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Until Dec 24 Santa returns to Fairview Mall this holiday season for over a month of visiting opportunities for your little ones - and pets too! On Sundays, Santa is available to take photos with your furry friends. A special photo package will also be available to capture every glistening moment.

Santa Train Rides

Until Dec 15 Santa will be riding the York Durham trains departing from the Uxbridge station only on Saturdays and Sundays. Each trip lasts approximately 1 hour and has on-board entertainment for children of all ages (including the adults!). Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies to each. Fares for all Santa trains are $20 each for all passengers. By reservation only.

Ho! Ho! Haute! Santa Visits Bayview Village!

Until Dec 24 Ho! Ho! Haute! Santa Visits Bayview Village! This Holiday season, all children are encouraged to join their all-time favourite Holiday character for story time and a sing-a-long, and to enjoy delicious cookies, courtesy of Origin North, with Claudio Aprile and his little helper and special guest! Free event. A special photo package – two 5” x 7” photos + one CD for $20 - will also be available to capture every glistening moment.

Breakfast with Santa at Jack Astor’s

Dec 7 - 14, 9:00am until 11:00am Santa is having breakfast and you are invited! Join Santa and his helper and celebrate the Holiday season with a delicious breakfast at Jack Astor’s at Shops at Don Mills

Santa’s Log Cabin in Trinity Square (Eaton Centre)

Dec 1, 2013 to Dec 23, 2013 Santa has visited Toronto Eaton Centre every year and this year he’ll be staying in his log cabin, built by Timber Block, located in Trinity Square. This Christmas bring the kids to visit Santa Claus in his Log Cabin. They’ll get a sneak peak at new toys being developed and listen to Santa read a Christmas classic. Then they can climb on to Santa’s lap, whisper in his ear while mom or dad snap a photo. Santa’s Log Cabin is free.

Skype with Santa

Dec 2, 2013 to Dec 23, 2013 Reserve your spot for Skype with Santa! Skype sessions are available Monday to Thursday from December 2 through to December 23, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, each session is approximately 10 minutes. Santa can only Skype with one family at a time so fill out the web form to get your very own appointment. Then Skype Santa at your appointment date and time. Free.

Santa in the Junction

Dec 7, 2013 The Junction is your Holiday destination on Saturday December 7th. The major attractions include meeting Santa and his elves, strolling through the Junction to discover interactive window displays featuring more than 50 young dancers from Creative Children’s Dance Centre, listening to Mrs. Claus reading Holiday tales, taking part in craft workshops in the Elf Village, finding some unique gifts, all while enjoying some hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, and other take-away treats prepared by Junction businesses along Dundas Street West at Keele Street. Free.

Meet Santa at Casa Loma

Dec 3 - 24 Casa Loma’s Breakfast with Santa is sold out but you can still meet Santa at the Castle! Santa Claus and his most trusted Elf bring joy to the kids at Casa Loma with their cheer and authenticity in the Edwardian style and period. Santa and his Elf side kick will be onsite for 15 days before Christmas. Dec.3 ,4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*|9:30am – 4:30pm. *Dec.24 from 9:30am – 1:00pm. Included with admission.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Royal Botanical Gardens

Dec 8, 2013 & Dec 15, 2013 Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious buffet breakfast! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the activities at Holiday Traditions. Adult: $35.50 - Child: $24.00. Children 3 and under are free.

Yorkdale’s Swarovski Crystal Wonderland

Dec 7 - 23 Enjoy the Village at it’s best, all dressed for Christmas. Weekends are filled with flaming puddings, Christmas tours, and ballroom dancing. December weekends. Starting December 7th, visit with Santa, and take a ride on a horse drawn wagon! Adult $15 - Child $11.

A magical crystalized forest full of beautiful iconic Canadian wildlife will surround Santa’s magical sleigh in Sears Court and a spectacular Swarovski tree adorned with 20,000 Swarovski Annual Edition Ornaments will glisten in Yorkdale’s Centre Court. Purchase a $20 children’s decorating kit and spend a delightful half-hour personalizing your own holiday ornament with Swarovski crystals. All proceeds from the sale of the kits benefit SickKids Foundation.

