May on the Cheap! 2015

Doors Open Toronto at Fort York

May is best known for Victoria Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of Summer. But you don't have to wait until mid-month to enjoy wonderful free family outings. There are fairs and festivals everywhere you turn throughout May, and our roundup of the absolute best free things to do this month includes annual favourites like the Toronto International Circus Festival and Doors Open Toronto. Enjoy Springtime with these free and cheap family-friendly activities!

Cineplex Family Favourites May
May 2 to 30, 2015 - 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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May Weekends at Scarborough Museum
Weekends in May
Come celebrate Mother's Day every weekend at Scarborough Museum! Enjoy fresh baked treats and share your family story at the Communities Memories Kiosk. Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Arts For Life Children's Festival
May 1 to 3, 2015
The Living Arts Centre presents the Arts For Life Children's Festival – a fun-filled weekend of entertainment, activities and opportunities for kids to express their creativity. The weekend features both ticketed and free events and activities for your 4 to 12 year old children; featuring theatre performances, family-friendly music and entertainment, a Creative Zone, dance and visual arts activities, and much more!
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Rebel Week 15
May 1 to 7, 2015
Sauga youth together with the City of Mississauga, have created Rebel – a weeklong youth-led festival of creative expression and community involvement. Rebel takes place every year from May 1 to May 7 during National Youth Week and National Youth Arts Week. Together, we took control of hosting more than 200 FREE events featuring over 400 artists for over 8000 people across the city in 2014. Rebel is a festival of music, film, the arts, culture, sport, and opportunities to make a difference.
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Early Childhood Maypole
May 2, 2015 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
Music, maypole, and picnic at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Free event.
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Free Comic Book Day
May 2, 2015
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!
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Summer Camp Open House at Art N' Smart Academy
May 3, 2015 - 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Join us for our Summer Camp Open House. This event is Free! It’s a perfect chance to see the studio, meet the staff, explore the program, and ask any questions you may have! We will have amazing raffles including free week of camps, free art classes, and free single day camps! We will also host free demo classes and activities, hand out free gifts for any kids who sign up for camp or classes on the same day!
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Sunday FUNday - Click! at the Oshawa Museum
May 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Bring a camera or use your phone to take a photo tour of the Museum! On this 'Amazing Race’' style of scavenger hunt, you'll make your way through the clues and interactive activities that will lead you to your next destination, photographing your journey along the way! Admission is by donation.
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Free Mini Model Build event at LEGO® Stores
May 5, 2015 to May 31, 2015
The monthly mini model build is a popular hands-on monthly event taking place in select LEGO® Stores since 2009! Each month, select Lego Stores across Canada offer a free workshop event where you not only get to learn how to make a different Lego model using simple brick pieces, but you also get to take home the model free of charge. In this month’s Monthly Mini Model Build Workshop your child, between the ages of 6-14, will get to build their very own koala.
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Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival
May 9, 2015 - 7:00 am until 4:00 pm
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival. Located on the Toronto Waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park is Toronto's largest greenspace and provides critical stopover habitat for migrating birds. There have been over 300 native bird 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 free activities will be offered for people of all ages and all birding abilities. Free.
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Mayfair in Rosedale Park
May 9, 2015 - 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
Come to the 70th annual Mayfair in Rosedale Park – a special day of fun for the entire family! Exciting carnival rides, midway games for kids (great prizes!), face painting, track and field, fish pond, candy floss, popcorn, bingo, raffle, silent auction, and more! Ride-all-day bracelets for all mechanical rides are $40, available only by advance sale until May 6th. Free admission – rides cost extra.
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Science Rendezvous
May 9, 2015 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Explore your world! Pack up the family and enjoy Science Rendezvous. Check out the robots, enjoy interactive experiments, and take in a fire show – all at Science Rendezvous sponsored by Ryerson University. Free and suitable for everyone – ages 3 to 103.
