Family Day is coming up on Feb. 18, 2019 and there are TONS of fun, family-friendly events to take part in here in London, Ontario. There’s even quite a selection of FREE activities listed below. Gather the family and start making your plans now!
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 two periods throughout the year as license-free, the first this year being February 16-18, 2019 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday). With the exception of the licensing requirement, Ontario fishing regulations, fees and limits continue to apply during license-free days. Learn more here.
Spend quality time together this Family Day weekend and challenge your loved ones to one or all five of these oversized games.
- Giant Snakes & Ladders
- Giant Yahtzee
- Human Hungry Hippos
- Connect Four
Open all weekend for Family Day! All activities included with general admission. February 16 to 18th, 2019. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Also at London Children’s Museum – Hex Bug Mazes
Build a maze for your tiny hex bug to navigate. Watch these tiny robots shimmy and shake their way through twists and turns. 11:30 am and 2:30 pm each day, February 16th to 18th, 2019.
Come celebrate Family Day with us! Boler Mountain will be open extended hours for skiing and snowboarding both Sunday and Monday. In addition, we will be hosting a special tubing event on the Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm which tickets need to be purchased in advance for. To top in all off join us for fireworks at 9 pm on Sunday over our West Hill.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, DROP IN BETWEEN 1:00 AND 4:00 P.M.
Looking for a family outing to celebrate Family Day? Tour Eldon House and enjoy activities as you tour. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Featuring The Amazing Corbin and his ‘Flea Circus’ in the Drawing Room! A flea circus was popular entertainment during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The audience is told there are tiny fleas that will perform tiny tricks! A charming vintage performance right out of the 1800’s.
There’s lots to do on Family Day at Storybook Gardens.
Event Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
There’s lots to do on Family Day at Storybook Gardens. In addition to our beautiful ice skating trail, this Family Day enjoy the all-day pancake breakfast served by the campfire, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the park (additional fee applies for wagon ride).
Beautiful Outdoor Skating Plus a Hot Crispy Beavertail Pastry! Enjoy an outdoor skate on the refrigerated 250 metre skating trail at Storybook Gardens, then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a hot, fresh Beavertail pastry from the rink-side concession stand.
Join us for some outdoor family fun! The first 50 families can tap their own tree! Enjoy a Campfire, demonstrations and then our famous hot pancakes dripping with our very own maple syrup!
Monday, February 18, 10 am to 3 pm. $2 per person or $10 a carload.
Still space available but you need to register – over the phone with an e-transfer or drop an envelope off. See details below.
TWO projects for the price of one
Create an EDIBLE GARDEN
presented by The Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2019 – 1:00 pm
All supplies provided
Guest Speaker: Growing Chefs
Learn how to plate your dessert like a chef!
Your plate is your canvas. At Growing Chefs their mission is to get kids excited about healthy and wholesome food. They use fresh ingredients and edible greens to make artistic masterpieces out of our desserts. The best part is that you get to eat what you make! We will decorate apple cake bars with an assortment of scrumptious garnishes and flavourful coulis.
You will get to learn culinary techniques such as spoon swooshes, dots and splatter to make your plate a sensation.
MINIMUM AGE: 5 yrs. old and those who are young at heart.
Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Please, no more than 1 adult per child.
Pre-Registration is required. $12.00 per pot
Make cheque payable to “Friends LCGC”
Put your cheque in an envelope addressed to
“Friends LCGC, 625 Springbank Dr. London, Ontario, N6K 4T1”
Include in your envelope: the names of the child (children) and your phone # and email address.
If you prefer to send an E-Transfer, please call 519-472-3553
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to do this.
Longwoods Road Conservation Area will be offering Family Day snowshoe rental, weather permitting, on Monday afternoon, February 18th! The smell of a wood fire attracts you to the heritage log cabin where inside around the woodstove, hang dozens of wood and rawhide traditional style snowshoes. Friends and family are invited to try out snowshoeing, one of the oldest forms of winter travel!
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority staff will be on hand to teach you all you will need to know to enjoy an afternoon of fun at Longwoods. Learn about the history of snowshoeing, the different styles, and most of all, enjoy a quick outdoor lesson. Wear low or no heeled winter boots and dress for an hour or two of outdoor fun! We have lots of woodland trails, or explore the Ska-Nah-Doht Village!
Snowshoe rentals will be available when conditions are suitable – a base of at least 10 cm (4 inches) of snow and no ice is ideal. Check our Facebook page for last minute updates or call us Sunday mornings 519-264-2420 to check our answering message for conditions.
When you arrive at the conservation area, admission is at the Pay and Display machine at the entrance – coin or credit card only – $4 per vehicle over the winter months. Alternatively, purchase a Season’s Day Use Permit (available for purchase that day at the cabin). It is good for day use at all LTVCA public conservation areas. Further on in the conservation area, the cabin will be open for rentals at noon and the last rentals will go out no later than 3:30 p.m.
