Winter & Holiday Guide 2014




It's our 2014 Holiday Guide! The holidays are a busy time for families so we've done some of the work for you! Find everything you need to get you through the holiday season including Winter Break camps for kids, special holiday and seasonal events, toy and gift-giving ideas, holiday treats and recipes, fun crafts for kids, holiday party rentals and entertainment, Winter Break activities, and much more!

The Winter Break may be short but it still long enough to expose your kids to new subjects like arts, science, or design at a holiday Winter camp. Kids can also stay active and fit at a sports camp. After getting a taste of a Winter Break camp, your kids may just want to return for a Summer camp! Check out these fun holiday camps for kids...

Winter Holiday Camp at Dagmar Ski Resort
1220 Lake Ridge Road, Ashburn
905-649-2002
www.skidagmar.com
December 27 to 30 and January 2 to 4

Dagmar Ski Resort has it all! Alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross country. Come and check out our 17 runs, a varied terrain for all ages and all abilities. Sign up for a 3 or 4 day holiday camp. It's a great way to kick off the season! 4 Day: December 27 to 30 or 3 Day: January 2 to 4. Includes a 2 hour lesson each day and full day lift ticket, valid until 4:00 pm. For ages 3 to adult. Discover the thrill of Winter. More info

Winter Break Dance & Design Camp at Designher Co.
1380 Bathurst Street, Toronto
416-889-4437
www.designherco.com
December 29 to January 2 (Closed January 1)

Camp runs daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with before and after care available. Half of each day will be spent creating DIY projects such as jewelry, fashion, and gift items, while the other half-day is spent practicing creative dance and yoga. After lunch, both groups will go to either Hillcrest Community School’s park or Wychwood park for 1-hour of play and fresh air. Campers will create DIY projects ranging from revamped clothing and jewelry, to fashion accessories, papercraft, and more! Each day, campers will craft 1-3 high-end projects to keep for themselves or gift to a friend! More info

Winter Break Camp at Gymalaya
Newmarket: 905-868-8200
Vaughan: 905-760-5655
www.gymalaya.com
December 22 to January 2

Gymalaya Vaughan and Newmarket offer recreational gymnastics classes, birthday parties, and seasonal camps. Gymalaya's state-of-the-art facility is clean, colourful, and designed specifically for young children. Sign up for our Winter Break camp: December 22, 23, 29, 30, and January 2. Full Day Camp and Half Day Camp available. Activities include supervised gymnastics, dance, games, arts and crafts, story-telling, friends, and much more FUN! For ages 4 to 10. More info

Winter Break Kamp at Kidz360 Active Learning Centre
3431 Dundas St. West, Toronto
647-351-9360
www.kidz360.ca
December 23, 27, 30 and January 2 & 3

Looking for Winter Break camps in Toronto? Our "Kamps" offer the ultimate Kidz360 experience. Combining all the best parts of our various Kidz Programming including Kidz in Motion and Teambuilding 4 Kidz, "Kidz360 Kamp" is the ultimate experience in fun and learning. More info

Winter Christmas & New Year's Camp at Lytton Sports
Crescent School (Bayview & Lawrence)
416-312-5300
www.lyttonparktennis.com
December 22 to January 2

Lytton Sports Camps is an exciting, great way for kids to learn sports like tennis, soccer, and basketball and have fun at the same time. Our friendly, skilled instructors have years of playing and teaching experience. Maintaining quality standards and safety is an integral part of Lytton Sports Camps. Our Christmas and New Year's camp is being offered at our Indoor Crescent Boys School Location which offers recreational instruction and active sports play. More info

Mad Science Holiday Camps
Richmond Hill & Mississauga Locations
416-630-5282
www.toronto.madscience.org
December 29, 30, 31 and January 2

Mad Science camps offer sensational, hands-on science along with all kinds of fun for 5-12 year olds. Mad Science Camps are designed to create an experience that is sure to impress your child. Our camps are fun, exciting, hands-on and entertaining. Discover why Mad Science is one of the largest day camp providers in Canada! Join us this holiday season for an unforgettable Mad Science experience. More info

Winter Break Camp at Mess For Fun
73 Alness Street, Unit #3, Toronto
416-736-7101
www.messforfun.com
Dec 22 to 26 (closed 25th) & Dec 29 to Jan 2 (closed 1st)

At Mess For Fun camps, children enjoy a variety of fun, interactive, and co-operative activities each day. Some of our fun activities include circuit games to keep them active, yoga, arts, playtime, dance/singing/drama, ceramic painting, clay modeling, paper mache, mosaic, media projects, and weather permitting outdoor activities. Our camp program runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for ages 4 to 12 years. More info

Ontario Science Centre Day Camps
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
416-696-1000
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
December 30, 31 and January 2

Boost your brain with a day of hands-on, interactive discovery at the Ontario Science Centre’s Day Camps! Make new friends, take part in exciting science experiments and enjoy exclusive access to the exhibit halls. No parents allowed – these camps are for kids ages 5-12 only! Themes include – December 30: Best of Medieval Times; December 31: Space Invaders and January 2: Cool Science. Your kids will have a thrilling, unforgettable, and educational experience with our knowledgeable and energetic Camp Counsellors. More info

