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The Waterfront Artisan Market
Saturdays until October
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Toronto’s waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Held at HTO Park, located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue).
waterfrontbia.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.
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 Sharks After Dark
7 p.m. until close
See the Ripley’s sharks like never before. Due to high demand, tickets need to be purchased in advance.
www.ripleyaquariums.com

A Journey to Canada
In May of 1914, the Komagata Maru arrived at the Port of Vancouver. The ship carried 376 British subjects from India who were hoping to immigrate to Canada. They were Sikh, Hindu and Muslim and all were denied entry to Canada. As part of the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives’ Canada 150 program, this exhibition explores racism in a Canadian context.
www.pama.peelregion.ca

A Preview of Arts of the Sikh Kingdom
This small preview exhibition at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives is intended to give a sense of the splendour, beauty and poetry of the Sikh art and artifacts. The selections of Sikh art and artifacts are drawn from private collections in the GTA. The collections cover subjects from Sikh spirituality, court history, history and everyday life.
www.pama.peelregion.ca

Until September 17
Summer Music in the Garden
The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for its 18th season by the shores of Lake Ontario at Toronto Music Garden. Treat yourself to 19 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles, from medieval love songs to finger-style guitar. For full details visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summermusic, call (416) 973-4000 or email info@harbourfrontcentre.com.

until september 23
Jr. Jays Days
Bring your family to the ballpark every Saturday home game for Jr. Jays Saturdays. Kids can visit Jr. Jays Zones in the 100, 200 and 500 levels to take part in fun activities, followed by a running of the bases following the games. For more information visit htoronto.bluejays.mlb.com

Saturdays until october
The Waterfront Artisan Market
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Toronto’s waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Held at HTO Park, located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue). Visit waterfrontbia.com for more information.

until october 9
Pirate Ship Adventure
Join the scurvy crew and live the Pirate Life: Adventure, Theatre and Cruise. This interactive adventure aboardthe 45 foot Transport Canada certified vessel lets you learn the ropes of the Pirate Life through storytelling and activities. If you’re lucky maties, you’ll find treasure too. Toronto Harbourfront. Visit www.piratelife.ca

Saturdays until November 4
Evergreen Brock Works Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: One of the largest farmers’ markets in Toronto, this market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Running year-round, it offers the widest variety of local and seasonal food in the city. For more information visit www.evergreen.ca.

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Weekends and Wednesdays at various times: Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park.  Not too far from the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto, urban dwellers can see a different landscape where historic farms, century-old trees, peaceful meadows and lush wetlands await. Some trailheads are TTC accessible. Learn about the Park’s nature, wildlife and trail skills with friendly and fun volunteer leaders.  There’s something for everyone. For more information visit www.rougepark.com/hike

Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Night 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. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish. Visit www.toronto.ca/museum-events for more information.

Creative Play and art making at AGO
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends: Visit the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre at Art Gallery of Ontario for creative play and art making. Details at www.ago.net.

Weekends at Bata Shoe Museum
Parents and kids are invited to 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. Organic fruit and vegetables, organic wine, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more. Market runs until early spring. Free. Contact 416-394-8113 or visit www.montgomerysinn.com.

Family Sundays at the Aga Khan Museum
12 to 4 pm. 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.

Gibson House Museum
Wednesday to Sunday 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday 1 to 8 p.m. Located at 5172 Yonge Street, at Park Home Avenue, get a dose of Toronto’s history. Limited free parking on site, nearby paid underground and street level parking.   Regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax). E-mail gibsonhouse@toronto.ca or call 416-395-7432

Mackenzie House
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m. Located at 82 Bond Street, Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Regular Admission for Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax) Children (4 and under): Free. 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. Visit one of Toronto’s favourite historic spots. Email montinn@toronto.ca or call 416-394-8133 for information on programing and events.

