October 2019

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Birthday & Party Ideas

25 Essential Birthday Planning Tips to make your Party a Success

25 Essential Birthday Planning Tips to make your Party a Success

A successful party doesn't have to be stressful. Follow these 25 tips to throw the best kids' party – without any fuss!
Birthday Party Guide Fall-Winter 2019

Birthday Party Guide Fall-Winter 2019

Our Birthday Party Guide is your one-stop party planner for inspiration. Find birthday venues, entertainment, party foods, cakes and invitations.
10 Attractions Where you can Celebrate your Child's Birthday

10 Attractions Where you can Celebrate your Child's Birthday

Looking for a really cool place to host your child's next birthday party? There are many Toronto and GTA attractions dedicated to making that day special.
Cool Reusable Party Favour Bags to Stash your Loot

Cool Reusable Party Favour Bags to Stash your Loot

This year, give your loot bags another life! These re-usable bags are a better alternative to the dreaded, plastic goodie bags. Just fill with a small treat because the bag is the loot!
Host the Best Winter Birthday Party

Host the Best Winter Birthday Party

Don’t let the cold weather and a little bit of snow on the ground, stop you from throwing a really great birthday party! These Winter Party ideas will leave you with plenty of inspiration.
Host the Best Pizza Party for Kids

Host the Best Pizza Party for Kids

From a DIY pizza station, to super fun crafts, activities, decorations, and adorable party favours, here's how to host the best pizza party for kids.

Family Activities

10 Ways to Inspire your Kids to Cook!

10 Ways to Inspire your Kids to Cook!

Getting your kids in the kitchen and teaching them how to cook provides many benefits. We've round up 10 ways to help inspire your kids to cook!

Halloween

Pumpkins on Parade 2019

Pumpkins on Parade 2019

Each year, after the sun goes down on November 1, local parks invite the public to bring their decorated pumpkins, and celebrate the end of Halloween!

At The Movies

Frozen II

Frozen II

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom. Opens in theatres on November 22.
Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

Nothing can prepare these elite firefighters for their most challenging job yet: babysitting. Opens in theatres on November 8.
Arctic Dogs

Arctic Dogs

Swifty the Arctic fox works in the mail room of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service but dreams of one day becoming a Top Dog. Opens November 1.
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

Maleficent and Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces.
The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley and Uncle Fester square off against a reality television show host. Opens in theatres on October 11.

Events, Exhibits & Shows

PA Day Camps & Activities | November 15

PA Day Camps & Activities | November 15

School's out on November 15, 2019 so if you're looking for fun and engaging programs to keep your kids busy, sign them up for one of these cool PA Day camps!
November on the Cheap! 2019

November on the Cheap! 2019

November is when the city unveils magical windows, spectacular holiday displays and other festive events. Find the best Free and Cheap things to do this month.
Santa Claus Parades 2019

Santa Claus Parades 2019

Santa is coming to town! It's time to dig up your jingle bells and festive decor − the holidays are just around the corner. Here are parades coming the GTA!
Pumpkins on Parade 2019

Pumpkins on Parade 2019

Each year, after the sun goes down on November 1, local parks invite the public to bring their decorated pumpkins, and celebrate the end of Halloween!
Spookfest is Toronto's Newest Halloween Attraction

Spookfest is Toronto's Newest Halloween Attraction

Toronto's newest Halloween attraction: Spookfest, is coming to the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place on October 26 and 27! Be ready to have some spoooooky fun!
Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches at the ROM

Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches at the ROM

Discover the fascinating science lurking beneath the surface of history's most enduring legends at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) this fall with Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches.
MindWorks at the Ontario Science Centre

MindWorks at the Ontario Science Centre

Ever wonder what’s happening in your head? The Ontario Science Centre launches MindWorks, a new hands-on, bodies-on psychology exhibition.
14 Family-Friendly Events over Thanksgiving Weekend

14 Family-Friendly Events over Thanksgiving Weekend

If you're looking for something fun to do over the Thanksgiving long weekend with your family, you'll gobble up these best events for kids!