8th Annual Santa Cruise

Brunch with Santa at the Estates of Sunnybrook

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Dec 14, 15, 21 & 22 Families are invited to join Santa and his elves for the 8th Annual Santa Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises aboard the Northern Spirit. Children are encouraged to bring their wish lists to share with Santa and have their picture taken with him by our professional photographer! Capacity is limited. Complimentary professional photo with Santa and crafts on board.

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Check out these festive festivities across town! Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic

Until Dec 31, - 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm The Bloor-Yorkville BIA is kicking off the holiday season with their annual lighting ceremony and a special performance by renowned singer-songwriter and pianist Sarah Slean, in support of CANFAR. Holiday Magic attendees can also look forward to free cookies and hot apple cider as they enjoy the glittering lights, majestic Christmas tree and storefronts adorned with festive decorations. Free Village of Yorkville Park 416-928-3553,

One of a Kind Christmas Show Toronto

Until Dec 8 It’s Canada’s finest craft show, bringing innovative artists, craftspeople, and designers together to share their unique creations with the rest of the world! Direct Energy Centre

Santa Train Rides

Until Dec 15 We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be riding our trains departing from the Uxbridge station only on Saturdays and Sundays beginning on Nov. 16th. Each trip lasts approximately 1 hour and has on-board entertainment for children of all ages (including the adults!). Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies to each. Fares for all Santa trains are $20 each for all passengers. York-Durham Heritage Railway, Uxbridge Station

Until Dec 15 For the past 25 years, the 12 Trees of Christmas has been a favourite Toronto holiday tradition. Designed by the city’s top designers, the trees dazzle hundreds of families at the Gardiner before they are delivered to various charities in the community, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the Greater Toronto Area. 416-586-8080,

Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market

Until Dec 15 Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs. Free. Distillery Historic District

Christmas Baking Workshops at Black Creek

Until Dec 21 Get a head start on your holiday baking by attending one of our Christmas Baking workshops, for both adults and families. Call 416-667-6295 ext 2 for more information and to register. 416-667-6295,

Roaring Twenties Christmas at Spadina Museum

Until Dec 23 Enjoy the Village at its best, all dressed for Christmas. Weekends are filled with flaming puddings, Christmas tours, and ballroom dancing. On December weekends, starting December 7th, visit with Santa, and take a ride on a horse drawn wagon! 416-736-1733,

Until Jan 5 Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. Holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe festoon the house based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren. The 1920s Christmas tree and accompanying poinsettias fill the Palm Room with Christmas cheer. Nestled in the 1930s kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from recipes from the era and sip mulled cider warmed on the art deco gas range. Holiday Season admission prices apply. 416-392-6910,

Write a Letter to Santa at MacKenzie House

Christmas Flower Show

Christmas at Black Creek

Until Dec 24 During the Victorian Christmas program children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box for us to mail for you. 416-392-6915,

Christmas in the Park at Colborne Lodge

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12 Trees of Christmas at Gardiner Museum

Until Jan 5, 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19thcentury in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. Holiday admission prices apply Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/ Children $4.42 (plus tax). 416-392-6916,

Until Dec 22 Get into the spirit of Christmas by attending the grand opening of the Victorian Christmas Flower Shows at Allan Gardens! Allan Gardens Christmas Flower Show Open Daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Grand Opening event Sunday December 1, 12:00 to 7:00 pm with Victorian Carollers, Horse & Carriage Rides, Hot Cider & Cookies and Children’s Activities. Allan Gardens Conservatory

Regency Christmas in the Valley

Dec 1 - Jan 5 Discover the simple pleasures and décor of a Regency-era Christmas at Todmorden Mills. Our early 19th-century historic homes are decorated traditionally for the season with real evergreen garlands, as well as the “kissing bough” hanging in the Helliwell parlour, complete with apples, candles and mistletoe. Sample period festive desserts such as “Whim-Wham” and “Hedgehog Tipsy Cake.” Families can make Regency-style Christmas decorations as a take-home craft. Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre

