April on the Cheap!




ParkPLAY for Earth Day

Spring activities are kicking into high gear, so get your calendars ready. We've rounded up the best family things to do in Toronto and the GTA, all of which are free (or cheap!).

Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.
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‚ÄčCineplex Family Favourites for April
Saturdays in April
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family. 'Sing' is playing on April 29!
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in April
Join us to discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with our friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, discovering the past, fitness challenges or just to meet new people! Free admission.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
April 1, 2017
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Free admission.
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April Weekends at Scarborough Museum
April 1 to 30, 2017
April showers bring May flowers but you don't have to enjoy the park in the rain. Step into the Museum for flower inspired baking and crafts. Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Toronto Storytelling Festival at Harbourfront
April 2, 2017
Storytellers are gathering around the campfire – from Haida Gwaii, Quebec, Japan, Ethiopia, Iran, Newfoundland, Haiti, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, the land of the birds, and even outer space. Free admission.
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Meet Famed Board Game Inventor Matt Leacock at Snakes & Lattes College
April 6, 2017
Meet famed game creator Matt Leacock at Snakes & Latte College slated for Thursday, April 6th from 5pm - 9pm as he launches his newest cooperative game, Mole Rats in Space. Matt Leacock is the designer of celebrated cooperative games Pandemic, Forbidden Island and now, Mole Rats in Space. Free admission.
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Build an Easter Basket at Home Depot
April 8, 2017
Kids will learn how to build an Easter Basket with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10:00 am to Noon, the Home Depot at locations across Toronto is hosting a free DIY workshop for kids to build their very own Rain Gauge. FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12.
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Pups for Pups Community Dog Fair
April 9, 2017
Join the Humber Dog Squad for an afternoon of fun in Etobicoke! We welcome you to come meet local vendors, sample food from local food trucks, play games, and take advantage of our photobooth to snap a picture of you and your pooch. Free admission.
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WoofJocks Canine All-Stars
April 15 to 16, 2017
The WoofJocks Canine All Stars will be back at Purina PawsWay for Easter weekend! This popular team of professional dog trainers and of course, their very talented dogs, offer a 30-minute variety show that is both educational and entertaining. Each show is choreographed to music, showcasing tricks, agility, Frisbee, musical freestyle, precision obedience drills and fun, audience interactive canine games and more!
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The MRKT
April 15 to 16, 2017
The MRKT is a public shopping event produced by The Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs. Open to members of the community, The MRKT features up to 50 vendors including fashion, beauty, art, handmade goods, home décor, food merchants, live entertainment, on stage demonstrations, and much more.
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Easter Eggstravaganza at Bridlewood Mall
April 15, 2017
Music Duo Team T&J help welcome the Easter Bunny to Bridlewood Mall for free meet and greet, photos, and Easter chocolates! Free admission.
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Earth Day at Todmorden Mills
April 22, 2017
Rediscover how old-fashioned "make do and mend" habits can help the planet! Participate in creating collaborative, environmentally-friendly artwork, visit our historic 1940s Cottage, and tour the Wildflower Preserve to discover the natural habitats of the Don Valley. Free admission.
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ParkPLAY for Earth Day
April 22, 2017
April 22nd is Earth Day! This year, Earth Day Canada is hosting ParkPLAY for Earth Day in Toronto. Show your support for outdoor adventure play by bringing your little ones (and your not so little ones) to our “Wild About Canada” POP-UP Adventure Playground. This is a great demonstration of what EDC's EarthPLAY program is all about — giving kids the opportunity to build, create, make-believe, get messy, invent, collaborate and take calculated risks. Free admission.
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Toronto Botanical Garden Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 2016
Kick off the growing season with TBG’s Family Earth Day celebration! Follow the signs up for a 5-10 minute walk through Edwards Gardens to the Teaching Garden, including a stroller accessible route. Guided walks to the Teaching Garden will take place throughout the afternoon. Other activities include: Listen to nature-themed stories told by Don Mills branch librarians, Learn about urban wildlife with Toronto and Region Conservation and more. Free admission.
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Downsview Park Earth Day 2017
April 23, 201
Celebrate Earth Day at Downsview Park! Register for a tree planting and join us for many outdoor activities, including a birds of prey demonstration, campfire, park tour and more! Our tree planting is in support of the Higway of Heroes Living Tribute. Free admission.
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Earth Day Bike Obstacle Course at Evergreen Brick Works
April 23, 2017
Gear up and test your skills on our bike obstacle course! The obstacle course is appropriate for ages 3 to 83. Try the skinnies, hit the ramps, or just wind your way through the cone course. Suggested donation of $5.
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Earth Day Don Walk: Spring in the Valley
April 23, 2017
Spring is here, and plants are awakening from their long winter naps. Join Evergreen on a guided plant walk as we explore the spring time landscape. While en route, we'll show the Valley some love and collect litter. Please wear good walking footwear. Feel free to bring your own gloves for the litter pick-up. Evergreen will provide litter pick-up materials. Free.
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Evergreen’s Drop, Swap & Shop, an Earth Day Celebration
April 23, 2017
Drop your end-of-life electronics. Try swapping instead of shopping at our Swap Mall. Pass on things you don't use, like that funky purse that was never "you," for things you really want, like summer kids clothing, hockey gear or even records! Pick-up one-of-a-kind items from a variety of Swap Stores, contribute to the sharing economy and connect with your community at this cool event. Free admission.
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International Children's Day - Multicultural Dance and Art Festival
April 23, 2017
Children of all ages are invited to International Children’s Day- Multicultural Dance and Art Festival, on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. Children representing the cultural mosaic of Toronto will come together and celebrate the day with shows, folk dances and share their folk music. The program will consist of a variety of entertaining shows. Fun-fair activities such as clowns, face painting, popcorn and cotton candy stations, balloon sculpting, multicultural art shows and more. Free admission.
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The Plant Faire at RBG
April 29, 2017
RBG is proud to present its first annual Plant Faire, a great way to get a head start on the gardening season, find unique plants for your home garden, and speak to passionate gardening professionals. Children’s activities, Expert information about gardening and plants and more! Free admission.
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More Free Events in April
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in April. CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month.

Know of any other Free events taking place in April? Share below!

Photo credit: Earth Day Canada
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