Spadina Museum
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.: Regular admission is as follows; Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free. Paid parking next door at Casa Loma. Call 416-392-6910 or email spadina@toronto.ca for details.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
Wednesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4:30 p.m. Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children 6 to 12  $2.65 (plus tax). Children 5 and under free. Free parking. Call 416-396-2819 for more information.

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. Call 416-868-6937 or visit www.cntower.ca for details.

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 ticket information and details about special events visit www.casalomaorg.

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. Visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca for details.

TBG Organic Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m.: Meet organic farmers and buy local produce, bread, meat, cheese, tea, honey, prepared food, and more at this year round market. Get some groceries or stay for dinner with the family. Free parking available on site. The market takes place year-round, moving indoors during the winter. torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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.: Meet 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. Details at www.rom.on.ca.

Fridays until September 22
ROM Summer Fridays
Enjoy discounted admission from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and roam the galleries and exhibitions. Visit www.rom.on.ca for details.

until september 23
Jr. Jays Days
Bring your family to the ballpark every Saturday home game for Jr. Jays Saturdays. Kids can visit Jr. Jays Zones in the 100, 200 and 500 levels to take part in fun activities, followed by a running of the bases following the games. For more information visit htoronto.bluejays.mlb.com

Until September 30
Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity
This exhibit explores how immigration and the experiences of new Canadians has transformed the city from the 1700s to the present, revealing the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle, triumph and celebration at Spadina Museum. Cost $4.87 – $7.96. Call 416-392-6910 for more information.

until october 9
Pirate Ship Adventure
Join the scurvy crew and live the Pirate Life: Adventure, Theatre and Cruise. An interactive adventure, become a buccaneer with costumes, face paint and a pirate alias! Board the 45 foot Transport Canada certified vessel in search of sunken treasure. Learn the ropes of the Pirate Life through storytelling and activities, witness a round of fisticuffs and sword fight, fire the cannons and send a scallywag off the plank. If you’re lucky maties, you’ll find treasure too. Held at Toronto Harbourfront. For more information visit www.piratelife.ca

Saturdays until November 4
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: One of the largest farmers’ market’s in Toronto, this market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Running year-round, it offers the widest variety of local and seasonal food in the city. For more information visit www.evergreen.ca.

Until November 25
Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto’s Take on a National Symbol
This artifact-rich exhibition explores how Torontonians helped shape the maple leaf as Canada’s leading national symbol. At Market Gallery, St. Lawrence Market. Free admission. Call 416-392-7604 for more information.

until December 2
Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. For more information visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

until December 15
ROM’s Dinosaur Gallery
Stand in the shadow of mighty T. rex… or underneath Gordo, the enormous Barosaurus… or beside the famous hadrosaurParasaurolophus. No matter what the first stop on your dinosaur journey will be, you’ll enter a gallery showcasing one of the world’s best collections. For more information visit www.rom.on.ca.

Until December 16
Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate Tour
1 to 4 p.m.: Calling all chocoholics – divulge in the art of chocolate tasting and sample chocolate from bean to bar. Walk the streets of King West, Queen West and Dundas West and learn all about chocolate. $39 adults; $25 kids. Details and registration at tastytourstoronto.com.

until December 27
AGO Free Admission Nights
6 to 9 p.m.: Admission is free on Wednesday nights to Permanent Collections. This does not include admission to any Special Exhibitions. For more information visit www.ago.net.

until sunday december 31
A TO Canada with Love Exhibition, Spadina Musem: Our Journey
Our Journey – An Art Map of Canadian Identity at Spadina Museum is taking shape and you can help. This collaborative project by Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez acknowledges our presence on Indigenous land, which is home to many diverse Indigenous people. Visit and share your stories and be a part of this art project. For more information call 416-392-6910.

NHL Centennial Exhibit at the
Hockey Hall of Fame
This exhibition pays homage to 100 years of NHL hockey, highlighting the most memorable players and moments in league history. Exhibition details at www.hhof.com.

Sundays until December 31
Tea and Tour Sundays
1 to 4:30 p.m.: There’s a seat for you at the harvest table in Gibson house Museum’s historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons. Enjoy tea and homemade cookies and a tour of the 1850s farmhouse. Cost $2.65 – $6.19. Call 416-395-7432 for more information.

