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The Bentway
Toronto’s newest public space will open the skate trail again this winter. For operating dates, events and details visit thebentway.ca.

Cinesphere at Ontario Place
The summer of 2018 at Ontario Place will usher in an era of ‘fun in the sun’. Toronto’s favourite destination for exploration and leisure activities offers a variety of sport and recreational activities. Details at ontarioplace.com.

CN Tower
View Toronto through the CN Tower’s spectacular views including the world-famous glass floor, Skypod and glass fronted elevators with glass floor panels. For thrill-seekers there’s EdgeWalk, the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk above ground. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Phone 1-416-868-6937. www.cntower.ca.

Casa Loma
One of Toronto’s top 10 tourist attractions and hospitality venues, the castle and estate gardens are open for tours and functions. For details visit www.casaloma.org.

LegoLand Discovery Centre
With more than three million bricks under one roof, rides, a 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and much more, there’s plenty of indoor fun. www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.

Ripley’s Aquarium
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and more than 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal with several touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and stingrays as well as daily dive shows every two hours. For details visit www.ripleyaquariums.com.

Ontario Science Centre
A visit to the Ontario Science Centre will delight, inform and challenge you. Enjoy hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Details on current exhibits, programs and IMAX films visit ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives
The Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives features a variety of exhibitions as well as PAMA Kids programs, events and hands-on activities www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Weekends and Wednesdays at various times: Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. For details visit www.rougepark.com/hike.

Pay-What-You-Wish Socials
5 to 8 p.m.: Visit Gibson House Museum on Thursday nights and take a self-guided tour through the historic house. Last Thursday of the month is Board Games Night.  Visit www.toronto.ca/museum-events for details.

Creative Play and art making at AGO
Visit the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre at Art Gallery of Ontario for creative play and art making. www.ago.net.

Weekends at Bata Shoe Museum
Spend the afternoon exploring the galleries, trying on funky shoes and playing iSpy and participating in a drop-in, shoe-themed arts and crafts activity. For details visit www.batashoemuseum.ca or call 416-979-7799.

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn
Wednesdays 2 to 6 p.m.: Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans at Montgomery’s Inn. Free. Contact 416-394-8113 or visit www.montgomerysinn.com.

Sundays at the Aga Khan Museum
12 to 4 p.m.: Drop into the Aga Khan Museum’s Education Centre for family art activities inspired by current exhibitions. Activities designed for kids ages 5 to 12. For more details, visit www.agakhanmuseum.org.

Mackenzie House
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m. Located at 82 Bond St., Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Contact machouse@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6915.

Montgomery’s Inn
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Montgomery’s Inn Museum highlights the historical role played by the inn as a tavern, farm and gathering place.Email montinn@toronto.ca or call 416-394-8133.

Spadina Museum
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.: Spadina Museum offers a glimpse of Toronto during the 1900-1930 period. Call 416-392-6910 or email spadina@toronto.ca.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site features a group of historic buildings set in the scenic Don Valley and a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve. Call 416-396-2819.

Medieval Times Toronto
New Show – the Queen rules at Medieval Times! Experience spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, breath-taking swordplay, falconry, and romance while feasting on a four-course medieval banquet. The experience culminates in an authentic jousting tournamen Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit medievaltimes.com.

Escape Manor
Toronto’s immersive entertainment lounge is now open. Offering axe throwing for ages 16 plus and various escape room experiences suitable for all ages, except the very young, a trip to Escape Manor can be a fun way to bond as a family. Details and booking at escapemanor.com.

First Tuesday of the month
Strolling the Galleries
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.: Explore the AGO galleries with babies in tow. Enjoy a tour that allows for grown-up discussions where coos and cries are a welcomed soundtrack. Details at ago.ca.

Wednesdays
Montgomery’s Inn Winter Farmers Market
2 to 6 p.m.: Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans. Held at Montgomery’s Inn. Museum admission free to Market visitors. Details at toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Thursdays
Museum Thursday Nights

5 to 8 p.m.: Drop in to the Gibson House Museum on Thursday nights starting January 17 to learn about the daily lives of the Gibson Family. Join the Community Quilt Group from 6 to 8 p.m. to explore historic and contemporary quilting techniques in a comfortable social setting. Pay what you can. Details at Toronto.ca/gibsonhouse.

