Even though the excitement of Family Day has passed, there’s still a lot going on. Model trains, ice sculptures, portraiture and more are on the menu for this week. We’re never at a loss for what to do in Toronto with kids!
Model Railroad Show
Take a trip back to the 1950s, when trains were still the way to travel. The Model Railroad Club offers over 5,000 feet of track and trains that pass hills, lakes, forests and villages, all to the delight of visitors. Put your conductor’s cap on and join the fun!
When it’s on: February 26 at The Model Railroad Club of Toronto, 171 East Liberty Street, Suite B1, Toronto, 416-536-8927.
Bloor-Yorkville’s seventh annual IceFest brings a winter wilderness exhibit that includes a magical ice log cabin complete with a lumberjack splitting wood, a moose and totem trees. Visitors can enjoy ice carving demonstrations and on-street skating performances by Glisse on Ice. Complimentary Ice Kiddie Cubes with collectible GoGo’s Crazy Bones toys inside will keep your kids happy, while the restaurants serving hot drinks, soups and more goodness will keep your belly feeling full and warm! Visitors can also donate $5 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and pose at a life-sized snowmobile display.
When it’s on: February 25 and 26 at the Village of Yorkville Park, Bellair Street and Cumberland Street, Toronto, 416-928-3553.
Totsapalooza: Mouse-City Calling
At Small Print Toronto’s fourth annual Totsapalooza: Mouse-City Calling, urban builders between the ages of 2 and 8 can construct a giant model city for storybook mice out of recycled materials. City councillor Adam Vaughan will help advise and Lisa Kelly of Centre For Art & Soul will help them build. A 45th anniversary celebration of the children’s classic book Frederick will also take place, as well as musical performances.
When it’s on: February 26 at Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto.
African and Caribbean Heritage Day at the ROM
Hosted by Donisha Prendergast, granddaughter of Bob Marley and Rita Marley, The Royal Ontario Museum’s first African and Caribbean heritage Day offers music and dance performances, a screening of the documentary RasTa, gallery tours, storytelling and arts and crafts for the kids.
When it’s on: February 25 at the ROM, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, 416-586-8000.
Power Kids Portraits
Helping kids hone their artistic talents, this workshop will explore creative drawing and collage approaches to portraiture. Participants will use various materials and work with a partner to help with their creations. Kids will get to take their portraits home at the end of the workshop. Inspired by the Malabar People, the portrait series by Stan Douglas is currently on view at The Power Plant if you and your young Picasso want to take a peak after!
When it’s on: February 26 at The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, 416-973-4949.
Photos by Model Railroad Club of Toronto, Pascal Arseneau and Rastaonline.ca.
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