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 reservation required. $7. Call 416-394-8113 for more information.

Until January 7, 2018
Inventorium
Make a circuit, create a critter and spin a giant climbable web at the Ontario Science Centre. Inventorium encourages visitors to express their creativity and demonstrate their ingenuity by offering the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. Details at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Sundays until May 2018
Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education for Grade 7 – 9
10:30 a.m.: Honest, accurate information about sexuality at Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Rd. Youth in grades 7 – 9 are invited to attend an interactive program that continues until May. Free. Details at www.uucm.ca.

EVENTS

Friday September 1 to 28
All About Me (Exhibition)
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends: Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery showcases this exhibition of self-portraiture. Presented in conjunction with the city-wide My City My Six program. Free admission. Call 416-394-8628 for more information.

Saturday and Sunday September 16, 17, 23 & 24
Oktoberfest at Canada’s Wonderland
12 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Back by popular demand is the park’s second annual Oktoberfest event. Includes authentic German-themed food and beverage specials, traditional festival bands and daily activities. More information at www.canadaswonderland.com.

until May 2018
Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education for Grade 7 – 9
10:30 a.m.: Honest, accurate information about sexuality at Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Road. Youth in grades 7 – 9 are invited to attend an interactive program starting in September and ending in May. Free. Details at www.uucm.ca.

Thursday September 21
Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) Drumming Circle
7 to 8:30 p.m.: PAMA and the PAN invite people of all ages to join an evening of shared traditions and songs at PAMA. Details at www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Saturday September 23
Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Teams of 20 people paddling toward – the ultimate team building experience at Heart Lake Conservation Area. No experience required for this event that encourages fun on the water. Registration is required at www.hldragonboat.ca.

Saturdays September 23 & 30 (Until November 18, except October 7)
Parent and Tot Programs: “Little Saplings”
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Take your tot to Kortright Centre for Conservation for this eight-week program including story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. Recommended for children ages 1-5 years accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program.   $130 for 8 weeks. Advance registration required at www.kortright.org.

Oasis Zoo Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk
Open to all runners, walkers and fitness folks of all ages and abilities, this is the annual fundraiser run/walk for the Toronto Zoo. Enter online at canadarunningseries.com/oasis-zoorun.

Saturday and Sunday September 23 & 24
World Rhino Awareness Weekend
Celebrate and help save rhinos at the Toronto Zoo. Visit the Indian Rhino Exhibit for activities and Keeper Talks, as well as the White Rhino Exhibit. Pre-register for a close encounter with the Indian Rhinos at www.torontozoo.com.

The Baby Show
Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting show returns to the Enercare Centre. The Baby Show will feature over 160 national and local exhibitors offering products, information, training, and much needed pampering for expecting and new parents. More details at http://www.thebabyshows.com/toronto/fall/

Sunday September 24
Family Funday: Brilliant Science
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Let curiosity get the best of you at Royal Ontario Museum and celebrate science with exciting discoveries and hands-on activities. Free with Museum admission. Details at www.rom.on.ca.

ROMWalk: Heart of Toronto
2 p.m.: Meet at the front doors of New City Hall to discover Nathan Phillips Square and nearby historic buildings. Free walk runs 90 minutes to 2 hours, rain or shine. More information at www.rom.on.ca.

The Word On The Street
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: See a lineup of incredible literary talent at the 28th The Word On The Street festival. Held at Harbourfront Centre. Visit thewordonthestreet.ca/ for details.

Fall Crafts Workshop Series: Beads And Buttons
1 to 3 p.m.: Transform beans and buttons into wearable art at PAMA. $10 for members and $15 for non-members. All materials included. Details at www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Sunday September 24 (until December 10)
Truth, Healing and Reconciliation
10:30 a.m.: Children ages 5 – 11 are invited to take part in a 10 session program on Truth, Healing and Reconciliation at Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Road. This new program from the Canadian Unitarian Council will address indigenous issues. Free program with commitment to attend all 10 sessions. Registration on September 17 or by email to dll@uucm.ca.

