Looking to spend some quality time with your teens this Family Day? Check out these fun-filled events in and around Toronto.
By Mariam Ahmed
1. Today at Apple events.
Spend some quality time with your teen at these free events, hosted by Apple stores across the city. Something for everyone, these events feature workshops for coding, photography, creating music and creative arts. For teens ages 12 and older, Apple offers a How to Get Started with Coding workshop that teaches kids about the powerful programming languages like Swift by Apple, that is used to build many of today’s popular apps. Photography buffs will snap up the Photography workshop, where attendees visit nearby places and learn how to take the perfect picture, while discovering the latest accessories and the best editing features. This workshop also includes a 30-minute photography session that allows you to take dazzling shots of your subject using your iPhone. In the Creating Music workshop, kids will learn how to create fun beats and electrifying tunes using Garageband on an iPad. Rhythm basics are covered as well as Live Loops so they can create their own rock, hip hop, or EDM track. For advanced musicians, there are sessions like “Music Lab: Developing Your Sound,” which features how musicians can develop their own sounds that are inspired by Wu-Tang Clan’s frontman RZA. The Creative Arts workshop offers an introduction to sketching on an iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil by tracing over a photo and then using the Photocreate app to add layers and colours, as well as a “How to” session on this topic provides tips on how to build your own gallery of artwork using the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. For video enthusiasts there are sessions like Video Stories with Clips to teach you how to tell a story with a video in a 30-minute session as well as shooting details, layering scenes with graphics and emojis all with the Clips app. www.apple.com/ca/retail
2. Family Day at Harbourfront Centre
On Monday February 19th from 10 am to 5 pm, Harbourfront Centre will host free skating lessons on the Natrel Rink along with rinkside dance breaks, emerging DJs, icy activities, a fireside outdoor lounge and more! www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=9850&festival_id=0
3. Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
Scenic Caves Nordic Centre offers nighttime snowshoe guided tours where the “stars and shadows” create a theatrical setting for an adventure. A tour guide will take you through a beautiful forest, dazzling views of the countryside at the Suspension Bridge and amazing lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment, all while experiencing the beauty of the trails. These Night snowshoe hikes are scheduled for Saturdays along with added hikes on holidays. The cost is $40, which includes a snowshoe rental and reservations are required. www.sceniccaves.com
4. Blue Mountain- Family Day Weekend
Jam-packed fun for teens, Blue Mountain Village has a special itinerary including movie nights, DJ’d parties, dance parties, snowshoe guided tours and more. www.bluemountain.ca/things-to-do/events/family-day-weekend
5. Winter at Ontario Place – Winter Light Exhibition
The West Island of Ontario place is hosting a myriad of events including skating and cozy bonfires. Also enjoy a winter light exhibition as you make your way through the island and remember to dress warmly! Indoor settings, food and hot beverages will also be served. It is open daily until midnight and admission is free (tickets must be purchased for Cinesphere screenings). www.ontarioplace.com/en/winter