November 2013

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Birthday & Party Ideas

Despicable Me Birthday Party

Despicable Me Birthday Party

Assemble the Minions! We’re celebrating "Despicable Me" style!

Family Activities

Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Thinking of going to see the Santa Claus Parade in downtown Toronto? Check out these tips to make sure you enjoy the parade with your children. The 2013 Santa Claus Parade is on Sunday, November 17.

Christmas & Holidays

Santa's Coming to Town!

Santa's Coming to Town!

These days, you can find a Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most Holiday happenings so we've rounded up the best spots to see Kris Kringle! Where to meet, eat, and mingle with Santa in Toronto and the GTA!
Holiday Guide 2013

Holiday Guide 2013

Christmas and the Holiday season in Toronto and the GTA is an amazing time. Check out our 2013 Holiday Guide for family fun, special events, recipes, Winter break camps, party planning, and unique gift ideas.
Holiday Events November 2013

Holiday Events November 2013

Here’s a list of the many festivals and seasonal events taking place in and around the city this November. You’ll find gingerbread making workshops, crafts, magical entertainment, and special shows.
Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Thinking of going to see the Santa Claus Parade in downtown Toronto? Check out these tips to make sure you enjoy the parade with your children. The 2013 Santa Claus Parade is on Sunday, November 17.
Santa Claus Parades in the GTA

Santa Claus Parades in the GTA

Get in the Holiday spirit at one of these Santa Parades taking place across the GTA. Here's where you can watch the festivities unfold and spread the Holiday cheer. Some start this weekend!

At The Movies

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Frozen

Frozen

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal Winter.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Free Birds

Free Birds

Two birds from opposite sides of the tracks join forces and travel through time to the first Thanksgiving to prevent turkeys from becoming the traditional holiday meal.
Ender's Game

Ender's Game

70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

Events, Exhibits & Shows

Peter Pan at Casa Loma

Peter Pan at Casa Loma

Every year during the Holidays, a magical show takes over Casa Loma. This year, the majestic castle will be featuring Peter Pan, a classic Edwardian tale filled with humour and adventure.
The AstraZeneca Human Edge Opens at the Ontario Science Centre

The AstraZeneca Human Edge Opens at the Ontario Science Centre

It's the Ontario Science Centre's first new permanent exhibition hall in seven years. The 10,000 square-foot exhibition promises to inform visitors of all ages about the human body, health, fitness, and nutrition.
Santa's Coming to Town!

Santa's Coming to Town!

These days, you can find a Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most Holiday happenings so we've rounded up the best spots to see Kris Kringle! Where to meet, eat, and mingle with Santa in Toronto and the GTA!
Crazy Christmas Extravaganza 2013

Crazy Christmas Extravaganza 2013

Experience the true meaning of Christmas in a wonderful stage show filled with familiar carols and a lot of laughs! Spectacular visuals and soul-lifting music take the audience on a delightful journey.
Planetarium Programs at the OSC

Planetarium Programs at the OSC

Did you know that the Ontario Science Centre features a state-of-the-art planetarium with meteorites from Mars, cosmic rays, black holes, a space chair that's really a rocket, and more?
Day of the Dead at Harbourfront

Day of the Dead at Harbourfront

It was a busy weekend at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre as crowds celebrated at the Day of the Dead Festival.The two-day festival celebrated the cycle of life in both a spiritual and visual sense.
Holiday Events November 2013

Holiday Events November 2013

Here’s a list of the many festivals and seasonal events taking place in and around the city this November. You’ll find gingerbread making workshops, crafts, magical entertainment, and special shows.
It's National Model Railroad Month

It's National Model Railroad Month

Choo choo! Kids are fascinated with trains. There are so many model railroad activities for kids to enjoy including some special ‘train’ events happening in and around the city this month and next...
Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Thinking of going to see the Santa Claus Parade in downtown Toronto? Check out these tips to make sure you enjoy the parade with your children. The 2013 Santa Claus Parade is on Sunday, November 17.
Gardiner Goes Animal Wild

Gardiner Goes Animal Wild

Meet Peter Rabbit, Jumbo the Elephant, Clara the Rhinoceros, and a menagerie of animals in the family-friendly exhibition: Animal Stories, at Gardiner Museum. The exhibition will delight visitors of all ages!
Santa Claus Parades in the GTA

Santa Claus Parades in the GTA

Get in the Holiday spirit at one of these Santa Parades taking place across the GTA. Here's where you can watch the festivities unfold and spread the Holiday cheer. Some start this weekend!
The Royal: Ten Days of Farm Fun!

The Royal: Ten Days of Farm Fun!

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, celebrating 91 years as the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show, runs from November 1 to 10 at Exhibition Place. Get the highlights.

Free & Cheap

Holiday Events November 2013

Holiday Events November 2013

Here’s a list of the many festivals and seasonal events taking place in and around the city this November. You’ll find gingerbread making workshops, crafts, magical entertainment, and special shows.
It's National Model Railroad Month

It's National Model Railroad Month

Choo choo! Kids are fascinated with trains. There are so many model railroad activities for kids to enjoy including some special ‘train’ events happening in and around the city this month and next...
Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Tips for the TO Santa Claus Parade

Thinking of going to see the Santa Claus Parade in downtown Toronto? Check out these tips to make sure you enjoy the parade with your children. The 2013 Santa Claus Parade is on Sunday, November 17.
Santa Claus Parades in the GTA

Santa Claus Parades in the GTA

Get in the Holiday spirit at one of these Santa Parades taking place across the GTA. Here's where you can watch the festivities unfold and spread the Holiday cheer. Some start this weekend!
November on the Cheap! 2013

November on the Cheap! 2013

November is a great month with an incredible array of free and cheap things to do. Celebrate the Day of the Dead, attend a seasonal festival, sign your kids up for building workshops, and much more!
November 2013 Cineplex Family Favourites

November 2013 Cineplex Family Favourites

Cineplex Family Favourites are back on Saturday mornings at 11:00AM. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.50.

