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TORONTO, December 19, 2005—Harbourfront Centre's holiday season events offer lots of fun free family activities! All events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

The Natrel Rink (open daily - free admission)
The Natrel Rink is open daily through March 12, 2006 (weather permitting), including Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Regular hours for Canada’s largest outdoor man-made skating rink are Sunday to Thursday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Friday & Saturday (10 a.m. to 11 pm.). On December 24 and December 25 the Natrel Rink is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other days function on regular hours. Admission is free. Skate rentals are $7 for adults, $6 for children and seniors. Skate sharpening is $5.

ZOOM! Family Events (free admission)
(Events daily Tuesday December 27 through Friday December 30, 2005 &
Sunday January 8, 2006)

The Peace Tree
Daily from Tuesday December 27 through Friday December 30 at 1 p.m.
Free admission screenings at the Studio Theatre
This new Canadian family film directed by Mitra Sen finds two girls dreaming of celebrating each other’s holidays at home - Christmas and Eid. Met with resistance from their parents, they make a peace tree instead, which celebrates unity and diversity using symbols [origami paper crane, the Moon and the Star (from Islam), the Ohm (from Hinduism), the Star of David (from Judaism) and the dove] from every culture and faith. More information at

Gallery Kids, tours of The Power Plant
Daily from Tuesday December 27 through Friday December 30 & Sunday January 8, 2006 (2 p.m. sharp!)
Families discover and explore contemporary art. Join a tour and workshop focusing on current exhibitions in The Power Plant. Hands-on, interactive activities follow the tours. Meet in the ZOOM! Room 2 p.m. sharp!

ZOOM! Room Activities
Daily from Tuesday December 27 through Friday December 30 & Sunday January 8, 2006
(1 to 5 p.m.)
Families are invited to the ZOOM! Room, a fun interactive space. The ZOOM! Room features the International Readings Family Library, where kids can read from a selection of great international children's books; an interactive puppet area and the LEGO Creative Play Area - where kids can use their imagination to build a robot, a creature and more!

Harbourfront Centre Visual Arts Exhibitions (free admission)
Harbourfront Centre presents eight diverse visual arts exhibitions ranging from a dynamic installation made up of scavenged music box components [Je Te Veux (Music Box Installation)], toan intriguing exchange show of new works by Toronto and Scottish-based artists (The Suitcase Show) and remarkable solo exhibitions by glass and ceramic artists. Admission is free. Exhibitions run until December 31. All exhibitions are closed on December 25 and December 26. Exhibitions are open from noon to 3 p.m. on December 24 and 31 and from noon to 6 p.m. on December 27 through Friday, December 30.

The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre
The Power Plant has exhibitions that feature an exclusive Canadian retrospective of New York-based artist On Kawara, the Canadian premiere of a video installation by Venezuelan Javier Téllez and artworks from Toronto's former Cold City Gallery. All exhibitions run until March 5, 2006. The Power Plant's holiday hours are: closed December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2. Open from noon to 3 p.m. on December 24 and December 31 and regular hours all other days.

Regular hours: open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday until
8 p.m. (free on Wednesdays after 5 p.m.). Admission is $4 ($2 students and seniors), children and members free. For exhibition and tour information, the public can call 416-973-4949 or visit


Media Contacts:
Natrel Rink & The Power Plant: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
ZOOM! Family Events & Visual Arts: Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381,
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