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Cinesphere at Ontario Place
For the first time in years, Ontario is welcoming people back to the Cinesphere at Ontario Place to watch movies at the iconic theatre, year-round. Winter programming will run from early December to mid-March and feature a winter light exhibition with illuminated installations by local artists, as well as skating on a synthetic ice rink in addition to movie screenings. 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.
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

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 programming 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.

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 April 2
Vikings: The Exhibition
The Royal Ontario Museum is the final stop on the North American tour of Vikings: The Exhibition. Vikings offers a fresh perspective on the Viking age that challenges some of the commonly held myths and perceptions about the lives of the Norse people and this period of European history. More information at www.rom.on.ca.

Sundays until May
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.

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.

Until February 24
Building Toronto: Stories of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. This exhibit explores urban development and the civic engagement of its population. Discover how our city’s first planned neighbourhood served as the building blocks for Toronto’s commercial, cultural, social, and political history. Details at Toronto.ca.

SUNDAYS Until AUGUST 27
Tea and Tour Sundays
1 to 4:30 p.m.: There’s a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic Gibson House Museum kitchen on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies, and enjoy a tour of this lovely 1850s farmhouse. For more information call 416-395-7432, email gibsonhouse@toronto.ca, or visit www.toronto.ca/gibsonhouse.

February

Ongoing

The Bentway Skate Trail
Enjoy visual Art Installations, free Monday night skate rentals, Friday Night Skate Parties, and more
at Toronto’s newest public space located under the Gardiner Expressway. More information at TheBentway.ca.

Saturdays and Sundays
Outings and Events in Rouge Park
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Enjoy an urban wilderness adventure and learn about the park’s nature, wildlife and trail skills with something for everyone. Details at pc.gc.ca.

Saturdays Until February 17
DJ Skate Nights
Toronto’s outdoor winter party returns with a lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to Saturday nights at Harbourfront Centre. For more information visit harbourfrontcentre.com.

Through March
Cross-country skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing
Hours vary by month: Visit Albion Hills Conservation Area and hit the trails with your family and friends. Call 905-880-4855 or toll free 1-800-838-9921 for more information or visit www.albionfun.ca or www.skiontario.ca.

Until March 4
Toronto Light Festival
Enjoy a visual journey and imaginative cerebral adventure in the Distillery History District. Features more than 30 light art installations from local and international artists. Find more details at torontolightfest.com.

Saturdays until March 5
Sciencational Saturdays
9 to 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Fun and dynamic Science experiments in French for Francophile children. The 90-minute workshops are offered in a fully equipped Science Lab where students have their own station with up-to-date science materials and equipment. The 6- to 8-year-olds will make a liquid rainbow, concoct gooey slime, or build planets. The 9- to 11-year olds will explore the principle of catapult, pretend they are astronauts or build their own car. At 36 Scarsdale Road, Toronto. Visit www.explorum.ca for more information.

Until March 18
Innovation Circus 1867
Visit Colborne Lodge for this exhibit featuring artifacts, reproductions and images highlighting new and emerging technologies and ideas circa 1867. Call 416-392-6916 for more information.

events

Weekends in February
Black History Month
Noon to 5 p.m.: Visit Mackenzie House and learn more about some of the Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during the era. For more details visit toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

February Weekends
Noon to 4 p.m.: Fall in love with homemade potato soup and scones, cooked right before your eyes. Samples and recipes available to share with those you love. Admission is pay what you can. At Scarborough Museum. Details by calling 416-338-8807.

February 1 – 4
Masters of Illusion
Various times: Catch the number one touring magic show in the world at Markham Theatre. Show times and tickets at markham.ca.

Friday February 2
Nature School – PA Days
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Come to the Kortright Centre for Conservation and explore the world of Forest School. Ages 4-10. Advanced registration required, for more details call 416-667-6295 or visit thenatureschool.ca.

February 2 – 8
Flashback Film Fest
Flashback Film Fest is bringing action, sci-fi, and comedy favourites back to the big screen. Includes kid-friendly classics. Visit Cineplex.com/FBFF for the full festival line-up and ticketing info.