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Build a Picket Fence Frame at Home Depot
May 9, 2015 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
Kids will learn how to build Build a Picket Fence Frame 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 project. The workshop is for kids ages 4 to 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Free.
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3rd Annual Mount Pleasant Village Kids’ Fun Day
May 9, 2015 - 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Presented by the Merchants of Mount Pleasant Village and taking place in the heart of Toronto’s Midtown on Mount Pleasant Road between Eglinton and Davisville Avenues, Kids’ Fun Day will offer a full day of free, fun family activities. Free.
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BSM Birthday Bash!
May 9 to 10, 2015
The Bata Shoe Museum is turning twenty this year and we’re throwing a big birthday bash to celebrate. It’s an open house and everyone in Toronto is invited! Join us on Saturday, May 9th for a day full of free admission, family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. Visitors can experience our exhibitions coming to life or delight in our playful atrium art installation and of course join us for a birthday cupcake! If you can’t make it on Saturday come by on Sunday for free admission and arts and crafts.
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Build and Grow Clinics at Lowe's
May 9, 2015
Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Recommended for children from grades two to five. Kids will take home the toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron, and goggles. On May 9, build a Mother's Day Planter.
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Bell Free Weekend at TIFF Bell Lightbox
May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015 - 10:00 am until 6:00 pm
On Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, all regular film screenings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus special family films and events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are completely free at TIFF Bell Lightbox, courtesy of Bell. Screenings include selections from the 2015 TIFF Kids International Film Festival, feature films Maya the Bee and A Little Game, and shorts programmes Give and Get and Imagination Inspiration.
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World Fiddle Day at Fort York
May 16, 2015 - 10:00 am until 6:00 pm
Fiddles at the Fort! Fort York welcomes World Fiddle Day for a day-long celebration of bows on strings. Join us as players of bowed string instruments from several traditions teach and perform leading up to our community "Around-the-World Jam" where violin, viola, cello, and bass players of all levels play their way through 40 tunes from 25 countries. Admission is free.
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Victoria Day Weekend with the Woofjocks
May 16 to 18, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
The WoofJocks Canine All Stars are a team of Southern Ontario professional dog trainers and of course, their very talented dogs. They offer a 30-minute variety show that is both educational and entertaining. Each show is choreographed to music, showcasing tricks, agility, frisbee, musical freestyle, precision obedience drills, and fun, audience interactive canine games. Free!
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HarbourKIDS Toronto International Circus Festival
May 16 to 18, 2015
HarbourKIDS presents the fascinating, freaky circus spectacle of Toronto's International Circus Festival, May 16-18. This three-day festival promises the fascinating spectacle of the circus for those curious enough to venture through. Free.
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International Museum Day at Markham Museum
May 17, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Experience how modern sustainability is preserving Canada¹s indigenous environment at the Markham Museum this International Museum Day. Come prepared to get messy helping to plant Canada¹s native plant life in a beautiful garden or explore how the Museum is contributing to a sustainable society with a Geocaching tour throughout our 25 acres. Free drop-in event.
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Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
May 18, 2015 - 10:00 pm
Come enjoy the end of the first long weekend of Summer at Ashbridges Bay Park. Celebrate Victoria Day with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics that will definitely impress. The show is free and begins at 10:00 pm sharp.
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Sound of Dragon Music Festival at Fort York
May 20, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Sound of Dragon Music Festival showcases the very diverse styles of Chinese music from ancient folk and classical repertoire to contemporary compositions and creative improvisation. The festival promotes creativity and innovation through a unique blend of traditional music with imaginative new ensembles, utilizing unusual cross-cultural instrumentations. Sound of Dragon is an international collaborative project with musicians from Vancouver, Toronto, and Taiwan. Vancouver musicians are members of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. Admission is free.
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Movie Nights at Celebration Square, Mississauga
May 21 and 28, 2015
See a Free Movie at Mississauga Celebration Square during Summer Movies Nights. There's nothing better than the exciting lineup of free summer movies at Mississauga Celebration Square. Plan your visit, because movies are here, and they're starting now. You bring the blankets! May to September.
