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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.

Events

January through March (depending on snow conditions)
Cross-country Skiing, Tobogganing and Snowshoeing

Hit the trails at Albion Hills Conservation Area for some fun winter activities. Enjoy groomed trails for cross-country skiing. Some equipment available for rental. Visit www.AlbionFun.ca.

January through March (depending on snow conditions)
Winter Fat Biking

Taking place on the 5 km black loop only at Albion Hills Conservation Area, winter fat biking requires specialized wide tires. Rentals available. Accessible from the Elmview picnic area. Further information by calling 905-880-4855.

Until January 27
Alice Opens the Door

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Head to TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library for this exhibit that is all about Alice’s adventures. Details at tpl.ca.

Saturdays until February 16
DJ Skate Nights

8 to 11 p.m.: Head to Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre for Toronto’s block party on ice, weather permitting. Enjoy a stellar lineup of DJs that will help you skate away your winter blues. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Until March 17
Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works

Visit Evergreen’s picturesque outdoor skating rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair from there. Skating is free, and skate rentals are available for $5 a pair. Details at evergreen.ca.

Until February 3
Ugly Ducking
Various show times: Suitable for ages 3 plus, this charming puppet musical is presented at Solar Stage. Details at solarstage.on.ca.

Until February 7
Winterlicious
Explore Toronto’s food culture at this year’s Winterlicious. Created by the City of Toronto it features delectable three-course prix fixe menus at nearly 200 participating restaurants and an eclectic culinary event series. Three-course prix fixe lunch menus priced at $23, $28 and $33, and dinner menus priced at $33, $43 and $53. Reservations begin January 10 and can be made with participating dining establishments. List of participating restaurants at Toronto.ca./winterlicious.

Saturdays until February 16
DJ Skate Nights
8 to 11 p.m.: Head to Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre for Toronto’s block party on ice, weather permitting. Enjoy a stellar lineup of DJs that will help you skate away your winter blues. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Until February 24
Rose
Various show times: This original Soulpepper musical is three years in the making. It follows the story of Rose as she searches for her place in the world. Runs 1 hour and 45 minutes with 20-minute intermission. Show times and tickets at soulpepper.ca. (See story on page 11)

Saturdays until March 2
ROM Saturday Club
9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.: Head to Royal Ontario Museum for supervised, hands-on educational activities, art projects, science experiments, and more. Details at rom.on.ca.

ROM Kids Junior
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.: Tour the Royal Ontario Museum’s galleries with early learning instructors and join them in creative play-based activities, and social interaction in a classroom setting. Details at rom.on.ca.

Until March 3
Toronto Light Festival
Head to Toronto’s Distillery Historic District for this visual display of lights as art. Learn more at torontolightfest.com.

Until March 17
Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works
Visit Evergreen’s picturesque outdoor skating rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair from there. Skating is free, and skate rentals are available for $5 a pair. Details at evergreen.ca.

Until March 31
Regalia Native Pride Photo Exhibit at CN Tower
An ode to Aboriginal culture, this exhibit is a chance for a genuine encounter with the First Nations. It is aimed at moving away from our perceptions of the powwow tradition to probe contemporary dimensions of identity. Cost and details at cntower.ca.

Weekends in February
Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month
Noon to 5 p.m.: Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February, and learn about some of the Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era. Visitors can take a piece of this important history home when they print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s newspaper, “The Provincial Freeman”, in the re-created 1850’s printshop. Details at Toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

February Weekends
Noon to 4 p.m.: There’s lots going on at Scarborough Museum. Fresh bread baked in the cast iron wood stove will be sure to have your tastebuds tingling…Victorian Face Mask making and a Cupid’s scavenger hunt, for all those who are still a child at heart, will also be happening all month long. Finally, for the weekend of February 9 & 10, make an old fashioned Valentine’s Day card for that special someone. Admission is Pay What You Can. Details at Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Friday February 1
Nature School – PA Days
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Come to the Kortright Centre for Conservation on your PA Day and explore the world of Forest School. Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom. Suitable for students ages 4 to 10. $55 per day. Advanced registration required by calling 416-667-6295.

Spidey Make Believe
8 p.m.: Spidey, a mentalist and magician brings his exciting and hilarious mind-reading show to Brampton’s Rose Theatre. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

Saturday February 2
8 p.m. to 9 a.m.: Ripley’s Aquarium Family Sleepover
Spend the evening exploring the Aquarium, participating in hands-on educational experiences and learning about the animals that call the Aquarium home. After a delicious bedtime snack, tuck into your sleeping bag for sweet dreams in the Dangerous Lagoon shark tunnel. Details and registration at ripleyaquariums.com.

