Things To Do

Celebrate Family Day With Us!

With so many activities to choose from in Barrie & Simcoe County, deciding on what to do and fitting it all in may be a challenge. Situated in a natural snow-belt, Barrie is your perfect winter wonderland and offers an abundance of winter activities and events for the whole family to enjoy this Family Day.


Take the family skiing, snowboarding, or tubing this Family Day with one of our Stay & Play packages! Don't miss the Family Day festivities being held at the Tiffin Conservation Area where you can try kicksledding, snowshoeing, skating on the pond, and more. Before you head home, make sure you get a chance to skate at the Circle in the Square rink (for free!) at Barrie's City Hall.


Check out the permanent 26,600+ pieces of art at the MacLaren Art Centre as well as their world-class exhibitions from 12pm-4pm this Family Day. Visit Simcoe County Museum to be transported back to the turn of the 20th century and to explore indoor galleries and outdoor heritage display buildings. Your artsy crew will also love painting their own pottery together at Creative Cafe!


The outdoors is the place to be this Family Day! Public skate at the outdoor rinks at Barrie's City Hall or Centennial Beach or purchase a Stay & Play package and try tubing or skiing! At nighttime, head down to see the Winter Lights Display, a display of lights to celebrate the winter season.



Head to Dunlop Street, the main street in Barrie's downtown core, and tour Flying Monkey's, one of Barrie's own craft breweries. Learn about craft brewing and try some free samples with your family. Afterwards, fuel up on some delicious food at one of the amazing downtown restaurants and then try the exhilarating sport of axe throwing at Iron Nation.


The Kempenfelt Community Players are putting on The Wizard of Oz from February 9th-19th. If plays aren't your thing but you still love music, take the family out to dinner and catch some live music at one of these venues. Don't miss the great shopping Barrie has to offer and go out on a limb and try out skiing or snowboarding while you're in town too!


If your family loves to take walks, you'll love what Barrie has to offer. Download any of Barrie's Historic Walking Tour guides and discover the history of Barrie with your family on this self-guided tour. For more history and a beautiful trail, walk the Nine Mile Portage. Walk the Waterfront Trail to see the beauty of Barrie from the shores of Kempenfelt Bay and don't miss the Downtown Winter Lights Display in Heritage Park

Special Family Day Events

Family Day  at the MacLaren

MacLaren Art Centre
February 20, 2017 - 7:30pm
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie - Website
Open on Family Day from 12pm to 4pm with a special art programme for families to complete together.

Family Day Winter Adventure

Barrie Community Sports Complex
February 20, 2017
2100 Nursery Road, Midhurst - Website
The City of Barrie's Recreation Services is hosting its annual outdoor Family Day Winter Adventure. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, skating, hockey, broomball, snowshoe demos and more 10am - 2pm.

Family Day Free Skate

Holly Recreation Centre
February 20, 2017
171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie;
Enjoy a free public skate hosted by Ann Hoggarth MPP. Space is limited, access will be granted on a first come first serve basis.

License Free Ontario Family Fishing

Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe
February 18 - 20, 2017
Province wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing license.

Family Day - Free Admission

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
February 20, 2017
Visit the Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Historic Fort Willow and Minesing Wetlands for FREE on Family Day!  Bring your family for a hike or strap on your snowshoes and get outside! Weather permitting, Papa Bear Pond at the Tiffin Centre will be open for skating (bring your helmets and skates).

Family Day at Simcoe County Museum

Simcoe County Museum
February 20, 2017
1151 Highway 26, Minesing 
Head to the museum for their annual Family Day Extravaganza. Activities include snowshoeing, tobogganing and much more. Activities from 10am - 4pm.

Ski, Snowboard, Tube & Snowshoe

With dozens of ski runs, groomed trails and fantastic snow tubing, Hardwood Ski & Bike, Snow Valley, Horseshoe Resort and Mount St. Louis Moonstone have your outdoor winter fun covered.

Indoor Adventures

Escape the cold and enjoy some great indoor adventures this Family Day! From bowling to indoor playgrounds, Barrie has it all to keep your family entertained.