HarbourKIDS: Monsters!

Ready to tackle some monsters?

October’s theme for HarbourKIDS is fitting for this time of year – it’s all about monsters. Kids will be able to interact with all kinds of monsters, funny ones, scary ones… and maybe even some friendly ones. Harbourfront Centre’s free family programme is designed for kids from five to 12 years.

This three-day festival featuring all things monster is designed to help kids use their imaginations to find creative ways to face the things that frighten them. Who knows, you may event discover that monsters aren’t that scary after all.

Here are the event’s highlights…

From October 8 to 10, Harbourfront Centre will be transformed into a playground for creatures of all shapes and sizes during the HarbourKIDS: Monster Festival.

Chomp Monsters are taking over the world! You too can stitch up your very own monstrous creation from felt, fluff, and buttons. All required supplies and tools are provided. Pre-registration is required. This workshop is free but each session is limited to 25 participants so register early! More info.

Movie Monster offers a variety of ways for children and adults to work together while preparing for their very own monster movie both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Groups of all sizes can collaborate to make scary sets and monster costumes before enacting a short scene for the camera. Free. More info.

Based on the main character from Gulliver’s Travels, GULLIVER will invite kids and parents to sing, dance, tell jokes, and co-create a story with him. GULLIVER loves to meet new people and hear their stories, and he has a lot of stories of his own. More info.

Move over, Bieber! During the Monster Festival, the pre-teen rock idols in Volume are going to dig deep and unleash their inner monsters. Free!

During the event, you can also escape the monster mania and enjoy a quiet canoe ride on The Natrel™ Pond… but do keep an eye out for the Loch Natrel™ Monster! Rides are $4 per person for a 15-minute ride.

There’s also a monster being built out of LEGO® at the festival! Visitors can add individual pieces to the monster or participate by building their own structure and adding it on.

And if you’re hungry, take the kids to Garden Jane’s tent where playing with your food is not just allowed, it’s encouraged! Mash and smash root veggies, like potatoes and squash, from nearby farms. The plates are edible, so kids can eat them too – just like real monsters!

The event features many more activities, workshops, and storytelling. For more info, visit: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids.

The HarbourKIDS Festival also leads into Monster Makers – a fun and interactive show, which explores success and failure in a new light, designed especially for children aged 5 to 10 and their parents. Monster Makers takes place in the Brigantine Room from Thursday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 16. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are limited, and cost $10 for children, $15 for adults. More info.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 416-973-4000 or visit their website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

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