Staycation fun in Toronto- Watching a Marlies game

Maya shares with us a local travel , staycation idea below. Be sure to visit her on her blog Mayahood 
We’re big hockey fans at our house.  Both of my son’s already have multiple hockey jerseys and if there’s a game on TV, you’re sure to find my husband watching it.  Even my son’s morning routine consists of watching hockey highlights!  Although we would love to take our kids to see the Maple Leafs, it’s 1) hard to get tickets and 2) we’re just not willing to spend an average of $150 per seat.  Instead, my family and I head to see the Toronto Marlies play at Ricoh Coliseum.
Marlies the whole gang
While technically the action may not be as fast paced as it is in the NHL, the American Hockey League (AHL) is great hockey and likely the untrained eye (kids) wouldn’t even be able to tell the different between NHL and AHL. The whole experience is jam packed with entertainment for the entire family at an affordable price. Last year we went to see four Toronto Marlies games including one when Ryan, my youngest son, was only two weeks old.  This year we’ve already been to two games. When we’re itching for a fun day out but the weather doesn’t cooperate we know the Marlies game is a safe bet. On several occasions we purchased our game tickets only a few hours before puck drop and picked up the tickets at will call.  It was really easy and stress-free.
Here’s a few of the highlights you can expect at the game & some family-friendly tips:
On the weekend, 90 minutes before the game, Marlies Alley  is open and includes various interactive games (i.e. fooseball, hockey shooting, etc…) and a Marlies player signing autographs.
If your children are obsessed with Zambonies as much as my son, they will be happy to learn that they can get a chance to drive on one during intermission.  This has to be done in advance through the team website.
Right before the intermission ends, make sure to head to the fan tunnel, located at the carpeted area, and high-five the players as they head back on the ice.
During intermissions, minor hockey teams come out to play. This is probably my son’s favourite time at the game as he gets to see kids play hockey, which of course he’s gearing up to do now that he’s three!
The Marlies mascot is a cute and loveable dog called Duke.  Watch out for him throughout the game doing various antics including hand-stands, jumping on the railings and waving the Marlies flag.  Try to catch him if you can for a fun photo opportunity with your kids.
At the end of the game, line up near the main entrance to the stadium to get some autographs from the players.
While it’s recommended that you purchase your tickets well in advance of the game to ensure you receive the seats of your choice, you can always find some last minute, game-day tickets (at a slightly higher price).
Most importantly, be loud! There a lot of contests throughout the game including one for loudest cheer.
Have fun & Go-Marlies-Go
Toronto Marlies Hockey
Have you been to a Marlies game yet? What was your favourite part? Are there any other sporting events that you’ve been to that are great for families?
Mayahood is the brainchild of Maya Fitzpatrick. A stay at home mom who left behind her job in the business world to be ruled by little munchkins who can’t properly convey their needs. She gets paid in hugs and kisses which makes it all worth it.


  1. It looks like you guys had a great time. I'm over in BC so I have never been to a Marlies game but whenever you support local hockey it's a good time 🙂
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  2. Aww! Looks like you guys had a BLAST! P.S. I totally LOVE Maya Fitzpatrick!!! Just sayin'!
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  3. WhispersInspire says

    WOW, this is a great idea. I think we can catch a Pistons game or Red Wings around here. Great idea.

  4. I have only been to one Marlies game and that is when my University friend's boyfriend (now husband!) was the goal!! It was so exciting!! I even bought his player card! 😉
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  5. that looks fun! we haven't taken the boys to a hockey game yet!
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