Mondays September 25 (until November 20, except October 9)
10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Take your tot to Kortright Centre for Conservation for this eight-week program including story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. Recommended for children ages 1-5 years accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program.   $130 for 8 weeks. Advance registration required at www.kortright.org.

Thursday September 28 to Sunday October 8
EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology
This 10-day expo, (inspired by world fairs like Expo 67)  will showcase how the intersection of design, technology and innovation can be used to help change the world for better. The programming features some of the world’s most renowned visionaries and one-of-a-kind immersive experiences. Activities for the whole family. Located at 21 Don Roadway, Toronto. Details at http://editdx.org/home.

Friday September 29
Sketching in the Galleries
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Be inspired by the collection at the Bata Shoe Museum. Participants of any skill level are invited to spend a quiet hour in the museum after closing. Supplies not provided, dry mediums only. $5. Tickets at www.batashoemuseum.ca.

Culture Days @ TPL: The Sleeping Beauty – ballet workshop
Ballet – let’s talk about it! invites you to take part in telling the famous tale of The Sleeping Beauty through movement, music and costume. This workshop will explore how characters that we know and love come to life on the ballet stage. Part of Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library. For school aged children.Toronto Public Library: Eglinton Square branch, Eglinton Square Shopping Centre, 1 Eglinton Square, Toronto. Visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT307682&R=EVT307682

Friday September 29 to Sunday October 1
Culture Days Vaughan
6:30 p.m. Friday kick-off event: This three-day event is an inclusive experience for all ages and abilities that encourages everyone to be a champion of local artistry and get involved in colourful and unique traditions. Kick-off event at Dave and Buster’s. Complete event listing at www.vaughan.ca.

Saturday September 30
Doors Open Brampton
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Doors Open Brampton will focus on historical sites, many of which are celebrating milestones. Details at doorsopenontario.on.ca.

Nuit Blanche Toronto
Sunset to sunrise: Spend one sleepless night exploring the city-wide celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Details at nbto.com.

Saturday and Sunday September 30 & October 1
Culture Days 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visit Kortright Centre for Conservation as part of the Culture Days 2017 Event. Enjoy guided hikes and take a guided tour our Archetype Sustainable house. Hikes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. House tours at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. Details at www.kortright.org.

Penguin Awareness Weekend
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Visit the Toronto Zoo’s African Penguin exhibit where you can meet the lovable feathered friends. The day will be filled with special meet and greets, face painting, family activities and draws for unique penguin prizes. Special Keeper Talk at 12:30 p.m. and penguin encounter at 1 p.m. More info at  www.torontozoo.com/Events/.

Lego Ninjago Days
Celebrate the Lego Ninjago Movie and complete your ninja training at Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto on these special days. Dress up and enjoy Ninjago themed builds and activities. Regular admission rates apply. Details at www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.

Saturday September 30 (and weekends until October 29)
Camp Spooky
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Canada’s Wonderland’s family-friendly daytime Halloween event featuring boo-rific mazes, trick-or-treating, kids’ Halloween costume parade and more. Details at canadaswonderland.com.

Saturday September 30
(and weekends in October, plus Tuesday October 31)
Halloween Haunt
7 p.m. to 12 a.m.: Canada’s Wonderland is transformed for 14 nights. This year promises to be bigger, better and more terrifying than ever as you brave your way thought mazes, scare zones and live shows, in addition to 700 monsters prowling the park. Ages 13+. Details at www.canadaswonderland.com.

October events

Sunday October 1
The Salmon Festival
1 to 4 p.m.: This annual event held at Morningside Park uses children’s activities, environmentally friendly vendors, live performances and guided nature hikes to celebrate the storied history of Highland Creek while witnessing nature in action in an urban setting. More information at www.thesalmonfestival.ca.

