April on the Cheap! 2013
April is all about connecting with nature and celebrating Planet Earth! To that end, we rounded up free family fun this month including many outdoor activities, all to celebrate Spring.
Hands in the Bowl
Caregivers and children aged 4 to 7 are invited to come roll up their sleeves and learn how to mix, grate, mash, and eat their delicious creations! This fun family program engages all the senses while sparking a life-long love of food in the youngest among us. See our great line-up of activities at Evergreen Brick Works. Saturdays in April. Registration not required but space is limited.
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation
Sesame Street at TIFF Kids Film Festival
Check out the many free activities as part of the Kids Film Festival: Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge with Special Sesame Street Guests to introduce the film; Mascot Meet and Greet; Louis Mitchell, Character Artist Workshop; and Sesame Street Make-a-Film Workshop. Events are taking place on April 20 and 21. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.
Earth Day in the Valley
Help create environmentally friendly artwork. Learn all about owls and what they eat by dissecting a real owl pellet. Tour the Wildflower Preserve to discover the natural habitats of the Don Valley and the impact of industrialization. Find out how you can help the planet and make a difference. At Todmorden Mills, April 21.
A Journey Back in Time
Join the Avenue Road Arts School for our 4th annual children’s exhibit. Features 2 and 3-D artwork along with interactive pieces created by the students at the School. Travel through time to encounter dinosaurs, prehistoric lands, cave paintings, and more. April 2 to 4. Opening reception on Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm with refreshments, snacks, and art activities.
Sci Fri Friday Night! for Teens
Like playing games? Whether you love board games, card games, videogames, or the Olympic Games, games play an important role in our lives. Come to SCI FRI to find out... Is playing games more important than we think? And, in addition to the event, you'll have exclusive after-hours access to Game On 2.0 the exhibition. A free event for teens (ages 14 to 19).
April Guided Walks in Rouge Park
Hit the trail with Rouge Park's Guided Walks in our 4th year of adventure and discovery. Join a walk to discover nature and wildlife with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, fitness challenges, or just to meet new people. April 3 to 28. Dress for the weather, walks take place rain or shine!
Miss Mousie’s Blind Date Book Signing
Children’s author Timothy Beiser and artist Rachel Berman will be available for a book signing of their latest project, Miss Mousie’s Blind Date. Beiser’s story follows the loveable Miss Mousie as she excitedly prepares for a mystery dinner invitation. Their 1st book, Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog, was nominated for a Governor General literary award. April 6, Ingram Gallery.
National Postage Stamp Show
The Canadian Stamp Dealers' Association National Postage Stamp Show features dealers from across Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Canada Post, society and club information, stamps for kids, hourly draw prizes, and much more. Sponsored by the Canadian Stamp Dealers' Association. April 19 to 21 at the Exhibition Place.
Visit this beautiful and quaint farm in downtown Toronto and learn and chat with the farmers during daily chores that may include animal feeding, egg collection, cow milking or goat milking, horse grooming, and mucking out the stalls-pens-paddocks. Visit the Residence Saturday and Sundays and chat with Museum volunteers, as well as view the exhibts and displays.
Downsview Park: Nature Connection
A nature program for families. Connect with your natural world and come out to Downsview Park! A free indoor and outdoor park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world. Activities will be flexible to reflect the interest of participants and may include bird counts, tree planting, and wildlife identification. April 14 and 28.
Nature and Heritage Hikes
Join us on an exploration of Toronto’s largest watershed! Discover the ecology and history of the Don River in this series of scenic family-friendly hikes through the ravines connected to Evergreen Brick Works. Enjoy a little exercise to boot! Hikes leave from Evergreen Brick Works and will end at various times and locations. This event takes place every Sunday.
Movie Day at PawsWay
Playing Hotel for Dogs at PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre. Are you looking for a fun activity for you and your dog? Share that special bond between you and your pet by watching a free movie together. Enjoy the FREE show! (This also includes FREE popcorn for humans and FREE treats for dogs). Two showings on April 27: 12:00 to 2:00 pm and 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Trees Across Toronto
Trees Across Toronto is the city’s native tree and shrub planting program that responds directly to the tree canopy goal and is a major step forward in reclaiming some of our underdeveloped and "un-treed" lands. Join us on at Milliken Park and Windfields Park to plant trees and shrubs that will help grow Toronto's urban forest. April 27.