Embrace spring this weekend with fun outdoor activities at Fort York, Rouge National Park, and an Earth Month “party” at the Toronto Zoo. Some exciting stage shows are on this weekend—including Shopkins Live! and the Hit the Floor dance competition. Also, Hot Docs launches in the city weekend, with some documentary films kids can enjoy. And on Sunday, local YMCAs open their doors to families for a day of classes, swimming, and gym time—all free!

See What To Do This Weekend in the GTA for ideas that are worth a drive and browse our entire events calendar for even more things to do.

Festivals and Markets

Hot Docs Film Festival

North America’s largest documentary festival—more than 200 films with some suitable for ages 8 and up. Through May 6

Family Day at Digifest

FREE The final day at tech festival Digifest is a free family day with hands-on demos, AI workshop, food tech pop-up, and interactive zone. Saturday

Battle of York Weekend

Honour the 205th anniversary of the Battle of York with period activities. Kids can try “falling-in” for an 1812-era soldiering drill. Saturday–Sunday

Veg Spring Market

Celebrate spring with local businesses and educational workshops focused on vegetarian eating and healthy lifestyle at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Sunday

Museums and Attractions

Parks Canada at the ROM

An Earth Month program where kids can learn about Rouge National Urban Park: turtle exhibit, biodiversity games, interactive wildlife apps, and more. Saturday–Sunday

Family Sundays at the AGO: Polka Dot Fun

This month at the AGO, kids can make polka-dot accessories inspired by the Yayoi Kusama exhibition Infinity Mirrors. Free with museum admission. Sunday

Party for the Planet at the Toronto Zoo

Join the Toronto Zoo in their Earth Day event Party for the Planet, with activity stations distributed between the Australasia Pavilion and Tundra Trek. Weekends through April 29

Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre

FREE Safely observe the Sun with specially filtered telescopes at this free outdoor event held each month at the Ontario Science Centre. Saturday

Find more family-friendy museum and gallery exhibits in our events calendar.

Family Shows

Shopkins Live: Shop It Up!

The Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more! Saturday

Hit the Floor Toronto

One of the world’s largest multi-style dance competitions, featuring 1,500 dancers from more than 45 dance schools across Canada. Saturday–Sunday


Shoestring Opera: The Schoolyard Carmen

An age-appropriate adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, with flamenco dancing and a relatable, action-packed story is a fun way to introduce kids to opera. Saturday


Opening at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, a production direct from London’s West End, starring Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore from Downtown Abbey) as Miss Hannigan. Through May 27

Memorable Munsch

See four Robert Munsch books presented improv-style in this high-energy live performance for ages 4 and up at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre. Weekends through May 6

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

One the most popular musicals of all time from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Through May 20

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The famous characters, songs, and story you know and love from the film, with songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Friday–Sunday and weekends through May 13

Find more upcoming Theatre & Music events in our events calendar.

Movies and Music

Also see the full schedule at Hot Docs 2018.

Musical Hangouts

FREE A monthly, low-key interactive music event for families with special guests, sing-a-longs, and improvisation. Sunday

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Cinesphere

See the 2017 sequel to the original at the IMAX dome theatre at Ontario Place. Friday–Sunday

Sports and Nature

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

FREE YMCA locations across Toronto and the GTA will offer free schedule of sports and activities all day, plus membership discounts. Sunday

Rouge Park Guided Walks

FREE Family-friendly walks this weekend are on Sunday only, with a Songbirds walk at 10 am and Explore Your Senses at 2 pm. Sunday

Weekend Skateboarding Lessons

Last weekend of the season for drop-in skateboard lesson in the Danforth (Saturday) and the Annex (Sunday) for beginners and intermediate skaters. Offered by Impact Skate Club. April 28 (Danforth) and April 29 (Annex)

Nature Play in the Children’s Garden

FREE Kids’ activities this weekend at Evergreen Brick Works focus on baby animals! Investigate fur, scat, and tracks and build animal habitats. Saturday–Sunday

For more upcoming events, search the full Toronto and GTA events calendar.

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