TORONTO KIDS - December 2013 | 7 A Christmas Carol at Montgomery’s Inn

Dec 5 - 21 The Humber River Shakespeare Company presents the Dickens’ classic. Back by popular demand - this time as a full stage production - this holiday season staple is not to be missed! $15 adults, $10 children; tickets can be purchased on-line. December 5 at 7 p.m.; December 7 at 2 p.m.; December 12 & 13 at 7 p.m.; December 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Christmas Story

Dec 6 - 22 The Holiday Season fast approaches and that means soon it will be time for THE CHRISTMAS STORY at the Church of the Holy Trinity (right beside the Eaton Centre). Our cast of Angels, Shepherds, Kings and Singers - even an infant Baby Jesus! - are ready to remind you of the most important message of Christmas. The Church of the Holy Trinity 416-598-8979,

A Christmas Story at Scarborough Village Theatre

Dec 6 -21 Don’t shoot your eye out! In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Ralphie Parker campaigns for a Red Ryder BB Gun and will do anything to make sure he gets it. All this amid seasonal mayhem and family shenanigans in this stage adaptation of the beloved film, A Christmas Story. We triple-dog dare you to come out and enjoy this holiday classic for the whole family. Scarborough Village Theatre 416-267-9292,

Festive Christmas Weekends at Scarborough Museum

Dec 7 - 29, 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm Visit another era this holiday season! Tour the festively decorated McCowan Log House and Cornell House, enjoy warm apple cider and sample some traditional holiday baking. Admission is Pay What You Can. Scarborough Museum 416-338-8807,

Celebrate the Holiday in the Ice Age at the CN Tower

Dec 7 - Jan 5 Your favourite Ice Age friends are back in a holiday adventure for the whole family! Can a handful of prehistoric misfits really save the holiday? Find out in this hilarious adventure featured in 3-D with added in-theatre effects that will transport you back to the Ice Age. Access included with a General Admission ticket. Meet the characters on December 7 & 8! 416-868-6937,

Holiday Program - Peter Pan at Casa Loma

Dec 7 - 29 “Peter Pan” is visiting the Castle this December! Join Peter, Tinkerbell and their old nemeis Captain Hook as they tell this classic Edwardian tale filled with drama, humour and adventure. The story is broken into 3 parts in separate areas of the Castle to add to the fun and adventure! Casa Loma 416-923-1171,

Holiday Baking Bonanza

Dec 8, 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Bake holiday treats using traditional methods in the woodstove and at the hearth. Kids take home a recipe booklet and selection of goodies to share with the family! Ages 5 to 12. Preregister online or call 416-338-4FUN. For more information call the museum at 416-338-8807. $20. Scarborough Museum 416-338-8807,

December 21 and Sunday December 22. Visit Santa’s Workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal for FREE arts and crafts. Join Santa and his elves for the Annual Santa Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises. Be sure to take advantage of Harbourfront Centre’s FREE all-ages programming and more. Free.

activities take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, and are included with general admission. Royal Ontario Museum 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON 416-586-8000