Solar Observing
10 a.m. to noon: Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules, and prominences at Ontario Science Centre. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Jason Bishop – Straight Up Magic
2 & 7 p.m.: Enjoy this production of state-of-the-art magic at Flat Markham Theatre where Jason Bishop, America’s hottest illusionist performs sleight of hand, grand illusions and close-up magic projected onto a screen. Tickets at markham.ca.

Meet Teresa Pitman
Noon: Award-Winning parenting author, Teresa Pitman, will be at Chapters Vega at Erin Mills Power Centre in Mississauga discussing her book, Baby-Led Weaning: The (Not-So) Revolutionary Way to Start Solids and make a Happy Eater. Details at Indigo.ca/events.

February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2
Tell Me That Story Again:  Indigenous Tradition of Oral Storytelling
1 to 2:30 p.m.: Be introduced to the Indigenous tradition of oral storytelling, including its history, as well as how art, movement and dance help weave the tales told at Market Lane P.S., 246 The Esplanade, Toronto. Find more details at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Sunday February 3
Mini Pop Kids
2 & 6:30 p.m.: Canada’s top music brand for kids takes the stage at Brampton’s Rose Theatre for two concerts full of positive energy. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

Outerbridge – Magical Odyssey
1 and 4 p.m.: Be transported to a Victorian parlour of mysteries to experience the Golden Age of Magic with Ted and Marion Outerbridge at Flato Markham Museum. Tickets at markham.ca.

Sunday February 3 to March 3
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. Advance registration required: 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. Program does not run Feb. 17. $65. Register at kortright.org.

February 5 to June 30
Come From Away
Various show times: Due to popular demand, Come From Away is moving from the Royal Alexandra Theatre to the Elgin Theatre where the breathtaking musical will continue its run. Tickets and show times at mirvish.com.

Wednesday February 6-10 & 13-16
Cirque Éloize Hotel
Various show times: Cirque Éloize brings their latest sensation Hotel to Toronto¹s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Tickets at sonycentre.ca.

Saturday February 9
OurKids Camp Expo
Head to Roy Thomson Hall for this annual Camp Expo and find the summer camp for your child. Details at ourkids.net.

Black History Spotlight: African-inspired Neckwear Crafts for Children
Elman W. Campbell Museum
1 to 3 p.m.: Children can celebrate Black History Month by making African-inspired neckwear crafts using traditional prints, and learning about Black history at Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket. Suitable for ages 4 to 10. $3 per person. Details at newmarket.ca.

Evening Telescope Observing
6 to 8 p.m.: Take a tour of the night sky through a telescope and snap a photo or two of your favourite celestial body while you learn about the phases of the moon, get an up-close look at the planets, and gaze at the brightest stars at Ontario Science Centre. Find more details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

February 9 – May 5
Merry Munsch Pyjama Party!
Various show times: Suitable for ages 4 plus, this production at Solar Stage features some of your favourite Robert Munsch stories acted by a lively cast in their jammies. Wear yours to see it. Details at solarstage.on.ca.

Sunday February 10
Family Workshop: Valentine Cards
1 to 3 p.m.: Create personalized Valentine cards at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site to share with loved ones while you learn about the history of food. Advance registration required at todmordenmills.streamintickets.com.

February 11 – 22
We Are All Treaty People
Various show times: Recommended for ages 6 plus, this Young People’s Theatre presentation uses history, song, story, dance and puppetry, this inspiring production from Quest Theatre embraces truth and reconciliation, forging understanding across cultures. Tickets and show times at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Friday February 15
PA Day Family Fun
Noon to 4 p.m.: Drop in to Todmorden Mills for family fun. Do a family craft and take a guided tour of the historic homes. Find more details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Saturday & Sunday Feb. 16, 17
2019 LunarFest in Markham
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Head to Varley Art Gallery to celebrate the year of the pig. Free admission. Details at lunarfest.com.

February 16 – 18
Family Day Weekend
Noon to 4 p.m.: Head to Scarborough Museum for fun activities for the whole family. Go on a scavenger hunt, try a craft, sample baked goodies and wash them down with delicious hot chocolate. Admission is pay what you can. Details at Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

National Hippo Weekend
Head to the Toronto Zoo for this special weekend in honour of the hippo. Event subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

ROM Family Day Weekend
Enjoy activities and games related to the Lunar New Year and the exhibition Gods in My Home at Royal Ontario Museum. Details at rom.on.ca.

Monday February 18
Family Day Open House
Noon to 3 p.m.: Enjoy a nature filled, family fun day that embraces outdoor learning at Kortright Centre. This Free day offers a chance for families to snowshoe or hike depending on the weather through the forest. Enjoy a warm snack at the fire, create with loose parts, build shelters and more while learning what The Nature School at Kortright has to offer. Details at thenatureschool.ca.

