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Kidapalooza Family Festival

February 16 - 18, 2019

Markham Fair Grounds
                     10801 McCowan Road  map

Kidapalooza Family Festival will take place February 16 - 18, 2019 at the Markham Fairgrounds in over 50,000 sq. ft. of INDOOR space with some outdoor activities. 

The event will feature Kidapalooza's signature activity stations, interactive inflatables, mechanical rides, stage shows,  rock climbing, special guest appearances, plus so much more! 

You will also be able to shop local and artisan vendors along with all of the Family Festival Fun! 

2019 Event will feature a NEW layout, NEW Build It Zone activities, expanded play zones and a whole lot of fun!

Kidapalooza is committed to providing a hands-on, creative experience for families from all across the Greater Toronto Area. We will have special guests -- the official PJ MASKS characters and PEPPA PIG (please see website for detailed schedule of their appearances)


The Markham Ice and Snow Festival

February 9 to 18, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: outside the Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Blvd. map

Take in the stunning display of intricate, hand-carved ice sculptures at the Markham Ice and Snow Festival this weekend! Join the City of Markham and the Centre of Sustainable & Integrated Design (CSID) at the Markham Civic Centre on Saturday, February 9 for a live ice sculpting demonstration at the opening ceremony

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival will be available for free to the public from February 9 to 18, 2019 outside the Markham Civic Centre. Visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

"We are thrilled to welcome these talented artists to Markham and we thank them for creating mesmerizing works of art," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "This inaugural festival speaks to our friendship with communities across China. Markham is a global destination for arts and culture, and our strong diversity is on full display in this winter wonderland."

Xiaodong Zhu is one of ten award-winning artists from Harbin, China who has travelled to Markham to be a part of this special event. Among his many titles, Xiaodong has been called the "Master of ice and snow art" by the Harbin People's Government. Ten international artists have carved 14 ice sculptures with a theme of "A Romance of Ice and Snow". There will also be an outdoor maze carved entirely from ice for children to explore.

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival, presented in co-operation with the City of Markham and the Harbin People's Government, is inspired by the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, known around the world for its stunning display of breathtaking ice sculptures.

Not only will the Festival introduce Markham and the Greater Toronto Area to one of the greatest winter festivals around the world, it will also provide a platform for Canadian and Chinese artists to display their work, and further promote the municipal friendships between the City of Markham and the City of Harbin, China.

Pride of Canada Carousel

The Pride of Canada Carousel
Returns Family Day Weekend

Where: 8080 Birchmount Rd., Markham  map

Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18, 2019

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Carousel rides $2. Skating free.

After a brief period of closure, Downtown Markham’s famous Pride of Canada Carousel will return for Family Day Weekend. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 16 - 18, bring your family for an afternoon of fun on this colourful, distinctly Canadian carousel. Only $2 per ride!

Don’t forget to bring your skates: Downtown Markham’s public skating rink is now open (weather permitting) and ready for use, free of charge! 

The carousel is a 50-foot, one-of-a-kind merry-go-round featuring 44 rideable sculptures with a Canadiana theme. Located in the heart of Downtown Markham, the carousel allows children to experience public art both by sight and by touch.

Markham Intergenerational Games

Markham Intergenerational Family Day & Games 2019

by Moksha Canada Foundation

February 16 - 18, 2019, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Armadale Community Centre, 2401 Denison Street 

Join us February 16 - 18 (Family Day long weekend) at Canada's first ever Intergenerational games happening In Markham, Ontario.

We will have many activities. prizes, games, classes and many more happening!

Activities such as;
- Mayors Basketball Tournament - Trophies | Medals | Certificates
- Zumba | Dance | Yoga Workshops
- Arts & Crafts | Painting | Art Supplies | Colouring
- Live DJ's | MC's
- Kids Zone | FREE Snack Zone | Face Painting | Henna Tattoos | 
- Seniors Zone - Interactive Games 
- Table Tennis & many more.
- Fun for Family & Friends! 
- Everyone FREE!



RSVP below for a chance to win many prize(s) throughout the Intergenerational Family Day & games.

If you have any kind of talent please email us now at!

Follow us on our social media for updates and more info regarding the games. 

Instagram / @mokshacanada
Facebook /mokshcanada



Monday, February 18th, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bob Hunter Memorial Park 
7277 14th Avenue  

Come chill with us this coming Family Day at WinterRouge! Bundle up for a full day of FREE, family-friendly winter activities at Rouge National Urban Park. Through WinterRouge we will also be supporting the Great Backyard Bird Count, so dust off those binoculars if you have them or borrow a pair from us! Stay tuned for more details to come.

What’s On

- Dust off your binoculars (or borrow a pair from us) and join one of our expert guides on a winter birding outing in support of the Great Backyard Bird Count! Guided birding outings are all an hour in length and will leave from the event site every half hour: 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm
- Build your own pinecone bird feeder and continue to hone your birding skills in your own backyard
- Improve your slap shot with a series of inflatable hockey interactives 
- Strap on a pair of snowshoes and go for a jaunt! *weather permitting
- Join our Learn-to Camp team with s’more fun near the campfire 
- Step back in time and sample some authentic 18th century heritage hot chocolate from our friends at MARS
- Enjoy a live ice carving demonstration courtesy of the talented IceGuys from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
- Snap a selfie with our colossal strawbale snowmen (these guys can take the heat!)
- Satisfy your sweet tooth and learn all about maple syrup with the TRCA
- Meet Parka as she joins the winter festivities!
- Special Family Day guided walks! Click here for more information.

