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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.

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. For more information visit torontobotanicalgarden.ca.

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 7 p.m.: Thursday nights at Gibson House Museum are family nights, featuring kid-friendly crafts, games and activities for the whole family. Visit 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.

Tea and Tour Sundays

1 to 4 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.

Wednesdays until December 26

Free Wednesday Nights at the AGO

6 to 9 p.m.: Admission to the AGO is free on Wednesday nights to permanent collections. Does not include admission to special exhibitions. Details at ago.net.

Until December 31

Hockey Hall of Fame Stanley Cup Tribute

If the Stanley Cup could talk, imagine the stories it could tell. Get hands-on-access to the Stanley Cup and immerse yourself into the rich history of Hockey’s Holy Grail. Details at hhof.com.

Until January 6 2019

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

Come face-to-face with more than 200 live and preserved spider specimens, interactive and augmented reality experiences, and even a live venom-milking lab at Royal Ontario Museum. Details at rom.on.ca.

Events

Until October 3

Sharon, Bram & Friends

Join these Canadian musicians and their friends for this 40th anniversary sing-along celebration at Young People’s Theatre, the location of their first concert in 1978. Tickets and show times at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Nightly until October 31

Casa Loma Legends of Horror

Older children and parents can participate in this immersive theatrical interpretation of classic horror figures through a one hour, two kilometre self-guided walking tour commending in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never beofre open to the public. Tickets and details at casaloma.ca.

Until November 3

Fact or Fiction Ghost Tour

8 p.m. Meet in front of Toronto’s Old City Hall where you’ll being a 1.5 hour tour visiting Toronto’s most unique ghost tour. You’ll visit Toronto’s famously haunted sites, hear the chilling stories behind them, debunk some of the myths and remain thoroughly spooked by the rest! Free tour for mature audiences. Advanced booking required at tourguys.ca.

Wednesday to Sundays in October

Toronto Railway Museum

Noon to 5 p.m.: Explore the Toronto Railway Museum and catch the miniature train, which runs on weekends, weather permitting. More information at torontorailwaymuseum.com.

Saturdays and Sundays until October 14

Fall Colours Train

Various times: Enjoy the beautiful forests and captivating fall colours of the Oakridges Moraine from the comfort of a classic heated 1950’s heritage train car from York-Durham Heritage Railway Stouffville and Uxbridge stations. Book at ydhr.ca.

Saturdays and Sundays until October 28

Camp Spooky

Head to Canada’s Wonderland for this fall festival. Families and kids can participate in scare-free Halloween activities for kids including BOO-rific mazes, trick-or-treating, foam pits, and so much more. Plus, all of your favourite rides will be open during the day, including KidZville and Planet Snoopy kids’ areas. Included with admission. canadaswonderland.com.

Weekends in October

October Weekends

Noon to 4 p.m.:  Don’t be a Halloweenie! Conjure up your pioneer spirit at Scarborough Museum! Lots of Halloween themed activities to ensure you have a screaming good time. Admission is Pay What You Can. Details at toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October and Wednesday October 31

Halloween Haunt

7 p.m. to 12 a.m.: Fear is waiting for you at Canada’s Wonderland during this annual Halloween event. The theme park transforms into a “scream park” full of terrifyingly haunted attractions and shows. Ages 13 and up. Details at canadaswonderland.com.

Weekends & Monday October 8

Fall Colours Celebration

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Take a self-guided walk in the beautiful mixed hardwood forests of Kortright to view the fall colours at their best. Join the Kortright education team at the campfire to learn about nature in the fall. Family friendly activities plus bring something to roast over the fire, grill and roasting sticks provided. Advance registration required for house tour at 2:30. Detail at kortright.org.

Wednesday October 3

Toronto Maple Leafs Home Opener

The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Montréal Canadiens during the 2018 homeopener at the newly named Scotiabank Arena. Find details at nhl.com.

Wednesday to Saturday October 3 – 6

aluCine Latin Film Fest 2018

One of the largest Latino media arts festivals in North America screens more than 50 independent films of all genres to the AGO’s Jackman Hall and Cinecyle. Details at alucinefestival.com.

Wednesdays October 3 until November 21

Circle of Security Parenting Group

6 to 8 p.m.: Parents of children ages 1 to 6 will learn strategies to enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behaviour. Held at Family Church of Heritage Green in Stoney Creek. Snacks, prizes, transportation assistance, and limited free childcare are available. Register at mchcommunityed.ca.