First Friday of the month
Family Flashlight Tours
11 a.m. to noon & 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Take a spooky flashlight tour in the Thomson Collection of Ship Models at Art Gallery of Ontario. Details and registration at ago.ca.

Weekends January 20 – August 25 & September 22 – December 22
Tea and Tour Weekends

1 to 4:30 p.m.: Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies at Gibson House Museum and enjoy a tour of the lovely 1850s farmhouse. Details at toronto.ca/gibsonhouse.

Saturdays and Sundays
Kid’s Crafts
Noon to 4:30 p.m.: Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, and let the kids get hands-on making a paper folding craft. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

Saturday and Sundays
Family Fun Activities
1 to 4:30 p.m.: Guide your family through art projects at PAMA. No registration required. Included with admission. Saturday Fun Days include Family Art and Yoga, Family Art and Stories, family tours and activity colouring room. Details at www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Sundays
Meet the Aquarium Keeper
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Gather outside the coral reef tank at Royal Ontario Museum to meet the person responsible for ensuring the ROM’s fish are happy, healthy and ready for their close-up. Free with Museum admission. www.rom.on.ca.

Tea Time at the Inn
1 to 4 p.m.: Visit Montgomery’s Inn for a tea in the community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate with a seasonal feature. No reservations required. $7. Call 416-394-8113.

Until March 30
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Royal Ontario Museum, featuring 100 original images showcasing the world’s best nature photography. New this year is an interactive coral reef installation that immerses the public in the undersea world of this vital ecosystem. This separately ticketed exhibition is on display in the ROM’s Third Floor Centre Block. Details at rom.on.ca.

Until March 31
Holiday Escape Room Adventure
Book your appointment at Looking Glass Adventures, 2944 Danforth Ave. For a family-friendly escape room adventure packed with holiday cheer. Details and booking at lookingglassadventures.com.

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May 28 to June 2
The Sound of Music

Various show times: The hill are alive in this new production coming to the Princess of Wales Theatre. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Tickets and show times at mirvish.com.

Friday to Sunday May 31 to June 2
Burgermania 2019

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Head to Dundas Square for a three-day food extravaganza that celebrates burgers. Details at burgermania.ca.

Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival
The Village of Streetsville hosts this annual event featuring performances, rides, a parade and more. Details at breadandhoneyfestival.ca.

Throughout June
Summer of Space Exhibitions

It’s the Summer of Space at the Ontario Science Centre. With out-of-this-world films, programs and two new exhibitions: Astronaut and Women in Space. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Saturday June 1
Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

9 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Head to Cosmo Music at 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill, for this musical instrument and gear exhibition and live music celebration. Details at cosmofest.ca.

Toronto Kids Fashion Week 2019
3 to 9 p.m.: Toronto Kids Fashion Week shines a spotlight on fashion, art, and culture at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. Details at tkfw.ca.

June 1 to September 15
In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
This ticketed exhibition on display at the Royal Ontario Museum features an extraordinary collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Details at rom.on.ca.

Sunday June 2
Richmond Hill’s Mill Pond Splash

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mill Pond Splash is a celebration of the Don River watershed. Located at the intersection of Mill Street and Trench Street in Richmond Hill. Visit millpondsplash.ca.

The Bump to Baby Show
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Presented at Artscape Wychwood Barns this event for families features a marketplace, food court, yoga, fun zone, and workshops. thebumptobabyshow.com.

Healthy Kids Day
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  While children enjoy fitness, camp and other activities, parents can learn about diverse opportunities for their kids at Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto. Details at ymcagta.org.

Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart
6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Bring the whole family to walk or ride the traffic-free Toronto highways in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Registration at rideforheart.ca.

June 2 to August 31
Pedalheads Bike Camp

Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and sport programs in various locations. Details and registration at pedalheads.com.

Monday June 3
Nature School – PA Days

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Head to the Kortright Centre for Conservation on your PA Day and explore the world of Forest School. Suitable for ages 4-10. $55. Advanced registration required by calling 416-667-6295.

Wednesday June 5
Vaughan Celebrates Concerts in the Park 2019

7:30 to 9 p.m.: The annual free Concerts in the Park series returns for the 25th anniversary on select Wednesdays in June and July at various locations in Vaughan. vaughan.ca/concerts

Spotlight Prologue
7 p.m.: Head to Young People’s Theatre for a special night of live performance with not-for-profit arts organization Prologue. Advanced registration at prologue.org/showcase/.