Saturday February 3
Valentine Card-MakingWorkshop
1 to 3 p.m.: Create personalized Valentine Cards to share with loved ones while you learn about the history of Valentine’s Day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site.  Refreshments provided. Adult $15; Children $10 (plus tax). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Saturday February 3 – 25
Princess Knight
This original play, presented at Solar Stage is a screwball comedy and heart warming coming-of-age story. For ages 6 and up. Visit solarstage.on.ca.

Sunday February 4
Downsview Park Reptile Expo
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Bring your family and friends along to the next Downsview Park Reptile Expo for a fun day of reptile vendors, education, displays and more! Food trucks on site, free parking and loads to see! Details at reptileexpo.ca.

Sundays February 4 to March 4
Parent and tots: Little Saplings
Take your tot to Kortright and participate in story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. Advance registration required call 416-667-6295 or visit kortright.org.

February 5 until March 17
The Secret Garden
Various show times: Discover the mysterious hidden garden along with Mary in this classic adapted for stage and children ages 6 to 12 at Young People’s Theatre. Tickets at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

February 6 until March 31
Scouting On Display at Newmarket Public Library
Scouting is being commemorated with this annual display on view at the Newmarket Public Library. Open during Library hours. For more information visit newmarket.ca/museum.

Saturday February 10
Snowshoes and Snow-Clues
10 a.m. to noon: Discover wildlife and identify tracks and signs of animals at Oak Ridges Conservation Reserve in Maple. Try snowshoeing or a winter walk. Ages 5 and up. Registration required at trca.ca.

Tall Stories Presents: The Gruffalo
1 and 3 p.m.: Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Presented at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Sweetheart Tea
Noon and 2:30 p.m.: Treat your special someone, friends or family to a Victorian-inspired tea, including finger sandwiches and sweets at Gibson House Museum. Not recommended for children under 6 years of age. $20. Call 416-395-7432 to register.

Owl Prowl
7 to 9 p.m.: Experience an evening with live owls at Kortright Centre that includes a presentation in the theatre and a guided walk with owl experts through owl habitat and call to Kortright’s wild owls. Dress for the weather. Advance tickets required, call 416-667-6295 or visit kortright.org.

SUNDAY February 11
OurKids Camp Expo
Noon to 4 p.m.: Head to Roy Thomson Hall for the 8th annual Camp Expo and find the summer camp for your child. Details at ourkids.net.

Tuesday February 13
Mardi Gras and Pancake Supper at St Cuthbert’s Church, Leaside
5:30 to 7:15 p.m.: Enjoy a
 family friendly pancake supper with kid’s activities. Tickets available from church office Tues – Fri 9am – 1pm, and after Sunday services. $7.50/adult $5/children (10 and under) or $20/family. All welcome. Call 416-485-0329 or visit stcuthbertsleaside.com for details.

Friday February 16
Curious Crafters – PA Day Camp
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Kids ages 7 to 11 can get creative at Gibson House Museum and make a fun craft together that campers can take home. Register by calling 416-338-4386 or online efun.toronto.ca. Course code: 3023858.

Super Fun P.A. Day Camp
Scarborough Museum is your boredom buster for P.A. days. Bake over the hearth, make crafts, play games and explore the park. Lunch is included. Register by calling 416-338-4386 or online efun.toronto.ca. Course code: 3018288

PA Day Family Fun
Noon to 4 p.m.: Drop in to Todmorden Mills Heritage Site for family fun. Do a take-home craft and take a guided tour of the historic homes. Regular admission. Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Owl Prowl
7 to 9 p.m.: Experience an evening with live owls at Kortright Centre that includes a presentation in the theatre and a guided walk with owl experts through owl habitat and call to Kortright’s wild owls. Dress for the weather. Advance tickets required, call 416-667-6295 or visit kortright.org.

February 16 – 25
Canadian International AutoShow
Hot Wheels, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is taking over the Canadian International AutoShow. at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Level 700 The celebration will have an explosion of activities including Toronto’s largest Hot Wheels super track and six life-size Hot Wheels cars. Details at autoshow.ca.

February 17 to 18
Legoland Space Mission opening weekend
Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto launches a new out-of-this-world exhibit. This week marks the grand opening celebration of the exhibit, which offers guests the opportunity to build their own spaceship, explore the mission control centre and watch a Lego rocket blast off. Details at LEGOLANDDiscoveryCentre.ca.