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Dec 15, 10:00 am until 7:00 pm Visit Toronto’s 1st annual MADE IN CANADA Show at Artscape The Nutcracker at Cineplex Wychwood Barns on Sunday, December 15th. Free Admission! Dec 12 - 22 An exciting exhibition of what Canadians have to offer - fashion, Cineplex is offering families the opportunity to see the Royal food, crafts, jewellery, accessories, art, innovation and music. Opera House’s live performance of The Nutcracker, close to home Shop for Canadian made gifts for family and friends during the on select screens across the country. Watch the magic unfold on holiday season! December 12, 2013 for $23.00 for general admission, $22.00 for Artscape Wychwood Barns seniors, and $12.50 for children. 416-996-8426, Various Cineplex Locations Christmas Cookie Creation for Children Dec 21 - 22, 9:30 am until 11:30 am The Nutcracker by National Ballet of Canada Children will have fun making unique and tasty treats for the Dec 14 - Jan 4 holidays in this historic baking workshop that uses a Canadian A refreshingly traditional version of the story, replete with the gingerbread recipe from the 1830s. While their cookies bake, details of childhood dreams and the appeal of fantasy, a ballet participants will tour the house and discover Victorian Christgloriously designed and costumed and brimming with affection mas traditions and stories. Participants will then take home for and insight into the passage from childhood to maturity that the Christmas cookies they’ve made. Pre-registration required. all children make. The entire production is a glittering, enchant- $22.50 plus tax, includes supplies and a dozen cookies to bring ing gem of a ballet, a work that is at once deeply familiar and home. forever new. 416-392-6916, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 416-345-9595, ROM for the Holidays Dec 26 - Jan 5 Crazy Christmas Extravaganza Enjoy two weeks of toys, games, and gatherings for the whole Dec 14 - 15 family starting December 26! Get into the holiday spirit with This Christmas season The Christian Performing Arts Centre and ROM for the Holidays (RFTH): two weeks of special family expethe Church on the Queensway presents the musical theatrical riences at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). From Thursday Deexperience “Crazy Christmas Extravaganza” featuring a fantastic cember 26, 2013 to Sunday January 5, 2014, this year’s holiday cast of singers, dancers and actors, and accompanied by The activities are filled with toys, games, and excitement for all to Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Experience the true meaning of enjoy with great value for your family. All ROM for the Holidays Christmas in a wonderful stage show filled with familiar carols, a lot of laughs and a few surprises! Cost $5.00. Church on the Queensway 416-255-6750,

Dec 31, 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Ring in 2014 with some NEW animal friends! Don’t miss some great entertainment including The Decades and Majinx Magic Show and more. Plus you will encounter some special WILD animal visitors! The fun begins at 5:00 pm and runs until 8:00 pm when we have our very own Kids’ Countdown! Toronto Zoo 416-392-5929,


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A Christmas Carol at Solar Stage

Dec 14 - 15 Join The Nearly World Famous DuffleBag Theatre for a holiday story and interactive fun performed only the way DuffleBag can! A laugh-filled, perfect beginning to the holiday season! Booking early is suggested for this popular holiday show! It sells out! (Interactive Play) Ages 4 & up. Solar Stage - The Madison Centre 416-368-8031,

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Dec 14 - 22 Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront offers a variety of activities for the entire family! Join us for Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront on Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday

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decemberevents events Cow Over Moon Presents RAP-unzel

Dec 4 - 8 This version tells the story of a young girl who aspires to perform through rap but is teased for her long hair so runs away. The story is told through song, dance, storytelling, improvisation and audience participation and is created with the actors, director and musical director through improvisation and script writing. Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON 904-510-8210

Cineplex Family Favourites for December

Dec 7 - 21, 11:00 am Cineplex Family Favourites are back on Saturday mornings at 11:00AM. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.50. A portion of proceeds go towards supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation. It’s a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family! Here’s the line-up for December 2013: The Polar Express, Arthur Christmas, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Cost $2.50. Various Cineplex Locations

The Ontario Science Centre Opens The AstraZeneca Human Edge

Dec 7 - 31 Imagine yourself a diver far below the surface of the ocean, only the blue light of the deep and the beating of your own heart to guide you. A Single Breath is just one of 55 remarkable exhibit experiences in The AstraZeneca Human Edge, the new exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre that explores the wonders and possibilities of the human body. Ontario Science Center 416-696-3256

Holiday Family Sunday

Dec 8, 2-4 pm Holiday Paper Finial Ornaments: Learn about the historic use of finials as an architectural device and decorative element, then design and create a festive final ornament from recycled paper. Marc Chagall -Early Modernist Winter Worlds: Join this drawing workshop and create your own colourful wintry worlds in pastel on coloured paper inspired by one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century. Art Works Art School 416-766-0662,

Pinkalicious The Musical at Lower Ossington Theatre - Extended!

