February on the Cheap! 2020




3rd Tuesday Nights FREE at ROM

Toronto and the GTA are hopping in February, and joining in doesn't have to cost a thing. In a month full of eclectic holidays, it isn't hard to find some free fun for the entire family. Enjoy all the free fun that the city has to offer!

Read on for the best Free and Cheap things to do this month...


NEW FREE & CHEAP EVENTS FOR 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


2020 LunarFest presented by Vendome - Mississauga
February 1, 2020
Food is an important element in Lunar New Year festivities. On February 1st, experience “A Musical Banquet” at the Living Arts Centre in an upbeat performance by the Chai Found Music Workshop! Spend this special time with friends and family as you enjoy the harmony between traditional Chinese music and the lively rhythms created using household objects! Free. More


Toronto Camp Expo
February 1, 2020
Come for the Day: You're set for the year! The Our Kids Camp Expo is a marvellous once-a-year celebration of year-round fun! As a parent, you will find a wealth of information on kids’ camps and programs from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. More


Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
February 1, 2020
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


Winter Bird Count 4 Kids at Claremont Nature Centre
February 1, 2020
Join us for this free, family-friendly winter birding event. Learn to identify numerous types of birds, go for a nature walk, and enjoy some family time outdoors while contributing information to a scientific study! More


Barrie Winterfest
February 1, 2020 to February 2, 2020
The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario. Grab your mittens and celebrate winter with us on February 1st & 2nd, 2020! Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the winter season with adventures that the whole family will enjoy. Free admission. More


Richmond Hill Winter Carnival
February 1, 2020 to February 2, 2020
A weekend of affordable fun and entertainment. 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! Free. More


City of Vaughan Lunar New Year Celebration
February 2, 2020
Of all the traditional Asian festivals that are celebrated around the world, the Lunar New Year is one of the most elaborate, colourful and important in the Asian community. It is a time to congratulate each other on having completed another year, and a time to part with the old and welcome in the new. The 2020 City of Vaughan Lunar New Year celebration to welcome in the Year of the Rat will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Vaughan City Hall. More


2020 LunarFest at Varley Art Gallery
February 2, 2020
The rat symbolizes intelligence and flexibility - celebrate the Year of the Rat in Unionville like no other! Play as a cute rat as it races through the different foods of the world in “Kitchen Runners”! Try your hand at arts and crafts to make your very own lantern to take home, or bring good luck by decorating a personalized lucky charm! Free. More


Pay What You Can Thursdays at the BSM
February 6, 2020 to February 27, 2020
Did you know that every Thursday evening, the BSM offers Pay What You Can admission from 5-8pm? It's our way of ensuring that the museum is accessible to all. Drop-in to see a new exhibition or to revisit your favourite! More


Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Newmarket
February 8, 2020
Join us for a festive afternoon and evening to celebrate the Year of the Rat! There is something for everyone - dance and music performances from the Asian community, children's activities, food demonstrations and sampling - all FREE of charge. More


Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
February 8, 2020
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 Build a Heart String Art Decoration. Free admission. More


Swan Lake - Let's Talk About It! (Ages 6-12)
February 8, 2020
Tutus, pointe shoes, cross bows and magic spells all come together in telling the famous story of the ballet, Swan Lake. Join Siegfried and Odette in their battle over the forces of evil, and take home a Swan Lake inspired craft, for your own retelling of the tale. More


Vaughan Butter Tart Festival
February 8, 2020
Bring the family to sip, shop, eat and enjoy tasty treats from butter tarts to bakeries, kids fun activities such as face painting and much more. Bring the family for some tasty sweet treats and shop the marketplace of vendors for everything from the latest in fashion, to jewellery, design and much more! Free admission. More


Bloor-Yorkville Icefest
February 8, 2020 to February 9, 2020
Bloor-Yorkville Icefest Presents: Awesome 80's. Celebrate winter with the 15th annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest on Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th throughout the Village of Yorkville Park and surrounding area. A free public event, patrons can expect a wide variety of uniquely designed ice sculptures and rad winter activities for the duration of the weekend. More


Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place
February 8, 2020 to March 29, 2020
For the third  year in a row, the West Island of Ontario Place will feature the Winter Light Exhibition. Come down and explore the 21 exhibits, take a paint class, roast marshmallows and S'mores by our community bonfire and catch a movie at Cinesphere. Admission is free. Tickets are required for Cinesphere movies and paint classes. More


Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest
February 9, 2020
Enjoy free first-class stage entertainment featuring Pinkfong & Baby Shark, The Magic of Aaaron Matthews, Fabulous Feud, and Kreative In Dance Styles, indoor & outdoor activities, meet & greets, a free pancake breakfast, face painting, horse-drawn carriage rides and so much more! More


Family Fun at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
February 15, 2020
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


Winterfest Newmarket
February 15, 2020 to February 16, 2020
Bring the family and join us for some winter fun both indoors and outdoors. Free skating and swimming on Sunday. Free. More


Ontario Family Fishing Events
February 15, 2020 to February 17, 2020
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. There has never been a better time to introduce a friend to fishing! More


DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest
February 17, 2020
The one-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


Kids FREE on Family Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame
February 17, 2020
Kids receive VIP status this Family Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame — along with receiving FREE ADMISSION*, they'll be greeted with a FREE GIFT, get to PLAY all day within our five interactive zones, and can snap a PHOTO with our mascot Slapshot, and of course the Stanley Cup! Cap off the visit with a FREE KIDS MEAL at The Bottom Line Restaurant, located steps from the Hall. Up to a maximum of 4 youth (13yrs & under) will be admitted FREE with the purchase of one regular price adult admission. More