Pawsitively Pets Winter Camps
202 Parkhurst Blvd., Toronto, ON
416-901-4776
www.pawsitivelypetskidscamp.com
Various Dates between December 22 and January 2

Pawsitively Pets encourages all children to explore their love of pets and animals. Working with animals is not only a great learning experience for children, it allows them to build confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of compassion and enhances their imagination. Programs for campers will be offered at our Leaside location over the Winter Christmas Break. Programs include: Animal Care, Little Lambs, Timberwolf, and Dogsledding Camp which is held at: Albion Hills in Caledon. More info

Winter Break Camp at Reptilia Zoo
2501 Rutherford Road, Vaughan
905-303-2516
www.reptilia.org
December 22 to 26 and December 29 to January 2
 

Plan ahead for your child's December/January school holidays! Reptilia offers a safe, exciting, and unforgettable camp experience for your 4-12 year old. Our campers learn about science, interact with amazing creatures and enjoy all kinds of winter fun at the same time. Daily activities include; zoo tours, participating in feedings, reptile related events, unique and interesting arts and crafts, games, and zookeeping. More info

The Town of Richmond Hill Winter Break Programs
225 East Beaver Creek, Richmond Hill
905-771-8870
www.richmondhill.ca
December 22 to January 2
 

Looking for something fun and exciting for your child to do during the school holidays? Richmond Hill offers a wide variety of programs for children ages 3 to 12. From arts and crafts to science and sports programs, there's something for everyone! Awesome programs for youth ages 12 to 18 are also available. Everyone can enjoy the many recreational swimming and skating opportunities in Richmond Hill. More info

Sportplay Multi-Sport Winter Holiday Camp
Various locations in Toronto and Markham
416-465-7439
www.sportplay.ca
December 29 to January 2

Each half-day of camp includes 4 periods and a snack break. Kids will participate in 2 periods of non-competitive multi-sport classes and 2 periods of a rotation of, brick play, craft play, circle play, and music play per half day. Kids will learn 8 different sports and develop their gross motor and athletic skills during their week at camp. All Sportplay classes and activities are safe, planned, progressive, active, creative, inclusive, and designed to maximize participation of all children. More info

True North Climbing Winter Break Camp
75 Carl Hall Road, Unit 14, Toronto, ON
416-398-7625
www.truenorthclimbing.com
December 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and January 2

True North Climbing is perfect for day camp fun for kids aged 7-12. Our camp offers a fun and safe environment for children to rock climb, boulder, and slack line in our indoor facility. Children will also do arts and crafts, and a variety of indoor sports. We provide a counselor for every 5 kids, to give them plenty of time to climb and keep them well supervised. More info

Shop the best gifts for kids with our holiday gift guide, complete with must-have toys for the season. We've rounded up our favourite gifts for kids... be prepared, grown-ups: you may want to snag a few of these for yourselves.

Hexbug Vex Robotics Spider

Want to design your own HEXBUG? Kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. $69.99 More info

Frozen Collectibles & Plush

It's no doubt that Disney's hit movie FROZEN will be a popular choice among kids (and adults!) this year. Plan ahead for those holiday gifts with The Littlest Gift Boutique. They've got collectibles, plush toys, and more! You can view their collection of Frozen-themed gift ideas. More info

LEGO® Advent Calendars

The holiday season is fast approaching and with it come the amazing LEGO® Advent Calendars! This December, count down the days until Christmas with these awesome 24 gifts! 3 calendars available: LEGO® City, LEGO® Friends, and LEGO® Star Wars™. $40 to $50 More info

Crayola Paint Maker

Create your own custom paint colours in minutes! Use the mixing guide to create your colour or make up your own. This interactive kit provides everything you need to make 15 unique paint colours. The kit guides you through every step of the process! $28 More info

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Playsets

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Playsets are miles of learning fun! Each playset comes with different track shapes that let you reconfigure the playset or connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage your child's creativity. By VTech. $25 to $70 More info

Planes Fire & Rescue U-Command Firefighter Dusty

Deluxe infrared remote control Fire & Rescue themed Dusty comes to life with animation, voice, and sound effects! His propeller spins with engine and flight sounds; his eyes and mouth move as he speaks! Make him talk, move forward, left, right, or in reverse. $55.00 More info

Lalaloopsy Tinies

Your favorite Lalaloopsy characters are now sew tiny! Includes secret Tiny! Collect them all! Every character is different. Totally collectible! Cute and as small as a button. 10 per pack. 1 Secret Character. Original characters are now TINY! $12.99 More info

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

The VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch is the smartest watch for kids! More than just a watch, VTech’s Kidizoom® Smartwatch lets your budding photographer take photos, videos, play learning games and tell time for learning fun on the go! $59.99 More info

Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Skatepark

Offering a new spin on a traditional classic, Circuit Boards are the first ever remote-controlled fingerboards. At any time, a non-powered board can be upgraded to a powered board by adding on a removable remote-controlled power axle. Create the ultimate skate session! $49.99 More info

Quiddler Junior

QUIDDLER JUNIOR is a word game designed for kids and yet entertaining for the whole family. Every card contains a kid-sized word and colorful picture making it fun to play and learn. Point chips give kids an instant reward and make scoring easy. $12.99 More info

Lalaloopsy Tinies Jewel’s House

It’s the home of Jewels Sparkles and is decorated with a white necklace and a big pink bow. Take this dazzling mansion round to a friend’s house and open it up to see inside. Use the accessories to throw a make-up party for Jewels and her kitty friend. $14.99 More

Maplelea Doll Maple Cabin Lodge Set

So many items to mix and match, so many "proud to be Canadian" looks to create! The sweater, scarf, and mittens all have a delightful maple leaf pattern. The white quilted vest and the fluffy lined trapper hat can be added for a very chic look. $40.00 More info

Dreamz to Go Octo

Based on the original Twilight Turtle by Cloud b, these 'dreamy lites' octopuses come in two fun colours that project stars and friendly little fish blowing bubbles, while illuminating in soothing shades, helping ease fear of the dark. $24.99. More info

Innotab Max

InnoTab® MAX is the fastest 7" kids’ tablet that gives your child the best of both learning worlds with a unique combination of our educator-supported learning library and carefully selected educational Android apps for years of learning fun! $119.00 More info

Charley the Chameleon

Charley the Chameleon from Cloud b is a premium plush cuddly companion that helps children transition from play time to sleep time with scales that light up to ease fear of the dark and soothing sounds that help make every kid feel safer at night. $39.99 More info

Power Projector Buzz Lightyear

This 12" poseable Buzz Lightyear action figure will take you to infinity and beyond! Attach Buzz’s Power Projector to show an image of Emperor Zurg, and press the laser button to blast Zurg. Buzz Lightyear talks with SFX and includes pop-out wings and a retractable helmet. $59.99. More info

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

It may be hard to believe, but the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, the iconic red and yellow car from our childhood, is turning 35 this year! Since being introduced to consumers in 1979, the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe has become a staple of childhood memories! $59.99 More info

Lalaloopsy Tinies Sew Royal Castle

The teeniest kingdom you’ve ever seen and the home of the Prince and Princess. Carry it to a friend’s house. Open it up to see the royal pair playing inside. Use the accessories to create your own fairytale adventures in Lalaloopsy land. Complete with pumpkin carriage! $24.99 More info

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll

With a touch of her magical snowflake necklace, hear Elsa talk to her Frozen friends and watch the magic as her dress lights up in a flurry of lights. Raise her arm and watch her snowflake necklace light up while it plays the hit song "Let it Go" and her dress magically shines. $35.00 More info

Fisher Price Laugh N' Learn Song & Story Chair

Three levels of play offer fresh songs, phrases, and sounds for your little one. Enter baby’s age for automatic Smart Stages™ level changes or manually change levels with the switch. Seat activates songs and phrases when baby sits and stands and more. $50.00 More info

Zoomer Dino

With real dinosaur movements, sounds, and incredible dino-sense abilities, Boomer can detect when you’re nearby and interacting with him. But watch out! Just like a real Dino he can get angry, spin around, chomp, and roar! Control him if you can! $69.00 More info

Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Flying Fairy

The magic is brighter than ever before with rainbow lights that shine as she soars. Just give your Flutterbye a gentle whirl to see rainbow lights and skirts that twirl! By pressing the button on her decorative base, she will magically lift off into fairy flight. $34.00 More info

Fisher Price S'getti Scatter Game

A love of learning starts with play! Your meatballs are on a roll with the Fisher Price S’getti Scatter. Remove the s’getti strands without letting the meatballs fall. Be the first to spill the meatballs and you lose. 2 game levels to grow with your child. $15 More info

Ollie by Sphero

Ollie, the app-controlled robot engineered for speed and programmed for tricks, is bound to face even greater success than its spherical "elder" Sphero. Ollie spins, drifts, and flips with app-powered tricks! Switch up the ride with custom tires and hubcaps. $99.00 More info

Bee-Do Fireman Minion Stuart

Children can now relive their favourite Despicable Me moments with "Bee-Do" Fireman Minion Stuart from Thinkway Toys! Press the Fireman Minion’s tummy to hear his original voice, SFX, and "Bee-Do" siren with flashing head gear. $45.00 More info

Fisher-Price Barnyard Bingo Game

Fisher-Price Barnyard Bingo is a barnyard full of animal and colour matching fun! Pull the lever and "boing!" a chip appears! A preschooler favourite, over 1.2 million sold! Includes: barn, 4 fence cards, 12 coloured chips, labels, and parent guide. 2 to 4 players. $12.00 More info

Looking for fun stocking stuffers that won't break the bank? We found the best cheap stocking stuffers for kids that make awesome (inexpensive) Christmas gifts. Find thoughtful, creative stocking stuffers for the kids on your list all for under $10!