Dec 8 - Jan 26 Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Lower Ossington Theatre 416-915-6747

The Case of the Dancing Princess

Dec 11 - 13 Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Little Red Theatre promises to bring delight with an intriguing story, amazing shadow plays and a little high tech magic while telling another Great Grimm Tale full of adventure and mystery! Guaranteed to awe and wonder! Suitable for JK - 5. Tickets: $6 per student. little red theatre at the Palmerston Library 416-533-8848

Build a Snowman Napkin Holder Workshop at Home Depot

Dec 14, 10:00 am until 12:00 pm In celebration of the Holiday season, kids will learn how to build a snowman napkin holder with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 4-12. Free. The Home Depot Various Locations

LEGO Brick Fun at the CN Tower

Dec 14 - 15 Discover a little bit of LEGO brick fun at the CN Tower and engage in a LEGOLAND Discovery Centre interactive play area. Let the children’ imaginations come to life playing with LEGO bricks. Participating guests will receive a “child goes FREE” coupon to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre located at Vaughan Mills. 416-868-6937,

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Build and Grow at Lowe’s: Train Engine

Dec 14 Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this festive Train Engine! Ages 5 and older. Building of project to be initiated only with adult supervision. Parent and/or guardian waiver required. See store fordetails. Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Lowe’s - Mulitple Locations Toronto

Kids Can Press Reading Series

Dec 15 Kids Can Press presents a series of familyfriendly readings and activities by award-winning authors and illustrators sharing their own Animal Stories. Nicholas Oldland, author and illustrator of the Life in the Wild series. Gardiner Museum 416-586-8080

Public Skating

Dec 15 - Mar 15, 11:00 am until 4:00 pm Lace up this winter and take a skate on familyfriendly outdoor Ice Rink! It’s the perfect place for winter fun, as you wind through the gardens and enjoy nature in the city! Free. Evergreen Brick Works 416-596-1495

Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes

Dec 20 - 29 Enter a world where heroes and hearts prevail. High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtak-

ing skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! See Disney on Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes at Rogers Centre where believing is just the beginning!

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music

Dec 26 - 28 The classic Julie Andrews film musical, in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, is transformed into a high-energy entertainment event, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. Costumes encouraged: get in The Sound of Music spirit and dress up as your favourite character from the film! Adult: $22.75, Student: $20.00, Child: $17.50, Senior: $20.00. TIFF Bell Lightbox 888-599-8433,

P.A. Day at Ontario Science Centre Polymer Party!

Dec 30 Become a materials scientist for the day and discover the incredible properties of polymers. Investigate and test different materials to see which you should use for your parachute, make flubber, putty and slime to compare how each will bounce, roll and stretch, then create a polymer artifact to take home. It’s a polymer party that’s sure to stretch your imagination and knowledge of materials science. Don’t miss it! 416-696-3256 FOR MORE DECEMBER EVENTS, VISIT WWW.TORONTO4KIDS.COM

Northwood Academy Montessori Plus!

Ages 1-5 Years • Parent & Tot • Nursery • Kindergarten Flexible Scheduling The Academic Advantages of Montessori plus the Fun of Bilingual E.C.E. Enrichment plus the Helpful Conveniences of Day Care. Extended Hours Finch Campus 1080 Finch Avenue East, 416-492-9495 Madawaska Campus 53 Madawaska Avenue, 416-250-8302

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ongoingevents events Half Price Fridays at Gardiner Museum

Fridays in December Admission is ½ price every Friday from 4–9pm and all day on the first Friday of every month. Visit our website for a complete listing of Friday night events. 416-586-8080

Aladdin The New Musical

Until Jan 5 In an exotic, faraway land, one man’s life is about to change with the lucky rub of an ancient lamp—and you’re invited to join the magic carpet ride. Welcome to ALADDIN, Disney’s new Broadway-bound musical. Ed Mirvish Theatre 416-872-1212

Animal Stories at Gardiner Museum

Until Jan 12 Meet Peter Rabbit, Jumbo the elephant, Clara the rhinoceros, and a menagerie of colourful animals in this family-friendly exhibition! Elephants, leopards, dogs, squirrels and dragons. Animal Stories presents the many tales of our encounters with the animal world, shedding light on how our social, symbolic, affectionate, scientific and utilitarian relationships with animals have been visualized through ceramics from the 17th century to our day. 416-586-8080

Annie (TYA)