Free & Cheap

November on the Cheap! 2019

November on the Cheap! 2019

November is when the city unveils magical windows, spectacular holiday displays and other festive events. Find the best Free and Cheap things to do this month.
October on the Cheap! 2019

October on the Cheap! 2019

Now that the kids are fully into the back-to-school groove, families might be looking to escape the weekday routine with some festive — and better yet, FREE weekend events.

Fun Places To Go

The Cheltenham Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands

Often referred to as Mars on Earth, The Cheltenham Badlands is a great outdoor nature adventure for families. The unique landscape feature has an incredible rare look.
Thanksgiving at the Toronto Zoo

Thanksgiving at the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is one of the most picturesque spots in the city to enjoy the natural colours of fall this Thanksgiving weekend. Don't miss the Grizzly Bear Thanksgiving Feast!
A Dr. Seuss Interactive Exhibition is coming to Toronto

A Dr. Seuss Interactive Exhibition is coming to Toronto

Dr. Seuss fans across the GTA will have the opportunity to be the first to experience an imaginative and interactive immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss.
Dinosaurs are Coming to Kidapalooza!

Dinosaurs are Coming to Kidapalooza!

Have you heard? Life-sized, roaring, moving dinosaurs are taking over the Kidapalooza Fall Festival from October 12 to 14, at Markham Fairgrounds!
The Cryptic Cabin at Mysterious Minds

The Cryptic Cabin at Mysterious Minds

Mysterious Minds Escape Rooms in Toronto has a new game ... The Cryptic Cabin escape room! Are you ready for this latest adventure?
October on the Cheap! 2019

October on the Cheap! 2019

Now that the kids are fully into the back-to-school groove, families might be looking to escape the weekday routine with some festive — and better yet, FREE weekend events.

Entertainment News

Netflix presents Klaus

Netflix presents Klaus

A young postman and a reclusive toymaker become unlikely friends in "Klaus," an animated Santa Claus origin story by the co-creator of "Despicable Me."
The Mush Hole at YPT

The Mush Hole at YPT

YPT presents The Mush Hole – a groundbreaking theatre and dance performance exploring the devastating intergenerational impact of Canada’s Residential School system.
Ross Petty Productions Presents LIL’ RED ROBIN HOOD

Ross Petty Productions Presents LIL’ RED ROBIN HOOD

Rich or poor, the whole family will be hood-winked by Ross Petty Productions’ original musical, LIL’ RED ROBIN HOOD this holiday season.

Education

5 Ways To Score Full Marks On a Math Test…Without Actual Grades!

5 Ways To Score Full Marks On a Math Test…Without Actual Grades!

Research has shown that by the age of 6, many kids have already decided that they can’t do math! 5 ways we can celebrate mathematical successes.

News For Toronto Parents

Best of Toronto 2019

Best of Toronto 2019

Nominate the best family-friendly businesses in the Greater Toronto Area now through December 31, 2019. It's a short survey and you can win great prizes.
ROM’s 3rd Monday Nights Free Moves to Tuesdays

ROM’s 3rd Monday Nights Free Moves to Tuesdays

The ROM is moving its monthly evening of free admission from Mondays to Tuesdays, where visitors can enjoy free access to art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 galleries.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre & Black Creek Pioneer Village Promotion

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre & Black Creek Pioneer Village Promotion

From October 10 to November 11, visitors to Black Creek Pioneer Village will receive a 50% discount off LEGOLAND Discovery Centre admission and vice versa.
Day Camps & Programs for Kids if CUPE Strikes on Monday

Day Camps & Programs for Kids if CUPE Strikes on Monday

In the event of a CUPE strike on Monday, parents need to prepare and make alternative care arrangements. The following companies are offering day camps and programs.

Products & Services

Blinger™

Blinger™

Blinger™ just launched a brand new styling tool in Canada and it’s every bit glamorous! Gems will stay in hair all day until you decide to comb them out or peel them off!
Pictionary Air

Pictionary Air

Pictionary Air, the newest Pictionary experience is just as much fun as it is innovative, mixing physical play with a digital experience for the whole family.
Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Hero Pack

Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Hero Pack

The squishiest, stretchiest and gooiest action figures ever! Nothing looks like 'em, no one fights like 'em.
The Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak

The Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak

Appear to disappear! Now you can recreate iconic scenes from the Harry Potter films with the Invisibility Cloak Illusion Costume. You won’t believe your eyes!

