville Park and surrounding area. A free public event, patrons can expect a wide variety of uniquely designed ice sculptures and live ice carving demonstrations throughout the weekend. Free. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
February 10, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. February 10 - Featured Faces: Join Power Kids as we explore 2D portraits with 3D elements such as fabric, zippers, buttons and more. More

Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest 2019
February 10, 2019
oin in the festivities as Vaughan celebrates its 30th annual Winterfest presented by TD and event sponsor Tim Hortons at Vellore Village Community Centre, Sunday February 10, 10am-3:30pm. FREE family fun entertainment and activities include outdoor stage shows, Official Welcome by Mayor and Members of Council, midway rides and inflatables, meet & greets, face painting, arts & crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, a photo booth, a free pancake breakfast and so much more! More

Family Fun at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
February 16, 2019
A free program for families with children age 6 to 12. Learn about Ontario's Parliament and history, while partaking in craft activities and explore the Legislature through a scavenger hunt. Free but registration is required and space is limited. More

2019 LunarFest presented by Vendôme
February 16, 2019 to February 17, 2019
Celebrate the Year of the Pig and kick off your family-day long weekend at the Varley Art Gallery. In partnership with the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, learn how an Italian painter became one of the most beloved artists for three emperors in Qing Dynasty and contributed to the Chinese paintings today. Enjoy the Arch of the Blessings and immerse in the sounds of cultures. Don’t forget to DIY your own Pig Hero lantern and take a money bath and “gong” for the fortune! Free admission. More

Ontario Family Fishing Events
February 16, 2018 to February 18, 2019
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 16-18, 2019 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday). During all other time periods, Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase a valid fishing license to legally fish in Ontario. There has never been a better time to introduce a friend to fishing! More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
February 18, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. February 18 - Extraordinary Realms: Join us on Family Day to explore drawing and collage. In this workshop, participants will decorate a mini 3D-globe depicting their own imaginary world. More

Family Day Weekend at Scarborough Museum
February 18, 2019
Toronto’s East end gets animated this Family Day! Pose for selfies with historic props, play family board games, build a snowman and join an ice cube scavenger hunt. Warm up by the bonfire while you roasted marshmallows and sample hot chocolate, potato soup and fresh bread. Free. More

WinterRouge
February 18, 2019
Come chill with us this coming Family Day at WinterRouge! Bundle up for a full day of FREE, family-friendly winter activities at Rouge National Urban Park. Through WinterRouge we will also be supporting the Great Backyard Bird Count, so dust off those binoculars if you have them or borrow a pair from us! More

Arctic Adventure in Aurora
February 18, 2019
Join family, friends and neighbours at Aurora's Arctic Adventure event happening on Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Aurora Town Park, located at Mosley and Wells Streets. Professional Ice Carving, Outdoor Winter Games, Outdoor Skating, Mini Snow Tubing, Live Entertainment, Inflatables and Body Zorbs. Please note: All activities are weather-permitting. More

Family Day in the Children's Garden at Evergreen Brickworks
February 18, 2019
Join us on Family Day Monday as we share in our annual Stone Soup with warm food and storytelling. Bring your own vegetable to contribute to the soup and join our nature play animators in free play in the Children’s Garden. More

FREE Family Day at Kortright
February 18, 2019
Enjoy a nature-filled family fun day that embraces outdoor learning. Families can snowshoe or hike (weather dependent) through the forest, enjoy hot chocolate and a snack at the fire, create with loose parts, build shelters, and more! Warm up inside our Visitor Centre and make a craft, explore furs and skulls, and say hello to the our reptile friends. More

Community Skate at Mattamy Athletic Centre
February 18, 2019
Bring your family & friends to the MAC for a free skate on Mattamy Home Ice. More

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest
February 18, 2019
A first-of-its-kind family fun event in winter in North York with food, music, ice-skating, and free giveaways on this Family Day! Admission is free. Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun! More

Family Day at Fort York
February 18, 2019
There are no shortage of activities to celebrate Family Day. Come and have your face painted, dress up in period costume and experience unique interactive pop-up exhibitions, performances and crafts. Sip hot chocolate and devour roasted marshmallows in a magical authentic historical environment. Make sure to bring your skates – The Bentway at Fort York public skating trail is open until 9 pm! Free admission. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
February 24, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. February 24 - Shapes in the Shadows: In this workshop, draw animal portraits on black paper using pencil crayons and chalk pastels. More

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!

Photo courtesy of OUR KIDS Toronto Camp Expo
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