Say hello to fall this weekend with a ton of fun things to do around the city. One of our fave events at the Harbourfront all year is on—the fabulous Word on the Street book and magazine festiva. Also, the much-anticipated re-opening of the MOCA is Saturday and it’s nearly the final weekend for Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so grab tickets now if you’ve haven’t already!
If you’ve got wheels, do check out some fun things to do in the GTA this weekend, too. Fall harvest festivals at farms outside the city make for a fun day and a nice respite for city kids and parents.
Here is our top 10 of what’s happening this week for kids and families in Toronto.
The brand-new Museum of Contemporary Art is finally open to the public this weekend in its new location on Sterling Road in the Junction Triangle. Explore the museum all weekend for free and meet some of the artists to learn about their work. (Good to know: admission for kids under 18 will be free even after this weekend!) Saturday–Sunday
This annual festival at Mel Lastman in North York is back this year and much bigger—and admission is free! Expect inflatables, a film festival, a photo festival, a book expo, a talent show, and a fashion show—all for kids! Thursday–Sunday
Canada’s largest book and magazine festival comes to the Harbourfront Centre again this year, with lots of kid-friendly literary attractions, including readings with favourite children’s authors Ruth Ohi (Fox and Squirrel) and Sarah Howden (5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls). Kids can get hands-on with science experiments with Chirp, join a sing-along, and help create a comic on the spot. Free admission! Sunday
They’re back! The ROM’s themed family-friendly Sundays are some of the best days to visit the ROM all year. This Sunday, enjoy drop-in activities including a dance workshop that draws from “dances” performed in nature by honeybees, spiders, and other animals. A pop-up aquarium, aquarium keeper meet-and-greet, dino fossils you can touch, and much more. Sunday.
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features at this free program offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. (Parking fees apply.) Saturday
The first guided family walk of the season at High Park Nature Centre is all about insects. Learn about butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, blister beetles, and more at this all-ages afternoon nature walk. Free with a suggested $2–$5 donation. Saturday 1:30–3 pm
Attend the first ever Harvest Apple Festival at Evergreen Brick Works this weekend, featuring Ontario apples in their many forms: pies, applesauce, cider, and much more, as well as fresh apples for sale. Kids can take part in an apple photo scavenger hunt, and on Sunday, free games, a bike maze, and apple treat making demo in the Children’s Garden. Saturday–Sunday
Tour the fruit orchard at Downsview Park, go on a forest nature walk, and enjoy a campfire, snacks, and apple cider. Plus, pick your own veggies, herbs, and flowers with Fresh City Farms. Free, but reservations are required. Sunday
A bouncy castle, musicians, kids arts and crafts, kids’ play areas, pumpkin carving contest, face painting, balloon artists and face painters, and much more are on the agenda for this annual event from the Merchants of Mount Pleasant Village (which includes kid-centric businesses Mabel’s Fables, Kidnasium, Little White Sneakers, and Mastermind Toys). Expect many sidewalk sales! Saturday
Based on the popular book by author/illustrator Eric Carle that delighted generations, this timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage in a show featuring 75 lovable puppets in adaptations of four Eric Carle stories. For ages 6 months and up. Through September 30
Every weekend (and on Wednesdays) Rouge Park runs interpreter-led walks for families around specific themes. On some walks, the family dog is even welcome! This weekend includes a Club Parka walk (Sat. at 2 pm) especially for ages 2–5. Saturday and Sunday
Coming Soon – What’s On Next Weekend
Hundreds of free, interactive art and community events will be popping up for Culture Days in Toronto, and neighbourhoods and towns all over the country. September 28–30
The popular High Park Harvest Festival brings apple bobbing, a corn roast, and history-themed fall activities for kids to Colborne Lodge in the park. September 30
If high-adrenaline X Games–type sports like BMX, inline, scooter, and FMX (freestyle motocross) appeal to you, the Nitro Circus is where you want to be next weekend! September 30
For more upcoming events, search the full Toronto and GTA events calendar.