Sunday FUNday – Artefact Explosion
12 – 4 p.m.: Visitor Hosts will be on hand in the Verna Conant Gallery at Guy House to show you all of these genuine Victorian and Edwardian era artefacts! Test out our new carpet sweeper, or hand pump butter churn, try photographing your friend with a vintage Kodak! Browse through Oshawa newspapers from Canada’s Centennial and Oshawa’s Semicentennial or 50th Anniversary as a City. More information at  oshawamuseum.org.

Sunday October 1 (Until November 12)
Volta
Various show times: Under the Big Top at Toronto Port Lands, Cirque du Soleil’s Volta tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Tickets from $49. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta for more information.

Monday October 2 to 21
Unapologetically Me: Sharron’s Cabaret For Kids
Various show times: Presented at Young People’s Theatre’s Studio, this show, created and performed by Sharron Matthews, offers an hour of pop, rock, funk and story to help shake off the haters and celebrate the power of being your true self. Ages 9-11. Details and tickets at www.youngpeoplestheature.ca.

Tuesday October 3
Mom and Baby Stroller Tour at the BSM
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: We know it can be tricky to find things to do with a little one! So come and join a group of other moms and babies for a docent-led tour of the BSM. We will provide a private room for stroller parking and feeding/breastfeeding and you provide the cuteness! Pre-registration required by emailing Andrea@batashoemuseum.ca or calling 416-979-7799 x 242.

Tuesday to Monday October 3 to 9
Fall Walk Festival in the Rouge!
Various times: Experience the natural colours of the fall season with the 2017 Fall Walks Festival in Rouge National Urban Park. In collaboration with OPG Biodiversity, and Toronto and Region Conservation join us for a full week of fun and fascinating outings with our guided walk leaders and guest educators. Learn more about biodiversity and cultural and agricultural heritage right here in the GTA. The event also includes walks tailored to families with small children ages 3 to 12. One walk each morning at 10 a.m. from Tuesday Oct. 3 to Friday Oct. 6, and eight walks per day at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. over the Thanksgiving long weekend. There will also be a special bonus walk on Sunday Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. All walks are free. No reservation is required. Details at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/rouge/activ/evenements-events-150/20171003-fall-automne

Wednesdays October 4, 11, 18 & 25
Parks Canada Guided Outings and Events in Rouge Park
9:30 a.m.: Join an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park and learn about the Park’s nature, wildlife and trail skills with volunteer leaders. Details and meeting point at www.rougepark.com/hike.

Wednesday to Sunday October 4 to 15
A Colourful History: Toronto’s Historic Sites
More than 100 of Toronto artist and urban geographer Daniel Rotsztain’s drawings, featured in the colouring book “A Colourful History Toronto”, are also featured at Todmorden Mills’ Peppermill Gallery. Details at www.toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Friday October 6
ROMKids Day: October
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Looking for something for the kids to do while they’re away from school? Drop them off at ROM Camp! A shorter version of our popular Summer Club, ROM Camp offers kids special access to active learning, with supervised, fun, hands-on educational activities, art projects, science experiments, and more! Theme: Blast from the Past. Register at https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-kids-days.

Friday to Monday October 6 to 9
Giant Panda Cubs’ 2nd Birthday Bash
10:30 a.m. to noon daily: Get your tickets to one of the wildest birthday parties in town! The Toronto Zoo’s adorable panda cubs are turning two years old and you’re invited to a special birthday bash that includes party snacks, an interactive educational presentation about our pandas, and various panda party themed activities, including find the tail on the panda, relay races, crafts, and your chance to pose for a photo with our very own Giant Panda mascot. Please note that this is a private ticketed event. Tickets will not be available day of event. Tickets at http://www.torontozoo.com/Events/.

Saturday and Sunday October 7,8
Thanksgiving at the Village and Thanksgiving Dinners
12 and 3 p.m. dinner seatings: Enjoy Thanksgiving themed tours, sample some historic ale and take a horse-drawn wagon ride through Black Creek Pioneer Village and stay for a traditional three-course feast. Advance reservations are required. Reservations and details at www.blackcreek.ca or call (416) 736-1733.

