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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursdays
Museum Thursday Nights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday April 20
Eggceptional Easter Fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum

1:30 to 3 p.m.: Hop in to the Elman W. Campbell Museum for an eggciting afternoon of egg decorating and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Suitable for ages 4-1o; $3 per child. Pre-registration required at Newmarket.ca/museum.

Sunday April 21
Celebrate Earth Day!

1 to 3:30 p.m.: Enjoy Earth Day activities at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives. Drop in through the afternoon with PAMA and the Region’s Environmental Education Team. Details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Monday April 22
Earth Day

The focus of this year’s event is to protect our species. Find local events at earthday.org.

Decorating with Natural Dyes
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Drop in to PAMA for this playful activity in which participants learn natural dyeing basics and how to create dyes from plants, food and other natural materials. Fun for the whole family. More details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Friday April 26
Parents’ Night Out: How Does Your Garden Grow?

6 to 9 p.m.: Children will learn about how things grow at Kidz Kare in Toronto while parents enjoy a night out. They’ll plant an herb to take home and enjoy a meal. Details and registration at kidzkare.ca.

Saturday April 27
Let’s Dance

2 & 4 p.m.: Be inspired by dance styles from around the world in this high-energy concert featuring live dancers and the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall. 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. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Saturday and Sunday April 27, 28
Battle of York Weekend at Fort York

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Honour the 206th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813 at Fort York, which comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers’ Quarters kitchen, site tours and period animation. Kids can try “falling-in” for 1812-era soldiering drill! Regular admission applies. More information at Toronto.ca/fortyork.

Gorilla Awareness Weekend
Head to the Toronto Zoo for a weekend celebrating the gorilla. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

Canadian Taste Buds
The monthly Canadian Taste Buds recipe at Scarborough Museum for April is luxurious chocolate tarts. These yummy treats will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Details at Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

April 29 – May 16
ANTIGONE:

Various show times: Recommended for ages 12 and up, the world premier of this contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek story inspired by the 2014 student umbrella protest in Hong Kong and the 1989 uprising of Tiananmen Square is presented at Young People’s Theatre. Tickets and show times at oungpeoplestheatre.ca.

Inaugural Children’s Festival coming to Mel Lastman Square

From Thursday to Sunday May 16 to 19, Mel Lastman Square will come alive for four fun-filled days of food, family entertainment and exciting interactive activities.

In addition to an assortment of free activities, the inaugural Uptown International Children’s Festival, presented by TO Live, will also present Grammy Award-Winner Lisa Loeb, as well as internationally-acclaimed theatre shows “A Fool’s Errand”, “The Many Who Planted Trees” and “Is This a Dagger?” at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

For a complete list of events, locations, times and costs, visit tocentre.com.

May through November
Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

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

Weekends in May
May Weekends

Noon to 5 p.m.: Head to Scarborough Museum where mom can have a break while kids make a Mother’s Day card and paper tea cup craft. Pay what you can. Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Thursday to Saturday May 2 – 4
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert

7:30 p.m.: Catch the movie while the Toronto Symphony Orchestra plays live along with it at the Sony Centre. Tickets at sonycentre.ca.

Friday May 3
Canada’s Wonderland opening day

The 2019 season at Canada’s Wonderland kicks off with the unveiling of the much-anticipated, record-breaking Yukon Striker roller coaster. Details at canadaswonderland.com.

Friday to Sunday May 3 to 5
Esmeralda Enrique – Season 2019

8 p.m.: This company presents an evening of flamenco and Spanish dance at Harbourfront Centre. harbourfrontcentre.com.

Saturday May 4
Comic Book Day

Noon to 5 p.m.: Check out what’s happening at Scarborough Museum in honour of Free Comic Book Day. All ages welcome. Pay what you can. Details at Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Annual Spring Toad Festival
Visit the Toronto Zoo for the Annual Spring Toad Festival. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

PLAY Project Presents: Clue Jr.
2 and 7 p.m.:  Based on the classic film and the popular board game, this high school edition is presented at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Opening Day at Centreville Theme Park
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Opening day on Toronto Island launches the 2019 season, which runs weekends through May, daily June, July and August and weekends in September. Details at centreisland.ca.

Saturday and Sunday May 4, 5
Four Winds Kite Festival

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: See the kites at Kortright Centre including professional kite flying demonstrations, make a kite, enjoy pond dipping and more. Details at kortright.org.

Saturday and Sunday May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 and Monday May 20
Free Teacher Weekends at Bata Shoe Museum

May is Museum Month and teachers and one guest can enjoy free entry to Bata Shoe Museum. ID required. Details at batashoemuseum.ca.

Monday May 6
Canadian Children’s Opera Company Senior Open House

4:30 to 9 p.m.: Students from Grade 6 and up can check out the senior choruses. Details at canadianchildrensopera.com.

Tuesday to Sunday May 7 to 12
Return To Grace

Various show times: This tribute to Elvis is suitable for all ages at Princess of Wales Theatre. Show times and tickets at mirvish.com.

Thursday to Saturday May 9 to 11
Into the Woods Jr.

