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Canada’s Wonderland
The 2019 season winds down but remains open weekends. Details at canadaswonderland.com.

Ontario Place
Take in a movie year-round at Cinesphere at Ontario Place, and enjoy such programming as weekly yoga classes, family activities in the East Commons and a skate park. Entrance to the park is free and open from 5 a.m. to midnight with many of the activities operating between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.  Visit ontarioplace.com for details.

CN Tower
View Toronto through the CN Tower’s spectacular outlook including the world-famous glass floor, Skypod and glass fronted elevators. 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
More than three million bricks, rides, a 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and much more. www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.

Ripley’s Aquarium
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals. Details at  www.ripleyaquariums.com.

Ontario Science Centre
Enjoy hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

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

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Weekends and Wednesdays at various times: Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Deatils at 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. 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 time exploring the galleries, trying on funky shoes and playing iSpy and participating in a drop-in, shoe-themed arts and crafts. Visit 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. Ages 5 to 12. For more details, visit www.agakhanmuseum.org.

Mackenzie House
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., weekends 12 to 5 p.m. Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. 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 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 wildflower preserve. Call 416-396-2819.

Medieval Times Toronto
Experience pageantry, horsemanship, swordplay, falconry, and romance while feasting on a medieval banquet. Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit medievaltimes.com.

Escape Manor
Toronto’s immersive entertainment lounge features axe throwing for ages 16 plus and various escape room experiences suitable for all ages, except the very young. escapemanor.com.

Rainbow Songs Music Classes for Babies and Toddlers
With 20 locations in the GTA you can catch these ongoing 40-minute classes where you’ll sing and dance your heart out with teachers, professional educators and musicians at Rainbow Songs. Details at rainbowsongs.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. Tour allows for grown-up discussions where coos and cries are welcome. ago.ca.

Wednesdays
Montgomery’s Inn 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.

Third Monday of the Month
Free Night at the Museum

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: This new initiative lets you experience the Museum, free of charge, on the third Monday of each month. Visit rom.on.ca.

First Sunday 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.

First Saturday of the month
Sensory-friendly Saturdays

Open to all ages and abilities, these programs at the Ontario Science Cnetre are for those affected with sensory processing difficulties and neurodevelopmental disorders. ontariosciencecentre.ca.

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 make a 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. 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 the ROM’s fish. 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 October 31
History through Stitches at the Elman W. Campbell Museum
Handmade quilts created by women from the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario at Elman W. Campbell Museum. Newmarket.ca.

Until November
Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
Visit the Toronto Zoo’s newest special exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea this season at the zoo. Details at torontozoo.com.

Until March, 2020
9 & 99: The Howe Gretzky Exhibition

A compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia at Hockey Hall of Fame.. Details at hhof.com.

Saturday and Sunday September 7, 8, 28 & 29
World Rhino Days

Celebrate World Rhino Days in September at the Toronto Zoo. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

September 12 – December 1
Cirque du Soleil Alegria In A New Light

Presented under the Big Top at Ontario Place, this masterpiece features ravishing costumes, stunning choreography, amazing feats and clowns. Tickets at cirquedusoleil.com.

Saturday September 14 to November 9
Nature School – Saturday program

9 a.m. to noon: Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking on an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts, and sharing stories. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried.  Suitable for ages 2.5 to 5. Sessions are three hours and does not run Oct. 12. Advanced registration required by calling 416-667-6295. More information at thenatureschool.ca.

Saturday September 14 to November 9
Little Saplings – Parent and Tot

9 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Take your tot to Kortright to meet other parents and children. Participate in story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities.  $130. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295. Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration and are recommended for children ages 1-5 years accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program. More information at kortright.org.

Sunday September 15 to November 10
Little Saplings – Parent and Tot

10 to 11:30 a.m.: Take your tot to Kortright to meet other parents and children. Participate in story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. $130. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295. Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration and are recommended for children ages 1-5 accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program. More information at kortright.org.

Monday September 16 to November 11
Little Saplings – Parent and Tot

10 to 11:30 a.m.: Take your tot to Kortright to meet other parents and children. Participate in story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. $130. Program does not run Oct. 14. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295. Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration and are recommended for children ages 1-5 accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program. More information at kortright.org.

Thursday September 26
History of Magic – Revealing Magic’s Biggest Secrets

7:30 p.m.: From Houdidni-styled escapes to modern David Blaine-like effects, this event breaks down periods in magic history at Flato Markham Museum. Tickets at markham.ca.