Saturday to Monday, October 7-9
The Toronto Zoo Celebrates Thanksgiving And Our Giant Panda Cub’s Birthdays

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year at the Toronto Zoo with stunning fall colours, family-friendly photo opportunities and over 5,000 animals including Canada’s only Giant Pandas. Not only are we celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving but also the 2nd birthday of our giant panda cubs, Jia Yueyue and Jia Panpan! Drop by our Discovery Zone Courtyard for face painting* from 10am to 2pm daily. It’s the perfect weekend to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with family and friends. Visit our gift shops where you can receive 10% off of a special Toronto Zoo Plush Panda**!
*$2 per person to support Panda Conservation.
**Cuddlekin Plush by Wild Republic.
Details at http://www.torontozoo.com/Events/.

Fall Colours Celebration
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Experience the outdoors this fall with guided fall colour walks and more at Kortright Centre. Enjoy the crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it. Hikes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adults $6.50, seniors $5.50 and 15 and under are free. Parking is $4 per vehicle. Details at www.kortright.org.

Archetype Sustainable House Tour
2:30 p.m.: Enjoy a guided tour of the Archetype Sustainable House at Kortright Centre, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Included with admission. Call (905) 832-2289 to reserve your spot.

PumpkinFest Toronto
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Ride the Pumpkin Express through Downsview Park at this event, which features a traditional farmers market, princess meet and greet, bull riding contest, costume contest, midway and more. General admission $5; $25 unlimited ride pass. Details at www.pumpkinfesttoronto.com.

PumpkinFest Richmond Hill
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Richmond Hill PumpkinFest has something for all ages at Richmond Green Sports Centre. Costume and pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin bowling, food trucks and more. Details at www.richmondhillpumpkinfest.com.

Saturday October 7 (October weekends and Tuesday October 31)
Brick-or-Treat
Spooky spirits and friendly monsters come alive with your imagination and Lego bricks at Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto. Enjoy a costume contest, Monster Mash Scavenger Hunt, a Spooky Creations building challenge and more. Details at www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.

Sunday October 8
Outdoor Guided Walk: Autumn in the Valley
1:30 p.m.: Enjoy a guided walk at Todmorden Mills’ nature preserve to discover late-blooming wildflowers and celebrate the glorious colours of the season. Regular admission rates apply. Details at www.toronto.ca.

Tuesday October 10
PJ Masks Live: Time To Be A Hero
6 p.m.: This super-heroic, brand new live show takes the stage at Sony Centre for an experience you’ve never seen before. New songs, leaping, flipping and climbing all from the heroic trio. Details and tickets at www.sonycentre.ca.

Tuesday October 10 to 20
Bello
Various show times: Bern makes a discovery – about himself, his family and the importance of compassion during this show, presented at Young People’s Theatre on the main stage. Details and tickets at www.youngpeoplestheature.ca.

Tuesday October 10 to December 2 2017
ROMKids Jr.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.: Bring your child on an eight-week sensory adventure as you tour galleries with our early learning instructors, and join them in creative play-based activities, and social interaction in a classroom setting. Meet other parents, caregivers, and children and engage your child in interactive learning for life. Details at www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/romkids-junior.

Thursday to Saturday October 12-14
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
7:30 p.m.: Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the Sony Centre. Be amused and petrified as the stage transforms into Hogwarts. Featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Details and tickets at www.sonycentre.ca.

Friday October 13
Skittles Trick or Tweet!
6 a.m. to 11 p.m.: 
Skittles has a sweet surprise for Torontonians on Friday the 13th. Knock at the door at 277 Queen Street West for free packs of Skittles!

Saturday October 14
Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto Show and Sale
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: This annual show and sale of fine miniatures welcomes miniature lovers of all ages. No strollers. $8 at the door of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Details at www.metminis.ca.