Animal Crayons

Kids of all ages will love the menagerie of animal shapes. Not only are these plastic crayons cleaner and easier to use than traditional wax crayon, they create smooth, rich colourful drawings. $6.95 More info

Temporary Hand Puppet Tattoos

From the annuals of little known dinosaurs meet the Dino-hand-saurs family. 8 Dino interpretations done as temporary tattoos to turn your hand into every little one’s favourite creature of yore. $6.95 More info

Disney Frozen Stick-On Earrings

Add Frozen fun to your non-pierced ears with these stick-on earrings. Designs include Elsa, Anna, Olaf, snowflakes, and more. Set of 24. $4.50 More info

LEGO® Minifigures Collection

With 16 all-new, special minifigures in Series 12, the LEGO® Minifigures Collection continues to grow. Each minifigure comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag with one or more accessories, display plate, and collector’s booklet. $3.95 More info

Hello Kitty Mini Highlighters

Highlight important notes with this set of Hello Kitty highlighters. Includes 1 pink and 1 yellow in a clear pouch. $4.00 More info

Mr. Men and Little Miss Plasters

These fun Mr. Men and Little Miss plasters are the best way to put smiles back on sad faces! $4.37 More info

Magic Growers Magic Snowman

Grow your own snowman! Just assemble the cardboard pieces, place the snowman into the stand and pour the magical liquid into the base. Wait 5-6 hours and then marvel at your fluffy grown crystal snowman! $7.95 More info

Play Doh Candy Cane

What's the best gift for the holidays? The kind that lets you keep on creating! This TREAT WITHOUT THE SWEET Holiday Pack includes 10 bright colours of PLAY-DOH. $9.95 More info

Fun Animal Shower Caps

Why not make bathing fun for kids and adults with these funky shower caps! They are designed to protect your hair while you shower or soak in the tub. Everybody needs to have fun in the tub! Guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone's face! $6.95 More info

Sports Mints

Sugarfree, in peppermint, cinnamon, and wintergreen assorted flavours. Choose from: Basketball: Slam one! Football: Score with fresh breath! Soccer: Make fresh breath your goal! Golf: Fresh breath keeps the bogeys away! $3.49 More

Rudolf the Reindeer Flingshot

During this flight, you are in charge not Santa! Kids will have hours of fun sending this reindeer flying! $9.95 More info

Sports Lips Balm

For the sports fan, Ballmania Lip Balm on a small (detachable) keychain. Choose from: Baseball, Golf, Soccer, or Tennis. $7.99 More info

Beanie Boos Olaf

Little girls and boys will fall in love with this adorable snowman in a flash. This lovable, goofy snowman is perfect for cuddling and will quickly become your daughter or son's best friend. $7.95 More info

Sock Monkey Stripes

This colourful sock monkey will make a great gift for any child or Ty collector. Just the rainbow full of joy, sure to bring a smile to girl or boy! $7.95 More info

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year in the city. The holiday windows and displays in the department stores are decorated with festive scenes, holiday trees are lighting up across the boroughs, and we can't get enough of the spectacular seasonal events. Though there are countless things to do with kids this holiday season, we rounded up the best can't-miss happenings and activities!

Cinderella - The Gags to Riches Family Musical
Elgin Theatre - 189 Yonge Street, Toronto
855-599-9090
www.rosspetty.com
November 21 to January 4

If orange really is the new black, you’ll definitely want to join us at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre to meet our riotously colourful pumpkin patch heroine... Cinderella. Have a ball at Ross Petty’s CINDERELLA! Ross Petty Productions Annual Holiday Show at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Patty Sullivan, host of Kids’ CBC-TV for almost 11 years, returns to Cinderella as one of the Evil Step Sisters. Pick your show date, before the clock strikes midnight or tickets sell out! More info

Christmas at Black Creek
1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto,
416-736-1733
www.blackcreek.ca
November 22 to December 23, 2014

Christmas comes to Black Creek Pioneer Village! Come see the Village in it's finest holiday attire and celebrate Christmas with old and new traditions! Tour our historic houses, learn about the origins of traditional Christmas foods, kids can make their very own Christmas cards, and more! On weekends in December before Christmas, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the historic Village and meet with Santa in Santa's Cottage. More info

James and the Giant Peach at YPT
Young People's Theatre - 165 Front Street East, Toronto
416-862-2222
www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
November 24 to December 28

A rollicking new musical version of the beloved children’s classic. In Roald Dahl’s topsy-turvy world, young James is trapped in a most unfortunate situation. After losing his parents at a young age, he is placed in an orphanage, only to later be shipped off to live with his nasty and brutish aunts. Saddled with all of the drudgery in the crude and beastly household, James finds an unexpected escape from his servitude when he clambers inside a massive peach that has been growing in the backyard. More info

Holiday Promotions at Medieval Times
10 Dufferin Street, Exhibition Place, Toronto
866-543-9637
www.medievaltimes.com/toronto
Various Dates in December

