Family-Friendly Sites to Visit at Doors Open Toronto 2018




Photo credit: Doors Open Toronto

On May 26 and 27, over 130 buildings across Toronto will open their doors for the annual Doors Open Toronto. This year, the event is shining the spotlight on the city’s film and television industry. Guests will get the opportunity to visit historic cinemas, film and television studios, post-production houses, digital media studios, artist-run centres, buildings that have been featured in film and television, and much more. Admission is Free!

We've scouted out 10 locations offering family-friendly activities. For more locations, visit www.doorsopentoronto.com and look for the family-friendly symbol. 


Photo credit: Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan Museum
Museum Heritage & Historic Site
77 Wynford Dr. | 416-646-4677
www.agakhanmuseum.org
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm

Visitors are invited to enjoy free access to the light-filled atrium, open-air courtyard, 336-seat auditorium, and intimate Bellerive Room. Additional free family-friendly activities will take place in the Education Centre, along with architecturally-inspired tours at the Museum and neighbouring Ismaili Centre, Toronto and pop-up music and dance performances. Admission to the first-floor Museum Collections is free. Access to the special exhibition, The World of Fatimids, is available at a discounted rate of $10 per visitor. Part of this special weekend is “A Hidden Order,” a live counterpart to the interactive installation in the auditorium lobby. Parking will also be available for a flat rate of $10.



Photo credit: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Hospitality / Tourism Venue
2 Eireann Quay, Toronto
www.billybishopairport.com
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:00 pm

On Saturday May 26, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will welcome visitors behind the scenes for a in-depth look at the history and inner workings of the airport. Along with public spaces such as the award- winning pedestrian tunnel and island atrium, areas generally inaccessible to the public will be open for tours, including the fire hall and maintenance areas. Families can watch planes take off, climb on one of Billy Bishop’s specialty airport fire trucks, examine the snow sweepers and explore the history behind the airport’s namesake, World War I Flying Ace Billy Bishop. Along with the airport’s mascot, Billy the Flying Fox, airport staff, operational personnel, volunteers and historical experts will be on site to answer questions and provide additional insight.



Photo credit: Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village
Museum Heritage & Historic Site, Built 1800-1866
1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. | 416-736-1733
www.blackcreek.ca
When:
Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm

Black Creek Pioneer Village offers up more than 40 historic buildings, heritage gardens and an assortment of heritage breeds, making it a great place to time travel. Visitors will explore the grounds and see where scenes from many celebrated films and television shows have been filmed. Watch Historical interpreters in period costume demonstrate historic trades and crafts of the 1800s, visit the farm animals and enjoy the lively 19th century atmosphere.



Photo credit: Ontario Place

Cinesphere at Ontario Place
Arts & Cultural Centre
955 Lake Shore Blvd. W. | 416-314-9900
www.ontarioplace.com
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm

There will be five screenings each day and pre-registration is required by visiting ontarioplace.com/Cinesphere. Please note, re-entry is not permitted. Limited capacity. Graeme Ferguson’s North of Superior (1971), the first film screened at Cinesphere will be shown. This IMAX epic offers an exhilarating survey of one of our country’s most majestic regions. This will be followed by the 7 minute prologue of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience (2008)”. The film chronicles the menace known as the Joker, as he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. Presented in full IMAX, this is an action packed Batman epic. There will be a display of Cinesphere, IMAX, and Ontario Place memorabilia. While onsite, visitors are invited to explore this beautiful waterfront destination.



Photo credit: High Park - Children's Garden

High Park - Children's Garden and Teaching Kitchen
Government / City-owned Building
105 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 416-392-1329
www.childrensecoprograms.ca
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm

Visitors will be able to tour the Children's Teaching Kitchen and learn about the various green technologies and features that are incorporated into the building. They can view the "truth window" that shows what the inside of a straw bale building actually looks like. Other features include solar panels, a green roof and radiant floor heating. Visitors can explore the compost demonstration site, organic vegetable and herb gardens, permaculture demonstration garden and naturalized hillside. As this spring marks the 20th birthday for the Children's Teaching Kitchen and Garden, Doors Open will highlight the site's accomplishments. In addition, there will be children's activities available.



Photo credit: The Children's Book Bank

The Children's Book Bank
Community Centre / Agency, Built 1870-1879
350 Berkeley St. | 416-922-7323
www.childrensbookbank.com
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm

During Doors Open, visitors will have the chance to learn about the building's first residents and their fascinating connections to schooling in Toronto. Next, they'll step into the magical world of late 19th century children's literature. Some of these books are still enjoyed today because of their timeless storytelling. These include classics such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, The Owl and the Pussycat, Anne of Green Gables, and The Time Machine, among others. Guided by our 'literary experts' in period dress, visitors will browse exhibits and participate in activities which celebrate this extraordinarily rich period of arts and letters while also learning about the building's present and active use as The Children's Book Bank.



Photo credit: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Toronto Centre for the Arts
Arts & Cultural Centre
5040 Yonge St. | 416-733-9388
www.tocentre.com
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm

Visitors are invited into the Toronto Centre for the Arts as the venue transforms into a community arts, culture, and film hub. Get to know Cinematoscape, a North York film production company, and catch their free screenings and talk-backs. Connect with North York Arts and explore their gallery spaces! Learn about upcoming events and festivals in Toronto’s film community. Creative activities will also be taking place at this site in which families and children can participate. Guided tours through the building will be offered with the opportunity to explore areas that are rarely accessible to the general public, including backstage areas.



Photo credit: City of Toronto

Toronto Fire Station 334
Government Building
339 Queens Quay W.
www.toronto.ca
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:30 pm

The 13,000 sq. ft. site is home to an active marine fire station, with the berthing facilities for Toronto's two fireboats along with a monument to Toronto fallen firefighters, titled 'The Last Alarm'. Tour Toronto Fire & Marine Station 334 and see the William Lyon Mackenzie Fireboat. Visitors will be able to meet firefighters and tour Toronto Fire & Marine Station 344.



Photo credit: City of Toronto

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Sports & Recreation Facility
875 Morningside Ave
www.tpasc.ca
When:
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 4:00 pm

Visitors will be taken on facility-wide guided tours highlighting areas previously used in scenes for films, TV shows, commercials and photo shoots. Visitors are also welcome to watch a local community swim meet hosted by a resident club.



Photo credit: UrbanArts

UrbanArts
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Arts & Cultural Centre
5 Bartonville Ave. E.  | 416-241-5124
www.urbanartstoronto.org
When:
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm

Visitors are invited to come learn about UrbanArts, meet its staff and program facilitators, tour the facility and hear from current participants and volunteers. There will be many ways to participate - live demos, beat creation, dance lessons, logo designing and more. Urban Arts will have visitors' creative taste buds covered.

Find out more at www.doorsopentoronto.com.

Source: Doors Open Toronto
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