January on the Cheap! 2017




Evergreen's Winter Village

What's the best cure for the post-holiday blues? Free family fun! We've picked some of the best free and cheap activities happening in January.  

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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Evergreen's Winter Village
Until January 8, 2017
Celebrate the holiday season at Evergreen's Winter Village at the Brick Works! Enjoy the new Street Food Market, find unique gifts, shop the Farmers Market and play outdoors. Admission is free!
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Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales from the Osborne Collection
Until January 15, 2017
Princesses, fairies, giants and beasts. This enchanting exhibit celebrates best-loved fairy tales through books, toys, games and art from Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books. From the original tales of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm to Edward Gorey and Walt Disney, see how classic fairy and folk tales have been re-imagined over the last 300 years. PLUS: free talks, tours and special events for the whole family. Free.
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DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront
Until February 18, 2017
This winter, sharpen your skates and skills as Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights return to the Natrel Rink. Get ready for nine weeks of non-stop dancing every Saturday night as DJs drop electrifying beats guaranteed to keep the city grooving all night. Free admission.
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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2017
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE!
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in January
ouge Urban National Park is a winter wonderland in the snow. Bring your camera and join us on the trail to capture some beautiful memories of winter in the Rouge. Free admission.
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Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works
Various dates in January  
Join us on the ice at Evergreen's picturesque outdoor skating rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair of ours! Skating is free, and skate rentals are available for $5 a pair.
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Cineplex Family Favourites for January
Saturdays in January
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! 
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Family Literacy Day Celebrations at Toronto Libraries
Various dates in January
Celebrate Family Literacy Day throughout the entire month at Toronto Public Libraries! From puppet show to reading groups, family bingo, board games, special shows and activities, you'll find tons of activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day ... all for Free.
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Find a Summer Camp For Your Child
Various dates in January
A great way to help you select a camp for your children is to meet the directors of some of Ontario’s finest day and overnight camps at your local Summer Camp Information Session. All types of camps will be exhibiting so bring the family and a friend! It's free!
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Toronto Maple Leafs Winter Week
January 3, 2017 to January 8, 2017
The Toronto Maple Leafs have partnered with Rogers™, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto to bring you a weeklong celebration of 100 years of Maple Leafs Hockey. Start your new year off right and join us for free Centennial Events including on and off-ice activities across the city, January 3rd to 8th. Outdoor Skating · Leafs Alumni & Special Guest Appearances · Hockey Hall of Fame Display · Free Activations, Giveaways, Music, and Games.
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ParticipACTION 150 Play List Celebration
January 6, 2017
To celebrate the ParticipACTION 150 Play List – the ultimate list of physical activities that define us as Canadian – come travel through an interactive 150-shaped activity course, which will reveal all physical activities that made the ParticipACTION Play List through icons, images and fun facts. There will be a variety of other fun activities to try around the course as well. Free admission.
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Christmas Bird Count for Kids
January 7, 2017
Join Toronto and Region Conservation and Bird Studies Canada for a free family-friendly winter birding event and be a part of North America’s longest running citizen science project. Learn to identify winter shorebirds, go for a nature walk and enjoy some family time outdoors. Free admission.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
January 7, 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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Winter Waves at Soulpepper Theatre Company
January 7, 2017 to January 8, 2017
Free family programming transforms the Young Centre through music, theatre and interactive experiences. Recommended for ages 3+.
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January Weekends at Scarborough Museum
January 7, 2017 to January 29, 2017
Warm up after your toboggan time with hot chocolate and something sweet! It's cozy family fun all month long at Scarborough Museum. Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Mayor's New Year's Skating Party
January 8, 2017
Join Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Councillors for a FREE, family skate on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Free family fun!
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Sunday FUNday - Candle Making
January 8, 2017
There is no known inventor of the candle, however there are a few theories regarding their possible origin. Come to the Oshawa Museum on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 and become a chandler for the afternoon. Dip candles just like the Victorians did and tour a real Victorian home to see how they lived without electricity. The Museum will have authentic artifacts and accessories from its education collection on display that you can interact with! Ask our Visitor Hosts your burning questions! Admission is free.
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Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
January 14, 2017
Kids will learn how to build a Build a large crate tool box with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Free event.
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Snowshoes and Snow Clues at Albion Hills
January 21, 2017
Discover the wonders of winter wildlife and identify tracks and signs of local animals. Try out snowshoeing. In the event of a snow-free day, join us for a winter walk through the woods. Free admission. Register online.
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ICE BREAKERS on Toronto's Waterfront
January  21, 2017 to February 26, 2017
Winter Stations and The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA) converge on Toronto’s urban Waterfront with ICE BREAKERS, a new temporary art exhibition. Running from January 21 to February 26, Ice Breakers will feature five wintertime art installations located on Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden. Free.
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DX Kids' Day
January 22, 2017
Drop in to DX for a fun-filled afternoon of FREE hands-on activities with inspiring lessons and DIY workshops led by creative and qualified DX instructors. On Sunday, January 22 DX Kids' Day will focus on natures' influence on design and budding designers will have the chance to create their own mini tree house or try their hand at an abstract structure inspired by nature. Perfect for imaginative, curious and creative kids, all materials will be provided. 
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Winter Fun Day at Colborne Lodge
January 22, 2017
Join us for fun, wintery activities for the whole family at Colborne Lodge. Roast marshmallows and sip warm cider in the great outdoors. Make a feeder for our feathered friends in the Coach House. Pull delicious taffy in the historic kitchens. Go for an interactive exploration of the historic house. Dress warmly as many activities are outside. Visiting the grounds is free, there will be small fees for some activities. Exploring the historic house is pay-what-you-wish.
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Gymboree Play & Music Toronto Moms Meetup
January 26, 2017
Connect with other moms, meet new friends, reduce your isolation, find support and share experience. Come and join this monthly Moms Meetup at Gymboree Play & Music Toronto. All the moms are welcome to enjoy some free coffee and tea and meet with other moms in neighbourhood  It is open to members and non-members. No reservation needed, just drop in anytime during the hours. Free.
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Toronto Light Festival
January 27, 2017 to March 12, 2017
The Toronto Light Festival, the City’s first-ever light art festival, is coming to the Distillery Historic District from January 27 to March 12. Visitors will be taken on a new visual journey and cerebral adventure, designed to entertain and inspire. The Festival will transform the picturesque historic neighbourhood into one of the largest open-air galleries in North America, lighting up the long winter nights with distinctive works from local and international light artists. Admission is Free.
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Port Union Winterfest 2017
January 28, 2017
Free family event for the community. Games, Food, Displays, Activities and lots of family fun! Free admission.
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Power Kids: Off to the Races
January 29, 2017
This workshop is inspired by Jonathas de Andrade's film O levante (The Uprising) (2003), which features a rare racing event in the city of Recife, Brazil. After discussing the contrast between rural and urban cultures of Recife we will create our own rubber-band powered horse-drawn carts out of wood, string and modelling clay. We will then re-enact the horse-drawn cart race from the film, racing our horses for the first-place prize of a trophy! Free admission.
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More Free Events in January
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in January! 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 January? Share below!

Photo Credit: Evergreen Brick Works
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