Free & Cheap Things To Do In April

Photo: Bata Shoe Museum. Toronto's favourite shoebox is offering Free programming for families during Spring Break!

Spring festivities are kicking into high gear, so get your calendars ready! We've rounded up the best free and cheap things to do in Toronto and the GTA with kids this April. Kids can finally enjoy Spring Break fun, and more!

The best Free or Cheap things to do with your family this month...


Visit Spring is Here! at Aga Khan Park

  • Daily until April 25, 2021
  • Aga Khan Park
  • Free

The Spring is Here! exhibition is a series of five installations with twenty colourful panels that show us where and how spring traditions came to be! From the Easter bunny to the Haft Seen table, to rabbits and tulips, each panel will leave you curious to learn more! More


City of Brampton Free Spring Craft Kits for Easter

  • Starting March 31, 2021
  • Various Rec Centres in Brampton
  • Free

Craft kits are available for families to enjoy during or before the Easter holiday long weekend. Create your own spring-themed plant pot! Activities are self-paced and guided through an online tutorial, which will be made available online as of March 31. More


Summit Community Church Drive Thru Easter Eggstravaganza

  • Friday, April 2nd, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Summit Community Church
  • Free

Easter Eggstravaganza! is a fun and safe activity that the whole family can enjoy. There will be games, giveaways and goodies! Please bring a food donation (non-perishable) to benefit local partners. More


Virtual Egg Hunt

  • April 2 to 5, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Join Brampton Recreation from April 2 – 5 for a self-guided, virtual Easter egg hunt! You'll find spring animal friends and Easter eggs hidden throughout our webpages. Collect all the eggs and spell out a special hidden message. You'll need to pay close attention, they are good at playing hide-and-seek! Download the Virtual Egg Hunt checklist online​! More


Frog Watch for Kids Presented By TRCA Parks

  • Thursday, April 8th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Online
  • Free

Listen, do you hear it? The sounds of spring! Come and discover the common Ontario frog and toad species as we celebrate their spring emergence! This program is intended for families with children. More


Spring Break Activities in Brampton

  • April 10 to 18, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Smiles for spring break! Beginning April 10, enjoy a variety of FREE virtual programs led by City of Brampton instructors! More


Spring Break at Harbourfront

  • Daily starting April 12, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

School Visits brings you online arts content to keep you, your family and the community engaged. Artist educators take you through a step-by-step process you can pause or rewind to get your creations just right and provide that spark to get you thinking, dancing and acting out! More


Prologue's Spring Arts Break

  • April 12, 13 and 14, 2021
  • Prologue Performing Arts
  • $PWYC

With performances by renowned Canadian artists, Britta B., Will's Jams, and Rukhsana Khan, there is something for everyone! Kick back, cut a rug, and curl up for these virtual performances, safely from the comfort of home. Take an arts break with Prologue! More


April Break - Spring Into Art with the AGO

  • April 12 to 16, 2021
  • AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) - Online
  • Free

You and your family are invited to spring into art this April Break! Join in the fun with five days of free, live virtual programming courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company and Vancouver Art Gallery. Mix artmaking with fun performances and revealing behind-the-scenes tours. More


Spring into SHOES at Bata Shoe Museum - Spring Break Fun!

  • April 12 to 16, 2021
  • Bata Shoe Museum - Online
  • Free

Join us for everything SHOES this April Break. From exploring new online exhibitions and making recycled crafts to playing Shoebox Bingo LIVE, listening to our Storytime Series and joining us for a virtual tour, there’s something new each day to keep you and your kids entertained! More


Free Spring Break Virtual Arts Programs

  • April 12 to 16, 2021
  • City of Mississauga - Online (open to all)
  • Free

Children can learn how to draw, paint, dance and sculpt using materials and tools found at home for free this spring break! Prepare materials before each workshop, tune in online and follow the instructions of our arts educators. Open to all regions. More


Free Spring Break Virtual Programs from Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

  • April 12 to 16, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Join us every day during April Break for live crafts, trivia, and shows from some of your favourite exhibits in the Aquarium! More


Kids Corner Live @ The Legislative Assembly of Ontario

  • April 12 to 16, 2021
  • ONLINE
  • Free

Virtually explore Ontario's Legislative Building during this 60-minute program. Learn how provincial parliament works, see where laws are passed for the province of Ontario, participate in a debate, games and much more! More


Toronto International Festival of Authors Spring Break Family Activities

  • April 12 to 30, 2021
  • ONLINE
  • Free

A Week of Virtual Adventures and Delightful Books for the Whole Family Awaits You! With COVID 19 restrictions in effect across many regions, TIFA is offering families several FREE ways to enjoy a spring break from home. More


Spring Break Madness with the McMichael

  • April 14 to 16, 2021 — all day
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Free

Go wild this Spring Break! Three interactive and engaging activities for kids and their families to enjoy this Spring Break! More


Sparks - Animated and Live Action Kids Adventure Films Online

  • April 20 to 27, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

SPARKS is a lineup featuring lighthearted animation and kids adventure films that are suitable for younger audiences. More


Storytime in the Garden: The Boreal Forest with Lindsey Carmichael

  • Saturday, April 24th, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Toronto Botanical Garden - ONLINE
  • Free

This introduction to the boreal biome will help kids understand why forests matter. Lindsey will explore biodiversity with a look at the animals – both iconic and obscure – who call the boreal forest home. She will also get you up and moving as she demonstrated how photosynthesis helps forests prevent climate change. More