Family Day at Fort York
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort’s historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a heartwarming and memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers’ Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids’ activity book. Find more details at Toronto.ca/fortyork.

Family Day at Montgomery’s Inn
1 to 5 p.m.: Bring the family to Montgomery’s Inn for an Irish ceilidh. Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Join the cooks in the historic kitchen while they prepare tasty treats over the fire. Drop-in activities, including historic games, crafts, food and music; no pre-registration required. Regular admission applies. Details at tronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Family Day at Mackenzie House
Noon to 5 p.m.: Enjoy family-friendly tours of historic Mackenzie House, print a souvenier on the 1850s press and decorate a cookie in the historic kitchen. Find more details at Toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

Family Day at Todmorden Mills
Noon to 4 p.m.: Head to Todmorden Mills for tours of the historic homes and create a take-home craft. Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

2019 LunarFest in Mississagua
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Head to the Living Arts Centre to celebrate the year of the pig and family day. Walk through the Tunnel of Blessings and enjoy the sounds of the Butterfly Lovers. Win a prize in the Universe of Piggy Banks and learn about cultures and currencies and so much more. Details at lunarfest.com.

Family Day at Spadina Museum
Noon to 5 p.m.: Enjoy a family-friendly tour of Spadina Museum at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. where you will play games and try cookie decorating in the historic kitchen – all set in this beautifully restored 1920s environment. Regular admission. Details at Toronto.ca/spadina.

Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Spend Family Day blasting off in this high-flying, outer-space adventure at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at rhcentre.ca.

Sharron Matthews’ Cabaret for Kids: Invincible You Invincible Me
2 & 6:30 p.m.: This award-winning international cabaret artist brings her interactive pop-music filled cabaret for kids to Brampton’s Rose theatre. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

Family Day Pottery Workshop
10 a.m. to noon: Celebrate Family Day by making new memories and unique ceramic artwork at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre. $36 per person. For more details and registration go to livingartscentre.ca.

Family Day 2019
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dance, place and make art in a day of fun for the whole family at Art Gallery of Ontario. Details at ago.ca.

February 20 to 24
Jukebox Hero The Musical
Various show times: This original musical is a coming-of-age saga written to the music of FOREIGNER. Featuring 16 iconic songs and presented at Ed Mirvish Theatre. Recommended for ages 12 plus. Find tickets and show times at mirvish.com.

Friday February 21
Pete The Cat
7 p.m.: Join Pete and his friend Jimmy on an adventure of a lifetime, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus from your seat at Brampton’s Rose Theatre. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

February 21 to 23
Art of Time Ensemble: Best Of Music
8 p.m.: A selection of Art of Time Ensemble’s most memorable, presented in a festival style program that run the gamut from classical to pop at Harbourfront Centre. Find more details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Friday February 22
Parents’ Night Out: Bee mine Valentine!
6 to 9 p.m.: Children can enjoy a Valentine’s Day party at Kids Kare in Toronto  while parents go out. They’ll make crafts, have a dance party and watch the movie Lady and the Tramp. Dinner is mini heart shaped pizzas. $40; $20 for extra siblings. Find more details and book at kidzkare.ca.

Saturday February 23
Play it by Ear
2 & 4 p.m.: This is a laugh-out-loud concert about improvisation at Roy Thomson Hall. Featuring Second City alumni and hosted by Kevin Frank, this show is presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Tickets at tso.ca.

Ontario Science Centre Sleepover
Sharpen your sleuthing skills at a Science Centre Saturday Sleepover. Dust for fingerprints, reveal secret messages and examine the evidence at this intriguing evening of hands-on forensic fun. Explore the exhibit halls to uncover clues and solve the mystery before hitting the dance floor at the  PJ/DJ dance party. Find more details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

The Art of Snowflakes
1-3 p.m.: Drop in for a flurry of activities at the Elman W. Campbell Museum for an interactive and fun afternoon of crafts, snowflake activities and a chance to test your skills for a prize at the snowflake challenge. Details at Newmarket.ca.

Saturday and Sunday February 23, 24
Canadian Taste Buds
The monthly Canadian Taste Buds recipe for February at Scarborough Museum is Cinnamon Crunch Bread Pudding, which has a taste of decadence in every bite. Find more details at Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Thursday to Sunday February 21 – 24
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Various show times: Unionville Theatre Company presents the Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Flato Markham Theatre. Tickets and show times at markham.ca.

February 26 to March 16
The 26 Letter Dance
Various show times: Young People’s Theatre presents this inventive, interactive show that inspires kids to dance to the beat of their own drum – based on the alphabet! Recommended for ages 4-8, the journey through the world of letter and words is a unique experience that’s contemporary and poetic. Show times and tickets at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.