In December, check the Medieval Times Website for special Holiday promotions. Surrender to an age of bravery and honour and witness epic battles of steel and steed during our ALL-NEW SHOW. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, fun, and excitement than ever before. As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty. More info

Holiday Bricktacular! at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan
855-356-2150
www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca
Every Saturday and Sunday in December

In December, something magical comes over the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres! Every Saturday and Sunday in December, little elves can experience themed decor, building challenges, scavenger hunts, and much more! Jump inside the World's Most Festive Box of LEGO® Bricks! Enter our Bricktacular Building Contest, make your own ornament to hang on our Christmas tree, participate in our Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt, learn how to build your very own snowman in our LEGO® Master Builder Academy, along with other "cool" tips and tricks and more! More info

Cow Over Moon Presents Hansel & Gretel
Red Sandcastle Theatre (Toronto)
Maja Prentice Theatre (Mississauga)
905-510-8210
www.cowovermoon.ca
Dec. 3 to 7 (Toronto)  to Dec. 9 to 14 (Mississauga)

Cow Over Moon Children's Theatre is presenting their brand new holiday show for the season. This year we are bringing you a modern twist on the classic tale of Hansel & Gretel. Meet our brother and sister duo who can't put down their iPhones and iPads who get entered into a game where they have to reach the enchanted gingerbread house without using any of their usual gadgets and gizmos. Watch them learn about how to work as a team as they discover what the true meaning of home is. More info

A Christmas Story
Cineplex Theatres
www.cineplex.com
December 6

A Cineplex Family Favourites Presentation. Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. With Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darren McGavin. More info

Celebrate the Holiday in the Ice Age!
CN Tower - 301 Front Street West, Toronto
416-868-6937
www.cntower.ca
December 6 to January 4

Celebrate the Holiday in the Ice Age at the CN Tower! Your favourite Ice Age friends are back in a holiday adventure for the whole family! Can a handful of prehistoric misfits really save the holiday? Find out in this hilarious adventure featured in 3D with added in-theatre effects that will transport you back to the Ice Age. Access included with a General Admission ticket. Limited time only! More info

Flight of White at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge
519-653-1234 x100
www.cambridgebutterfly.com
December 6 to January 31  

This truly unique holiday exhibit transforms the tropical butterfly conservatory into a magical oasis featuring 1000's of additional Rice Paper butterflies flying freely through the Conservatory. With a wingspan of up to 14cm, the Rice Paper Butterfly, a large white relative of the Monarch, is impossible to miss as it floats through the air moving gently from flower to flower. The Flight of White experience also includes lush white poinsettia flowers, 1000's of sparking white lights, and soft strains of classical music playing in the background. More info

Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront
Toronto's Waterfront
December 13 to 21, 2014
www.waterfrontbia.com

Celebrate the magic of the holiday at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront. There is so much for families to experience from cruising and photos with Santa, to creating arts and crafts and watching performances as well as dog shows. Enchanted by the smash hit musical Frozen? Meet and sing-along with your favourite princesses and their best friend, Kristof in Queen's Quay Terminal. Most events are free. More info

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Living Arts Centre - 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga
905-306-6000
www.livingartscentre.ca
December 14 - 2 shows

The beloved stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster™ to saving Christmas, join Rudolph® and his friends, Clarice™, Hermey the Elf™, and Yukon Cornelius™ as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us. More info

TSO's The Bear
Roy Thomson Hall - 60 Simcoe St, Toronto
416-598-3375
www.tso.com
December 7

Celebrate a family Christmas with The Bear, a delightful animated film from the creators of The Snowman, and accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, The Bear tells the story of young Tilly, who accidentally drops her beloved teddy into the polar bear pit at the zoo, beginning a magical friendship with bear-sized complications! Participate in a free intermission art activity with the Avenue Road Arts School. More info

The Polar Express in 3D
Cineplex Theatres
www.cineplex.com
December 13

A Cineplex Family Favourites Presentation. It doesn't matter where the train is going. What matters is deciding to get on. Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: The Polar Express. Based on the classic Christmas story by Chris Von Allsburg. With Chris Coppola, Josh Hutcherson, Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari, and Tom Hanks. More info

Crazy Christmas Extravaganza
Church on the Queensway - 1536 The Queensway, Toronto
416-255-6750
www.CPACentre.org
December 13 and 14

This Christmas season, the Christian Performing Arts Centre and the Church on the Queensway presents the musical theatrical experience "Crazy Christmas Extravaganza" featuring a fantastic cast of singers, dancers, and actors, and accompanied by The Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Experience the true meaning of Christmas in a wonderful stage show filled with familiar carols, a lot of laughs, and a few surprises! Spectacular visuals and soul-lifting music take the audience on a delightful journey into the heart of Christmas. Our 3,200 seat auditorium has enchanted audiences of over 10,000 for this annual event. Tickets $5 + handling fee. More info

Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove
Rogers Centre - One Blue Jays Way, Toronto
1-855-985-5000
www.ticketmaster.ca
December 19 to 28

