Family Day 2019

By: Joe Kehoe | Claire Kehoe

Family Day 2019

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Family Day Fun: What’s Happening Across

Durham Region


While not a free event, the city of Pickering is offering a variety of family-friendly activities with the purchase of a family day pass. The event will be taking place at the Pickering Recreation Center.
The pass is $18.25 and gives you access to dance, fitness, arts, crafts and swimming. Skating is free for everyone. The event will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
There is also a clay workshop for families. The cost of the workshop is not included in the cost of the pass and space is limited. You can sign up for space at the front desk at the rec center before the event. The cost per child is $8.00 and they will be making clay book covers to hold photos.


Celebrate all things winter in Ajax with Winterfest. This event is being held at the McLean Community Center 95 Magill Drive in Ajax. The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm and features a wide range of family activities including:
  Admission is free, with food available to purchase for a nominal fee.


Family day fun is spread out over several different venues in Whitby. With activities occurring at various community centers across the town, there is a better chance to find a free event with smaller crowds. Check out the schedule of events below.
Iroquois Park Sports Centre
Live entertainment Skating times:
Family Skate: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Parent and Tot Skate:  12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Family Skate: 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Outdoor Rink Skate: 1:30pm to 3:00 pm*
 * Backyard rink is an intro to hockey and ringette for children seven and under. Nets are provided. Children must be in full gear and adults must have head protection — a maximum ratio of two children per adult. Please bring your own sticks and pucks.
Whitby Community Recreation Complex *must bring clean indoor shoes
Free children’s crafts all day long!

Free swimming
Family swim 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lane Swim 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Public swim 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
McKinney Arena
Family Skate 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Luther Vipond Arena
Family Skate from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Brooklin Community Centre
Free screening of The Incredibles 2 in the gym. Free popcorn and photo opp! No outside food or drink admitted.
Showings at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.


Oshawa will be hosting some free family fun at two different locations. These events have been organized by Community Builders Network of Hope and local business owners. A non-perishable food donation is appreciated.

Oshawa City Hall Civic Square
Free hot chocolate and pancake breakfast (9:00 am)
Outdoor activities and games
Petting zoo
Take a picture with Paw Patrol characters
Tribute Communities Centre
- Free Family Skate (10:00 am - 10:50 am / 11:00 am - 11:50 am)
- Hot Chocolate
- Meet with your favourite cartoon characters
Please BRING YOUR OWN SKATES, as there are no skate rentals available on site.


If you prefer something intellectual rather than physical fun, you can check out the WonderLEARN event at the Courtice Library. This free event runs from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and does not require registration.
In addition to fun family science, technology, arts and engineering activities there will also be a special interactive presentation by Mad Science!

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the day with your loved ones!





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