Guide to Family Day in Barrie

Affected services and things to do

Since 2008, Family Day has been a special holiday to give everyone a little extra time to spend with loved ones. While there is plenty of things to do all weekend long, here is your guide to everything you need to know for Family Day in Barrie this year.

Free Public Skating

Sharpen up your blades and take the family out for a free public skate this Family Day. Both the Holly Community Centre and the Allendale Recreation Centre are hosting free public skates with the former also serving complimentary hot chocolate.

Holly Community Centre – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Allendale Recreation Centre – 2:30 PM to 3:50 PM


Family Day Winter Adventure

The City of Barrie is hosting its annual Family Day Winter Adventure for the 6th year in a row. Along with the Barrie Baycats signing autographs, there will also be a skating rink, broomball pad, horse and sleigh rides, climbing wall, kicksleds, trail walking, and a roaring bonfire to keep you warm.

Barrie Community Sports Complex – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Maclaren Art Centre

Flex your family’s creative muscles at the Maclaren Art Centre this Family Day. There will be free tours of their current exhibits along with a special multimedia collage workshop led by local artist Heather Riley and its only $5 (Free for members).

Maclaren Art Centre – 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Barrie BounceFest

Have fun and raise money for an amazing cause with Barrie Bouncefest at the Barrie Sports Dome. Kids can enjoy tons of bouncy castles and slides, obstacle courses, eat some cotton candy (in that order), and all proceeds from your $10 ticket go to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation.


Magic Show

Not only is Kaleidoscoppe Play Centre an awesome place for you kids to have fun but they will also have the BenTastic Magic Show there on Family day amaze and delight your little ones. If that wasn’t enough, a transforming Bubblebee will also be there.

Kaleidoscoppe Play Centre – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Family Day Festival at Friday Harbour

This one is actually happening all weekend long but Monday will see Friday Harbour packed with tons of family-friendly activities. There will be a pancake brunch, Leisure Skate, Kid’s Zone, Winter Market, Jack Frost Treasure Hunt, and you can even take selfies with Elsa and Olaf!

Friday Harbour – 10:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Family Day Activities at Horseshoe Resort

Along with the regular skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, Horseshoe Resort will also have tons of activities for you and your family. Family shinny, guided snowshoeing, cooking decorating, face painting, marshmallow roast and more. This one also runs all weekend long.

Horseshoe Resort – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM


Click here for what’s open and closed and how public transit and garbage collection is affected on Family Day.