February 17 to 19
Family Day Weekend
Noon to 4 p.m.: Visit the Scarborough Museum for a scavenger hunt, craft, baked goodies and hot chocolate. Admission is Pay What You Can. For more information go to toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Family Funday Weekend: One World
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Pack your Family Day Weekend with fun at ROM as we celebrate our rich multicultural landscape with musical performances, special hands-on activities, and more! Free with Museum admission. Details at rom.on.ca.

February 17 until March 3
One Thing Leads to Another
Various times: YPT’s award-winning show for babies offers babies 3 to 12 months of age the experience of everyday objects being transformed into theatrical phenomena. Tickets at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

February 17 until April 22
digiPlaySpace
TIFF’s award-winning technology playground allows kids 3-13 (and adults!) to experience what it’s like to become part of a classical artwork and watch a machine draw a picture based on how it feels. The exhibition brings together interactive games, projections, mind-bending augmented-reality installations and innovative coding activities that showcase the creative potential of new technologies at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Details at tiff.net/digiplayspace.

February 17 until May 6
Memorable Munsch
Four popular Robert Munsch books are strung together and played out on the Solar Stage Theatre stage. Ages 4 and up. Tickets available at solarstage.on.ca.

Sunday February 18
Music and Truffles
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.: Join Paul Huang on violin and Helen Huang on piano in this show at Walter Hall. A great introduction to classical music for kids of all ages.Tickets at mooredaleconcerts.com.

An Afternoon with Vikings
2 to 4 p.m.: Join Oliver Harris and Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson for a fascinating look at archaeology from around the Viking world at Royal Ontario Museum. Details at rom.on.ca.

WinterRouge 2018
11 a.m. to 4 p.m:  
Parks Canada is bringing the winter games to the GTA this Family Day long weekend. Get outside and get moving with a full day of winter activities and sports in Rouge National Urban Park. Improve your slapshot, learn to curl or enjoy some nature walking. This event is free and no registration is required. Details at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/rouge/activ/20180218-winter-hiver

Monday February 19
Family Day at AGO
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The AGO celebrates Family Day with colour filled fun. Details at ago.ca.

Family Day Open House
Noon to 3 p.m.: Enjoy a nature-filled day at Kortright Centre for Conservation with a hike through the forest, snack at the fire, shelter building and more.  Call 905-832-2289 ext. 239, or email igreen@trca.on.ca.

Family Day is Innovation Day
Noon to 5 p.m.: Enjoy Hands-on science and innovation activities throughout Colborne Lodge. Free. Call 416-392-6916 for more information.

Family Day at the BSM
Chill at the Bata Shoe Museum with winter-themed arts and crafts, play a game of I Spy in the galleries and try on some funky footwear.  More information at batashoemuseum.ca.

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. Drop-in activities, including historic games, crafts, food and music; no pre-registration required. Regular admission applies. Details at toronto.ca/montgomerysinn

Family Day at Fort York
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers’ Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids’ activity book. Admission fees apply. Call 416-392-6907 for more information.

Family Day at Historic Zion Schoolhouse
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Explore this one-room schoolhouse in the heart of North Toronto. Enjoy storytelling, craft making and other activities all afternoon. Admission is free. Call 416-395-7432 for details.

Family Day at Mackenzie House
Noon to 5 p.m.: Learn about Scottish Highland and Scottish Country dances and the history and stories that inspired them. Family tours of the site, printing souvenirs on the 1845 press and cookie decorating. Details at toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

Family Day at Spadina Museum
Noon to 5 p.m.: Come and enjoy a family-friendly tour where you will play games, and have hands-on fun in the historic kitchen.  Regular admission applies. More information at toronto.ca/spadina.

Family Day at Todmorden Mills
Noon to 4 p.m.: Visit Todmorden Mills Heritage Site on Family Day for family crafts, tours of the historic homes and more. toronto.ca/todmordenmills

Toyland at the Museum
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Have Family Day fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket.  See the model train, Nursery Rhyme and Fairy Tale displays. Bring in a toy animal from home and have fun in the toy animal grooming salon. Have your picture taken at the pioneer board and go on a Museum scavenger hunt. Suitable for ages 4-10. For more information call 905-953-5314 or email elmanmuseum@rogers.com.

