Easter Egg by Luke Jones
Spring is slowly coming, the days are getting longer little by little, and the list of exciting events taking place in Toronto is filling up. There is a lot of stuff going on, so be sure to get out there and mingle! These are just a couple of the must-see events in the weeks ahead, but it will hopefully make your decision easier.
Toronto Easter Events for Kids
Date: April 7th-April 8th
Address: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
Phone: 647.725.1826 or 647.725.1822
What reminds you of Easter more than bunny hopping? This easy activity is lots of fun for kids of any age. Take your little ones to Casa Loma on Easter weekend and enjoy some great time together. All participants will receive fresh cupcakes and coloured icing to personally decorate them. Kids aged two and up will hop through the castle to collect Easter treats. Pre-registration is required.
Toronto Beaches Easter Bunny
Parade by Syfractal
Date: April 8th
Address: along Queen Street West, Toronto from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
As always, the annual Easter Parade will start at 2:00 P.M. on Queen Street at Munro Park and proceed west along Queen Street ending at Woodbine Ave. Approximately 50,000 spectators of all faiths, religions, and cultures are expected to attend the event. Therefore, it is advisable to leave your car at home as the traffic is supposed to be heavy around the area.
Date: April 6th from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and from 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Address: Kidnetix, 190 Bovaird Drive Unit #50, Brampton
Admission: $15.00 per child (aged 1-12)
Bring your Easter Basket and start hunting for thousands of Easter Eggs and Candies, meet Hunny the Easter Bunny, enjoy Easter craft projects and free face painting, or win an Easter Basket filled with Easter toys and treats. Pre-registration is required for both hunts.
Date: April 6th-April 9th from 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Address: Toronto Zoo, Meadowvale Road, Scarborough
If your children love animals, take them to the Toronto Zoo’s annual Easter Egg Stravaganza. Experience amazing wildlife from all over the world and solve an egg-citing word puzzle along the way. Of course, don’t forget to take part in a “Beary-Bunny Easter Parade” at 12:00 P.M. or 2:00 P.M.
Date: April 7th-April 8th from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Address: Colborne Lodge Drive, just north of the Queensway, south end of High Park
Admission: FREE with general admission
If you want to learn something more about 19th-century Easter traditions, Colborne Lodge is the place to go. Tour the museum with your kids and spot eggs hidden in the restored rooms.
Easter Egg Hunt - Alpha’s Discovery
Date: April 7th from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Address: Alpha’s Discovery Club, Mississauga, 170 Ambassador Drive, Mississauga
Admission: $15 per child
Alpha’s Discovery Club is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, Easter themed crafts, and Indoor Playground. Grab your Easter basket and come look for the hidden eggs!
Date: April 8th from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. and from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Address: Butterfly Bakery, 492 Dundas St W, Toronto
Admission: $30 per person, $10 for kids 7-12 years inclusive, FREE for kids under 7
If it’s sweets you love, what better place to visit this Easter than Toronto’s original sweets tour? You’re sure to see smile on your child’s face. Get carried away by the smell of sweets, from chocolates to churros, while learning more about sweet history.
Toronto April Family-friendly Events
TIFF Kids International Film Festival (formerly Sprockets)
Date: April 10th-April 22nd
Address: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433
The TIFF Kids International Film Festival celebrates its fifteenth year. From April 10th to April 22nd, more than 130 films from over 40 countries will be screened for our youngest ones, along with other fun activities. Filmmakers and other special guests will be available for discussions about films, their ideas, themes, and everything else that the kids might want to know. Don’t forget to check out a brand new feature, digiPlaySpace, and immerse yourself in a digital adventure!
The festival will be divided into two parts:
- The TIFF Kids International Film Festival offering film programming for ages 3 through 13 from April 10th to 22nd
- The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival for youth aged 14 through 18 from May 10th to 12th
Date: April 6th-April 8th
Address: International Centre Toronto, 6900 Airport Road, Toronto
Phone: 905.677.6131 or 1.800.567.1199
Admission: Adults: $14, Seniors (60+): $10, Youths (6-17): $10, Children under 5: FREE, Family pass: (2 adults/2 youth): $40
The All About Pets Show is coming to Toronto on April 6th. Year after year, it promotes the responsible ownership of pets. If there is something that your pet needs, you will be sure to find it here at the International Centre in Toronto. Parking for visitors is free.
