Some Fun Things To Do In Niagara, Ontario On Family Day Weekend – Saturday, February 17th thru Monday, February 19th, 2018

Posted February 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Make Ontario’s Niagara Parks Part of Your Family Day Getaway

  • ·         Wild Ontario exhibit showcasing Ontario’s native species returns to the Butterfly Conservatory, starting Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • ·         Witness the breathtaking formations and ice-coated landscape surrounding the “Frozen Falls”
  • ·         Niagara Parks’ Heritage Team will be set up at Table Rock Centre with exciting, interactive displays highlighting Canadian history

Inside Niagara Park’s Butterfly Conservatory. You can enjoy a wonderful escape from the winter in here.

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Over its short history, Family Day has quickly become the ideal time for a mid-winter escape to Niagara Parks.

With the start of Heritage Week celebrations coinciding with the holiday long weekend (Family Day and Presidents’ Day), allow Niagara Parks to provide the perfect combination of engaging historical programming, awe-inspiring natural attractions and mouth-watering, Feast On certified culinary experiences that will leave you wanting more. Niagara Parks truly has something for everyone:

Wild Ontario Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

Wild Ontario Exhibit arrives on time for Family Day Weekend at Niagara Parks

The widely popular Wild Ontario exhibit, created by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, will return to the Butterfly Conservatory on Saturday, February 17 and will run until Sunday, April 29.

The family-friendly, interactive exhibit features live animals native to Ontario, from the common toad to more rare species such as the stunningly delicate barn owl.

The bilingual displays set up throughout the Conservatory’s newly renovated exhibit space tell the story of Ontario’s native species, providing thought-provoking facts and anecdotes about their habitats, biodiversity and how citizens can help make a difference in ensuring their survival.

Admission to Wild Ontario is included with regular admission to Niagara Parks’ Butterfly Conservatory, home to over 2,000 free-flying butterflies.

Make your way along the stone pathways that wind through a tropical jungle paradise, passing by trickling waterfalls, lush vegetation and the emergence window, where new butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their first flight. For more information, please visit

Holiday Hours:                       10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Saturday – Monday)
Butterfly Café:                       11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission:                             Adults $15
Children (6-12 years) $9.75, children five and under are free.
Entry to Wild Ontario is included with regular admission.

Experience Family Day at Table Rock Centre

“Frozen Falls”

Niagara Parks’ Table Rock Centre is the perfect gathering place to take in the magnificent ice structures that have formed within the gorge at the base of the Falls and the unforgettable sight of the nearby trees and lampposts encrusted in a thick layer of frozen mist. Thanks to another recent cold spell and substantial snowfall in Niagara, the “Frozen Falls” continue to draw spectators from around the world, eager for their chance to witness this spectacular, natural winter phenomenon.

Heritage Displays

Take a break from the cold and venture inside to the Grand Hall of Table Rock Centre and enjoy free interactive heritage displays during the Family Day long weekend from Saturday, February 17 to Monday, February 19.

Niagara Parks Heritage Staff will be onsite daily to assist with hands-on displays, sharing fascinating stories and key moments in our collective history, such as the efforts of the “Famous Five” who were instrumental in achieving the right for women to vote in Canadian general elections in 1918.

To honour the 100th anniversary of this significant milestone, visitors will be able to try their hand at operating a circa 1920s printing press to print their own quotes related to this crucial step toward equality for all Canadians. 

Grand Hall – Table Rock Centre
Saturday, February 17 – Monday, February 19 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Elements on the Falls Restaurant

Complete your daytrip to Table Rock Centre with a memorable meal at Niagara Parks’ signature restaurant, Elements on the Falls. From the awe-inspiring views of the glass dining room perched atop the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, to the mouth-watering menu featuring locally sourced food and drink, Niagara Parks’ Feast On certified Elements on the Falls presents a Niagara dining experience like no other. To reserve your table, please visit  

Spring Display at the Floral Showhouse

The perfect complement to any visit to Niagara Parks, the Floral Showhouse is currently featuring the annual Spring Display, filled with stunning floral arrangements, as well as colourful and lush greenery to help brighten your day. The warm and serene setting is bursting with gorgeous blooms, orchids and exotic tropical plants, all accompanied by the peaceful sounds of singing songbirds. Escape the wintery weather and experience this tropical retreat, just a short walking distance from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls!

Hours of Operation:              Daily: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission:                             Adults $5
Children (ages 6-12) $3.75, children five and under are free.