Until Dec 29 Leapin’ Lizards! Everyone’s favourite comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals – winner of 9 Tony Awards! After escaping the orphanage, Annie sets off in search of her parents. Some of Broadway’s most popular show tunes, including Tomorrow, It’s the Hard Knock Life and Easy Street are featured in this Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) version of the renowned musical. Young People’s Theatre 416-862-2222,

Born to be Wild

Ongoing Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them – saving endangered species one life at a time. Ontario Science Center 416-696-3127


Until to Jan 5 In this funny, musical interactive version of the Grimm fairy tale, Cinderella, who is treated unfairly by her selfish stepsisters, responds with patience and kindness towards all, trusting that the future will bring her a change of fortune. Musical Comedy Play for Ages 3 - 10. Solar Stage 416-368-8031

Collected in the Field: “Shoemaking Traditions from Around the World

Until Dec 31 Join us for our newest exhibition highlighting the history of shoemaking traditions, many of which are slowly disappearing. Bata Shoe Museum

Flight of the Butterflies

Ongoing It was a Canadian who engaged the world’s first team of citizen scientists, found the secret hideaway of the monarch butterflies and discovered the most incredible migration on Earth – a scientific adventure at its best. Follow the story and year-long, multi-generational migration cycle of hundreds of millions of monarchs from their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico, across the U.S. to Canada. New IMAX film. Ontario Science Centre 416-696-3127




Great White Shark at Ontario Science Centre

Ongoing New IMAX film! Misrepresented, maligned and on the verge of extinction, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark explores the great white’s place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. 416-696-3127

Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley’s Game Seven (3D)

Until Dec 31, 2014 Hockey’s first 3D film is a stunning mix of 3D originally filmed hockey action teamed with computer-generated photo-realistic 3D animation and classic archival footage from some of the most renowned moments in Stanley Cup history – the film literally jumps off the screen. 416-933-8215,

Jabber at YPT

Saturdays in December Caregivers and children aged 4 to 7 are invited to come roll up their sleeves and learn how to mix, grate, mash, and eat their delicious creations! This fun family program engages all the senses while sparking a life-long love of food in the youngest among us. No registration required. Space is limited to a maximum of 12 children. $5 suggested donation. 416-596-1495

Until Dec 7 Fatima is a typical Canadian young woman, rebelling against her strict parents. When antiMuslim graffiti appears on the school walls, this hijab-wearing teenager is transferred to a new school. Jabber examines assumptions based on appearances within the school world – where a diverse student population must learn to negotiate cross-cultural respect and mutual understanding. Ages 12 & up. Young People’s Theatre 416-862-2222

Eyes on the Skies

Les Misérables

Hands in the Bowl

Ongoing This one-of-a-kind, lively program introduces pre-school children to the night-time sky through singing, connect-the-stars constellations and a journey to the moon. The program was designed especially for our youngest visitors and lasts no longer than 20 minutes to accommodate wandering minds and little feet. All participants receive a certificate of landing on the moon and a follow-up activity guide. Ontario Science Center 416-696-3127

Family Days at Gardiner Museum

Every Sunday, 9 - 1 to 4 pm Free with admission, and kids under 12 get in for free if accompanied by an adult. Includes films, tours for kids, craft tables & more. 416-586-8080

Until Feb 2 Cameron Mackintosh presents his acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Princess of Wales Theatre 416-872-1212,

The Natrel Rink at Harbourfront

Until Mar 9 Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink is a popular skating destination in the heart of the city. Visitors can enjoy our artificially-cooled outdoor rink while skating to music and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. On-site skate rentals, helmet rentals, change rooms, rental lockers and skate sharpening are available. Free admission. Harbourfront Centre 416-973-4000,

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TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club

Until Dec 7, 2013 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm This one is for all the Shakespeare Kids out there who need a little drama in their life! Supported generously by TD, the Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is a FREE readers’ theatre program for children ages 7-12. Witches, ghosts, potions, magic, and humour! Led by professional actors and educators, kids explore plays like Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tempest, Comedy of Errors, and Henry IVth. Various Locations 416-703-4881

Under the Sea

Ongoing This film takes you into fascinating underwater locales such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Triangle for face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. Ontario Science Center 416-696-3127