Power Kids - Fast Forward

  • Sunday, April 25th, 2021 @ 9:00 am
  • Online
  • Free

In this art-making activity, participants will create a drawing of their vision of the future using markers and acrylic paint on parchment paper, tracing paper, or plastic transparencies. More


Toronto Pearson Airport's Explorers Club - Free Virtual Camp For Kids

  • Thursday, April 29th, 2021 @ 3:30 pm
  • Online
  • Free

With the school year in full swing, your kids can also learn many cool things about the airport from home. Sessions will be jam-packed with fun activities, trivia, behind-the-scenes looks at the airport. Thursday, April 29 - Where can you go from Toronto Pearson? More


ONGOING EVENTS


Toronto Zoo Life Brizi Cam including LIVE Q+A Chats

  • Daily until May 29, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

ZooLife Field Trips and Zookeeper Talks featured daily! Check out the schedule online to see what will be featured! More


Celebrate Toronto

  • Until April 6, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Celebrate Toronto, will be honoring Toronto’s 187th Anniversary as a Virtual Festival. Let's ‘Rebuild, Reconnect, and Show Love’ for Toronto and our small businesses. Tune in to our live show featuring Toronto musicians, New Choir, Queen Pepper, and Queens Own Rifles, and our DJ Video Dance Party. More


The Magic of Maple Tours at Bradley Museum

  • Until April 18, 2021
  • Bradley Museum
  • Free

Book a guided tour of the Bradley Museum grounds for you and your family to explore the magic of maple syrup and learn about these facts and more! You can reserve to be 'wait-listed.' More


UofT's TECL Live for Kids on Zoom! Free!

  • Mondays in April
  • Online
  • $Free

U of T's Toronto Early Cognition Lab will be hosting fun virtual circle times for kids (birth to 7) every Monday. All families with kids, ages 0 to 7, are welcome! Get your spot NOW! Free but registration is required. More


Arctic Reading Circle Virtual Read Aloud

  • Wednesday and Thursdays in April
  • Online
  • Free

A virtual space to allow children to enjoy listening to stories together and to develop a passion for reading, while alleviating off some of the pressures from parents who are working at home. Readings will be done through Zoom for children ages 6 to 9! More


Luminosity

  • Until April 11, 2021
  • The Beach Neighbourhood - Queen Street East.
  • Free

Luminosity is a COVID safe, outdoor public art exhibition that will take place between March 13 to April 11, 2021. Luminosity will feature a diverse range of light art installations along Queen Street East. The installations will transform familiar spaces into unique works of urban art and will welcome Torontonians to explore their city. More


Canada’s Wonderland Trivia Nights

  • Every Thursday, until April 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
  • Canada's Wonderland - ONLINE
  • Free

Canada's Wonderland turns 40 this year! While we're all at home this winter, we thought we'd have a little virtual fun to celebrate. We’re inviting you to join us via Zoom for an amazing night of trivia each week. Question themes will take inspiration from the last four decades of park history, general pop culture, music and more! We’ll have giveaways and a chance to win prizes for top scores! More


The Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience - Spring Session

  • Online
  • Content accessible on demand
  • Free

Agriculture isn’t just a once-a-year thing, so with the spring thaw around the corner and maple about to run we figured it was a great time to launch The Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience: Spring Session. Lots of new videos, teaching resources and live sessions. More


Spring has Sprung at Laird House

  • All month
  • Laird House
  • $By donation

Spring has Sprung! This weekend looks fantastic to start off The Laird House EcoSports Educational School Camp. Come check us out this Saturday or Sunday. We have over 15 fun Family Activity Centres for you and your children to enjoy together. Each “Family Bubble” will participate at one Center at a time and rotate to a new one. We follow all COVID-19 Regulations. More


Science at Home with the Ontario Science Centre

  • Ongoing
  • Online
  • Free

From DIY experiments to science activities to educational resources, the OSC has you covered. Explore the science around you. Whether you’re in the kitchen or the backyard, there are lots of opportunities to ask questions, make observations and test theories. More


Bata Shoe Museum Colouring Sheets

  • Ongoing
  • Online
  • Free

Download BSM Colour The World at Your Feet colouring sheets and share your creations online with the museum! More


Learn and Make with the AGO

  • Ongoing
  • Online
  • Free

Discover art making and learning activities curated for young families that are inspired by artworks in the AGO collection. Find the activity that suits your style and interest. Some are fun to do together or on one's own; others offer a means to enjoy colour and mark making at one's own skill level; and others will provide new insights into familiar and less familiar work themed to children and families. More


Visit Ripley's Aquarium Virtually

  • Ongoing
  • Online
  • Free

Take a peek and see what fascinating fish are up to from home! Ripley's has four live cameras set up so you can get a little bit of the aquarium experience, wherever you are! More


CN Tower At-Home Activities

  • Ongoing
  • Online
  • Free

Looking for fun activities to do at home? The CN Tower has added some great colouring sheets from their 114 Stories X 114 Storeys exhibit in collaboration with the Toronto Public Library, some fun engineering activities from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, a scavenger hunt, some trivia questions and a Tower building challenge. More


Go on Virtual Rides at Canada's Wonderland

If you’re self-isolating or stuck with the kids at home and looking for something exciting to do, Canada's Wonderland is offering up virtual rides to bring the amusement park to you with their online ride videos! More


Check back throughout the month. This page will be updated as new Free events are posted. You can also check the Free Events page in our Calendar.


City of Mississauga Spring Break Virtual Arts

Post Sponsored by Mississauga Culture

Keep the kids busy and creating this Spring Break with Mississauga Culture's free online programs! Kids will draw, paint, dance and sculpt using materials and tools found at home. Programs are all Free and open to all! More info

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