May on the Cheap 2019

Junior Festival at Harbourfront Centre

This May, we get ready for warmer weather and a lengthy list of Free events and activities across the GTA. See what's on our radar for spring! We've rounded up the best free and cheap things to do with kids this May!

Cineplex Family Favourites - May
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. More

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. More

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in May
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. More

Evergreen Brick Works Scavenger Hunt
Daily in May
Explore Evergreen Brick Works and discover new things about the site, its history and the Don Valley where we're located. You'll leave with a better sense of what this wonderful place is all about. We have three different hunts, one for families with children aged 3-6, one for children aged 7-10, and a Photo Scavenger Hunt for teens and adults. Free (small suggested donation). More

Weekend Nature Play in The Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brickworks
Weekends in May
This unique and dynamic program and space requires parents and guardians to supervise their children while co-creating a magical world of possibilities alongside our team of Nature Play Animators. More

Primetime for Kids
Wednesdays in May
Every Wednesday evening until June, kids from Kindergarten to Grade Six can join us for PrimeTime. This is a free event for the Scarborough-Agincourt community, that takes place at Lynngate Public School. Kids will enjoy exciting games, prizes, songs and stories. More

3rd Monday Nights FREE at ROM
Until March 16, 2020
Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Monday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 permanent galleries. More

Learn Balloon Twisting - Free Workshop
May 3, 2019
Have you ever watched a balloon artist and thought, “WOW! I wish I could do that!” This workshop is just for you! Learn how to make different types of balloon art and build unique one-of-a-kind creation! Everything you make, you get to take! At Steeles Branch - Toronto Public Library. Free

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
May 4, 2019
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. More

Free Comic Book Day
May 4, 2019
Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! More

Kid's Collecting Workshop & Auction at the Toronto Coin Expo
May 4, 2019
Kids, Join us at the Toronto Coin Expo for our FREE Educational Workshop & Auction, and learn what collecting is all about. More

Learn Comic and Manga Arts with Eric Kim - Free Workshop
May 4, 2019
Join Eric Kim as he shows you how to make comics and manga in this informative one hour session! Learn some professional secrets, find some reference books, and score some tips that can help you push your graphic storytelling skills forward. Steeles Branch - Toronto Public Library. More

The Citizen Crafts Mother’s Day Market
May 5, 2019
Citizen Crafts Market is holding its second show. This market features over 45+ carefully curated handmade artisans, food vendors and ethically minded-local businesses for your perusal. More

Community Jams at Solar Stage
May 5, 2019
FREE events where everyone can enjoy participating in the arts in a relaxed communal setting. Story Jams with M. John Kennedy - Sponsored by TD Bank. Free. All ages. More

York Region Elementary Make-A-Thon
May 5, 2019
2019 Make-A-Thon is On! For a second year The STEAM Project is challenging teams of 4 to get their make on at the annual York Region Elementary Make-A-Thon. This year teams will be competing to take home a technology grant for their school classroom! Free to participate. More

Mayfair in Rosedale Park
May 10, 2019 to May 11, 2019
Come join us – it’s a great way to sample all the rides, food and drinks, and enjoy some great rock and roll at the beer garden. Drop by the Kiddie Zone. Free admission. Rides extra. More

Build a Blooming Art Picture Frame for Mother's Day at Home Depot
May 11, 2019
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family, we've got a great workshop for kids that will teach them about building. Kids can learn how to build their very own blooming art picture frame for Mother's Day. This FREE Hands-on Workshops is designed for children ages 5 to12. More

Park & Bark Dog Show
May 11, 2019
A festival and pop-up market that celebrate our community's love of all things "dog". Come see great vendors with terrific new products, speak with service experts service experts, enjoy contests, music, lots of great giveaways,'s "Chill Zone" to let your pups cool off, awesome human foods, and specialty coffees. Free. More

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market
May 11, 2019
Join us for our 7th annual ‘Spring into Parkdale’ Sidewalk Festival and Night Market! The annual outdoor street festival features a sidewalk sale with over 100 vendors, live entertainment and free family-friendly activities. Free. More

Science Rendezvous at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
May 11, 2019
Join us for our FREE family-friendly open house. Be a Scientist for a day! Learn about DNA, neurobiology and your digestive system. Control a robotic claw with your brain. Construct edible neurons and DNA models and learn how to pipette just like a scientist. More

Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival
May 11, 2019
Located on the Toronto Waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park is Toronto’s largest greenspace and provides critical stopover habitat for migrating birds. There have been 318 native species recorded to date at the park! Join us at the Spring Bird Festival to learn about the amazing phenomenon of migration and the importance of bird conservation. A variety of activities will be offered for people of all ages and all birding abilities! Free. More

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
May 11, 2019
TCAF returns for its biggest and best celebration of comics, graphic novels, bande desinee, and manga ever! Featuring more than 400 creators from 20 countries around the world, TCAF is THE celebration of comics and their creators, and it's free to attend! More

Uptown International Children’s Festival at Toronto Centre for the Arts
May 16, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Explore the whimsical wonders of theatre with internationally-acclaimed guests this May long weekend! The Uptown International Children’s Festival, presented by TO Live, is an action-packed and fun-filled weekend where children of all ages and their families can experience live theatrical performances, participate in sing-alongs, explore worlds of wonder, and create new and lasting memories. Free. More

CBC Kids Studio Tour
May 17, 2019
Visit Studio K! Join your favourite CBC Kids Pals Tony and Janaye in Studio K! Tour the vibrant, 360 degree, public-access studio that has been outfitted for fun! With it's retro-style, colourful palette and kidified versions of all things TV, Studio K offers a delightful experience for visitors - grownups and kids alike. Free admission. More

International Museum Day at Markham Museum
May 18, 2019
Celebrate International Museum Day with free admission at Markham Museum! Take this opportunity to participate in our family drop-in activities and enjoy our current exhibition, Geared for Growing, before it leaves the Museum for good. Families will explore Markham Museum on our GeoTour and participate in a special International Museum Day themed Scavenger Hunt. More

Junior Festival at Harbourfront
May 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019
Harbourfront Centre’s international children’s festival heads into its second year, bringing leading contemporary artists together to animate young minds. Free + ticketed events. More

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Spring Art & Craft Show
May 19, 2019
The show focuses on fine art and craft with a splash of gourmet food. A curated selection of 80 artists from across Ontario, Quebec and beyond will be exhibiting their art and craft throughout the Historic Distillery District. You will discover paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass art, jewellery, designer clothing and more. Free admission. More

Summer Kick-Off​ at Celebration Square
May 20, 2019
Join us as we soar to new heights with spectacular appearances from Xtreme Bike Show and Elevate: A Cirque Production. With a Mini Lion's Club Farmer's Market, food trucks and dazzling performances at Make Believe Theatre, the Summer Kick-Off is a true a taste of what to expect this season at the Square. Free admission. More

Movie Nights at Mississauga Celebration Square
May 23, 2019 and May 30, 2019
Grab a blanket and join your friends and neighbours under the night sky for Movie Nights! Celebration Square is a fully-accessible outdoor space that is open to all members of the community. Watch classics, blockbuster hits and family feel-good favourites on the big screens. Free. More

AGO All Hours
May 25, 2019
All day. All ages. All in. The next must-attend art event has arrived. Join us for AGO All Hours, a new way to experience the museum. Channeling the intergenerational vibe of a classic Toronto block party, the seasonal event offers something for everyone, from engaging and interactive special installations and art-making activities to artist projects, marquee performances and more. Free activities at Grange Park and Library (admission to AGO is free for 25 and under). More

Doors Open Toronto
May 25, 2019 to May 26, 2019
One weekend every year Doors Open Toronto provides an opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city, many of which are not usually open to the public. This year’s anniversary theme is “20 Something,” celebrating the first 20 years of Doors Open Toronto while looking forward to the next 20 years. Admission is free. More

Woofstock, A Festival for Dogs
May 25, 2019 to May 26, 2019
It’s grown into a festive tour de force, now drawing tens of thousands of dogs in the know, their faithful humans in tow, from across the country and the U.S. It’s without question, the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America. Free. More

Bike With Mike 2019
May 26, 2019
Councillor Mike Layton and his team will be at Christie Pits Park hosting a free, green, family-friendly bike festival with other local organizations to help kick off Bike Month and celebrate cycling in Toronto. More

More Free Events in May
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in May. CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month. You can also check this page regularly as it will be updated.

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

Photo credit: Harbourfront Centre
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