Discover endless riches when Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to Rogers Centre. Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter worlds of your other favourite Disney princesses. Don't miss out on even more adventures with Peter Pan, the Lion King, and Alice and Wonderland. This show will be one for the whole family to enjoy over the holidays and is guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. More info

Fred Claus
Cineplex Theatres
www.cinepex.com
December 20

A Cineplex Family Favourites Presentation. Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole. With Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Spacey, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, and Kathy Bates. More info

It's A Wonderful Life
Cineplex Theatres
www.cinepex.com
December 20

A Cineplex Classic Film Series Presentation. An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. With Donna Reed, Henry Travers, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell. More info

VIP EPIC Pass at Area51 Lasertag - Planet Play
2501 Rutherford Rd, Vaughan
905-303-8393
www.planet-play.ca
December 22 to January 4

Starting on December 22 through until January 4, Area51 LaserTag will be selling our EPIC VIP wristbands for 20 bucks + tax! What you get is unlimited LaserTag and unlimited Orion’s Playground for 1 full day. Which means you can venture through Area 51 LaserTag as many times as you want and if that’s not enough you can also climb through our multi-level indoor playground. The Epic Pass is good for any one day over the 2 week Winter Holiday Break. Wristbands go on sale December 1 so what better way than to give a little back for the holidays! Visit us online for up to date promos and specials! More info

Funky Holiday Sweater Party at Glama Gal
Various Locations in the GTA
www.glamagalparty.com
December 23, 2014

Join Glama Gals for our Funky Holiday Sweater Party! This annual event includes: Holiday Mini Mani with Nail art; Funky Photo Station with Props; Funky Sweater Photo Shoot; Gingerbread Girl Funky Decorating Challenge; Funky Holiday Hairstyle with Holiday Hair Accessory; Pink Hot Chocolate and Cookies Served. More info

Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
Distillery Historic District
55 Mill Street, Toronto
www.torontochristmasmarket.com
November 28 to December 21

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers, and children's choirs. More info

Looking for more fun gift ideas? Find creative, unexpected, and just plain cool gift ideas for everyone in your family! Some of these would make great stocking stuffers too!

Centreville Season's Passes

Centreville Ride Passes make great gifts! This holiday season, give the gift of Centreville Season's Passes - on sale now! Enjoy unlimited rides all Summer long. Major Savings Alert! The pass pays for itself in just 2 visits! Centreville is home to more than 30 rides and attractions. More info

Fallsview Waterpark Holiday Promotion

Treat the family to water fun in Niagara Falls for the holidays! Book a Waterpark Holiday Package and receive over $300 in Attractions, Dining and Entertainment. Come experience the fun and excitement! More info

Glamandelle Spa Special at Glama Gal Party

Now that the winter and holiday months are here. Why not treat your tween and some friends for our November & December Spa Special. Tweens will love this appointment book today! More info

Lovable Labels Sweet Notes

Choose a card from any of the beautiful collections available and customize it with your child's name or nickname. It makes a perfect gift for someone special! Give your child the gift of writing with their very own personalized Sweet Notes! More info

Chocolate Tales Worshops Gift Cards

Purchase a gift card valid at any one of our workshops and locations. Our Chocolate Making Open Workshops are a great way to share your time with loved ones, learn new things and get crafty as you create and personalize your very own specialty chocolates! More info

Make a Gift at the Clay Room

If you've ever wanted to create a unique personalized ceramic piece but didn't want to attend a long, structured pottery class, then THE CLAY ROOM is for you. Drop-in and make that treasured keepsake or special gift! Perfect for holiday gift-giving! More info

Lovable Labels Fun Stickies

These Fun Stickies are a Limited Edition Holiday Theme Pack and are only available until December 31. 4 designs are included in one multi-pack. There are 16 labels per pack. Dishwasher and microwave safe, UV resistant, peel and stick. More info

Cool Socks Make Cool Gifts!

Add some fun to your holiday season with award-winning, shoe-inspired socks by MumMe. Fashionable styles and sizes for the whole family! Make a perfect gift and stocking stuffer! Organic cotton / bamboo / silicone non-skid grip / seamless.15% OFF with promo code T4K201415. More info

Wise Adventures Pottery Painting Christmas Gifts

Relax in our studio with a hot drink while painting truly unique gifts for Christmas. We have a wide range of pottery including all sorts of Christmas ornaments, baubles, plates, and more, which make perfect gifts for Christmas. Children can paint too! More info

Find Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday crafts, decorations, and gifts that kids can make. Enjoy these festive art activities and fun homemade holiday projects with children of all ages.

