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Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday February 22 to Sunday February 24, 2013

By February 21, 2013

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The final weekend of February offers some engaging activities for kids and parents, the annual IceFest event in Yorkville, and much more.


See ice carving demonstrations during Bloor-Yorkville Icefest this weekend.
Photo © Marilyn Campbell

  • The Canadian International Auto Show continues at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre until Sunday.

  • The Outdoor Adventure Show is on from Friday to Sunday at the International Centre in Mississauga.

  • The eighth annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The event features and ice carving demonstrations and the resulting ice sculptures, with some neighbourhood restaurants selling snacks and drinks along the route to warm you up. This year's theme is "Wonderful and Whimsical".

  • Saturday and Sunday is Winterfest at the Toronto Zoo, a celebration tied to International Polar Bear Day, which is coming up on February 27. This weekend's event offers special "Meet the Polar Bear Keeper" talks, children's activities and crafts, prize draws, and more.

  • The Royal Ontario Museum is offering a nature-themed ROM sleepover on Friday night.

  • There's also a two-day Carnival Symposium at the Royal Ontario Museum on Saturday and Sunday, with speakers offering an in-depth look at the Caribbean Carnival. The symposium is free with museum admission, but an RSVP is required.

  • The Kortright Centre for Conservation is offering an evening "Owl Prowl" program on Saturday night, with Aboriginal Winter Activities being offered during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

  • The Hoot and Howl event in Rouge Park on Saturday night is full, but there is a number you can call to be placed on a waiting list.

  • This Saturday is the last DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront Centre for the season.

  • Among the special events at city museums this weekend, Fort York has partnered up with the Culinary Historians of Canada to celebrate marmalade on Saturday, and on Sunday offers a Black History Month lecture Free Men of Colour: African Canadians and the Defence of Upper Canada, 1812-1815.

  • The annual Rhubarb Festival is on now at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and will continue until March 3.

  • Tonight (Thursday night) the Bata Shoe Museum is holding another Glamour and Grace: 1950's Fashion and Film screening. Vie Privee (A Very Private Affair) is a 1962 French film starring Brigitte Bardot.

  • On Sunday afternoon, the Our Kids Camp Expo at Roy Thomson Hall gives parents an opportunity to learn about day and overnight camps in Ontario and Quebec.

  • Also on Sunday afternoon, the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science and Let's Talk Science have again teamed up to offer a Free Sunday Science event at U of T, offering hands-on activities for kids ages 6-12 (here's the PDF flyer).

If you're an event planner hosting something this weekend, feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below. For later events, learn how to submit an event listing to About.com: Toronto.

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