Friday September 27
Parents’ Night Out: Wizards and Dragons

6 to 9 p.m.: Kids will become wizards at Kidz Kare in Toronto’s Hogkidz Kare Academy of Wizardery. Create magical wants, hats and dine on a delicious meal. $40 for first child; $20 each additional sibling. More information and registration at kidzkare.ca.

Saturday and Sunday September 28, 29
Culture Days 2019

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Join Kortright staff by the picnic shelter to see what the centre has to offer all year round. Enjoy a campfire (bring your own items to roast), dissect an owl pellet, discover interesting creatures, talk to a naturalist and find other family friendly crafts and activities. More details at kortright.org.

The Big Draw Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The world’s largest drawing festival is coming to the City’s Toronto History Museums. A free, all-ages event that invites everyone who loves to draw to make a mark on their city. Locations and details at toronto.ca.

Sunday September 29
Raffi in concert

1 p.m.: Raffi, North America’s preeminent family entertainer, turns 70 this year, and he is marking the occasion with a new album and series of #belugagrads concerts, including this one at Mississauga Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

October
Weekends in October and Thanksgiving Monday

Fall Colours Celebration
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; House tours at 2:30 p.m.: Take a self-guided walk in Kortright’s beautiful mixed hardwood forests to view the fall colours at their best. Join the Kortright Education team at the campfire to learn about nature in the fall. Family friendly activities each day, plus bring something to roast over the fire, grill and roasting sticks provided. Advance registration required for house tour at www.kortright.org.

Tuesday October 1
Arts & Tots

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Children ages 18 months and older can visit Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives with a caregiver for a multi-sensory experience featuring a different book, active play and a fine-motor based art project. This month the book is “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. To reserve your spot go to the website pama.peelregion.ca.

Tuesday to Saturday October 1-5
Creativity, Arts & Well-Being at the Elman W. Campbell Museum

Visiting Museums can be a positive experience that helps to improve your overall wellbeing. Visit the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket to reflect on the past by learning, try a jigsaw puzzle, enjoy a free coffee, tea, cold beverages and cookies during your visit. Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Details at Newmarket.ca/museum.

Wednesday October 2
Stroller Tours

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Explore the many works featured at PAMA in monthly tours designed for parents/guardians and little ones. Following the tour, engage socially while little ones participate in group sensory play. Find more details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Wednesday to Saturday
October 2-5
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert

7:30 p.m.: This is the climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga and you’ll enjoy the film played in conjunction with a live performance from the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets at tso.ca.

Friday October 4
The Wiggles Part Time Tour!

3:30 & 6:30 p.m.: The Party Time Tour! will reunite Canada with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony, as well as their friends at Brampton’s Rose Theatre. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

October 4-31
Brick-Or-Treat
This Halloween party built for kids is bringing a whole new spooktacular way to play with Lego bricks to Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto. The event, featuring Hidden Side augmented reality feature will allow families to explore the hidden side of Lego sets with an AR experience and assorted other activities. Details at toronto.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/brick-or-treat/.

Fridays and Sundays
October 4,5,12,18,19,25 & 26
Halloween Haunt

7 p.m. to midnight: Face your fears when darkness falls as Canada’s Wonderland is transformed from a theme park into a scream park. Experience the thrills of your favourite rides at night and the frights awaiting you in the terrifying haunted attractions and shows. Details at canadaswonderland.com.

Friday to Sunday October 4-6
Canada’s Ballet Jorgen’s Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet

Various show times: The Ontario premier of this production is made at Flato Markham Theatre. The whole family will enjoy following Anne’s adventures. Tickets and show times at flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.

Saturday October 5 and 12
Creativity, Arts & Well-Being Craft Workshops

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. October 5 & 1 to 4 p.m. October 12: Visit the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket for a series of craft workshops. Registration required. Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Details at Newmarket.ca/museum.

Sunday October 6
The Salmon Festival

1 to 4 p.m.: Witness nature in action in an urban setting at Morningside Park where you can view the annual Salmon migration from Lake Ontario, up Highland Creek, through Morningside Park. Children’s activities, environmentally friendly vendors, live performances and guided nature hikes celebrate the storied history of Highland Creek. More information at www.thesalmonfestival.ca.

Tweet Tweet!
11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.: This contemporary circus performance at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts promises to be a fun experience for the youngest audience. The piece follows two birds from sunrise to sunset in an enchanting world. Tickets at rhcentre.ca.

Thursday October 10
Wiggles Meet & Greet Tour
11:35 a.m. to noon: Visit
Toys”R”Us Canada Whitby where The Wiggles will be making a special appearance. Meet Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony as well as the loveable mascots – Dorothy the Dinosaur and Wags the Dog and enter for your chance to win four VIP family tickets to The Wiggles’ next show in Oshawa. Details at toysrus.ca.