Niagara Falls Wonder Pass

The best way to experience Family Day weekend with Niagara Parks is by purchasing the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass. All passes include admission to: Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, the Butterfly Conservatory and the Floral Showhouse, as well as two-day transportation on the WEGO bus system and two consecutive days on the Falls Incline Railway. Price: $25 for adults; $17 for children ages six to 12 and children five and under are free! Please visit to purchase your Wonder Pass online.

About Niagara ParksSince its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

Some Events and Activities for Family Day from the City of St. Catharines

With free skating, swimming and other fun activities the City has your Family Day covered. Join us for Family Day in the City Monday, Feb. 19 and enjoy the following family-favourite activities:

  • Free skating
  • Enjoy free skating from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. Regular rules and supervision requirements apply. Learn more at  
  •  Free swimming
  • Enjoy free leisure swims at various times throughout the day at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre. Regular rules and supervision requirements apply. Leisure swim schedule available at
  • Pop Up PLAY Tent and Fun Zone
  • Enjoy free games, crafts, face painting and other fun family activities from noon to 5 p.m. at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre.
  • St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre
  • Make lasting Family Day memories at the museum with dress-up stations throughout the galleries, exhibit building activities, and special behind-the-scenes tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission by donation. Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more information.
  •  The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
    Bring the family to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to sing along with Choir! Choir! Choir! on Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. All tickets $20. Or, enjoy a special Family Day weekend presentation of the Swiss Family Robinson on the big screen in the Film House on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. Admission $9 for adults, $7 for children 13 and under. Visit  for more information.


The following City of St. Catharines facilities will be closed for Family Day (Feb. 19):

  • City Hall
  • Enterprise Centre
  • Parks, Recreation and Culture Services administration office
  • Dunlop Drive, Port Dalhousie and West St. Catharines older adult centres
  • Russell Avenue and Port Weller community centres
  • Victoria Lawn Cemetery offices (visitation is always available from dawn to dusk)

Report fallen trees, slippery roads and sidewalks, blocked catch basins and sewer backups to 905.688.5600. Report power outages to Alectra Utilities at 905.684.8111.

St. Catharines Transit will operate on its holiday schedule on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 19. Transit returns to its regular schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Visit for more information about bus schedules and routes.

Thanks, have a great day,

More Things to do on Family Day in the Town of Pelham Free Family Day Fun at the Pelham Arena

Pelham, Ontario  – The Town of Pelham invites you to a day of free family fun on Monday, February 19, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Pelham Arena (1120 Haist Street).

Celebrating Family Day, the Town is hosting free public skates, a community expo, children’s snowshoe races, and the battle of the Golden Boot hockey game, where Pelham firefighters take on Pelham Minor Hockey coaches for the ultimate bragging rights.

“Engagement and participation are important pillars in our community’s foundation,” said Jodi Hendriks, culture and community enhancement programmer. “Thanks to our community partners and sponsors, we’re able to gather as a community to enjoy a day of family-filled, free fun. This will be the least year we host activities at the Pelham Arena; it’s another opportunity to make some great memories.”

All activities are free of charge thanks to sponsors Fitness 9-1-1 and Peter Piper’s Pubhouse, and a donation to Pelham Cares will get you admission to the Golden Boot game.

At the Pelham Community Expo, you can expect to learn more about events, parks and trails, transit, camps, arena programs, service clubs, Town Hall, sports clubs, fitness classes, festivals and much more. 

Children’s Snow Shoe Races

A wonderful past time winter activity you don’t see very often in southern Ontario. Bring your kids out to participate in the snow shoe races from 12:00 – 12:30pm. They will be held outside of the arena with snow or without snow so bundle up!

Golden Boot Hockey Game

The Second Showdown of Pelham Volunteer. The Pelham volunteer firefighters face off against the Pelham Minor Hockey Association coaches. The game is sponsored by Peter Piper’s Pub House and will start at 1 p.m. at the Pelham Arena. Come cheer on your favorite volunteers as they compete for the Golden Boot.

Schedule of events:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.                   Free Public Skate courtesy of Fitness 9-1-1 & the Town of Pelham
  • 12 – 2 pm.                         Community Expo – learn about your communities unique services
  • 12 – 12:30 p.m.                  Children’s Snowshoe races (outside)
  • 1 – 3 p.m.                            Golden Boot Game – Pelham Volunteer Firefighters vs. Pelham Minor Hockey Coaches

For more information visit:

A Note from Niagara At Large -The events posted above are those sent to NAL to date. To find out what events may be scheduled for the Family Day weekend in other municipalities across the Niagara region, we encourage you to visit the websites for those municipalities or check the bulletin boards at local libraries or city or town halls for any postings.

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