Friday October 5

PAMA Kids P.A. Days

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Drop by Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives for a day of creation, plus explore the historic spaces. Included with admission and members are free. Caregivers must accompany children. Details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Saturday October 6

Splash’N Boots The Big Love, Kisses and Hugs Tour

1 p.m.: Family favourites Splash/N Boots bring The Big Love, Kisses and Hugs tour to the Vaughan City Playhouse. Details and tickets at Vaughan.ca.

Saturday to Monday October 6-8

Thanksgiving Celebration Weekend and Fall Colours

Enjoy stunning fall colours, family-friendly photo opportunities and more than 5,000 animals at the Toronto Zoo. Details at torontozoo.com.

Rama Club: Empowering the Youth One Dance at a Time

7 p.m.: Rama Club presents it’s first performance “Empowering the Youth One Dance at a Time” showcasing Burundi traditional dance Kirundi at Harbourfront Centre. Find more information at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Sunday October 7

Outdoor Guided Walk: Autumn in the Valley

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Visit Todmorden Mills for a guided walk in the nature preserve to discover late-blooming wildflowers and celebrate the glorious colours of the season. Refreshments provided after the walk. Adults: $7.08; Youth/Seniors: $4.42 Children: $3.76; (plus tax). Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

October 10 to 19

What if Romeo & Juliet

Young People’s Theatre welcomes back DynamO Théâtre with a unique take on Shakespeare’s timeless classic that explores how Romeo and Juliet might have ended differently. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Show times and tickets at toungpeoplestheatre.ca.

Saturday October 13

Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Head to Harbourfront Centre for a fun fall workshop and sculpt hot glass into your very own pumpkin. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Saturday October 13 & 27

Community Nature Connection Workshops

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Families in n Ward 1 and 2 are invited to register for these free workshops to connect with the natural world at the Humber Arboretum. Explore local plants and animals with a variety of fun, hands-on activities. Details and registration at humber.ca.

Weekends October 13 to 28

Halloween Train

Various times: Enjoy Halloween entertainment aboard the York-Durham Heritage Railway Halloween themed train. Children 12 and under dressed in their Halloween costumes will travel for $2. Departures from Stouffville and Uxbridge stations. Book at ydhr.ca.

Sunday October 14

Walk Together Children

3 p.m.: Musicians, dancers, and other artists from African, Jewish and Muslim diasporas join forces for a joyful sharing of their cultural traditions in Walk Together Children, an afternoon of music, dance, readings and visual art in the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. Tickets available at www.tocentre.com/events/walk-together-children.

Corn Husk Dolls Workshop

2 to 3:30 p.m.: Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, in partnership with Peel Aboriginal Network, presents this workshop in which children create their own corn husk doll and learn the traditional teachings behind them. Non-members: $10/family and Members: $8.50/family. Caregivers must accompany children.Space is limited, reserve at pama.peelregion.ca.

Justin’s Fall Festival

1 to 4 p.m.: In support of Chai Lifeline Canada, Justin’s No Frills in Vaughan is hosting a fall festival featuring carnival games, fall crafts, live music, kids’ workouts refreshments and more, including slashed prices and gift card giveaways. Justin’s No Frills is located at 1054 Centre Street in Vaughan. More at  www.chailifelinecanada.org.

Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays starting October 15

Baby and Me Strolling the ROM

Meet other parents and caregivers, and enjoy adult learning and conversation in a baby-friendly atmosphere at the Royal Ontario Museum with a Museum Teacher as your guide to explore a different gallery each week and discover extraordinary objects while your little one marvels at the new sights from their stroller or carrier. Pre-registration required for this six week session at rom.on.ca.

October 18 – 28

International Festival of Authors

The Toronto International Festival of Authors is an eleven-day celebration of words and ideas, for curious readers of every kind. This year marks the 39th year, taking place at Harbourfront Centre. Details at ifoa.org.

Thursdays October 18 to December 6

COPEing With Toddler Behaviour

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Parents of children ages 12 to 36 months will learn strategies to enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behavior. Held at St. David’s EarlyON Centre in Hamilton. Snacks, prizes, transportation assistance, and limited free childcare are available. Register at mchcommunityed.ca.

Saturday October 20

Harvest Tea

Noon and 2:30 p.m.: Following the fall harvest, visit Gibson House Museum to relax and enjoy a Victorian-inspired harvest tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches and sweets in the historic 1850s farmhouse in the company of our costumed interpreters. Guests may tour the museum at their leisure and can enjoy the apple orchard in the adjacent Gibson Park following the tea. For more information call 416-395-7432.