Friday October 11
ROMKids Day Camp

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Send the kids to camp at the Royal Ontario Museum on their PD day. This one-day program provides a full day of supervised educational activities, art projects, science experiments and more. Details and registrations at rom.on.ca.

PAMA Kids P.A. Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Create art inspired by photographic plates at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives on your P.A. Day. Find details at pama.peelregion.ca.

October 11 – December 7
ROMKids Jr.

Inspire your toddler’s imagination and sense of discovery as you explore the ROM’s collection of art, culture and nature through the eyes of a child. Bring your child on an eight week sensory adventure as you tour galleries complete with early learning instructions, and join them in creative play-based activities. $210. Register at rom.on.ca.

October 16 – 25
The Mush Hole

Various show times: This story or truth, acknowledgement and resilience is a groundbreaking new production of dance and theatre suitable for ages 11 and up. Presented at Young People’s Theatre. Find tickets and show times at youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Saturday and Sunday October 19,20
International Snow Leopard Weekend

Celebrate International Snow Leopard Weekend at the Toronto Zoo. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

Saturday October 19 – December 7
Saturday Club

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids will enjoy supervised, hands-on educational activities, art projects, science experiments, and more at the Royal Ontario Museum. Visit rom.on.ca for details.

Sunday October 20
MCB’s Hallowe’en Party

2 p.m.: Celebrate the start of Markham Concert Band’s season with this family-friendly show at Flato Markham Theatre. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets at flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.

October 21- November 29
Baby and Me

Meet other parents and caregivers and enjoy adult learning and conversation in a baby-friendly atmosphere. With a Museum Teacher as your guide, explore a different gallery each week and discover extraordinary objects while your little one marvels at the new sights from their stroller or carrier. $165. rom.on.ca.

Friday October 25
Spooky Science Sleepover

6 p.m. to 9 a.m.: Dare to spend the night among the exhibits at the Ontario Science Centre for a spooktacular night of family-friendly fun. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

October 24 – 27
Kreepy Kortright

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Celebrate the Halloween spirit with spooky and scary activities at Kortright. Discover a haunted house, a frightening forest walk, Halloween activities, bonfire, scary stories and live owls. Fun for children 10 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets required by calling 416-667-6295. Details at www.kortright.org.

Friday October 25
Parents’ Night Out: Spooktacular Halloween

6 to 9 p.m.: Kidz Kare in Toronto will take the kids while parents go out. They’ll enjoy dinner, a dance-a-thon, crafts and more. $40 for first child; $20 for each additional sibling. More information and registration at kidzkare.ca.

Saturday October 26
Halloween Fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum

1:30 to 3 p.m.: Expect a howling good time at the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket with activities including Halloween crafts, pumpkin and scavenger hunts with prizes, loot bags and more. Pre-register by calling 905-953-5314 or email museum@newmarket.ca.

The Dr. Seuss Experience
This Seuss-tacular spectacle is an Instagrammable playground and presents a journey through the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss at Square One. Details at shopsquareone.com.

Halloween at the Boo-seum
1 to 4 p.m.: Spook your way into Halloween with fun activities for the whole family as you explore PAMA collections, exhibitions and create your own artwork. Find more details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Spooky Stories Tour
1 & 3 p.m.: Explore the history of PAMA with guided story-based tours of the jail, courthouse and grounds. Geared towards a family audience, these tours will educate and excite with spooky stories and fun for all ages. $5. Details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Halloween Spooktacular
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Head to the Bata Shoe Museum to decorate a Halloween-inspired cookie, make a special craft and play games in the galleries. Kids in costumes get in free. Perfect for ages 3-12. Details at batashoemuseum.ca.

Howl’oween at The Bentway
1 to 4 p.m.:  This costume party/parade for dogs will feature dogs in costume, prizes, loot bags, games and, for humans, a licensed “Yappy Hour”. Registration required for participation in the parade. Details at thebentway.ca.

Saturday and Sunday
October 26,27
Lemur Awareness Weekend

Learn more about lemurs at the Toronto Zoo. Event subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com.

Sunday October 27
The Joshua Show

1 & 4 p.m.: Spend your afternoon at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga with award-winning puppeteer Joshua Holden and his new show that’s sure to cheer up even the grumpiest grump. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Thursday October 31 to Sunday November 2
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince In Concert

7:30 p.m.: Relive the magic of year six in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Presented at Meridian Hall (Formerly the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts). Tickets available at sonycentre.ca.