Fun Places To Go

Dagmar Ski Resort

Dagmar Ski Resort

Dagmar Ski Resort nestled in the beautiful Oak Ridge's Moraine, minutes east of Toronto is considered the #1 Family Resort.
November on the Cheap! 2013

November on the Cheap! 2013

November is a great month with an incredible array of free and cheap things to do. Celebrate the Day of the Dead, attend a seasonal festival, sign your kids up for building workshops, and much more!

Resorts & Family Getaways

Dagmar Ski Resort

Dagmar Ski Resort

Dagmar Ski Resort nestled in the beautiful Oak Ridge's Moraine, minutes east of Toronto is considered the #1 Family Resort.

Entertainment News

KidzFest at Yonge Dundas Square

KidzFest at Yonge Dundas Square

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area’s annual KidzFest is getting ready to rock Yonge Dundas Square on Saturday November 23, 2013 with creative crafts, carousel rides, and cartoon characters.
Toronto Waterfront Winterfest 2013

Toronto Waterfront Winterfest 2013

Celebrate the Holiday season with Santa at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority for two weekends in December. This event is bigger than ever with free family fun!
November 2013 Cineplex Family Favourites

November 2013 Cineplex Family Favourites

Cineplex Family Favourites are back on Saturday mornings at 11:00AM. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.50.

Babies & Toddlers

The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

Play builds important connections in a child's brain, and strengthens the body and the bonds we share with others.

Education

Age-Appropriate Comic Books

Age-Appropriate Comic Books

What is the appropriate age for comic books and graphic novels? Ultimately, that is the decision of two parties that should always be in close communication with each other: the parents and teachers.

Life With Kids

Safe Cosmetics for Imaginative Play

Safe Cosmetics for Imaginative Play

Often, young girls use make-up during role playing games. Why you should use chemical free cosmetics.
The Battle of the Toys

The Battle of the Toys

With Christmas just around the corner, chances are you’ll want to make room for some new playthings... Here’s how to make toy sorting, recycling, and cleaning as easy as child’s play.
Little Passports Travel Tips

Little Passports Travel Tips

"Are we there yet?" was a term coined by the family road trip! Here are some ideas from Little Passports that are sure to make the time fly by (or at least go by a little faster).
Benefits of Teaching Kids to Cook

Benefits of Teaching Kids to Cook

Spending time in the kitchen and cooking offers children a number of valuable learning experiences. Here's a list of all the benefits they can gain by learning how to cook from Petits Chefs Academy.

News For Toronto Parents

Children’s Choice Toy Awards 2014

Children’s Choice Toy Awards 2014

Each year the Canadian Toy Testing Council has newly released toys tested by kids. Here's the list of winners for 2014 - voted for being the most innovative, engaging, and the best in their area of play.
TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace Wins Award

TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace Wins Award

TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace™ wins the 2013 Ontario Museum Association Award for Excellence in Programs. This indoor adventure playground inspires creative thinking through play.
Chinese Giant Salamander at Zoo

Chinese Giant Salamander at Zoo

The Endangered Chinese Giant Salamander is now on exhibit at the Toronto Zoo! It's the largest amphibian in the world. Captive bred in Germany in 1996, it was brought to Canada by a salamander conservationist.

Products & Services

Crazy Cart by Razor

Crazy Cart by Razor

The most-talked about electric ride-on to hit the market in years, the new Crazy Cart by Razor has been named one of Toys "R" Us' Fabulous 15 Hot Holiday Toys. Drive, spin, or drift like a pro – at home!
SNAILS Safe Nail Polish for Kids

SNAILS Safe Nail Polish for Kids

Glamorous girls can now brighten their fingers and toes in exciting colours and shades. SNAILS Nail Polish, the world’s first 100% natural water-based nail polish, is a kid-friendly and safe alternative.
Little Critter Christmas Reading App

Little Critter Christmas Reading App

There's a new Little Critter reading iPhone and iPad app for kids, just in time for the Holidays! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration.
Personalized Storybooks Canada

Personalized Storybooks Canada

Looking for kids gifts that are unique and will still be loved? Surprise your little superstars with personalized gifts from Personalized Storybooks Canada! Here are 10 great products to check out.

Spotlight On...

Children's Arts Theatre School

Children's Arts Theatre School

Budding young thespians can acquire great life skills and hone their craft by learning how to perform onstage at CATS Drama.
Dagmar Ski Resort

Dagmar Ski Resort

Dagmar Ski Resort nestled in the beautiful Oak Ridge's Moraine, minutes east of Toronto is considered the #1 Family Resort.

Best of Toronto4Kids

Best of Toronto 2013: Party Places

Best of Toronto 2013: Party Places

Our readers have spoken! We have our winner for the Best Party Place in Toronto and the GTA... with some close honourable mentions. Thank you to everyone who voted! These are your top 5 Party Places.

Green Living

Safe Cosmetics for Imaginative Play

Safe Cosmetics for Imaginative Play

Often, young girls use make-up during role playing games. Why you should use chemical free cosmetics.

Nutrition

Raising Healthy Eaters

Raising Healthy Eaters

Raising healthy eaters is easy to do when you get your kids involved with the food they eat! The key to success is to make food and everything to do with it a fun experience. Because let's face it kids are all about fun!

Product Recalls

Whisper Ride Touring Wagon Recall

Whisper Ride Touring Wagon Recall

This recall involves the Step2® Whisper Ride Touring Wagon. The removable blue seat back can detach while in use, resulting in children falling out of the wagon, posing a fall hazard.
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