Things to do in Kingston: Family Day weekend

By Emily Carlson

Enjoy a variety of Family Day weekend activities and experiences in Kingston. From catching a Kingston Frontenacs game to making art with the kids, there is something for every family to do.

the Stuff Stories are Made of exhibition

The stuff stories are made of

PumpHouse Museum (23 Ontario St)

Feb 16–17, 10 am–5 pm

On Friday and Saturday of the long weekend, visit the PumpHouse Museum from 10 am to 5 pm to explore its current exhibition, The stuff stories are made of. This exhibit showcases objects from the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, the PumpHouse, civic, art, and archaeology collections.


pizza, salad, and cannoli's on a table at Pizza Monster
Pizza Monster

Dine on us!

Various locations

All weekend long

Dine on us with a $100 Visa gift card when you book your stay through select packages. Use your gift card towards a meal out with your family at this year’s Kingstonlicious locations. Enjoy tasty bites at your favourite Kingston restaurants, cafés, markets, and breweries. (On February 18, all menus switch to shareable themed menus – perfect for the whole family to enjoy.)

Book a $100 Visa package

See all Kingstonlicious menus and participating Kingstonlicious locations


Family Day at the Tett: Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning x Draw by Night Kingston

Family Day at the Tett: Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning x Draw by Night Kingston

Tett Centre (370 King St. W.)

Feb 19, 10am–1pm

Head to the Rehearsal Hall (Room 203) at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning for a family social drawing party. The Tett Centre and Draw by Night Kingston are supplying all the drawing tools for you and your family to get creative. Try family-friendly colouring sheets or get creative, drawing on tables covered with paper.

Over, under, and round and round (Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners)

Tett Centre (370 King St. W.)

Feb 19, 10 am–1 pm

Also in the Rehearsal Hall of the Tett Centre, learn how to handweave with your family at the KHWS activity Over, under, and round and round.


Family Day at the Kingston Potters’ Guild

Family Day at the Kingston Potters’ Guild

Tett Centre (370 King St. West)
Feb 19, 10 am–1 pm

While you’re at the Tett Centre, head to suite 207 (2nd floor) to create mosaics inspired by Kingston’s cultural history. Using unused mosaic tiles, paint your own piece of mosaic, or take home a glazed piece of mosaic art created for the ceramic art installation at the Richardson Bathhouse.


Abstract Workshop Birdgirl Art Studio

Abstract workshop

Birdgirl Arts Studio (77 Princess Street, 2nd floor)

Feb 19, 1–4 pm

Create an abstract masterpiece with artist and arts educator Shannon Dickie at the Birdgirl Art Studio. You and your family will create your mixed-media abstract through layers of pencil crayons, custom-mixed acrylic paint, and paint markers. Tickets include two price points, for families of 2 to 3 ($125) and families of 4 to 5 ($150). Purchase your tickets online.

There will be a 30-to-45-minute break to let the layer of acrylic paint dry. While you’re waiting, check out nearby coffee shops for you and your kiddo to grab a beverage.


Lord Of The Rings at The Screening Room

Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon: The Screening Room

The Screening Room (120 Princess St.)

Feb 19 – show times:

  • 10 am, 10:15 am: The Fellowship of the Rings (2 hours 58 min)
  • 2 pm, 2:15 pm: The Two Towers (2 hours 59 min)
  • 6 pm, 6:15 pm: The Return of the King (3 hours 21 min)

Gather at The Screening Room for a day-long movie marathon featuring The Lord of the Rings trilogy. While you’re there, get some tasty popcorn, drinks, and treats at the canteen for your movie day. General admission is $11.95 plus HST per screening. Stay for all three for $38.85 plus HST and receive a coupon for a medium popcorn. See more ticket pricing online.


The Kingston Frontenacs players on the ice

Kingston Frontenacs vs. Barrie Colts Family Day game

Slush Puppie Place (1 The Tragically Hip Way)

Feb 19, 2 pm

Bring the family and cheer on the Kingston Fronts as they go up against the Barrie Colts. The centre also will have family fun activities running on the main concourse.

Price: $15.18 – $41.50

Book now and receive special offers when you book your stay using our Kingston Frontenacs Game Day family packages.


Teddy Bear Hospital

(Sold out) Teddy Bear Hospital

Museum of Health Care (32 Goerge St.)

Feb 19, 9 am–4 pm

Bring your kids and their favourite stuffie for a hands-on experience with crafts and activities. Trained “teddy doctors and nurses” will examine your toys’ bumps and bruises and make them feel better. This is a great activity for kids up to age 11. Time slot registration is required. Book your timeslot online.


skating on ice

Family Day activities – City Of Kingston programming

Various locations

Feb 17–19

Enjoy tot swim time or family badminton at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, public skating or Family Day Zumba class at the INVISTA Centre, and more special city programming at Kingston’s recreation and leisure facilities. Learn more online.


Visitor Information Centre

Family Day weekend scavenger hunt

Visitor Information Centre (209 Ontario St.)

Feb 17, starting at noon

Come to the Visitor Information Centre for a family day scavenger hunt and a free hot cup of cocoa. The scavenger hunt starts at noon. Entries will be accepted until 3 pm. All participants who finish the scavenger hunt will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize bag (Kingston merch and local gift certificates). Anyone is welcome to stop by for a cup of hot chocolate (not only scavenger hunt participants).

See all available family packages.