January on the Cheap! 2018

Natrel Rink, Harbourfront

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 in January.  

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.
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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.
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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.
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Family Literacy Day Celebrations at Toronto Libraries
Various dates in January
Celebrate Family Literacy Day throughout the entire month at Toronto Public Libraries! From puppet show to reading groups, family bingo, board games, special shows and activities, you'll find tons of activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day ... all for Free.
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I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art
Until January 21, 2018
Children’s picture books tell many stories about what it is like to grow up in Canada. This exhibit celebrates the work of best-loved Canadian illustrators who bring these stories to life. I Am Canada showcases original picture book art from Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books and the private collection of Scholastic Canada, which has been introducing young people to the joys of reading for 60 years. Admission is free. 
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DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront
Until February 10, 2018
Sharpen your skates and skills as Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party returns with another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights. The rumours are true, DJ Skate Nights is the best party in town and a surefire cure for the winter blues! Free admission.
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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2018
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE!
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Spectacle of Lights on Toronto's Waterfront
Until April 2018
Witness three stunning illuminated sights this holiday season during the Spectacle of Lights on Toronto’s Waterfront. See the Toronto Music Garden come alive with a fully-animated lighting experience where music notes, harps and canopy will be shining bright over 39,000 long-life, low-energy LED lights.
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Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
January 6, 2018
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 Block Calendar out of wood. Free admission.
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January Weekends at Scarborough Museum
January 6, 2018  to January 28, 2018
Warm up after your toboggan time with hot chocolate and something sweet! It's cozy family fun all month long at Scarborough Museum. Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Mayor's New Year's Skating Party
January 7, 2018
Lace up your skates and join Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Councillors at the Mayor’s Skate Party on the new Bentway Skate Trail. Bring your friends and family and enjoy free skating, skate rentals and hot chocolate!‚Äč
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Sunday FUNday at Oshawa Museum
January 7, 2018
Spend some time at the Oshawa Museum investigating our diverse Education Artefact Collection on the first Sunday FUNday of 2018! You’ll learn what it’s like to be a real historian! We’re doing our best to stump you with our most baffling artefacts. You can also try your hand at guessing our 2017 What is it Wednesday online collection! Enter your guesses to win a Museum swag bag! Interact with museum staff who are on hand to encourage discussions and answer questions. Free admission.
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Hoot and Howl at Cold Creek
January 13, 2018
Join us for a night of fun and adventure. Enjoy a short indoor presentation on owls and coyotes, followed by a trip into the woods. Together we will call out to these wild creatures in hopes they will hoot or howl back. Recommended for children ages 7 and up. This event will run rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear appropriate foot wear. Registration is required. Free.
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Winter Bird Count 4 Kids
January 13, 2018
Tommy Thompson Park is hosting our annual Winter Bird Count for Kids, in partnership with Bird Studies Canada. This is a fun, family-friendly bird watching event that promotes nature appreciation and environmental stewardship. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to expert birders. The event will run rain or shine, but in the event of extreme weather, participants will be contacted with notice of cancellation. Registration is required. Free.
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Free Coding, Robotics and Minecraft Classes at MakerKids
January 13, 2018 to January 18, 2018
Discover your inner inventor! Learn coding, robotics and Minecraft in our programs. MakerKids runs award-winning, internationally recognized programs for kids to help them develop the skills and mindsets to become inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs. Our mission is to empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world. Graduates have started businesses, won NASA prizes, been featured on TV and more. Join a free trial class from January 13-18 for grades 3-5.
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Toronto Light Festival
January 19, 2018 to March 4, 2018
The Toronto Light Festival is a new visual journey and an imaginative cerebral adventure. During the cold, dark days of winter, City residents will be drawn out of their traditional indoor habitats to experience Toronto in a way they never have before. The Festival exhibits the creativity of local and international artists and is a winter experience designed to entertain & inspire. Free admission.
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LEGO DAY at Bridlewood Mall
January 20, 2018
Join Brickman Graeme, Canada's original Master Model Builder & Lego Brick Building professional for a fun-filled day of LEGO activities! See some amazing displays and create your own! Free admission.
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Welcome Weekend at Aga Khan Museum
January 20, 2018 to January 21, 2018
Welcome Weekend presented by RBC offers FREE admission to the Aga Khan Museum. Be the first to enjoy Listening to Art, Seeing Music, which features 10 interactive and immersive Museum-wide soundscapes and audio-visual installations.11 am–4 pm: Interact with face painters outside the Education Centre.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
January 27, 2018
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.
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Port Union Winterfest 2018
January 27, 2018
Free family event for the community. Games, Food, Displays, Activities and lots of family fun! Free admission.
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Musical Hangouts at Solar Stage
January 28, 2018
It’s the warm ‘togetherness’ and informal performance we all love about campfires, but all throughout the year. Special guests will join us and we’ll tell stories and sing songs in a relaxed community environment. Bring along a story or a song you’d like to share! Suitable for families of all kinds and sharers of all ages. Free admission.
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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!

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

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre
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