January on the Cheap 2020

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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 this January.

Read on for the best Free and Cheap things to do this month...


Family Literacy Day Celebrations at Toronto Libraries
Various dates in January
Celebrate Family Literacy Day with stories, songs and fun interactive activities for parents/guardians and their 4-7 year old. Limited space. Free. More

Cineplex Family Favourites - 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. More

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in January
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's Winter Fridays
January 3, 2020 to February 14, 2020
Make the most of those chilly winter nights! Join us for Winter Fridays at Evergreen Brick Works, every Friday from January 3rd to February 14th. Skate under the stars on our picturesque outdoor skating rink, grab a hot chocolate at our Sipping Station and cozy up around the fire with some street fare from our food trucks. Free. More

Winter Bird Count 4 Kids
January 4, 2020
Join us for this free family-friendly winter birding event. Learn to identify numerous types of waterfowl, go for a nature walk and enjoy some family time outdoors while contributing information to a scientific study! More

Sunday FUNday - Curious About Cameras
January 5, 2020
Calling all shutterbugs! The invention of cameras and photography were revolutionary. They have changed the way that people see the world. Stop in to the Oshawa Museum on Sunday, January 5 and see some our amazing camera collection. Free. More

Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
January 11, 2020
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 mini Hockey Game. Free. More

Let it Snow Sundays at Montgomery’s Inn
January 12, 2020 to February 23, 2020
Enjoy tobogganing down the hill next to Montgomery’s Inn — a favourite spot for generations of Etobicans. Walk through Tom Riley Park and cross the footbridges over Mimico Creek. After a memorable afternoon of these winter traditions, get cozy by the fire with a warm pot of tea or a mug of hot apple cider and savour fresh house-baked treats in the inn’s tea room. Free event. Tea and treats extra. More

Mayor's New Year's Skating Party
January 12, 2020
Celebrate 2020 with Mayor John Tory and City Councillors at Kew Gardens in the Beach neighbourhood. The annual event is a fun, family-friendly afternoon of music, hot beverages, and of course lots of skating. More

Winter Stations Presents LOOP
January 15, 2020 to February 9, 2020
A much-needed splash of colour is coming to winter on the waterfront. Winter Stations Presents: LOOP is a FREE, family friendly, interactive, retro-futuristic art installation, powered by you! More

CBC Kids Studio Tour
January 17, 2020
Kids will get to meet CBC Kids hosts Tony or Janaye and get a guided tour of the different sets within Studio K. Kids can see the Makeup Room and CBC’s smallest dressing room, participate in a science experiment in the kitchen, hang out in the Green Room and learn about the magic of puppets. Free. More

Fort York Frost Fair
January 17, 2020
For a memorable outing, discover the winter beauty of Fort York’s 1812-era buildings blanketed in snow. Don’t forget to bring your skates to glide along The Bentway Skate Trail, where you will be joined by a Redcoat or two! Free. More

Toronto Light Festival
January 17, 2020 to March 1, 2020
The Toronto Light Festival offers a visual journey and a playful adventure throughout the walking streets of The Distillery District. Free. More

Family Nature Walk at High Park
January 18, 2020
Get outside and explore nature in High Park with your whole family! Grandparents, parents, teens, children and babies alike will love this chance to discover the natural wonders in High Park’s incredible savannahs, woodlands and wetlands. Free. More

Community Oven Nights at Montgomery's Inn at Montgomery’s Inn
January 23, 2020 to February 6, 2020
Montgomery’s Inn is opening its doors to community groups, encouraging them to bring their members for a night of shared cooking and eating using its kitchen and outdoor wood-burning oven— one of the oldest traditions in the world. Free. More

DJ Skate Night at College Park
January 24, 2020
We invite you to our first DJ Skate night at College Park on January 24, 5pm-8pm. Come skate with us as DJ Blush spins music from the 80's and 90's. The Dance Company will be there to show and teach you how to groove on and off the ice. More

Port Union Winterfest 2020
January 25, 2020
Portunion Winterfest is a annual family gathering held on the last Saturday of January every year. We offer a day of family fun from 11 am till 3 pm, with free live entertainment, games a winter market and other activities. 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. 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

You, Me, Us: Outstanding Books for and about Young People with Disabilities
Until January 26, 2020
Annual family-focused exhibit highlighting “the best of the best” from The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Collection for Young People with Disabilities. This exhibit features books published around the world that are recognized for their exceptional content and design. Features Family Storytimes and Guided Tours. Free. More

Free Playground Access at Area51 Lasertag | Planet Play
Until January 31, 2020
Area51 Lasertag | Planet Play is proud to support the Sick Kids Foundation. Attend during the weekdays from 10am to 5pm, for FREE Playground entry, with a donation of $2, $5, or $10. More

DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront
Until February 15, 2020
Set alongside beautiful Lake Ontario in the open fresh air, Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink will allow you to show off your moves away from the downtown bustle. This season, Harbourfront Centre welcomes a lineup of DJs that represent Toronto and will keep you ice dancing on the waterfront all night long. More

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2020
The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for over 30 years. Best of all – skating is FREE! The Rink usually opens mid to end of November, weather permitting. More

3rd Tuesday Nights FREE at ROM
Until March 17, 2020
Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Tuesday 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

Skate on the Square
Until March 20, 2020
The Celebration Square ice rink in Mississauga opens Saturday, November 23, 2019 and closes March 20, 2020. Free. More

Sunday Fun Day at Nathan Phillips Square
Until March 22, 2020
Join in on family-friendly activities on and off the ice. Play games in the snow, follow the leader on the ice and take part in obstacle courses. Activities are led by City of Toronto staff. More

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! Many recurring free events for January were not available at time of publication so check back for updates.

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