Free & Cheap Things To Do In May

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The season is just warming up! See what's on our radar for Spring! We've rounded up the best free and cheap things to do with kids this May!


Goodnight Zoo

  • Every Thursday in May
  • Online
  • Free

The Toronto Zoo is offering a new free series for kids called Goodnight Zoo, aimed at sharing the Zoo's favourite stories about nature and the environment. Each Thursday, families can tune in for virtual animal-inspired bedtime stories read by one of the Toronto Zoo staff, every Thursday night. More


DanceWeekend'21 by Dance Ontario

  • April 29 to May 2, 2021
  • Online
  • Free (Donations appreciated)

Join us from April 29th-May 2nd for Dance Ontario’s first ever virtual weekend of dance films, interactive workshops, and more! More


Youth Week Toronto

  • May 1 to 7, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Each May, Youth Week Toronto celebrates youth engagement and showcases the abilities and talents of youth in the areas of civic engagement, recreation, arts and sports in diverse communities across Toronto. This year, Youth Week has gone virtual! More


Celebrate National Youth Week Brampton

  • May 1 to 7, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

National Youth Week is May 1 – 7. Join us online for a week of FREE virtual events and activities to celebrate youth! More


Toronto Bird Celebration

  • May 2 to 11 (Various Dates)
  • Online
  • Free

During May, 50 million birds will dazzle the city with colour, music and hope. We will bring your friends and family online events, webinars and online courses. Events and activities are mostly free and open to all. Register soon. More


Mother's Day Walk - One Billion Steps Challenge

  • May 1 to 31, 2021
  • Virtual - National
  • Free

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada's, (BCSC), annual Mother's Day Walk, now the One Billion Steps Challenge is inviting all Canadians to STEP UP to the challenge this May - to walk, hike, run, hit a class or just dance to help collectively reach the goal of One Billion Steps in support of life-saving breast cancer research. More


ROM Kids Shows

  • Every Tuesday in May @ 2:00 pm
  • Online
  • Free

It’s the ROMKids Show! Join Kiron Mukherjee, ROMKids Camp Director, every week for stories of science, art, and history. We talk with special ROM experts about everything from dinosaurs to mummies, citizen science to water equity, and often get crafty (and sometimes messy!) with art projects and science experiments. More


Jane's Walk Festival 2021

  • May 7 to 9, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Jane's Walk returns with virtual citizen-led walks and a variety of exciting online events and activities. A Jane’s Walk is a walking conversation that can be about anything. Some events require registration, but all free. More


Science Rendezvous: Free Family Festival

  • Saturday, May 8th, 2021 — all day
  • Online
  • Free

This Saturday, May 8th 2021 may look a little different due to COVID-19. We are working with Canada’s greatest innovators, researchers, engineers, and scientists from 285 partner organizations to develop some very exciting events. From the physics of rock and roll to the chemistry of ice-cream, Science Rendezvous has something for everyone! More


Mother's Day Virtual Tour at Bata Shoe Museum

  • Sunday, May 9th, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Online
  • Free

Elizabeth at the BSM will personally take you through the museum's four galleries, including the newest exhibition The Great Divide: Footwear in the Age of Enlightenment, and answer all of your questions. Space is limited, so be sure to secure a spot for you and your mum. More


Mother’s Day Gift Making & Pow Wow Dance Lesson At The ROM

  • Monday, May 10th, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
  • Online
  • Free

In this episode, join us and make simple Mother's Day cards, followed by a pow wow dance lesson with Deanne Hupfield, Anishnaabe from Temagami First Nation. Registration required. More


Family Trivia Night Presented by Ontario Science Centre

  • Friday, May 14th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
  • Online
  • Free

Three, two, one … blast off! Family Trivia Night with the Science Centre is back—this time, with lots of space-themed fun! More


Generation Connection Grand Opening - Tricky Tim Magic Show

  • May 14 & 15, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

On May 15th at 10:00 am, we will be meeting on Zoom for a virtual magic show with Tricky Tim! After the show, stick around for magical storytime with Generation Connection. More


Storytime in the Garden: 111 Trees with Rina Singh

  • Saturday, May 15th, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Toronto Botanical Garden - Online
  • Free

Based on a true events, Rina tells the story of Sundar Paliwal, who is from a small village in India. This uplifting story shows how even just one person can make a difference in a community. Families will also learn more about Rina’s experiences writing the story and have a chance to ask Rina questions. More


Power Kids - Field Trip: Draw Together

  • Sunday, May 16th, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
  • Online
  • Free

In this hands-on drawing workshop, guest-artist Rosa Wan from the community organization Cool Objects will guide participants through a series of drawing exercises. More


Spring Bird Festival

  • Monday, May 24th, 2021 — all day
  • Online
  • Free

The Colonel Samuel Smith Park Spring Bird Festival has been reimagined to ensure the safety of attendees during the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering a special online edition. More


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

  • Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • 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 - Airports Around the World. More


Power Kids - Make Your Places

  • Sunday, May 30th, 2021 @ 9:00 am
  • Online
  • Free

In this art-making activity, families will create a small-scale two- or three-dimensional maquette of themselves, with a background inspired by a cherished family occasion. More


ONGOING EVENTS


Share Your Art with Pillars of Change!

This project is open to all ages and abilities – adults and children alike. Once you’ve personalized your Pillars of Change artwork, share your creations for the chance to see them displayed in large-scale formats such as digital billboards in busy Toronto locations. Go to the PARTICIPATE page to learn how you can download free customizable artwork. More


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


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

  • Mondays in May
  • 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

  • May 5 and 6, 2021 @5PM
  • 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


Harbourfront's School At Home

  • Until June 25, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Harbourfront Centre’s Education Team has been hard at work creating online content to keep you, your family and the community engaged! 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.


Pillars of Change

Post Sponsored by Pillars of Change

Share your art! Go to the PARTICIPATE page to learn how you can download free customizable artwork, and how to create your own. This project is open to all ages and abilities – adults and children alike. Once you’ve personalized your Pillars of Change artwork, or made your own, share your creations with us for the chance to see them displayed in large-scale formats such as digital billboards in busy Toronto locations. More info

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