Family Day Canvas Challenge
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Visit the Varley Art Galelry of Markham where an art educator will guide families who will team up to experiment with a variety of materials to create their own mixed media canvases. Limited spots available for each time slot. Register using the six-digit barcode at http://econnect.markham.ca. Materials are generously sponsored by Above Ground Art Supplies. More details at varleyartgallery.ca.

Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
Enjoy the many activities Evergreen Brick Works has to offer this Family Day. A wide variety of food, drinks, and outdoor activities for the whole family. Adults can sit and sip local beers from Brewer’s Backyard while the kids explore our Children’s Garden’s activities and take part in songs sung around the campfire. Details at evergreen.ca.

Out of this World Family Day
9 a.m. to noon: Visit Buds and Blossoms on Family Day 2018 for some stellar space-themed activities while you celebrate with your supernova of a family! Crafts, circle time, a photo booth and more! Details at budsandblossoms.ca.

Colour the Museum
Noon to 4 p.m.: Spend Family Day with three of Oshawa’s oldest families! The Oshawa Museum is open from 12 – 4 on Family Day for tours and a special colouring afternoon. This is a drop in event. Call 905-436-7624 ext.106 for more details.

Try It Hot With Mini-Wheats at the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre!
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 
This Family Day the Hot-Milk Man will be travelling with the Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats #TryItHot Truck into the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre and serving up Mini-Wheats with hot milk. Come on down, embrace your playful side and have some wintery fun! Details at http://bit.ly/2rUwdjk.

Family Day at YPT
Young People’s Theatre will be a hive of activity from top to bottom floors, with a performance of the children’s classic The Secret Garden, two performances of the award-winning show for babies, One Thing Leads to Another — plus Family Workshops, free tours and drop-in activities! Show times, tickets and details at  youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Tuesday February 20 – March 6
Exploring Early Keyboard Instruments
1 to 3 p.m.: Unravel the mysteries of earlier keyboard instruments. This course at The Royal Conservatory of Music offers a rare opportunity to interact with historical keyboard instruments and learn about how they evolved and how they relate to one another and features an instrument exhibit and concert using instruments from the Michael and Sonja Koerner Collection at the Royal Conservatory. The final concert will be a voice and keyboard recital given by Lawrence Wiliford and Andrea Botticelli. Visit rcmusic.com to register.

Friday February 23
ROMKids Sleepovers
5 p.m. to 10 a.m.: Bunk down for the night at Toronto’s ultimate backstage museum pass at the Royal Ontario Museum. Get up close to Museum artifacts with exclusive after-hours access to galleries, speak with ROM experts, enjoy a special movie screening, and make your own souvenir to take home. Plus don’t miss the PJ karaoke and late night snack. Details and registration at rom.on.ca.

Saturday February 24
Snowshoes and Snow-Clues
10 a.m. to noon: Discover wildlife and identify tracks and signs of animals at Cold Creek Conservation Area in Bolton. Try snowshoeing or a winter walk. For ages 5 plus. Registration required at trca.ca.

Move Your Paws For The Polar Bear Cause
8:15 a.m.: The 5th annual 1k and 5K walk/run takes place at the Toronto Zoo. Details at torontozoo.com.

The Year of the Dog:
A Chinese New Year Celebration
2 and 4 p.m.: Join the TSO and welcome the Year of the Dog. This is an evening for the whole family, with fun-filled music from both Chinese and Western origins, beautiful costumes, dancing, and more. Tickets at tso.ca.

Saturday and Sunday February 24, 25
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!
Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more come to the Hershey Centre for five sensory adventure shows. Show times and tickets at ticketmaster.ca.

Tuesday February 27
Mom and Baby Stroller Tours
Join a group of other moms and babies at Bata Shoe Museum on the last Tuesday of each month for a docent-led tour of the BSM. Register by calling 416-979-7799 x 242 or email education@batashoemuseum.ca.

Wednesday February 28
Parent Information Night
7 to 9 p.m.: Visit Kortright Centre for Conservation to learn about The Nature School at Kortright and its alternative form of education. Free admission. Details at kortright.org.