Various show times: Brampton Music Theatre Youth Troupe presents this adaptation of the cockeyed fairytale. Presented at Cyril Clark Library Theatre. Details and tickets at Brampton.ca.

Art of Time Ensemble: Best Of Words And Music
8 p.m.: Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble offers a program of theatre, poetry and music at Harbourfront Centre. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Friday May 10
How Can I Keep From Singing?

7:30 p.m.: The Upper Canada Choristers present the 25th anniversary concert at Metropolitan United Church. Tickets:$25, children and teens free when accompanied by an adult. 416-256-0510 or uppercanadachoristers.org.

Friday to Sunday May 10 – 12
Mother Daughter Equine Escape

7 p.m. Friday–1 p.m. Sunday: Enjoy time together at Teen Ranch with food, events, speakers, riding lesson, scenic trail rides, more. teenranch.com.

Saturday May 11
Mother’s Day Talk & Tea

2 to 3:30 p.m.: Head to The Market Gallery for a historic talk and afternoon tea inspired by market-fresh ingredients in the Market Kitchen. Tickets at www.themarketkitchen.ca or 416-860-0727.

Mother’s Day Painted Flowerpot
1:30 to 3 p.m.: Drop by the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket to paint a flowerpot and create a card for Mom. Ages 5-10. Pre-register: museum@newmarket.ca or call 905-953-5314.

May 11 – June 30
The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do

Various show times: This Solar Stage production is suitable for ages 4 plus. Detials and tickets at solarstage.on.ca.

May 11 – August
The Bentway Spring /Summer programming

Communitas: The Spirit of Community is the theme of this spring/summer programming at The Bentway. Dates and details at thebentway.ca.

Sunday May 12
Mother’s Day Tea

Noon and 2 p.m.: Choose which sitting you’d like to treat Mom to at this Victorian-inspired tea at Gibson House Museum Includes a gift to take home. Ages 6 and up. $30. Register at gibsonhousemuseum.streamintickets.com.

World Migratory Bird Day
Visit the Toronto Zoo to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Events subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

Mother’s Day Tea and Tour
1 to 4 p.m.: Bring Mom to Montgomery’s Inn for afternoon tea. All ages are welcome. First come, first served. $12 plus tax. Details at Toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Outdoor Guided Walk: Mother’s Day Wildflowers
1 to 2 p.m.: Bring mom to Todmorden Mills for a guided walk in the nature preserve. Refreshments served after the walk. Tickets at todmordenmills.steamintickets.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch at AGO Bistro
Enjoy a delicious brunch at AGO Bistro with Mom and the family. Includes a special kids menu. Reservations and details at ago.ca.

Thursday to Monday May 16 – 19
Uptown International Children’s Festival

Various times: Featuring free and ticketed events all weekend long at Toronto Centre for the Arts. Details and tickets at sonycentre.ca.

Saturday May 18
Queen Victoria’s 200th Anniversary Commemoration

1:30 to 3 p.m.: Visit the Elman W. Campbell Museum to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th anniversary. Details at Newmarket.ca/museum.

Saturday to Monday May 18-20
Pirates and Princesses

Pirates and Princesses take over Black Creek Pioneer Village. For details visit blackcreek.ca.

May 18 – 24
JUNIOR Toronto’s International Children’s Festival

Harbourfront Centre presents this week of family fun. Performance schedule, tickets and more at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Sunday May 19
Victoria Day Tea and Tour

1 to 4 p.m.: Celebrate Victoria Day with an afternoon tea fit for a Queen at Montgomery’s Inn. $12 plus tax. Details at Toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Monday May 20
Victoria Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Spend Victoria Day exploring Toronto’s founding urban landscape, Fort York. Details at Toronto.ca/fortyork.

Thursday May 23
Outside Looking In: Indigenous Youth Dance

11 a.m. and 7 p.m.: Cheer on Indigenous youth performers from across Canada in this performance at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. More details and tickets at sonycentre.ca.

Friday and Saturday May 24, 25
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre presents Light Years

8 p.m.: Find out what is in the eye of the young artist that is so mesmerizing at this production presented at Harbourfront Centre. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Fast in the 6
7:30 p.m.: Celebrate the diversity and inclusion that makes Toronto great at this event that coincides with Ramadan. Visit fastinthe6.com.

May 24 – 26
Carassauga

Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures celebrates the 34th anniversary this year with various countries represented in 12 venues. carassauga.com.

Saturday May 25
Artillery Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: See displays of historic and modern guns at Fort York.  Free event. Details at Toronto.ca/fortyork.

Opening Day at Wet’N’Wild
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The waterpark’s 2019 season begins with pre-season hours and operates weekends through June before opening daily through July and August. wetnwildtoronto.com.

Saturday and Sunday May 25, 26
Doors Open Toronto – Toronto History Museums

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fort York, Gibson House Museum, Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House, The Market Gallery, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum and Zion Schoolhouse are all open their doors for this annual celebration. Details at Toronto.ca.

Canadian Taste Buds
The monthly Canadian Taste Buds recipe at Scarborough Museum for May is a decadent cheesecake. Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

World Turtle Weekend
Visit the Toronto Zoo to celebrate World Turtle Weekend. Visit torontozoo.com for details.

May 28 to June 2
The Sound of Music

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