Weekend Family Fun at the Bata Shoe Museum

Weekends in December Parents, the next time you hear “There’s nothing to do!” bring your children aged 3 to 9 over to the Museum to paint a mini-clog, try on shoes, and go on a treasure hunt in the galleries! 416-979-7799 x242 FOR MORE ONGOING EVENTS, VISIT: WWW.TORONTO4KIDS.COM/CALENDAR

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A family-friendly NYE Here are 10 things to do with kids on December 31 to make your family party special. 1. Have the kids decorate your house. Hang streamers, scatter confetti, and hand out party hats, party horns, and noisemakers. Let the fun begin! 2. Young children love music and singing, and New Year’s Eve songs will make it a party activity with enthusiastic participation. Or have a karaoke night. 3. Dress up. Put on your fancy dress, dress the baby up in frills or a bow tie, and have a celebration. Even if it’s only for an hour—make that hour count. 4. Rather feel comfy? Then get everyone into their PJs and snuggle up for a movie marathon. Spread pillows and sleeping bags or blankets on the floor and let the entire family camp out for the night. 5. Feel like going out? Head to the Toronto Zoo to celebrate with some wild friends. Their New Year’s Event tickets have to be pre-reserved so hurry, this event sells out quickly! There will be special animal visits and keeper talks, great entertainment, and

great food. Visit for details. 6. Make your family New Year’s resolution list! Ask the kids if there is anything they would like to accomplish in 2014. 7. Have some photo booth fun. The kiddies won’t remember the party, so make sure you take lots of photos. There are many photo booth props on the Internet that you can have fun with (just Google: New Years Photo Booth). Snap away! 8. Go for a family skate. There are many great outdoor rinks to enjoy in the city. Bring some hot cocoa in thermoses. 9. Review 2013! Flip through scrapbooks, photo albums, computer slide shows, and videos from family events captured over the past year. 10. As the clock strikes twelve, toast with white grape juice, sparkling apple cider, or ginger ale. If your kids are younger, choose an earlier hour (like 9 or 9:30pm) and “make-believe” it’s midnight! –

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sessions are still open except Scooter’s 2013 Holiday Specials: Allthoseourthatregular are noted Cancelled below • Sat. Dec. 14 10am-12:30pm Skate with Santa! • Sat. Dec. 21 10am-12:30 pm Skate with Santa! 1-5 pm Family Skate 8pm-1am Night Skate • Sun. Dec. 22 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 8-11 pm Adult Old School Skate • Mon. Dec. 23 • 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 6-9pm All Ages Skate • Tues. Dec. 24 • Christmas Eve 1-5pm All Ages Skate 7-8pm Lesson – Cancelled

8-11pm Groovy Skate – Cancelled • Wed. Dec. 25 **CLOSED** Merry Christmas!!! • Thurs. Dec. 26 Boxing Day 10am-12 Morning Skate – Cancelled 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 7-8 pm Lesson – Cancelled 8-11 pm Adult Skate • Fri. Dec. 27 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 6-9 pm All Ages Skate 9-12 am Night Skate • Sat. Dec. 28 10 am-12:30 pm Tiny Tot Lesson & Skate 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 8 pm-1 am Night Skate

• Sun. Dec. 29 1 pm-5 pm All Ages Skate 8 pm -11 pm Adult Old School Skate • Mon. Dec. 30 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 6-9 pm All Ages Skate • Tues. Dec. 31 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 7-8 pm Lesson – Cancelled • New Year’s Eve Skate **9pm – 2am** • Wed. Jan. 1, 2014 New Year’s Day Happy New Year! 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 6-9 pm All Ages Skate • Thurs. Jan. 2 10 am-12 pm Cancelled

Holiday Greetings and Happy New Year to All!!