FREE Family Day at Kortright
February 17, 2020
Enjoy an engaging nature-filled family fun day that embraces outdoor learning. Join the staff at Kortright Centre for Conservation to explore some of what our Nature School has to offer: loose parts, building forts, a campfire and much more! Free. More


Community Skate at Mattamy Athletic Centre
February 17, 2020
Bring your family & friends to the MAC for a free skate on Mattamy Home Ice. More


Family Day Weekend at Scarborough Museum
February 17, 2020
Enjoy Family Day with your kids and loved ones at Scarborough Museum and be transported back in time as you can watch a blacksmith ply his trade. The kids can also build a snowman and take part in an ice cube scavenger hunt. Roast marshmallows by the bonfire and go inside to warm up in one of the historic kitchens where there will be demos on how to make potato soup and hot chocolate. Admission is PWYC. More


Family Day at Fort York
February 17, 2020
Fort York will be packed with hands-on activities, performances and exhibitions. Check out the 1826 kitchen and try some baked goods and hot chocolate prepared over the hearth. Don’t forget to bring your skates so you can glide around The Bentway Skate Trail from noon until 9 p.m. Free admission. More


Family Day Skate 2020 at Celebration Square
February 17, 2020
Who doesn't love a snow day? This Family Day, kids of all ages can enjoy the magic of a snow day at the Square. Lace up your skates and hit the rink, or snap some family photos in our selfie stations. Build the fort of your dreams at our fort building station, or play some games - big and small - at our indoor board game cafe, or outdoor game garden. Free admission. More


Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
February 17, 2020
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. Join us on this special drop-in Family Day workshop led by special guests, Toronto-based arts organization Stolen from Africa, presented in conjunction with Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba festival. More


WinterRouge
February 17, 2020
WinterRouge is back, and bigger and better than ever! Join us as we proudly celebrate 5 years of this free, outdoor family-fun event inspired by all things winter in Ontario. We’ve kept some of the event’s old-faithfuls, and are heating things up with lots of new and exciting programming. Free. More


Arctic Adventure in Aurora
February 17, 2020
Join family, friends and neighbours at Aurora's Arctic Adventure event happening 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. Free. More


Winter Stations at the Beaches
February 17, 2020 to March 30, 2020
Pop up, public art installations to The Beaches, exhibited to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape. Winter Stations is an inter­national design competition and exhibition held annually along Toronto’s beaches, where the winners of the competition will have their designs displayed for all to enjoy this Winter. Free. More


Nature Connection - Winter Tree Challenge at Downsview Park
February 23, 2020
Whether we realize it or not, trees are a constant presence in our everyday life. Upon close inspection, trees can reveal some of the most beautiful shapes and patterns found in nature. During this program guests will be practising tree Identification skills and participating in some activities, as we explore the wonderful winter world of trees. Free. More


Moonlight Snowshoe at Claremont Nature Centre
February 29, 2020
Enjoy the winter scenery at Claremont Nature Centre on a guided snowshoe! Try out snowshoeing and learn about the night sky above. Afterwards we’ll warm up around the campfire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows. More


ONGOING FREE & CHEAP EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY


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. 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


Winter Stations Presents LOOP
Until February 9, 2020
A much-needed splash of colour is coming to winter on the waterfront. Winter Stations Presents: LOOP is a FREE, family friendly, interactive, retro-futuristic art installation, powered by you! More


Evergreen's Winter Fridays
Until February 14, 2020
Make the most of those chilly winter nights! Join us for Winter Fridays at Evergreen Brick Works, every Friday from January 3rd to February 14th. Skate under the stars on our picturesque outdoor skating rink, grab a hot chocolate at our Sipping Station and cozy up around the fire with some street fare from our food trucks. Free. More


DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront
Until February 15, 2020
Set alongside beautiful Lake Ontario in the open fresh air, Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink will allow you to show off your moves away from the downtown bustle. This season, Harbourfront Centre welcomes a lineup of DJs that represent Toronto and will keep you ice dancing on the waterfront all night long. More


Let it Snow Sundays at Montgomery’s Inn
January 12, 2020 to February 23, 2020
Enjoy tobogganing down the hill next to Montgomery’s Inn — a favourite spot for generations of Etobicans. Walk through Tom Riley Park and cross the footbridges over Mimico Creek. After a memorable afternoon of these winter traditions, get cozy by the fire with a warm pot of tea or a mug of hot apple cider and savour fresh house-baked treats in the inn’s tea room. Free event. Tea and treats extra. More


Toronto Light Festival
Until March 1, 2020
The Toronto Light Festival offers a visual journey and a playful adventure throughout the walking streets of The Distillery District. More


The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2020
The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for over 30 years. Best of all – skating is FREE! The Rink usually opens mid to end of November, weather permitting. More


3rd Tuesday Nights FREE at ROM
Until March 17, 2020
Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Tuesday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 permanent galleries. More


Skate on the Square
Until March 20, 2020
The Celebration Square ice rink in Mississauga opens Saturday, November 23, 2019 and closes March 20, 2020. Free. More


Sunday Fun Day at Nathan Phillips Square
Until March 22, 2020
Join in on family-friendly activities on and off the ice. Play games in the snow, follow the leader on the ice and take part in obstacle courses. Activities are led by City of Toronto staff. 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!


Lead photo courtesy of the ROM
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