The rental fee per pair is $8 including hst (cash, debit or credit) paid at the cabin. Staff will request to hold your driver’s license as a deposit on the snowshoes until they are returned. All snowshoes must be returned to the cabin by 4:15 p.m. and cannot leave the park.
We have many different sizes of snowshoes from which to choose – little ones for youngsters around 4 years old, through to big ones for adults over 175 lbs. There is a limited number available so come early to avoid disappointment. Visitors are welcome to bring their own snowshoes as well. There is no cross-country ski rental on site.
12 pm to 4 pm
Explore our new feature exhibit The Archaeology of Sound at: Family Day Fun at MOA.
- Enjoy our new exhibit and discover how archaeologists explore sound from the past
- Storytelling and interactive hand drumming with Nina Antoine-Ogilvie
- Build your own music instrument
- Face painting
Regular admission rates apply. 10 am to 4:30 pm
February 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for our exciting annual moonlight ski/snowshoe & delicious chili dinner. Discover a new world of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing by the moonlight. The evening includes a homemade chili dinner (vegetarian too!) with a salad bar, cold and hot beverages, and dessert. Top it all off with a moonlit ski and snowshoe after dinner. All experience levels are welcome to experience the special exhilaration which comes with skiing/snowshoeing by the moonlight. Seating is limited for each evening, so register early, mark these dates now!
Join us for good food, good friends, and good times.
This popular even fills on a first-come first-served basis.
For reservations, please call 519-471-3799
Event: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm- 7:00pm
- Adults~ $21.00
- Children 7-12yrs~ $12.00
- Children 7-12yrs~ $15.00
Rental Equipment for the evening:
- Ski Equipment~ $23.00
- Snowshoe Equipment~ $12.00
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. The characters we all know: the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, Quasimodo the deformed Bell Ringer with a heart of gold, the handsome Captain Phoebus, Frollo, and the evil cardinal… all brought to life in this magical production.
FEB. 15-18, 2019 – METROLAND MEDIA AGRIPLEX
Show Hours: Fri 10-9, Sat 10-7, Sun & Mon 10-5
2 – 4 pm, $45 pp
An assortment of loose leaf teas
Lemon Butter Scones, Butter Scones with Raisins
Devon Cream and Preserves
Cucumber Butter Sandwiches
Roasted Red Pepper & Goats’ Cheese Pinwheels
Shrimp & Avocado Cucumber Cup
Cured Salmon & Cream Cheese in Sesame Seed Pastry Basket
Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries in Beet
Root Pastry Basket
Variety of Mini Tarts in Vanilla Tart Rounds
All Butter Shortbreads
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Time & Activity
8am – 10:30am: Pancakes (free)
8:30am -11am: Crafts for kids (free)
8:30am – 11am: Open play area for kids (Free)
830am -1130am: Pickle ball drop in (Reg. Fee)
12pm – 3pm: Basketball drop in (Reg. Fee)
1pm – 3pm: Family Swim (Reg. Fee)
Have you ever wondered what Scouting is all about? Now is your opportunity to learn more. Join London Area Scouts to discover the fun and adventures to be had with Scouts Canada at the London Area Open House at Spencer Lodge on Monday, February 18th, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm.
Wondering what you will find at the Open House? Everything that makes Scouting so exciting for kids today—Exhibits, Knot/Rope making, Cooking demos, Hikes, Compass work, STEM, First Aid, Tours of the camp, and more! Local Scouters will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Join us on the Canadian Path.
Open to youth aged 5-26, plus plenty of volunteer opportunity for adults too. Discounted memberships available.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
This drop-in program for adults and children will stimulate communication, collaboration and creativity. Visit one of our many exhibitions and then stop by for an afternoon of artmaking. Our staff monitors will provide guidance and introduce you to a wide range of art-making through painting, drawing, sculpture, print-making and more.
Family Day at the Museum
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Get out of the cold for a fun-filled afternoon with the family at the Museum! Take a mini exhibition tour with our guides, or get busy making art in one of our activity areas. Join us for the following free activities:
Big Block Sing Song
We will be showing the catchy musical animations from the JUNO-nominated show Big Block Singsong on our big, brand-new screen. Come by and have a sing-along. This is a drop-in event as the videos will be playing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Big Block Singsong is created by Warren Brown and Adam Goddard.
London-based artist, Matt Trueman, constructed a miniature version of the Museum for you to look through. Come by and pretend to be a giant in the Museum with this fun piece that is perfect for taking wacky photos in. This is a drop-in event and will be taking place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Family-friendly exhibition tours
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm
We have put up literally hundreds of new art and history works for you to enjoy. Our tour guides will take you on short pop-tours through our newest exhibitions: Taking the Long View, The Tangled Story of Hair, Creative Cloth, and Pushing Paper. Make sure to check out our 5 music-inspired exhibitions to welcome the JUNO awards to London.
Get crafty and create crepe flowers, paper chains shaped like animals, and mini-zines. All of these activities are guided with help from awesome local artists. This is a drop-in event and will be taking place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.