Jolly Elves

All you need are chenille stems, beads, and felt to make these adorable little elves! More info

Handprint Trees

O Handprint Trees! O Handprint Trees! Paint paper then trace handprints and wrists. Cut out and put together to make these fun Christmas tree decorations. More info

Clothespin Skier Ornaments

These cute clothespin ornaments are really fun to make and the kids can help with them too. More info

Paper Tops

Use materials you have laying around the house to make a version of this traditional Jewish toy. More info

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Decorate a simple mason jar snow globe with glitter glue and glitter powder. More info

Pinecone Gnome Ornaments

Scraps of felt, wooden balls, and wool roving dress up plain pinecones to make a fun ornament trio for your Christmas tree. More info

Macaroni Menorah

Macaroni crafts never go out of style because they are always great fun and worthy of keepsakes. This menorah is no exception. More info

Milk Men

Here’s an adorable snack for your little elves. If it’s after the holidays, these are still totally fun Wintertime drinks! More info

Shinning Stars

These stars are so simple, kids can create a galaxy of original designs. More info

Christmas Finger Puppets

These adorable finger puppets use chenille stems and pom poms and are so fun to make! More info

Want to make this season extra-special for your crew? These fun ideas, including gingerbread men and snowmen cookies, are sure to elicit oohs, ahhs, and plenty of giggles. Mark the days before Santa's arrival with these adorable holiday sweets.

Candy Cane Marshmallows

This is so easy, you don't even need a recipe! Dip big marshmallows into melted chocolate, then into crushed candy canes. Then insert a whole mini-candy cane. Voila! More info

Rudolph Cupcakes

“Wow” all your guests at your holiday party with these adorable little guys! More info

Christmas Toffee

Make this toffee recipe for your holiday festivities. Try different toppings like crushed saltines, sea salt, toasted coconut, slivered almonds, pecans, or heath bits. More info

Healthy Christmas Tree Snack

O Snap Pea Tree, O Snap Pea Tree... It’s super easy to arrange snap peas on a plate in the shape of a tree. Add a cheese star and a pretzel stick trunk and your healthy snack just got a whole lot more fun! More info

Melting Snowmen Cookies

These fun candy-coated cookies are fun to make, and to serve—plus, no rolling pin’s required! More info

Dreidel Sugar Cookies

You won’t believe how simple these dreidel cookies are to make! Another fun recipe to make with your toddlers (just make sure you let them know that these dreidels don’t spin!). More info

Pretzel M&M Hugs

This easy recipe only requires 3 ingredients: pretzels, Hershey's Kisses, and Christmas M&Ms! More info

Reindeer Pops

These reindeer pops are just so cute and they are really easy to make. Oh, and they taste fantastic. More info

Santa Hat Brownies

These bite-sized chocolate brownies topped with strawberry Santa hats make for a fun and festive sweet treat. More info

Marshmallow Dreidels

Give your kids a little salty-sweet chocolate treat with these edible marshmallow dreidels. More info

Chocolate Snowman Bowl

Serve up a chocolate snowman to your children or party guests. Fill up this cute bowl with marshmallows, ice cream, or other sweet treats. More info

Dizzy Dreidel Cookies

Playing on the traditional dreidel game, these super fun SPIN-Wheel cookies are eye-catching and oh so yummy. More info

Sleigh Riding Teddy Bears

So cute! It only takes 10 minutes to make these cute treats - perfect for the kids to make too. More info

The holiday party season has arrived. Still searching for entertaining ideas? Whether you're hosting an office party, a family get-together, a kids' party or a big blowout — check out these resources for party venues, entertainment, rentals, and more. Give a holiday party to remember!

Holiday Parties at Playtime Bowl
33 Samor Road, Toronto
416-787-4533
www.playtimebowl.com

We can make your holiday party memorable with our glow in the dark “Cosmic Bowling” experience which is complete with fun music videos and disco lighting. Also, you can have your event in our Back Alleys Lounge which is Toronto’s original VIP bowling experience. Let the Playtime Bowl party pros do all the planning for your next event. We have seasonal decor, a scrumptious holiday themed menu, and all the fun holiday party extras to make your event a hit. Let Playtime Bowl organize magicians, face painters, air brush tattoo artists, and even live appearances from Santa and Mrs. Clause. More info

Celebrate the Holidays at RINX
65 Orfus Road, Toronto
416-410-7469
www.rinxtoronto.com

Rinx specializes in holiday parties for both adults and kids, for groups ranging in size from 10-500. We can make your holiday party memorable as we have over 8 attractions to choose from including our brand new Cyber Sport, which is a combination of basketball and lacrosse in electric powered bumper cars. Also, you can have your event in our newly renovated Event Center. Let the Rinx holiday planning team do all the work for your event. We have seasonal décor, a scrumptious holiday themed menu, and all the fun holiday party extras to make your event a hit. More info

Holiday Parties from Fiesta4Kids & Fiesta Rentals
Serving the GTA
905-738-5437
www.fiesta4kids.com

Our large variety of entertainment and party rentals can help make your ideas, a reality. Choose your theme and the decorations can be customized to fit your need: balloons arches, sweet tables, and balloon themed decorations can help turn your event into a Winter wonderland or a celebration of love complete with with heart shaped balloons and colour co-ordination. Fiesta4Kids has inflatable attractions and bouncy castles that can fit every mood and holiday, big or small, and everything in between. Fiesta4Kids understands that the holidays can be a hectic time, our full range of inflatable amusement products and party planning services and party rental equipment will make this season a breeze. Remember, no stress, no hassle, all fiesta! More info

