January on the Cheap! 2015

Free Skating at Evergreen Brick Works

Are finances a bit tight after the holidays? Fortunately, Toronto and the GTA are a great source of inexpensive fun for families. Enjoy the best events, activities, and things to do in January 2015 – all for free (or almost!).

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Jan 1 to 31, 2015
Hit the trail with Rouge Park's Guided Walks in its 6th year of adventure and discovery. Happy New Year! What will 2015 hold for you? The promise to make nature and outdoor fitness part of your life? Meeting new people and connecting with a wilderness close to home? We can help! Join us! Dress for the weather.
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Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works
Daily in January  
Lace for free public skating 7 days-a-week on the outdoor Ice Skating Rink, an enchanting Winter destination for the whole family. It’s the perfect place for Winter fun, as you wind through the gardens and enjoy nature in the city!
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Cineplex Family Favourites for January
Jan 3 to 31, 2015 (Saturdays) - 11:00 am
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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Build a Sled at Home Depot
Jan 10, 2015 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
Kids will learn how to build a sled with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10:00 am to Noon, the Home Depot at locations across Toronto is hosting a free DIY workshop for kids to build their very own Despicable Me car – inspired by the wacky inventions of Gru and his Minions. Participants will walk away with their own Despicable Me 2 souvenir and special tools from the Home Depot.
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Family Literacy Day Celebrations at Toronto Libraries
Jan 10 to 31, 2015
Celebrate Family Literacy Day throughout the entire month at Toronto Public Libraries! From puppet show to reading groups, board games, special shows, and activities, you'll find tons of activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day... all for free.
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Winter Fun Day at Colborne Lodge
Jan 18, 2015 - 12:00 am until 3:00 pm
Fun Wintery activities including taffy pulling for kids take place inside Colborne Lodge and roasting marshmallows, eating roasted potatoes, and sipping warm cider in the great outdoors. Dress warmly as most of the activities are outside. Small fees apply for taffy-pulling, potatoes, and cider. Grounds are free, regular admission applies for tours of Colborne Lodge.
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Find a Summer Camp For Your Child
Jan 19 to 25, 2015
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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Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Nights at Gibson House
Jan 22 to Feb 5, 2015 - 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Enjoy a relaxing, social evening 1850s style. Have some tea and sit by the fire in the kitchen, play board games and chat with neighbours and friends. Drop by the community quilt group and see what they are creating – add a stitch or two, if you wish. Children may explore hands-on activities and crafts.
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Board Games Night – For All Ages at Gibson House
Jan 22 to Feb 5, 2015 - 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
The Gibson family didn't have cable, a phone, or Wi-Fi, so what did they do when the chores were done? They played games! Finished your work and chores for the day? Then come to the museum to play the featured games of the month as well as the classic games in the Discovery Gallery. Pay as you wish.
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The City of Burlington's Lowville Winter Games
Jan 25, 2015 - 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Free outdoor fun! Come to Lowville Park and enjoy traditional winter outdoor activities: skating, tobogganing, entertainment, games, and activities. Event run snow or shine.
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Shakespeare in Action - TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club
Jan 31, 2015
This is a free readers' theatre program for Shakespeare Kids ages 7-12! Join SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION for storytelling adventures! Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!
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Free admission at Wye Marsh
Jan 31, 2015
As a thank-you to everyone that has supported us we invite you to our annual OPEN HOUSE Saturday January 31st. Escape, explore and experience Wye Marsh for free.  Re-connect with nature by exploring our trails, hand feeding chickadees or seeing some of Ontario's native wildlife upclose. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available for an additional cost.
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KidzFREE60 at Kidz360 Active Learning Centre
Fridays in January - 9:30 am until 11:30 am
Every Friday we open our doors to the community for two hours of free play and activities! This time is open to the community for parents and kids (under 3 and a half years) to connect, participate in our free play, and experience our new, fun programs each week. Every Wednesday will have a different craft for the kids so there is always something new to look forward to at KidzFREE60!
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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until Mar 1, 2015
Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink is a popular skating destination in the heart of the city. Visitors can enjoy our artificially-cooled outdoor rink while skating to music and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. On-site skate rentals, helmet rentals, change rooms, rental lockers, and skate sharpening are available. Free admission.
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Tobogganing in the GTA
Tobogganing is one of our great Canadian traditions! Pack up the family and head out to one of your favourite tobogganing hills. These snowy hills are some of the best in the Greater Toronto Area and will surely thrill both the young and young at heart. Tobogganing can be an excellent way for children to stay active.
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More Free Events for January
We continuously update our Events Calendar 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!

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