Saturdays October 14, 21 & 28
Ghost Walks
Three terrifying tours of Black Creek Pioneer Village at different times. Experience a ghostly Victorian village with three haunting tours at night. Check tour types and times and make your reservation at www.blackcreek.ca.

Saturday and Sunday October 14, 15
Lemur Awareness Weekend
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: 
Discover the unique biodiversity of Madagascar and learn more about Lemurs. The Toronto Zoo is dedicating a full weekend to lemur awareness. Meet the keeper and watch a training session at 1 pm each day with our ‘conspiracy’ of ring-tailed lemurs and find out how you can help protect lemurs and their unique biodiverse ecosystem. Details at http://www.torontozoo.com/Events/.

Saturdays and Sundays October 14, 15 (Until November 26)
Curious George and the Golden Meatball
Join Curious George in this brand new musical that will take the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which George learns about Rome, meatballs and the “secret ingredient” in cooking. Presented at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Tickets and show times at tickets.ticketwise.com/event/curious-george.

Saturdays and Sundays October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
Fall Colours Celebration
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Experience the outdoors this fall with guided fall colour walks and more at Kortright Centre. Enjoy the crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it. Adults $6.50, seniors $5.50 and 15 and under are free. Parking is $4.00 per vehicle. Details at www.kortright.org.

Archetype Sustainable House Tour
2:30 p.m.: Enjoy a guided tour of the Archetype Sustainable House at Kortright Centre, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Included with admission. Call (905) 832-2289 to reserve your spot.

Thursday October 19 to 29
International Festival of Authors
Engage with the literature of our times, explore the world of books and get acquainted with the authors and their ideas. These 11 days are packed with readings, one-on-one interviews, thought-provoking panel discussions, free book signings, and family-friendly events. From poetry readings and crime and thriller writing discussions, to celebrations of authors’ literary achievements, the Festival offers a curated selection of experiences for every taste and age. Details at www.ifoa.org

Friday October 20
Family Sleepover at Ripley’s Aquarium
8 p.m. to 9 a.m.: Spend the evening exploring the Aquarium, participating in hands-on educational experiences and learning about the animals that call the Aquarium home. After a bedtime snack, tuck into your sleeping bag for sweet dreams in the “Dangerous Lagoon” shark tunnel. Details and registration at www.ripleyaquariums.com.

Saturday October 21
Our Kids Toronto Private School Expo
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Find the best school for your child at this expo. An exceptional tool for families, this expo allows you to explore private school options quickly and easily at Roy Thompson Hall. Visit www.ourkids.net for tickets and details.

Halloween Mask-Making Workshop for Families
1 p.m.: Use your imagination to create you own spooky Halloween mask in this family workshop at Todmorden Mills. Treats provided. Child $5; Adult $10. Preregistration required at todmordenmills.streamintickets.com.

Shift Your Thinking LD Summit
9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Shift Your Thinking is a live and online community with a mission to CONNECT, EMPOWER, and SUPPORT parents with kids that have LDs, ADHD and anxiety. Join us for community and insights with expert speakers from all over the world sharing tools,& practical advice as well as experience hands on workshops to support you and your child. Held at Mississauga Valley Community Center. Details at www.shiftyourthinkingld.com.

 Saturday and Sunday October 21, 22, 28 & 29
Boo at the Zoo
Celebrate the spirit of Halloween in costume at the Toronto Zoo. Free costumed kids admission with paying adult. Photo opportunities. Details at www.torontozoo.com.

Sunday October 22
Holiday Inn Yorkdale: Fall MRKT Show
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Presenting festive fun for the whole family at Holiday Inn Yorkdale Toronto, this community shopping event features more than 30 vendors. Free admission. Details at TorontoCreativeEntrepreneurs.com.

Halloween Lantern-Making Workshop for Families
1 p.m.: Create a spooky paper lantern at Todmorden Mills to light up Halloween. Treats provided. Suitable for kids ages 6 and up. Child $5; Adult $10. Preregistration required at todmordenmills.streamintickets.com.