Spotlight On...

Hands-On Educational Fun with Mad Science Programs

Hands-On Educational Fun with Mad Science Programs

The leading science enrichment provider delivers unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are bursting with fun.

Health & Safety

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for the kids. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common holidays for fires. Get important tips from the NFPA.

Contests

Ross Petty's Lil Red Robin Hood Contest

Ross Petty's Lil Red Robin Hood Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 6 family packs to see Ross Petty's Lil Red Robin Hood, coming to the Winter Garden Theatre. Enter by Friday, November 29, 2019.
Toronto Zoo Fall Contest

Toronto Zoo Fall Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 family passes for a day visit to the Toronto Zoo this Fall! The Toronto Zoo is Canada's largest Zoo, home to more than 5,000 animals, representing 450 species. Contest closed. Winners TBA.
KLAUS Contest

KLAUS Contest

Kick start the holiday season by celebrating the release of KLAUS on Netflix! Enter for a chance to win 1 of 5, family 4-packs to see KLAUS​ at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and enjoy some treats and gifts from Old Navy! Contest closed. See winners.
Playing With Fire Advanced Screening Contest

Playing With Fire Advanced Screening Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 family packs of 4 tickets to see an advanced screening of Playing with Fire, coming to theatres on November 8. Contest closed. See winners.
Music & Truffles: Mezzo Soprano Wallis Giunta Contest

Music & Truffles: Mezzo Soprano Wallis Giunta Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 family packs to Music & Truffles KIDS - Mezzo Soprano Wallis Giunta on November 24. Give your children their first taste of classical music! Contest closed. See winners.
Spookfest Toronto Contest

Spookfest Toronto Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 family packs to Toronto's newest Halloween attraction: Spookfest, coming to the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place on October 26 and 27! Contest closed. See winners.
Pinocchio at YPT Contest

Pinocchio at YPT Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 family packs to see Pinocchio at YPT. This rollicking new musical follows the much-loved marionette on his mischievous quest to become a real human being. Enter by Friday, November 15, 2019.
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Fall Contest

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Fall Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 family passes to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. The 25,000 square foot facility includes a 10,800 square foot indoor tropical garden featuring 1000’s of free flying butterflies from all over the world. Contest closed. See winners.
Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Hero Pack Contest

Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Hero Pack Contest

Enter for a chance to win 2 Heroes of Goo Jit Zu toys! The Heroes of Goo Jit Zu ​are the squishiest, stretchiest and gooiest action figures ever! Contest closed. See winner.
Music & Truffles: Bennewitz Quartet Contest

Music & Truffles: Bennewitz Quartet Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 family packs to Music & Truffles KIDS - Bennewitz Quartet on October 20th. Give your children their first taste of classical music! Contest closed. See winners.
The Mush Hole Contest

The Mush Hole Contest

Enter for a chance to win a family 4-pack to see the Mush Hole at YPT, a groundbreaking theatre and dance performance exploring the devastating intergenerational impact of Canada’s Residential School system. Contest closed. See winner.
The Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak Contest

The Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak Contest

Enter for a chance to win a Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak. Appear to disappear and recreate iconic scenes from the Harry Potter films. Contest closed. See winner.
Kidapalooza Fall Festival Contest

Kidapalooza Fall Festival Contest

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 family packs to Kidapalooza Fall Festival. Kidapalooza Fall Festival offers three days filled with fall themed fun – a pumpkin patch, kids haunted house, Kidapalooza's signature ​activity stations, interactive inflatables and more. Contest closed. See winners.
Glama Gals Llama Pumpkin Slime Kids Spa Package Contest

Glama Gals Llama Pumpkin Slime Kids Spa Package Contest

Enter for a chance to win a Glama Gals Llama Pumpkin Slime Fall Kids Spa Package for 2! A new Fall favourite! Contest closed. See winner.
Goo Goo Galaxy​ Goo Drops Contest

Goo Goo Galaxy​ Goo Drops Contest

Enter for a chance to win a Goo Goo Galaxy​ Goo Drops Doll. Say hello to the most adorable little space travelers to ever land on Earth! Contest closed. See winner.
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