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May 2016 Family Events in Toronto & the GTA

May 1

The Crazy Space Adventures of Princess Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid

In this story, a princess who explores space discovers she has the power to control time… with her butt. To save the world, she must employ these butt time-control powers for good as she encounters hot dogs, monsters, and shiny bums.
Recommended for kids ages 4 and up.

Cost: $16
Times: 11 am & 2 pm
Location: Solar Stage Children's Theatre, 4950 Yonge St., Concourse Level, Toronto
Website: solarstage.on.ca

May 1

Circus! The Exhibition at Ontario Science Centre

Circus! The Exhibition explores the magic of the circus through a scientist’s eye. Learn how high-wire performers defy gravity on the tightrope, how collagen, muscles and flexibility allow contortionists to fold into tiny spaces. Discover the role of mathematics in juggling and the secrets behind many more acts in the greatest show on earth.
This all-ages experience is a highly interactive, sensory and educational extravaganza and will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to run away and join the circus.

Cost: FREE with admission
Times: 1 pm to 4 pm
Location: Ontario Science Center, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
Website: ontariosciencecentre.ca

May 1 to August 31

Evergreen Brick Works Family Scavenger Hunt

Two permanent galleries of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal – the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Gallery of the Age of Mammals. The galleries are home to over 750 specimens, including 50 dinosaur specimens, of which 30 are complete or nearly complete skeletons, as well as 30 fossil mammal skeletons, representing the diversity of life during the Age of Dinosaurs and the Age of Mammals.

Cost: Suggested donation of $2 per kit
Times: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 8am-5pm; Sun, 10am-5pm
Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Website: evergreen.ca/whats-on/event-details/11493/

May 1, 2016 to December 15, 2020

ROM's Dinosaur Gallery

Come and Explore the Evergreen Brick Works - Toronto's innovative Community Environmental Education Centre. Follow the map and look for answers on brickmaking, ecology, and wildlife! Scavenger Hunts take about 1 hr. Kits can be picked up at the Welcome Desk in the Young Welcome Centre.

Location: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto
Website: rom.on.ca

May 6

Shen Yun 2016

Discover a world of myth, magic, heroes and miracles! Shen Yun brings a lost civilization to life with richly expressive dance, groundbreaking music, and cutting-edge patented stage effects. Celebrating its 10th year of success, Shen Yun returns to Kitchener with an all-new production. Limited engage, book your tickets today!

Location: Center In the Square, Kitchener
Website: shenyun.com/gta

May 6 to 8

An Evening of Wonders

Accomplished illusionist Vitaly will dazzle audiences of all ages at the Al Green Theatre with An Evening of Wonders.
Vitaly Beckman began practicing magic at the age of fifteen and has made a name for himself as one of Canada’s top magicians, featured at TedxVancouver, soon to be on America’s Got Talent and more.
Witness Vitaly make paintbrushes paint on their own, bring paintings and drawings to life, and make people in the audience come to life or disappear in their own driver’s license (volunteering audience members will literally not be able to drive home from the show)!

Times: May 6 (7:30 pm to 9:30 pm), May 7 (7:30 pm to 9:30 pm), May 8 (2 pm to 4 pm)
Location: 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Website: eveningofwonders.com

May 7 to 8

Mother’s Day Weekend Specials at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Two days of Mother’s Day Specials at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. Saturday and Sunday, Mothers receive FREE park admission with paid child admission (ages 3-17) for caves/suspension bridge/mini-golf package. PLUS: Mothers AND up to 4 members of the family receive $20-off an Eco Adventure Tour (guided treetop canopy walking and zip cable gliding). Add the new Thunderbird Twin Zip ride for even more adrenaline-pumping excitement. Age/height/weight restrictions apply. Printed coupon and reservations are required for the Eco Tour (mobile not accepted). Book online or call: (705) 446-0256 ext. 227

Times: 9 am to 6 pm
Location: Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, 260/280 Scenic Caves Rd, Collingwood/Blue Mountains
Website: sceniccaves.com/mothers-day-special-2016

May 7 to 29

The Really Real Adventures Scott Free & Will Do at Solar Stage

The Really Real Adventures Scott Free & Will Do By Kate Keenan and Lesley Halferty
A musical for ages 4 and up
Scott Free and Will Do are best friends who spend all their time dreaming up fantastic worlds and adventures. Everything is perfect until they find out that they are each others imaginary friends! Reality is hot on their heels and they need to figure out who's who, and what's really real before their moms make them grow up for good.

Cost: $16
Times: May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29; 11 am & 2 pm
Location: Solar Stage Children's Theatre, 4950 Yonge St., Concourse Level, Toronto
Website: solarstage.on.ca

May 7 to September 11

Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art

Real and mythical creatures leap off the pages of legends, tales and fables in Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Urdu in a new family-friendly exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum.
Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art is a richly imaginative exhibition that presents creatures of air, water, fire, and earth in a breathtaking variety of artworks from the 7th to 21st centuries. Featuring manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass, and metalwork — in addition to sculptures and mixed media works by contemporary Lebanese artist Mohamad-Said Baalbaki — the exhibition proves the enduring fascination with these creatures across many cultures and shares the stories that first brought them to life.
Originally organized by the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art has been expanded to include key works from the Aga Khan Museum and other international private and public collections.