June 6 to November 9
D-Day Exhibit

The Elman W. Campbell Museum commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with a range of artifacts including photographs, uniforms, music and videos. Free admission. More information at Newmarket.ca/museum.

Friday June 7
ROMKids Day Camp

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids can spend their PD day at Royal Ontario Museum where they’ll have special access to hands-on learning. Register at rom.on.ca.

Friday June 7 – 23
Luminato Festival

This city-wide festival features free public events, presentations, music, dance, visual arts, literature and more. luminatofestival.com.

Saturday June 8
Ghostbusters In Concert

7:30 p.m.: Join the original paranormal investigation at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at  sonycentre.ca.

Sunday June 9
Block Party in Support of SickKids

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Head to Artscape Wychwood Barns for this free party in support of SickKids. Visit artscapewychwoodbarns.ca.

June 13 to August 4
Disney Presents The Lion King

Various show times: Toronto’s best-loved musical returns to the Princess of Wales Theatre where the entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. Tickets and show times at mirvish.com

Friday to Sunday June 14 to 16
Father Son Hockey Retreat

7 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday: Spend time together at Teen Ranch to work on skill development, have scrimmages, go on trail rides, swim, and more. Register at teenranch.com.

Saturday and Sunday June 15, 16
Soldiers and Spies

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of muskets, soldiers and spies with this Revolutionary War Re-enactment at Black Creek Pioneer Village. More information at blackcreek.ca.

Hippo Awareness Weekend
Visit the Toronto Zoo for Hippo Awareness Weekend. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

Friday June 21
World Giraffe Day

Celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Toronto Zoo. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

Parents’ Night Out: Roaring Dinosaurs!
6 to 9 p.m.: Leave the little dinosaurs at Kidz Kare in Toronto while you go out. They’ll enjoy dinner, a viewing of “The Good Dinosaur”, crafts and more. $40 for first child; $20 each additional child. Details and registration at kidzkare.ca.

Friday and Saturday June 21, 22
National Indigenous Peoples Day

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Head to the Elman W. Campbell Museum to learn about the cultural diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples through the collection of artifacts, reproductions and food sampling. Suitable for all ages.  Free Admission. Call 905-953-5314 for more information.

Friday to Sunday June 21 – 23
National Indigenous People’s Day

Visit the Toronto Zoo this weekend to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day. Events subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

Monster Jam
Various times: This Monster Jam season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement with six different competitions at Scotiabank Arena. Tickets at monsterjam.com.

Saturday June 22
Bike the Creek

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Bike the Etobicoke Creek Trail through the heart of Brampton.  Select one of five rides to fit your skill and interests.  Learn about local plants, wildlife and other elements of our natural heritage. Get your passport stamped at each trail station for chances to win great prizes. Starts at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre and registration is required at trca.ca bike-the-creek.

Long Branch Garden Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Explore more than three dozen gardens and enjoy two free garden talks plus children’s activities in the Long Branch community. Exact locations at longbranchgardentour.ca.

Sunday June 23
Ballet Night & Magic Toyshop

7:30 p.m.: Ballet Night is presented in two acts at Flato Markham Museum by Karpov Ballet Theatre. Tickets at markham.ca.

Kidz Bop
4 p.m.: The number one music brand for kids comes to Toronto’s Budweiser Stage for one performance only. Tickets at livenation.com.

Saturday to Monday June 29 – July 1
Saving Species Day

Celebrate Savings Species Day all weekend long at the Toronto Zoo. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

Redpath Waterfront Festival
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Tour the legendary Bluenose II and discover Picton Castle and enjoy buckets of nautical fun on shore with a Maritime Market, sail-training activities and live entertainment. Details at towaterfrontfest.com.

June 29 to September 1
Tall Ships Challenge Ontario

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: A fleet of historic tall ships will tour five ports in Ontario this summer, including Toronto’s Waterfront, Midland, Sarnia, Kingsville and Brockville. Visit tallshipson.com.

Sundays June 30 – August 25
Christie Pits Film Festival

Each Sunday evening nine feature and 11 short films will be presented to represent the theme of Dynamic Duos. Details at TOpictureshow.com.