Celebrate Ontario's Culture On Family Day



    McGuinty Government Encourages Families To Visit Provincial Attractions

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Parents looking for activities to enjoy with
their kids on Ontario's first Family Day long weekend will find plenty of fun
things to do at cultural attractions across the province.

    
    Family Day festivities at Ontario's attractions include:
    -   Gadgets and Gizmos - an Ontario Science Centre workshop that teaches
        parents and their kids how to make toys out of household objects
    -   Sunday Smorgasborg - The Art Gallery of Ontario's new art class for
        families launches on Sunday, February 17 and the first session is
        free. Classes will be held at the Gallery School at 60 McCaul St.
    -   A 90-foot tall Balloonosaurus dinosaur made out of balloons is just
        one of the main features of the Royal Ontario Museum's Family Day
        Long Weekend.
    

    For more ideas on what to do on Family Day, visit www.winterinontario.com
    Tourism Toronto is also offering several package deals that include
cultural and heritage attractions such as the National Ballet and the Markham
Museum. For more information, visit www.torontotourism.com.
    "Family Day gives parents an excellent opportunity to get outside with
their kids, explore Ontario's cultural attractions and have some fun
together," said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll. "Communities across the
province are planning special events that will make this first February long
weekend a memorable one for families."
    Carroll promoted Family Day activities at the Ontario Science Centre
where she was joined by popular children's author Hugh Brewster and the
Grade 5 class from Grenoble Public School.
    The Ontario Science Centre also announced its participation in the Sun
Life Financial Museum and Art Pass program, an initiative that provides
families in 24 Toronto neighbourhoods with free passes to visit cultural and
art attractions across the city. The program is offered through designated
Toronto Public Library branches.
    "The Ontario Science Centre is pleased to be part of this innovative
program that is raising the profile of arts and cultural institutions in
Toronto and making them more accessible to all families," said Lesley Lewis,
the centre's Chief Executive Officer. "It's also a great way for more families
to take advantage of Family Day festivities taking place at participating
attractions."

    
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                            www.culture.gov.on.ca
                            www.ontarioculture.ca
    




For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Mark Thompson, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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