Some of the features you’ll be able to enjoy at the show are a Dog Demonstration Ring with fly ball demonstrations, tricks, agility events, musical freestyle performances, disc dogs, dock diving, and more; World of Dogs, showcasing different breeds of dogs and puppies; Parade of Breeds, an informative and educational presentation about a variety of purebred dogs; Royal Canin Championship; Household Cat Show, World of Reptiles; World of Birds, and much more. One of my favourite parts of the event is the Pet Adoption Area that helps find loving homes for pets in need of a loving family.
Date: April 2nd-April 21st
Address: Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East
Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk. A kid goes into town to get some money and instead comes home with some magic beans. The beans grow into a giant beanstalk that reaches into the heavens… Well, the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People decided to give this classic fairy a new interactive look. Will you let your kids climb the giant stalk together with Jack?
Toronto April all Ages Events
Date: April 13th-April 15th
Address: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes Boulevard, Toronto
Phone: 416.360.0044 ext. 327 or 1.866.934.0044 ext. 327
Admission: Adults $15.00, Seniors (65+) $11.00, Students (with valid photo ID) $11.00, Children 12 and under FREE; must be accompanied by an adult, Group Rate (15+ persons) $10.00/person, School Group Rate (10+ students/teachers) $6.00/person
Toronto’s largest green-oriented consumer show returns for its sixth year. Dedicated to educating the public about easy and workable solution for leading a sustainable lifestyle, this three-day event offers hundreds of innovative products, demonstrations, and ideas to help fuel the green economy. Plus, you can taste local foods prepared by renowned chefs and taste great eco-friendly wines. Moreover, if you donate e-waste, you can enter for FREE.
Date: April 19th-April 22nd
Address: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416.265.6988 or 1.866.228-4238 (toll-free)
Admission: You can order your tickets here and save some bucks or purchase them at the door. Adults: $14 (advance online tickets $12), Students (with ID) and Seniors: $8, Children (under 12): FREE
Every year, this celebration of fine art comes to Toronto and allows the residents and visitors to enjoy the exhibits of more than 200 Canadian and international artists and galleries. This year’s guest artists include Midori Toda of Japan, Zheng Hui Lan of China, and the work of S. Moe Z from the East Gallery, representing Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. There is also a large French representation this year, with over 25 artists from France and 20 from Quebec.
Date: April 27th
Address: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, Toronto
Admission: $55.00 – $75.00
Red Hot Chili Peppers by
In 2011, the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the music scene with their hot new album I’m With You. A year later, the Air Canada Centre is scheduled to have them perform live. Noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells are the opening act. Do not wait until it’s too late; purchase your tickets today!
Date: April 11th-April 15th
Address: The main festival locations of the 2012 ReelWorld Film Festival are Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas and Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas.
Admission: Regular Screening $10, Regular Screening Student or Senior $5. Festival passes are also available.
Canada’s premier film festival celebrating diversity returns to Toronto screens. Over the past years, the festival has screened hundreds of Canadian and international films that reflect positive and inspiring images from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and other multi-racial communities. This year, it features 25 films from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, and India.
Date: April 14th-April 15th
Address: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Admission: Adults $25, Students $20, Children FREE
The Wizard World Comic Con showcases movies, comics, toys, video gaming, games, TV, anime, manga, horror, wrestling, MMA, original art, collectibles, and more.
This year’s special guests include Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise), Amy Acker (Angel), Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity), the cast of Being Human U.S. and, on Saturday only, Paul Wesley of The Vampire Diaries. Comic artists at the con include John McCrea, Javi Fernandez, Ken Lashley, and more. You can also take part in costume contests with prizes or a charity auction.
Date: April 25th-April 28th
Address: |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week Event Venue 2012, 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Admission: $30 in advance online at lFATl website, $35 at the |FAT| event venue
Held annually in April, the event brings in 5000 guests, including designers more than 200 designers, stylists, members of the fashion industry, critics, visual artists, performers, and the general public. The theme for 2012 is fashionSCAPES.
Date: April 26th-May 6th
Address: 783 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Admission: Individual tickets to Hot Docs 2012 are $14.50. Tickets to all Late-night screenings (screenings after 11:00 P.M.) are $5 each or $10 for an All-You-Can-Eat Late-Night Pass (one ticket to each screening). Packages and passes are available, too.
This year is a big one for documentary fans. North America’s largest documentary film festival is scheduled for April 26th to May 6th and includes over 170 films representing more than 35 countries. Screenings will be held at theatres around the city, including the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Cumberland Four, Innis Town Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre, and the ROM Theatre.