Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 “Walk among Worlds” by Máximo González (photo: Ivan Buenader)
Wondering what’s on this month? Here are our top picks for festivals, activities, Halloween events and more for kids in Toronto this October.
1. Stay Up All Night
Bedtime is usually sacred, but occasionally it’s worth it to stay up late—especially when it’s a one-of-a-kind event like Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Plenty of exhibits are fun for kids and on the Nuit Blanche website you can filter the projects and exhibitions by “family friendly” and use the My Night Planner scheduling tool to create your plan of attack.
Take a tour through the creative, strange, and wonderful worlds of artists’ minds in exhibitions and installations like “Walk among Worlds” (pictured) made from 7,000 beach-ball “globes”, a large-scale rainbow light installation, and a Conga dance performance…in reverse. FREE
2. Have a Thanksgiving Feast
Do an old-school Thanksgiving dinner at Black Creek Pioneer Village, accompanied by traditional ale and followed by wagon rides.
3. Go Pumpkin Crazy
Head to a pumpkin patch to choose your gourd for decorating, and get some great photo ops in the process. Or join the pumpkin frenzy at Whittamore Farm’s Pumpkinland, with a corn maze, bouncy inflatables, wagon rides, a tree fort with slide, a pumpkin cannon show and much more.
4. Celebrate the Harvest
High Park is holding a Harvest Festival for the whole family, with food, crafts, music, horse and wagon rides, apple cider and more.
Every weekend in October is the Springridge Farm Harvest Festival, with a corn trail, spooky Boo Barn, wagon rides, and Fun Farm Yard.
5. Go to the Theatre
The theatre and concert season has officially begun, so get your culture on!
6. Pick-Your Own Apples
Apple orchards are plentiful in the GTA, and are ripe for so much more than picking apples by the bushel. Corn mazes, hayrides, homemade apple fritters, warm apple cider, farm animals, and farmyard playgrounds are just some of the kid-centric diversions at Toronto-area apple farms.
7. Fall for Fun
On Thanksgiving Monday, head to the Harbourfront Centre for a HarbourKIDS Fall 4 U, a free, all-day family programme with live music, a pimp-your-stroller parade, music workshops, drumming, temporary tattoo parlour, LEGO zone, and other child-size diversions. FREE
8. Nuture Young Writers
Sophie’s Studio is a series of free, hands-on creative workshops for kids promoting creativity and writing, offered by the Toronto Public Library in October. At workshops throughout the month, kids can learn creative writing skills, make a book, and work with published authors. FREE
9. Be a Leaf-Peeper
To really see nature in all its fall splendour, get out of the city for the amazing Fall into Nature programs at seven Conservation Halton parks.
Or head to the Fall Colours Celebration at the Kortright Centre for Conservation.
10. Get Spooky
Halloween parties, craft sessions, haunted houses, safe trick-or-treating events, ghost stories and other ghoulish happenings are being held all over the city this month. We’ve singled out some top picks below.
For best bets in your neighbourhood (some of them free), check local calendars at:
- community centres and drop-in centres
- Toronto Public Library branches
- indoor playgrounds
Halloween events around the city:
- Halloween Haunted House at the Brookbanks Library
- Halloween Extravaganza at the Bata Shoe Museum
- Boo at the Zoo
- Black Creek Ghost Walks
- Kreepy Kortright at the Kortright Centre for Conservation
- Craveyard Halloween Party with Dan the Music Man
- Howling Hootenanny at Black Creek Pioneer Village
- Halloween Howl at the Toronto Botanical Garden
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