Halloween Mask-Making

Workshop for Families

1 to 3 p.m.: Use your imagination to create your own spooky Hallowe’en mask in this family workshop at Todmorden Mills. Treats provided. Pre-registration required. Suitable for children 6 years and up. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults $10, children $5 (plus tax). Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

October 20, 21, 27 & 28

Howling Hootenanny

Enjoy a howling good time at Black Creek Pioneer Village this Halloween. Details at blackcreek.ca.

Boo at the Zoo

Calling all costumed kiddies. For Boo at the Zoo weekends kids in costume, ages 12 and under, get free admission to the Toronto Zoo when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission. Details at torontozoo.com.

Saturday October 20 & 27

Bump in the Night Special Presentation

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Head to the Toronto Zoo for an evening of discovery as the sun goes down. Learn more about nocturnal creatures and how they manage to live in the dark. Then, take a moonlight hike to see what you can find and get a chance to “communicate” with the Arctic wolves. Details at torontozoo.com.

Sunday October 21

Halloween Lantern-Making Workshop for Families

1 to 3 p.m.: Create a spooky paper lantern to light up Halloween in this family workshop at Todmorden Mills. Treats provided. Pre-registration required. Suitable for children 6 years and up. Children must be accompanied by adults. Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

October 25 – 27

Art Of Time Ensemble: Best Of Dance And Music

8 pm.: In the inaugural performance of their 20th anniversary season, Toronto’s innovative Art of Time Ensemble presents a program of dance and music that highlights the some of the finest dance works from their two-decade history at Harbourfront Centre. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Friday October 26

Spooky Science Sleepover

6 p.m. to 9 a.m.: Head to the Ontario Science Centre for a spooktacular night of family-friendly fun. At this other-worldly evening of spell-binding activities, watch eerie science demonstrations, mix slimy potions and make some Halloween crafts. Catch an IMAX film and dance away the cobwebs at the DJ/PJ dance party. Remember to arrive dressed-to-impress for the costume parade and ready for some spine-chilling science after dark. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca. 

Friday and Saturday Oct. 26, 27

Spirit Walk

7 and 7:30 p.m.: Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings. Return to gas-lit Mackenzie House, soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house. Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Details at toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

Halloween Spooktacular

Say boo at the Bata Shoe Museum where you can decorate a Halloween-inspired cookie, make a special craft and play ISpy in the galleries. Kids in costume get in free! Perfect for children ages 3-12. Drop-in until 4 p.m. batashoemuseum.ca.

Friday to Monday October 26-29

Kreepy Kortright

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

Saturday October 27

Retro Halloween Family Drop-In

Noon 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! Adults: $7.08; Youth/Seniors: $4.42 Children: $3.76; (plus tax). Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Halloween Spooktacular

1 to 4 p.m.: Join in the downtown Brampton Trick- or-Treat event and continue your Halloween fun at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives with some spooktacular creative activities. Included with the cost of PAMA admission and members are free. Caregivers must accompany children. Details at pama.peelregion.ca.

BOOseum Fun at the Museum

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Visit the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket for a howling good time as the museum is turned into a slightly scary BOOseum. See Halloween displays, make a craft, and go on a hunt to win a prize. Costumes encouraged. Details at Newmarket.ca/museum.

Sunday October 28

The Thank You Canada Tour

3 and 7:30 p.m.: This tour features essa Virtue, Scott Moir, and Patrick Chan, along with Kaetlyn Osmond, Elvis Stojko, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford and Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje as they say ‘thank you’ to their home country for years of love and support. Presented at the Paramount Fine Food Centre in Mississauga. Tickets at thethankyoucanadatour.ca.

Monster Dash

4 to 9 p.m.: Monster Dash 2018 will start and finish behind the Ontario Science Centre. The cool parkland Routes are traffic free through and include Sunnybrook Park, the dark and scary part of the run. Register and informaiton at monsterdash.ca.

By the way

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic is coming to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena in January. Tickets on sale October 2 at ticketmaster.ca.

Saturdays September 22 to November 17

Nature School- Saturday Program

9 a.m. to noon: Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking on an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts, and sharing stories at Kortright Centre. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried. Ages 2.5 to 5. Advanced registration required, call 416-667-6295 or visit thenatureschool.ca.

Saturdays September 22 to November 17, Sundays September 23 to November 18 and Mondays September 24 to November 17

Parent and tot programs: Little Saplings

Take your tot to Kortright and participate in story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities.  Sessions are 1.5 hours long and recommended for children ages 1 to 5 accompanied by a parent. Advance registration required call 416-667-6295 or visit kortright.org.