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Whether you are a local or a tourist Toronto, and the surrounding area, is the perfect place for families of all shapes and sizes to explore! Don’t let all the men in business suits fool you. If you know the right places (like we do!) the city can be both fun and free.
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#1. Sensational Skating
One thing we love most about winters in Toronto is the endless opportunities to go skating! Some of our personal favourite places to hit up include the public skating at Evergreen Brick Works and CF Shops at Don Mills’. Just remember to check the weather conditions ahead of time!
#2. Walk it Out
Many people are unaware that there are tons of free and fabulous walking tours offered throughout the city. One that we highly recommend is Park Canada Guided Outings and Events. This year join them at Rouge Park all March for a family-friendly adventure. Kids will love hitting the trails and seeing the local wildlife. As always we suggest dressing for the weather and bringing plenty of water and snacks!
#3. Ontario Science Museum
A little birdy told us that on March 5th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is putting on a free event at the Solar Observatory. This is the perfect chance for you and your kids to safely see and learn about the sun.
Photography By: City News
#4. Cinema Saturdays
Did you know that every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. you can watch a family favourite film for only $2.99 at Cineplex? We think this is a perfect (and cheap) way of entertaining your kids on a cold winter day.
#5. Serious Science
After your kid have become solar experts the very next day they can continue their scientific endeavours (for free!) at “Hand’s-on Science Fun” with the Royal Canadian Institute & Let’s Talk Science. This event is geared towards children between the ages of 6-12. Activities include interactive science, technology and engineering experiments.
#6. Quebecois Favourites
You don’t have to live in Quebec to feel like a real French Canadian. This March break, from the 12th-13th, Canada’s Sugar Beach is becoming a real Quebec-styled market complete with maple taffy on snow, live musical performances, artists and food trucks! Not the mention there are ice carving and maple syrup cooking demonstrations scheduled from both days of the event. Also, admission is totally free!
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#7. Public Library
With one in every community this is the perfect afternoon indoor activity to do with you kids. Let them pick out a new bedtime story at the largest public library system in Canada! Hint: in the meantime indulge yourself with some free magazines.
#8. Family Day Festivities
This Family Day Weekend join us at Ontario’s Legislative Branch to create crafts, participate in a sweet scavenger hunt and tour the historic Legislative Building. The main activities will occur on Saturday so make sure you clear your calendar and join your fellow Torontonians for this epic event.
#9. The Luck of the Irish
This year marks the 29th Annual Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade. With over 100 bands, marching sections and floats, this parade is guaranteed to get you and your kids in the St.Paddy’s Day spirit. In case you don’t own any green gear this year there will be face painting along the parade route to get everyone in the spirit.
Photography By: Eligible Magazine
#10. Distillery District
The Distillery District is a perfect year round pit stop for the entire family. Although the area is definitely geared toward the older demographic it is only a short walk from downtown and is always full of life. The district features over 70 cultural and retail establishments in rad, restored red brick buildings. This area is one of Canada’s hottest tourist attractions for a reason!
#11. Kidnasium with the Kids
Another fun and free activity happening this month in the city is the drop in day at the Kidnasium. This year, on March 16th, kids of all ages are welcomed to come and play in their colourful gym for free. Light snacks and thirst quenching refreshments will also be provided.
#12. St. Lawrence Market
Everyone needs to eat. With that being said why not visit the freshest Farmer’s Market in town? With over 120 vendors, merchants and artisans the indoor St. Lawrence Market is the perfect place to grab a healthy lunch and people watch.
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#13. Basic Ballet
If your kids have ever been interested in the world of ballet this is the perfect opportunity for them to get a hands-on and free experience. On March 18th, at the Toronto Public Library - Parkdale Branch, children will be able to learn basic ballet positions, learn about music and even try on real ballerina costumes. How cute!
One cultural staple in Toronto is the Art Gallery of Ontario, known as the AGO. Families will be able to experience this spectacular site for free every Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m.
#15. High Park
Arguably the best public park in all of Toronto, High Park is a must feature on our list! Complete with hiking trails, sports facilities, access to the lakefront, dog park, playground and even a zoo what more could your family ask for! The park gets especially beautiful in the Spring when the cherry blossom trees bloom.
Photography By: Toronto Public Library
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