On a summer day in 1862, ten-year old Alice and her two sisters were told a story about a little girl, a white rabbit and a trip down a hole into an astonishing world. The tale of Alice’s adventures underground became one of the best-selling books of all time and this beloved story is brought to life in a newly commissioned adaptation, written especially for the Shaw acting company.
Delight in the stunning visuals and theatrical magic as we meet the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle and the Queen of Hearts and watch Alice try to make sense of this world of grown-up nonsense.
A magical, musical experience for adults and children alike!
Summer is here, and you know what that means? Farmers' markets galore!
Get outside and enjoy some of the best farmers’ markets Toronto has to offer. Not only will there will be tons of local, organic, and delicious food, there will also be great kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, and surrounding family fun. Many markets are also located near parks, which means you can make a whole day of it by grabbing lunch at the market, and playing all afternoon in the park.
Here is a list of 30 farmers' markets in the GTA, including our Top 10. We also included suggestions to help keep the kids happy and busy. Find one near you!
C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy novel The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe has been enchanting children for several generations since its first appearance in 1950. This year, the Stratford Festival brings the famous story of Narnia and its inhabitants to life at the Avon Theatre, adapted for the stage by Adrian Mitchell and directed by Tim Carroll.
Starring Sara Farb, Ruby Joy, André Morin and Gareth Potter, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe follows the adventures of the Pevensie children, who discover a magical closet that leads to the land of Narnia at a professor’s countryside house. There, they meet Aslan, a talking lion, and the White Witch, the evil queen of the land.
Grab your popcorn and finish off your fun-filled day at Wonderland Theatre every Friday night with a movie! From brand new motion pictures to beloved classics, there will be a new movie shown each week. Stay tuned for a listing of movies. FREE with Park admission.
The Voice of Toronto's Waterfront, The Singing Ambassadors Inform and Perform!
The triple award-winning Singing Ambassadors presented by The Waterfront BIA return for their fifth year on Toronto’s Waterfront. Eight lively ambassadors will be performing impromptu a cappella renditions of classic summer hits and offering assistance, directions and recommendations to visitors.
The 2016 Singing Ambassadors are Asha James, Dan Lord, Erin Horan, Ewura-Abena Bourne, Hugh Ritchie, Jackson Smylie, Reuven Grajner and Stephanie Hotchkiss. They are split into two quartets that will perform ten a cappella summertime favourites in key locations and busy daytime spots along the Waterfront.
The Singing Ambassadors help to make the Toronto Waterfront a welcoming destination and have a positive impact on the newly revitalized pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood. The program is made possible with assistance from Canada Summer Jobs.
A searing battle for justice and revenge — and a young man's passionate quest for his place in the world. A wildly funny fairy-tale about a young woman who'll do anything for love — and a young man who'll do anything to escape her.
For its 34th Season in Toronto's High Park, Canadian Stage presents Shakespeare's greatest tragedy Hamlet, and bold and brilliant romance All's Well That Ends Well on alternating evenings throughout the summer. Pack a picnic, bring your friends, and come enjoy this indispensable outdoor theatre tradition
"Matilda" is the multi award–winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Dodgers, inspired by the beloved novel by Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
The 5-time Tony-award winning play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER will take you on a magical journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world!
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is a hilarious flight of fancy that brings the magic of theatre to life, and this swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight!
Gates open 10 am–10 pm (shorter hours on Labour Day)
Canada's largest annual community event hits The Ex in Toronto on August 19 and runs all the way through until Labour Day. From rides and games to the farm and the President's Choice Super Dogs, there's plenty to keep kids and adults entertained. And don't miss the three-day airshow - all of which is free with your entrance ticket.
Imagine a society where girls grow up with endless self-confidence, self-esteem, and pride in celebrating their diversity. Join Bramalea City Centre (BCC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada in celebrating the uniqueness of every girl across Canada with BeYou in Hudson’s Bay Court at BCC. With interactive programs for all ages, all events are FREE and designed to provide young females with better access to developmental tools that will help increase self-esteem, personal growth, self-worth and empower young women who are coming of age in a media and technology-driven time.
Bramalea City Centre strives to play an integral role in the community. BeYou was designed to reach out directly to young girls in the Brampton area to support them during their formative years and encourage them to express themselves and reach for the stars. Join the movement! BCC’s workshops and events in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada cater to the Brampton community and explore and encourage confidence in creativity and self-expression,
This two hour interactive family program at Ontario’s Legislative Building is provided during the summer months.
Families will: - Explore the historic Legislative Building - Play a role in a mock debate; dress-up in traditional robes - Participate in a scavenger hunt - Learn how Parliament works - Have fun, all for free!
Co-Produced by Asian Canadian Special Events Association, learn about the richness of Taiwanese culture at TAIWANfest. This year’s celebration will change your perception of Asia by showcasing the cultural conversation between Taiwan and Hong Kong in cooking demonstrations, family events, and live music by top Taiwanese acts.
Bring your family to the ballpark every Saturday home game for Jr. Jays Saturdays presented by Boston Pizza!
Kids can visit Jr. Jays zones located on the 100, 200, and 500 levels to take part in many fun activities that will keep them entertained through to the eighth inning! Don't forget – kids 14 and under can lineup at sections 108, 208, and 508 to run the bases just like the pros after the game, as well as enjoy a special kids priced ticket (500 level and 200 level outfield).
This week they are competing against the Minnesota Twins!
Get the kids in their jammies and get them outside under the stars! Grab some comfy pajamas and head to Crawford Lake for a night of shelter building, fire starting, games, and scavenger hunts by starlight. The evening concludes with a fireside gathering and snack.
The Markham-Milliken Children's Festival is celebrating its 18th year in the heart of Markham! Ontario's largest annual children's festival takes place at the Markham Civic Centre and features a wide variety of entertainment, play zones, crafts, and other outdoor activities for children 2 to 12 years of age.
The event attracts families from all across Markham. Attendance has reached record highs of over 30,000!
The day is FREE to all and includes:
- Entertainment featuring an impressive line-up of children's performers. - Superheroes and other mascots join Millie the Monarch Butterfly to provide photo opportunities for children and their families. - An interactive marketplace showcasing family-oriented products and services. - Vendors selling foods from around the world. - Play zones, craft activities, face-painting, and more! - Community activities including police and fire safety demonstrations.
ALSO: Purchase a $10 Play-All-Day Wristband and get access to MORE rides and activities including a rock climbing wall, petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon ride, inflatable attractions and much more!
*Please note: the festival will operate rain or shine so dress accordingly.
Soak up the sun and sip on fresh coconuts as Toronto hosts Canada’s 2nd Annual Coconut Festival and Marketplace. The Coconut Festival is produced by Coconut Festival Canada which aims to bring the community together to learn about the many health benefits of coconuts as well as its diverse culinary uses.
It’s a free event featuring delicious food vendors, natural products, chefs, naturopathic doctors, authors, health lecturers, farmers, and local businesses promoting health and wellness through the use of coconuts. Some of the speakers include; coconut therapy, pregnancy, chiropractic, raising children naturally.
The festival also goes nuts with entertainment, children’s games, coconut bowling contests, hula contests, free yoga, acro yoga, and cultural performers. The first 500 attendees receive complimentary goodie bags!
TIFF's Saturday morning series of family-friendly favourites continues with screenings of Steven Spielberg’s Hook, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Free Willy and more!
This week: The Sandlot Set in 1960s southern California, this feel-good tribute to America's favourite pastime follows a ragtag pick-up baseball team whose sandlot playing field is threatened by the legendary and ferocious neighbourhood dog, "The Beast."
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