TORONTO, Ont. — The Canadian International AutoShow is the destination to be on Family Day in Toronto.
Among the more than 1,000 vehicles under the roof of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre are scores of family-oriented cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, but that’s just the start of it. The AutoShow is also packed with family-friendly features that will keep kids of all ages engaged and entertained.
Family Day at the AutoShow is presented by Toys”R”Us Canada, Kijiji Autos, 407ETRand VIA Rail Canada.
“Many families make an adventure to the Canadian International AutoShow an important part of their winter activities,” says Nicole Dalton, director of marketing at Toys”R”Us Canada. “We first sponsored the AutoShow last year and received positive feedback. We’re very excited to be offering parents even more this year.”
Among the family-friendly exhibits, activities and features at the 2020 AutoShow are:
Fun for 4 Family Admission Ticket
- Valid any day of the AutoShow, get two adult and two child ticketsfor less than $50, if purchased before February 14th!
Toys”R”Us PlayCare Centre
- Kids looking for the thrill of play can visit the Toys”R”Us PlayCare Centre, a professionally supervised children’s area featuring arts and crafts, toys and an abundance of activities for children to enjoy. (South Building, 600 Level)
Babies”R”Us Nursing Centre
- For new parents, the Babies”R”Us Nursing Lounge provides a quiet space to tend to little ones. (South Buildig, 600 Level)
Toys”R”Us Test Drive Experience
- One of the main features of the company’s activities will be the Toys”R”Us Test Drive Experience, which affords children the chance to ride battery-powered miniature models of popular vehicles including a BMW M8 GTE, Polaris RZR 900, Ford F-150and the Pink MINI Cooper. (South Building, in Castrol Alley on the 700 Level)
Toys”R”Us Pop-Up Shop
- From die-cast toy cars to ride-on vehicles and the latest car seats, the Toys”R”Us pop-up shop will be the definitive destination where the worlds of cars and toys intersect. Plus, purchase any of the featured ride-on vehicles and receive free shipping. (South Building, in Castrol Alley on the 700 Level)
Big Boys with Cool Toys
- Canada‘s largest remote control hobby store will be exhibiting some of the coolest remote control products available in the industry at the Big Air Freestyle Park. Not only will they be showing them off, they will be taking these vehicles to the maximum levels of jumping, backflips, front flips and much more. See the excitement before your eyes with remote control hobby vehicles jumping 20, 30 and 40 feet in the air. (South Building, in Castrol Alley on the 700 Level)
ONWARD (and a little backwards): The Pixar Vehicle Experience
- Pose and have your picture taken with some of your favourite vehicles from Pixar films. The centerpiece is “Guinevere,” the groovy purple van with a Pegasus mural and crescent moon side windows from the upcoming movie Onward, with life-sized cut outs of the main characters Ian and Barley and a wizard peforming magic tricks. Fan favourite Lightning McQueen from the Cars franchise and the stunt motorcycle ridden by Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4 will also be around. (South Building, on the 600 Level and in Castrol Alley on the 700 Level)
Canadian Military Celebrated
- Look in awe at the sheer size and magnitude of the tanks and personnel carriers that have assisted Canadian service men and women, courtesy the Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum and INKAS Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing. (South Building, 800 Level)
OBLIVION Car Show Retro Arcade
- Never mind the cars that will have mom and dad thinking back to their youthful days — including the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future and KITT from the ‘80s TV show Knight Rider — this celebration of the pop culture of the 1980s and ’90s includes a retro arcade with some classic video games in the old upright cabinet format. (South Building, in Castrol Alley on the 700 Level)
- Test your skills in an attempt to become the Forza Motorsport 7 WorldGaming Network North American champion, driven by Pfaff. There is $20,000 in prize money on the line, so get your practice in and come to the AutoShow to try and register the fastest lap time to qualify for the finals. (South Building, 700 Level)
Light Up the Night
- Let the kids hear the rumble and power of the supercars in Auto Exotica with the popular Light Up the Night, Presented by Sirius XM. Live fire ups of the cars happens every night after 6 pm — and incidentally there is a $6 discount on adult tickets after 6 pm as well! (North Building, 100 Level)
Visit the Maritimes
- Visit the VIA Rail Canada display for a chance to win a return trip from Toronto to Halifax. Travel to Montreal in luxurious Business Class with full lounge access, free WiFi and delicious meals, then transfer to a cozy sleeper-plus cabin for the remainder of the journey to Nova Scotia. (North Building, 300 Level)
The World’s Largest Pearl
- Visit Auto Exotica to see the World’s Largest Pearl. Take you picture with it for a chance to win genuine pearl jewelry valued at more than $200. (North Building, 100 Level)
Beyond the family-friendly features, several automotive manufacturers will have special Family day programming at their booths. Among them:
Volkswagen — Augmented Reality Soccer
- Think you have what it takes to keep the ball out of the net? Give it a try in this augmented reality feature presented by Volkswagen in partnership with the Canadian Premier League. Stand in the goal and try to save the digital balls coming your way to pace yourself to the top of the leaderboard. (North Building, 300 Level)
Mitsubishi — Outlander PHEV Selfies
- Families have a chance to win a $500 gas gift card by taking a selfie with their favourite Mitsubishi. Showcased at the booth is the family-friendly Outlander PHEV decaled with art to highlight key benefits of driving a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for families. (North Building, 300 Level)
Nissan — Autograph & Photo Session
- For the racing fans, Marco Signoretti, the 2019 Nissan Micra Cup Champion, will be at the Nissan display for a photo and autograph session on from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Family Day weekend. (North Building, 300 Level)
Subaru — Beat the goat to become the GOAT
- Think you can beat a goat in a staring contest? Made famous in Subaru’s most recent marketing campaign, a digital version of the Subaru goat will be around — take a chance to look the goat straight in the eyes – don’t blink before it does for a chance win prizes! (North Building, 300 Level)
Hyundai — Bubble Tea
- Between noon and 3 p.m., visit the Hyundai booth for a complimentary bubble tea, courtesy The Alley. (North Building, 300 Level)
For more information or to buy tickets, please visit autoshow.ca. Media accreditation to the 2020 AutoShow is now online and can be requested at autoshow.ca/media-registration.
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About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and annual attendance of 360,000, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.
About Toys”R”Us (Canada) Ltd. (“Toys “R” Us Canada”)
Since 1984, Toys”R”Us Canada has been Canada’s dedicated specialty retailer of toys and baby products. The company brings national brands, exclusive products, innovative loyalty programs and unique partnerships to Canadians at its 82 stores across Canada and through its ecommerce sites Toysrus.ca and Babiesrus.ca. Committed to giving back to its communities, the company focuses its charity efforts on supporting children and their families – whether enhancing resources and services, helping development through play or offering encouragement to seriously ill children. Toys”R”Us Canada is a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.
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