This long weekend is all about spending time with family – it says so right in the name!
But there’s nothing worse than planning a make-your-own-pizza party or cocktail hour with extended family and friends, only to find one of the places you need to go shopping isn’t open. Worse yet, it’s still cold and flu season, so what if you need to grab some supplies when a family member is ill and it’s a holiday? Have no fear! We’ve done all the leg work for you to take the guessing game out of the holiday weekend.
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family? City of Kingston recreation facilities are offering a full lineup of free, family-friendly activities. The Tett Centre, having recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is hosting a huge Family Day Open House with a variety of family-friendly, hands-on, interactive art experiences for all ages. The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority is hosting two Family Fun Days – one at the Little Cat, and the other at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. And there are Feb Fest activities happening all weekend long, with a huge lineup for Family Day. Or you could check out the City’s Greenhouse Open House the day before Family Day to kick off your family activities early!
And to help families get around on Family Day (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020), Kingston Transit reminds families that children under 14 ride the bus for free. You can plan your outings using the Kingston Transit Trip Planner here.
Whatever you do this Family Day long weekend, stay safe on the roads, remember to bundle up for the cold, and enjoy some time in this awesome city. Here’s what’s open and closed on Family Day, and the City services and facilities affected by the holiday.
City of Kingston offices, facilities and services
Administrative offices, including housing and social services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences are closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro are closed Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston/Kingston Hydro’s 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. (Hydro One electricity customers in City west and east can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999). Remember: off-peak pricing applies to electricity used on weekends and holidays including Family Day.
All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library will be closed on Sunday, Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
INVISTA Centre/Arenas are open Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, with the front desk open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre is open limited hours on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artillery Park Aquatic Centre is open limited hours on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (these are also the front desk hours).
Rideau Heights Community Centre is closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is open for their Family Day Open House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (see above for link).
Kingston Area Recycling Centre is closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Grand Theatre Box Office is closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at www.kingstongrand.ca.
Kingston Transit bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Route 18 will run on a weekday schedule.
Kingston Access Services will operate with limited service on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Call 613-542-2512 for information.
Green Bin, garbage and recycling: No collection on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Collection occurs the day after your regular pick-up day this week. Sign-up at CityofKingston.ca/collection to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email – or get the FREE ‘Kingston Waste’ app on your Apple or Android device.
Shopping and Grocery Stores
The Cataraqui Centre will be operate the following hours Family Day Weekend 2020:
- Saturday, Feb. 15: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 16: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, Feb. 17: Closed
Walmart is closed Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Costco is closed Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
The Dollarama in the Frontenac Mall will be open from 9 am. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Call other stores in the mall to find out if they are open.
Both Staples locations are open on Monday, Feb.17, 2020.
Both Loblaws locations are closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Both No Frills locations are closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
All Metro locations are closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
All Food Basics locations are closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Farm Boy is closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
FreshCo is closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
The Foodland location in Amherstview is open 24 hours on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 (“As always any of our staff here on statutory holidays do so voluntarily,” the Foodland location said in a Facebook post.)
Valu-mart is closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
All LCBO locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
All Beer Store locations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Shoppers Drug Mart locations hours may vary. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.
Many downtown Kingston businesses do open on holidays, but all keep their own hours. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open.
Banks and post offices
A majority of banks and post offices will be closed Monday. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.
As always, Kingstonist will be open. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the goings-on in the city, as they happen. We will also be happy to hear from you if there is something you think we should know about. Please reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or via our contact page any time.