Studio Starz Holiday Parties
Serving the Greater Toronto Area
647-230-9401
www.studiostarz.ca

Move over Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, One Direction, and Katy Perry! YOU will be the next big superstar! If you would like to treat your guests to a unique, memorable, and fun experience, a Studio Starz party is unlike any other! We transform your home or venue into a fully functioning digital recording studio where you sing and we work our magic! This unique party is designed to give your party guests a true pop star experience! A Studio Starz party is an exciting chance to experience the lifestyle of your favourite music star! Perfect for holiday parties. More info

Playdium
99 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga,
905-273-9000
www.playdium.com

Playdium is an interactive, virtual, and physical entertainment center with over 200 games and attractions to explore. It is the place where reality takes a back seat and the word "FUN" is reinvented every day. Playdium is the ultimate venue to play or host your next holiday party. With over 40,000 square feet of indoor space on 11 acres, we are able to entertain! More info

Adventure Mania
Serving the Greater Toronto Area
905-864-3290
www.adventuremania.ca

We are gearing up for this holiday season! We have entertainers, fun food, and much more to make your holiday party a success! Bounce Events has a wide selection of bouncy castles. We have clowns for hire, entertainers, caricature artist, jugglers, and magicians that will do brilliant magic shows. Need tables and chairs to handle the crowd at your party? We have many affordable options. Whether it is one or two or hundreds we can handle any request. Don’t forget the balloons! More info

Fudge, peanut brittle, caramels, whatever you fancy! Here are all your favourite holiday candies, and maybe a few you haven't even thought of yet. Treat family and friends to homemade candy this holiday season with these recipes. Find scrumptious sweet treats in this guide...

Caramel Marshmallow Treats

This candy is a cookie recipe with a caramel dip. These sweets really appeal to kids... plus, they can help make them! More info

Homemade Holiday Lollipops

These crystal clear lollipops are made with just two ingredients, leaving the door wide open for you to add what you'd like when it comes to the colourful add-ins. More info

Candy Cane Hearts

A perfect addition to a plate of Christmas cookies, and so simple they are a project the kids can help with too. More info

Winter Bark

Bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate are marbled together to make a beautiful, easy holiday treat perfect for gift-giving. More info

Candy Cane Marshmallows

These pretty red-and-white swirled peppermint marshmallows are the perfect way to top off a Christmas stocking. More info

Foolproof Holiday Fudge

No candy thermometer required to make this easy chocolate fudge. Marshmallows are melted with cream and butter to form a smooth base, and then semisweet or white chocolate chips are stirred in. More info

Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

These little gingerbread truffles not only look like gingerbread men, but they taste like gingerbread. They are a really nice Christmas treat. More info

Homemade Gumdrops

Chewy, fruity candies. A great gift for this time of year. More info

Christmas Marshmallow Pops

These simple marshmallow pops are easy to make and are perfect little treats, especially for kids. More info

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Sticks

These peppermint sticks look beautiful and taste even better! Leave out a dish of them when trimming the tree or relaxing by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa. More info

The thought of having the kids home for a few weeks over the Christmas Break fills many parents with joy and dread. Keeping kids amused is definitely a full-time job and hours into the Winter Break, houses across the city will be filled with kids moaning, "There's nothing to do!" Well, have no fear. We've compiled a list of some cool things to do with your kids during their Winter Break so that you don't!

Best Kids Activities: Winter Break

If the kids are at home with you, here's a list of some of fun daily activities to do during the Winter Break indoors and out! More info

Family Snowshoeing

This Winter, why not give snowshoeing a try? It's a fun family activity and one that guarantees your kids can just step out into the snow and be natural experts. More info

Winter Snow Activities and Games

Are your kids bored and bickering? Don't despair! Get them outside and active! Cure cabin fever with these great outdoor games and activities. More info

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing is a fun and super-trendy leisure activity for young and old. Sliding down a hill is winter excitement at its best! More info

The 10 Best Sledding Hills

Get the whole family outside for some good old-fashioned Winter fun. Your kids can enjoy hours of thrills with just a sled and a snow-covered hill. More info

Fun Places to Skate

Snow tubing is a fun and super-trendy leisure activity for young and old. Sliding down a hill is Winter excitement at its best! More info

Family Fun on the Slopes

Head for the hills! Many ski resorts are now a popular family destination with many programs and services just for kids! More info

Dog Sledding in Ontario

Go on a dog sledding tour around many of our great frozen inland lakes or spend a weekend on a dog sledding tour throughout Ontario's brilliant, snow-covered forests. More info

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Best Family Ski Slopes

Best Family Ski Slopes

Family ski resorts are full of fun perks like ski schools, a family après scene, and snow tubing.
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The Best Snow Tubing Spots

Slide down a snow-slicked slope, then ride a carpet lift (like a moving sidewalk on the snow) back up to do it all over again. Tubing is fun stuff! Spots worth checking out in the GTA.