Times: 10 am to 6 pm
Location: 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto
Website: agakhanmuseum.org/exhibitions/marvellous-creatures-animals-islamic-art

May 10 to 11

Shen Yun 2016

Discover a world of myth, magic, heroes and miracles! Shen Yun brings a lost civilization to life with richly expressive dance, groundbreaking music, and cutting-edge patented stage effects. Celebrating its 10th year of success, Shen Yun returns to Hamilton with an all-new production. Limited engage, book your tickets today!

Location: Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton
Website: shenyun.com/gta

May 12

Toting Tots

Learn safe, pain-free techniques to lift, carry and feed your tot, followed by a complimentary parent and baby yoga class (yoga mat required). Babies up to 12 months welcome. RSVP to wtabor@cmcc.ca or 416 482 2340 ext. 288

Times: 1 pm to 3 pm
Location: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College 6100 Leslie St., Toronto
Website: cmcc.ca/toting-tots

May 14

Craftadian

Mark your calendars this month's Craftadian show on Saturday, May 14.
For one day only, 100+ jury selected local artisans and designers will sell their unique handmade goods at the Hersey Centre Mississauga. Peruse on-trend wares from whimsical artwork and stationery, crafty homewares and decor, quality leather goods and fresh clothing, plus so much more at this DIY extravaganza!
Pockets the clown will on-site from 10 am - 1 pm and face painting for free!! Be sure to come early to enjoy the fun and shopping.
And when you shop at Craftadian, you’re giving as much as you’re getting. A portion of ticket sales will go toward benefiting Crafting for a Cure,a not-for-profit registered charity that looks for opportunities to ensure children are having a positive experience when a hospital visit is necessary.

Times: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga
Website: craftadian.ca

May 14

Peter and the Wolf

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Dina Gilbert, teams up with the Magic Circle Mime Company to put a new spin on the classic tale. This version tells the story of three musicians and a conductor’s assistant, who must attempt to thwart the intentions of a fearsome wolf.
This event is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 12.

Cost: $26.50 to $38.75
Location: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., Toronto
Website: tso.ca/en-ca/concerts-and-tickets/2015-2016-Season/EventDetails/Peter-and-the-Wolf

May 15

Shoe Origami Workshop

Get crafty with your own origami shoes! Boots, slippers, high heels, elf shoes, you name it! Appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Drop by our exhibits too and enjoy the world of footwear.
In partnership with the Origami Society of Toronto in celebration of their 30th anniversary.

Cost: Drop in; Included in museum admission.
Times: 1 pm to 3 pm
Location: 327 Bloor Street West, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
Website: batashoemuseum.ca/event/shoe-origami-workshop

May 16 to 23

WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years

The WeeFestival is Toronto’s first international arts festival dedicated to early childhood and features productions by acclaimed companies specializing in theatre for the very young from Belgium, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario. Whether for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergarteners, each show has been created with the emotional and social developmental needs and interests of young children and are presented in intimate venues to ensure every child is close to the action and fully immersed in the experience. FREE and ticketed family events on Friday May 20 to Monday May 23.

Cost: FREE and ticketed events
Location: Various Locations in Toronto
Website: weefestival.ca

May 21

MACArts Festival 2016

MACArts Festival 2016 is bringing the world together through art! This year’s event will feature more international, local and Canadian acts, mixed to inspire audiences and rejuvenate artists. Our aim is to bring the world together on one common platform and speak the language of unity in diversity. MACArts 2016 will mirror the demographics and cultural heritage of Mississauga to create a meeting place for creative minds, and an incubator of brilliant new work. This year’s event will feature literature, music, film, visual arts and of course the culinary arts and showcase the emerging and established multicultural talent. Everyone welcome!

Times: 1 pm to 11 pm
Location: 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga
Website: mississaugaartscouncil.com/mac-arts-festival

May 21 to 23

Beasley Bear's Teddy Bear Picnic

Beasley Bear is inviting you and your favourite stuffed animal to his annual Teddy Bear Picnic! Join Beasley on Centre Island on May 21st, 22nd, 23rd from 11am-4pm for an afternoon of FREE family entertainment!

Cost: FREE
Times: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Toronto Centre Island
Website: centreisland.ca

May 21 to 23

HarbourKIDS Circus

This year’s annual HarbourKIDS: Circus Festival has been re-imagined to bring you even more fun. We’ve teamed up with local circus artists and curators to fill our site with contemporary circus acts that will have you gasping in awe, doubling over with laughter and even joining in.

Times: 11 am to 5 pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Website: harbourfrontcentre.com

May 28

Walk of Life

Choice of: 3km or 5km WALK; 5 km or 10 km RUN; Little Feet, Big Hearts –500 m fun walk or run for 2-8 year olds; Chair Exercises.
Free parking, t-shirts, BBQ, prizes.

Times: 8 am to 12 pm
Location: Ontario Science Centre and parklands, Toronto
Website: walkoflife.ca

May 28 to 29

Grand Opening Weekend – Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA

Join us May 28 – 29 for Grand Opening Weekend and celebrate the launch of our NEW Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA. Discover the new Centre of Community and enjoy fun-filled weekend activities including #HealthyHour classes, family swim, BBQ, music, and much more!
Our new 82,000 square foot YMCA will offer better amenities, better options and better choices to help you get your fit on!

Times: 10 am to 8:30 pm
Location: 461 Cherry St., Toronto
Website: cooperkooymca.org

May 28 & 29

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto is a free annual event held on the last weekend of May. Doors Open, presented by Great Gulf, offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city over a weekend in May.
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

Cost: FREE
Location: Various venues across Toronto
Website: toronto.ca

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