Thursday October 26
Family Resource and Information Fair
4 to 7 p.m.: Information and resources on services for families in Toronto Downtown East: health, employment, recreation, Indigenous services, early years, school age children and youth, special needs, housing, literacy, children welfare and more. Free, all are welcome. Details at https://www.facebook.com/ParentsForBetterBeginnings/photos/a.293355790810739.1073741828.286696714809980/1242721172540858/?type=3

Thursday through Saturday October 26 to 28
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. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Members’ cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Advance registration is required at www.kortright.org.

Saturday October 28
5 Peaks Trail Running Series
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Trail run on beautiful terrain at Kortright Centre. Advance registration is required at www.kortright.org.

Spooktacular Hallowe’en Party
7 to 8:30 p.m.: Little ghosts and goblins are invited to haunt the Elman W. Campbell Museum. Enjoy games, craft, costume parade and a Hallowe’en story. Admission is $5.50 per child.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Suitable for children aged 4 to 10, costumes encouraged. To register call (905) 953-5314 or email elmanmuseum@rogers.com.

Retro Halloween Family Drop-In
12 to 4 p.m.: Celebrate Halloween traditions of the past at Todmorden Mills. Tour the historic homes, sample old-time treats and make a creepy craft. Costumes encouraged. Details at www.toronto.ca./todmordenmills.

PAMA Kids Halloween Spooktacular
1 to 4 p.m.: A special storytelling, shadow puppetry performance as well as drop-in activities with artists Sharada Eswar and Sonja Rainey and The Boys and Girls Club of Peel. Plus complete the Halloween scavenger hunt and win a sweet prize! More information at www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Saturday and Sunday October 28, 29
Howling Hootenanny
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Enjoy a Howling good time at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Kids will love trick or treating through the historic buildings, the haunted maze and flinging apples with the Apple Sling Shot.  Also, decorate your own pumpkin to take home.  Regular admission rates apply. Details at www.blackcreek.ca.

Halloween Spooktacular at the BSM
Drop in until 4 p.m.: Say boo at the BSM this Halloween and join us for a spooktacular weekend of family fun! Decorate a Halloween-inspired cookie, make a special craft and play ISpy in the galleries! Kids in costumes get in free! Included with museum admission. Perfect for children 3-12. Details at www.batashoemuseum.ca.

Sunday October 29
Music and Truffles series
1:15 p.m.: Jasper String Quartet launches the 15th season of Music and Truffles, five classical concerts for young people age 5-11. This concert also celebrates Halloween. Everyone, adults included, is invited to come in costume, take their picture in a photo booth in the lobby, and parade their costumes on stage. The hour-long, interactive performances take place at Walter Hall. Everyone receives a Lindt chocolate truffle at the end. Subscriptions for all five concerts are $75.  Individual concerts are $20.  Orders and information are available from Mooredale Concerts www.mooredaleconcerts.com.

Halloween Tails Come to Life!
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The world of automobiles has its share of spooky stories and colourful characters. Hear about those from the CAM collection and chat with John DeLorean, Sam McLaughlin, Lady Eaton and more at the Canadian Automotive Museum. Regular admission rates apply. Details at www.canadianautomotivemuseum.com.

Haunted House
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Seasons Family Centre’s Haunted House caters the fear factor to all ages. Also enjoy crafts and treats. $20 per family. Details at  www.seasonsfamilycentre.com.

Family Funday: Digging Halloween
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Drop in activities Free with Museum admission. A-haunting you will go as archaeology and Halloween come together at the ROM! Dress up, hunt for history, and find out what “digging the past” is all about from ROM archaeologists. Details at www.rom.on.ca.

Tuesday October 31
Tricks & Treats Halloween Event
4 to 7 p.m.: Spooktacular Magic Show and Trick-or-Treating at Bridlewood Mall. Kids in costume can enjoy trick-or-treating at participating retailers followed by a spooky magic show you wont want to miss! Come if you dare. Details at www.bridlewoodmall.com.