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Toronto International BuskerFest 2020 Cancelled

Epilepsy Toronto, the organizers of the Toronto International BuskerFest have announced the cancellation of the 2020 festival, and will be concentrating their efforts on their Annual Purple Walk.

CNN and 'Sesame Street' to Host a Town Hall Addressing Racism

If you're looking for a way to include your children in the conversation about race and injustice in terms they'll understand, CNN is teaming up with Sesame Street in an upcoming town hall to address racism.

Sesame Street and CNN's ABC's of COVID-19

Sesame Street and CNN recently teamed up to provide resources for kids, to help them deal with issues surrounding COVID-19. Here's where you can view the 60-minute town hall.

J.K. Rowling's New Book 'The Ickabog' is Free for Kids to Read

Run out of Harry Potter books to read during quarantine? Good news! The bestselling author's new children's book will be published for free, in instalments, over the next weeks.

Student Projects Now Live at the YSC Online STEM Fair

Hundreds of students invest time and talent into science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to proudly display their STEM projects — 635 in total.

Kids & Covid-19: How Are They Faring During This Crisis?

A recent study conducted by the Angus Reid Institute polled children ages 10 to 17 across the country about their thoughts, expectations, and concerns about these unprecedented times.

Playing Outdoors: What Your Family Needs To Know As Measures Are Starting To Lift

With warm spring days ahead and after weeks of isolation, cooped up families are looking to get out. Here are the latest guidelines when it comes to playing outdoors.

The City of Toronto Cancels City-Led Summer Camps With Possible Alternative

The City of Toronto announces the cancellation of all its city-led 2020 summer camps for kids and is looking at running an alternative program to get children safely back to camp.

Toronto Zoo Welcomes Birth of Endangered Masai Giraffe Calf

In the early part of May 12, 2020, Mstari, a six-year-old female Masai giraffe, gave birth to a healthy calf, who has been dubbed by Zoo staff as 'Baby Long Legs.'

The CNE is Cancelled for Summer of 2020

Canada’s largest fair will not light up this summer, as the CNE announces that the 18-day event at Exhibition Place, will not move forward due to Covid-19.

Youth Science Canada Launches Its STEM Fair Online

The passion for discovery and innovation amongst Canadian youth won't stop as Youth Science Canada announces the launch of the YSC Online STEM Fair.

Baskin-Robbins Launches New Plant-Based Vegan Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins Canada completes the roll-out of ‘Chocolate Extreme’ – the brand’s first non-dairy/vegan flavour in Canada which will be available this summer.

Boston Pizza Brings Back the Heart-Shaped Smile Pizza in Support of Kids Help Phone

Boston Pizza wants you to enjoy a smile and share some love in support of Kids Help Phone.

Tim Hortons Foundation Launches New Tims eCamp for Disavantaged Youth

Tim Hortons Foundation Camps has announced it will be replacing its traditional summer camp programming for disadvantaged youth, with an all new, inclusive online experience.

Free Comic Book Day Postponed Until Summer

Diamond Comic Distributors have made the decision that Free Comic Book Day scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 will be postponed, as result of Covid-19.

MEGA To Give New Life To Old Toys With Recycling Program

The partnership with TerraCycle, will recycle used Mega Bloks, Mega Construx and other non-electronic MEGA toys to create new products in Canada.

More Than 21,000 Free iPads Will Be Given To Students

The Ontario government has announced that it will be distributing iPads with free wireless data plans to students who are currently not able to access the province’s Learn at Home portal.

Audible is now Offering Free Audio Book Stories for Kids

Audible has launched free, on-demand storytime with Audible Stories, a database of free audiobooks for kids and teens in response to school closures during COVID-19.

Coronavirus and Anxiety: How to Stay Calm in the Midst of the Storm

Leading Toronto life coach, Sara Shor, will be hosting an online video workshop to help the public cope with their anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis.

Chai Lifeline Launches Coronavirus Arts & Crafts Drive for Quarantined Children

Chai Lifeline Canada has launched an arts & crafts drive to help families across Canada with hospitalized or home-bound children during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Message to our Parenting Community During the COVID-19 Outbreak

While everything around us is shutting down, one thing is for sure – parenting has not been cancelled. The focus of our day-to-day lives has been uprooted, but the message remains – we will get through this trying time together.

Planning Family Fun in Light of COVID-19

Families are now changing gears from 'let's go!' to 'let's stay in' as the coronavirus shuts down many of the city's major events and attractions. What you need to know!

YPT's Artistic Director Allen MacInnis Retires

Allen MacInnis has announced that he will step down as Artistic Director of Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre (YPT) at the end of the 2020.21 season, after 19 outstanding years.

School Closure Camps Being Offered in GTA

Due to the rotating school closures announced by ETFO that affect all school boards, here's a list of companies offering day camps for children on affected days.

World's Largest Rubber Duck Returns to Toronto for Redpath Waterfront Festival!

The festival is bringing back Mama Duck, who is six stories tall and weighs 30,000 pounds, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival.

IKEA Launches its Soft Toy Drawing Competition

Parents can submit their child’s drawing online by November 21 for a chance to have the drawing transformed into a real life IKEA soft toy.

Best of Toronto 2019

Nominate the best family-friendly businesses in the Greater Toronto Area now through December 31, 2019. It's a short survey and you can win great prizes.

ROM’s 3rd Monday Nights Free Moves to Tuesdays

The ROM is moving its monthly evening of free admission from Mondays to Tuesdays, where visitors can enjoy free access to art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 galleries.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre & Black Creek Pioneer Village Promotion

From October 10 to November 11, visitors to Black Creek Pioneer Village will receive a 50% discount off LEGOLAND Discovery Centre admission and vice versa.

Day Camps & Programs for Kids if CUPE Strikes on Monday

In the event of a CUPE strike on Monday, parents need to prepare and make alternative care arrangements. The following companies are offering day camps and programs.

The Zoo is getting a BOOmobile for Halloween

There's a new attraction coming to the Toronto Zoo this Halloween! Don't miss the new BOOmobile, a slightly scary but legendary, fun for all ages adventure.

FlyOver Canada Attraction Coming to Toronto

The new FlyOver Canada location will provide guests with a brand-new flight ride experience featuring the country’s most iconic locations, picturesque landscapes and natural wonders.

BTS Dolls Soon to be Available at Toys 'R' Us

Toys 'R' Us Canada announces that popular South Korean Boy Band - BTS - dolls are making their way to stores across Canada.

Geoffrey Throws Ceremonial Pitch at Blue Jays Game

Toys 'R' Us Canada mascot becomes first Canadian toy mascot to throw ceremonial first pitch for Toronto Blue Jays at series against the Cleveland Indians.

Funrise Announces Toy License with Caterpillar

Funrise announces a Global Master Toy License with Caterpillar Inc. – the world's leading construction equipment manufacturer, for a new line of toy vehicles.
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