Kingston area activities and events for Family Day 2024

Photo by Garrett Elliott.

The Family Day long weekend is all about spending time with — you guessed it — family! To help you get the most out of the February long weekend, we’ve put together some free or low-cost things to do on the weekend of Feb. 17 to 19, 2024.

Image via Museum of Health Care.

Teddy Bear Hospital

The annual Teddy Bear Hospital will be open at the Museum of Health Care this Family Day. The event will take place at the museum, located at 32 George Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include hands-on activities and crafts suitable for all children aged 10 and under, according to a release from the museum. Be ready to learn, laugh, and find out why doctors and hospitals aren’t so scary after all!

Find all the details here.


Artistic activities at the Tett Centre

Image via Tett Centre website.

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is offering a few Family Day activities and events this year.

The organization is partnering with Draw by Night Kingston for a social drawing party. Whether you’re a doodler or a sketcher, there’s something for everyone. Bring the family for a day filled with laughter, art, and creative exploration!

Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners will be on hand, giving the public the chance to try out a weaving activity.

Face painting will be offered by Theatre Kingston.

The Kingston Potters Guild is holding a mosaic activity in its studio. Visitors have the opportunity to paint a piece of a historic mosaic, or simply take home a glazed piece of mosaic, created for the ceramic art installation at the Richardson Bathhouse.

“This event is free for all ages and will take place in multiple spaces throughout the Tett,” Brandon Elderhorst, Facility Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator for the Tett Centre, said in response to Kingstonist inquiries about the cost of these events.

“There will also be staff and volunteers from Draw by Night and the Tett to help visitors navigate the building and help with the activities.”

More details on all the Tett Centre events here.


Loyalist Township hosting activities in Amherstview

Make a stop at the W.J. Henderson Recreation Centre in Amherstview for some Family Day fun! Free skating, balloon animals, tattoos, LEGO, and other fun activities will be waiting for families to enjoy. The Fire Department will be on site outside with fire trucks, and swag bags, ready for photos, and you’ll find oversized games and bouncy castles. Don’t forget to warm up with free hot chocolate in the lobby!

Take a look at the details here.


Lunar New Year events in downtown Kingston

Image via Downtown Kingston BIA.

While not strictly a collection of “Family Day activities”, the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area is holding Lunar New Year celebrations from Feb 10 to 24 in the downtown core.

On the Family Day weekend, Midori Gifts is holding two Asian-inspired art workshops for kids and adults alike. Find details on both workshops on Midori’s website.

Most of the Lunar New Year celebrations will take place the weekend of Feb 10 and 11, but downtown Kingston is always fun, even in winter. Take a free skate around the Springer Market Square rink and enjoy the fire pits every weekend. The Horizon sound and light installation will be active all month, as well. Read more about that here.


Get active across the city

On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, City of Kingston recreation facilities will be open for various programs and activities. According to the City, it will offer programming at its facilities across the city, including swimming, skating, fitness classes and gym programs.

Pre-registration is required for most programs. See what’s available here.


Image via YMCA’s Facebook Page.

Free, fun activities at the YMCA

While the schedule of events has yet to drop, but the Kingston and Brockville YMCAs are offering events on Family Day. Crafts, sports, water play, STEM activities and more will be ready for families to enjoy.

Watch the YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s Facebook page — they said “schedule coming soon”!


Know of any other free or low-cost events and activities taking place over the Family Day weekend? Share the details in the comments!


Jessica Foley is the Assistant Editor and Lead Content Writer at Kingstonist, and has spent many years finding fun things to do in the Kingston area with her family. In this monthly column, she will share what she knows, and she’s always open to learning about more area events and happenings. Email her at [email protected] with suggestions.

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