1-5 pm All Ages Skate 7-8 pm Lesson – Cancelled 8-11 pm Adult Skate • Fri Jan. 3 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 6-9 pm All Ages Skate 9-12 pm Night Skate • Sat. Jan. 4 10 am-12:30 pm Tiny Tot Lesson & Skate 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 8pm-3am Late Night Skate • Sun. Jan. 5 1-5 pm All Ages Skate 8-11 pm Adult Old School Skate

Scooter’s Roller Palace 2105 Royal Windsor Dr., Mississauga (just west of Southdown Rd.) (905) 823-4001


Giving back

Sharing the spirit of the season with your kids

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

FOSTER CARE PROGRAM We are seeking loving homes In the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area who want to make a difference in a child’s life. We need foster families that are interested in caring for Aboriginal children, have a willingness to work within our diverse community, and have a fundamental respect for Aboriginal children and their culture. We provide training, support, relief and compensation to our homes.

Please contact our Foster Care Hotline at

(416)969-8510 ext. 7788

Winter & March Break Camps School Groups Birthday Parties & More!


TORONTO KIDS - December 2013 | 13 The holiday season is here and amid all the hustle and bustle we may sometimes forget the meaning of the season. Here are a few suggestions that will help you and your children embrace the spirit of giving. We’ve also made a list of all the places that you can give back to in Toronto.

DONATIONS AND TOY DRIVES Toy drives and donation banks have been set up all over the city to help lessfortunate children and families. Help your child chose an age-appropriate gift and talk about the process. Remind them that there are lots of children in need and reinforce the fact that they are helping someone less fortunate.

VOLUNTEERING Your time is precious so consider donating it. If your budget is extremely tight this year, find out if you can volunteer to help organize a holiday party or helping a charitable organization. Sign your children up for some sort of volunteer work too. Perhaps they can help serve holiday meals at a local shelter. Maybe they can help hand out gifts at area hospitals. The point is to give them the chance to see less-fortunate people in person, to have

the chance to talk to them and experience the gift of giving back firsthand. Teaching your children to give back will help them grow into compassionate, generous adults - just like their parents.

OTHER IDEAS • Gift cards are also a great idea. Charitable institutions can put your gift card to great use, either to purchase gifts or to allow children in need to purchase something for themselves. • Some charities have specific lists and needs. Call or email them directly so you can donate what’s most urgent. • There’s strength in numbers. Enlist your friends, family, and coworkers to do a joint effort and create your own toy drive for a charity of your choice.


UNICEF The world’s leader for children, working in every country around the world to save, protect and enhance lives. The Good Sheppard Helps homeless individuals and others in need find essential services. Children’s Wish Foundation Making a difference in lives of children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The Covenant House Canada’s largest youth shelter.

Second Harvest Helps feed hungry people by preparing excess fresh food and delivering it daily.

Volunteer Toronto Resources to volunteer in Toronto and make a difference in your community!

Ontario Association of Food Banks A hunger relief program serving nearly 148,000 children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto Facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential.

Food Banks Canada Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada.

The Children’s Aid Society The second largest child welfare agency in greater Toronto, and protects children from abuse and neglect.

Toronto Distress Centre Offers round the clock response to those experiencing emotional distress or in need of crisis intervention.

Kids Help Phone Line Providing children and youth anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals and information. Toronto Humane Society The day to day operations of The Toronto Humane Society emphasize the shelter and return of lost pets, care for abused and abandoned animals, adoptions to good homes. –

Shepherd Terrace - Retirement & Assisted Living Providing Seniors’ Accommodation & Care for over 50 years Shepherd Terrace is a fully licensed and accredited Retirement & Assisted Living Facility and part of the Shepherd Village community. Our courteous, caring & professional staff provide our residents with the daily medical, physical and emotional assistance they require, while encouraging and maintaining their independence in a warm and friendly environment. 3760 Sheppard Ave. E. Toronto, ON. M1T 3K9

‘Experience the best of retirement living in a friendly, caring, Christian environment’ Conveniently located close to Hwy 401/404, Agincourt Mall, Toronto Public Library and Tam O’Shanter Golf Course, our residents enjoy the luxury of numerous on-site amenities, professional services, recreational activities and fine dining.

Call today to book your tour! (416) 609-5700 ext.332 Licensed & accredited by:

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PROFILE & INTERPLAY Dance Companies present Mixed Program and excerpts from The Nutcracker Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St., Toronto

Buy tickets now! PSB Dance Academy ~ 416-284-6784 Interplay ~ 416-972-1316

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