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Sportplay 4th Annual Right To Play Day at Polson Pier
May 23, 2015 - 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Sportplay is pleased to present its 4th Annual Right to Play Free Camp Day at Polson Pier from 1:00 – 4:00pm on May 23,  2015. Come and try out a FREE Half Day of our Cool-sport (Ages 5-12) and Multi-sport (Ages 3-7) Summer Camp!  Kids can try a variety of camp activities including Mini-Putt, Rock Climbing, Beach Volleyball, Soccer and more for a “donate what you can” contribution to Right To Play. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the fun.  
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National Public Works Week Family Fun Day
May 23, 2015
Join us as we celebrate Family Fun Day at Celebration Square in Mississauga! With activities for all ages, visitors can see educational displays, demonstrations of heavy equipment, road design, and the Spill Response Unit. Don't miss an unforgettable demonstration by the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Extrication Team!
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Doors Open Toronto 2015
May 23 to 24, 2015
The 16th annual weekend celebration of architecture will offer free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings across Toronto. This year's event features more than 155 buildings, including 55 new participants, an exciting speaker series and city-wide walking tours. In honour of this Summer's TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, this year's theme – Sports, Recreation, and Leisure – offers attendees a sneak peek inside more than 70 private and public recreational sites, and is highlighted throughout many of this year's walking tours and exhibits.
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Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront
May 23 to 24, 2015 - 12 noon until 5pm
Fun for the entire family, Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by The Waterfront BIA, is part of the 16th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf. NEW this year, enjoy rides with Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating and kids can hop aboard a 40 foot inflatable bouncy pirate ship. Have your picture taken with pirates as they invade the Waterfront. See the William Lyon Mackenzie Fire Boat in action and tour the Toronto Fire and Marine Station 334 and the Toronto Police Marine Unit. A wide variety of vessels from Empress of Canada, Great Lakes Schooner Company, Mariposa Cruises, Nautical Adventures and Toronto Brigantine will be open to the public for guided deck tours. Admission is free.
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Little Kickers: Soccer Workshops for Kids as part of Doors Open Toronto
May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015
Join the Little Kickers team at various Doors Open sites to practice your soccer skills! With an emphasis on play, children can have fun practicing the fundamentals of soccer in a pressure-free environment. With a network of 1,500 coaches in 16 countries, Little Kickers is the world’s biggest and most successful pre-school soccer academy. Working with children aged 18 months to 7 years, their specialized courses stimulate imagination and aid early development skills such as learning colours and numbers, following instructions and playing as a team. Free.
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The Beach Village Spring Fling
May 23 to 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Join us for The Beach Village Spring Fling Weekend with sidewalk sales along Queen St. East and entertainment and activities featuring Comedy Entertainer - John Park, break dancers, hula hoop demos, paint splatter crafts, face painting, music, and more at Ivan Forrest Gardens (Queen & Glen Manor). Free admission and free activities.
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Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts 2015
May 25, 2015 - 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
A smorgasbord of free, family fun will be served up May 25th, when the Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts presents a jaw-dropping variety of award-winning Canadian talent at the Young People’s Theatre! There’ll be an incredible variety of multiple award winning talent, including Sultans of String, Cadence, Leslie McCurdy, Little Pear Garden Collective, Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre, and Andre Prefontaine. The event is organized by Prologue for the Performing Arts as part of the UNESCO’s International Arts Education Week. Free.
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GPS/Geocaching Weekend at Kortright
May 30 to 31, 2015 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Join the worldwide scavenger hunt! Find hidden geocaches at Kortright. Enjoy workshops, guided hikes, and more! Adult - $6.50, Senior - $5.50, Kids 15 and under are free.
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More Free Events for May
Our Events Calendar is always being updated as venues post their events! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

Photo Credit: Doors Open Toronto
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