NOTE: There is limited free parking available on-site, so please carpool if possible. Additional parking will be available at the nearby Rouge Valley Mennonite Church (7452 Reesor Rd, Markham, ON) with trail access to the event venue. Please check our website for updates on any changes to trail conditions or event programming due to weather.


2019 LunarFest presented by Vendôme

Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main Street Unionville map

Piggy Banks for the Life Moments

Help Unionville celebrate the Year of the Pig and kick off your family-day long weekend at the Varley Art Gallery. In partnership with the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, learn how an Italian painter became one of the most beloved artists for three emperors in Qing Dynasty and contributed to the Chinese paintings today. Enjoy the Arch of the Blessings and immerse in the sounds of cultures. Don’t forget to DIY your own Pig Hero lantern and take a money bath and “gong” for the fortune!

Every child growing up must have a piggy bank - it's Year of the Pig so it's time to play the Universe of Piggy Banks game and see how cultures and currencies matter to us.

FREE Admission


Mayor's Annual Basketball Championship

Mayor's Annual 3on3 Champion
Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 16, 2019  9:00 a.m.
to Monday, February 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.    

Location: Middlefield Collegiate Institute, 525 Highglen Avenue 

MOKSHA is about serving the community
with dignity, compassion and professionalism.

Together we can achieve the joy of Moksha.

Ascension Jiu-Jitsu Championship

2019 Ascension Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Location: Markham Pan Am Centre, 16 Main Street Unionville South map

We are one of the longest running Jiu-Jitsu events in Canada, celebrating our 14th annual event on the weekend of 
February 16th & 17th, 2019 at the prestigious Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario. 

For more information, visit

The Markham Civic Centre Outdoor Ice Rink
is Open for the Season

Markham Civic Centre Skating Rink

Free Public Skating

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Wednesdays
12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday

Skate Rental: Adults $10, Children $5

Skate rentals are available on:
Fridays: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m. - 10 pm.

Recreational skating only.
No hockey sticks, pucks or balls allowed.

Address: 101 Town Centre Blvd.  map

Markham Thunder
Markham Thunder vs Montreal Les Canadienne

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Thornhill Community Centre Arena, 7755 Bayview Avenue  

The 2018 Clarkson Cup Champion Markham Thunder are back and ready to defend the Canadian Women's Hockey League.

Family Day Painting Party

Family Day Painting Party!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Location: Winged Canvas Art Hub, 185 Bullock Drive  #1 map

Painting Session Times: Session 1 - 12:30 p.m. (polar bear theme) | Session 2 - 3:30 p.m. (deer silhouette theme)

Can you believe Winged Canvas is turning five? They say time flies, and it feels like just yesterday we were a little studio with a big dream — to be a vibrant community space created by artists, for artists and art enthusiasts. That dream continues and we are celebrating five incredible years as Markham’s Art Hub! We love painting (obviously) and think that making art together with family and friends is the best way to celebrate this milestone. Join in the festivities on Family Day and create a winter-themed painting, step-by-step with a Winged Canvas artist. We’ll teach you the basics of acrylic painting and you’ll get to take home your very own masterpiece.  

Price: $40/painter for a 9 x 12” canvas or *Family Upgrade: Additional painters can be added at $15/participant for a shared 16 x 20” canvas. *For example, a $40 ticket + $15 upgrade includes all painting materials for 2 participants on ONE 16 x 20” shared canvas. 

Family Day Canvas Challenge

Family Day Canvas Challenge

Monday, February 18, 2019

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street Unionville map

Families are invited to create their own canvas creation to take home in this fun, educational and interactive program experience! Guided by an experienced art educator, families will be challened to create works inspired by paintings in our permanent collection. The program is sponsored by Aboveground Art Supplies.

Ages 4+  

$40/family of 4 ($5 per additional family member)

Event Organizer: Varley Art Gallery
Telephone: (905) 477-7000
Email Contact:
Website Address:



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Direct: 647-293-8632
Office: 905-471-2121


Clean and Care Services
Clean and Care Services

Pulse Dance Works

Sher's 5 Star Catering

Dance Dreamz


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 Markham Weather Forecast

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A few flurries

A few flurries

         Daytime High: -5°C  Overnight Low: -11°C
         Chance of Precipitation: 40%
         Wind: 20 - 30 km/h East
         Sunrise: 7:15 a.m.   Sunset: 5:48 p.m.


The Next 3 Day Forecast

February 18
February 19

February 20

Scattered flurries Mainly sunny Scattered flurries

High    -7°C

High    -4C

High    -5°C

Low    -19°C Low    -12°C Low     -5°C


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  More Upcoming Markham Event

Disney Beauty and the Beast

Unionville Theatre Company
Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd.  map

Join us Feb. 21 to 24, 2019 into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Unionville Theatre Company celebrating our 40th season of staging high caliber musical production from within our own community proudly presents this “tale as old as time”. Magical with a visual WOW, spectacular costumes and sets, compliment the talent we have on stage, family theatre at its best.

Tickets: Adults $30, Child/Youth/Senior $25.00


Click here to view more exciting shows,
 events and festivals of 2019.

Movies Showing At
Our Local Movie Theatre,
Markham Cineplex Cinema & VIP

          Serenity The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

          Serenity The Wandering Earth

          Serenity Integrity

          The Kid Who Would Be King Pegasus

          Glass Glass

          The Upside The Upside

          Aquaman Aquaman

          Spider-man Into Spider Verse Spider-man Into Spider Verse

          Serenity Miss Behaviour

          Serenity Alita: Battle Angel

          Serenity Isn't It Romantic

          Serenity Happy Death Day 2U

          Kill Mobile Fall In Love At First Kiss

            Click here for movie show times.


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