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September 2016 Family Events in Toronto & the GTA

September 1 to 4

Fan Expo

The Canadian Fan Expo celebrates all things comic, anime, sci-fi, horror and gaming in its annual appearance at the Convention Centre.
Take on other fans at a gaming tournament, take your own art portfolio in for review, or dress up as your favourite character. Retailers are also on hand selling popular and rare art and gaming equipment that sometimes can’t be found anywhere else.
Single day tickets and weekend passes are available.

Times: Sept 1 (4 pm to 9 pm), Sept 2 (10 am to 7 pm), Sept 3 (10 am to 7 pm), Sept 4 (10 am to 5 pm)
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto

September 1 to 5

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

One of North America’s largest annual fairs, the CNE offers up 18 days of amusement park rides, live entertainment, food, shopping, and more. And, if you’re an airplane enthusiast, the Canadian International Air Show drops jaws every summer when their pilots perform dare-devil loop-de-loops and synchronized maneuvers on the last weekend of the summer. Alongside the rides, games and food, the CNE boast loads of concerts, performances and special events.

Cost: General Admission: $18, Seniors: $14, Children (13 and under): $14, Children 4 and under: Free
Location: CNE, 210 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto

September 1 to 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

September 1 to October 2


Known worldwide for live circus acts containing spectacular acrobatics, Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil is back in town with a new show, Luzia, following a two-month stint in Montreal. Written by Daniele Finzi Pasca and Julie Hamelin Finzi, and directed by Pasca, the show follows the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Jean-François Bouchard.
Taking its title from the Spanish words for “light” (“luz”) and “rain,” (“lluvia”) combining them into Luzia, the new show finds its inspiration in the culture of Mexico. Luzia is Cirque’s 38th live production in more than 30 years; the company has entertained audiences in more than 400 cities all over the world.

Cost: $49 to $275
Times: See website for schedule
Location: Port Lands, 51 Commissioners Street, Toronto

September 1 to October 10

Pirate Ship Adventure at Centre Island

Ahoy Mates! Join the scurvy crew and live the Pirate Lfie: Adventure, Theatre and Cruise. An interactive adventure, become a buccaneer with costumes, face paint and a pirate alias! Board the 45 foot Transport Canada certified vessel in search of sunken treasure! Learn the ropes of the Pirate Life through storytelling and activities, witness a round of fisticuffs and sword fight, fire the cannons and send a scallywag off the plank! If yer lucky maties, ye’ll find treasure too!

June - Weekend departures with special events and school groups during the weekdays.
July & August - 7 days a week!
September & October - Weekend departures with special events and school groups during the weekdays.
Call for more info!

Cost: $25
Times: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Centre Island, 18 Avenue of the Island, Toronto

September 1 to October 31

Piñata’s for Pandas

A fun way to encourage pandas valuable foraging and food searching skills, this fun event lowers a piñata into the panda’s living area so they can tear it apart for the treats inside. Featuring Canada’s only giant panda pair, this is one of three chances for them to enjoy treats by breaking open a festive piñata.

Cost: Included with admission to the Toronto Zoo (Adult: $23, Senior (65+): $18, Child (3 -12): $14, Child (under 2): Free)
Times: 11 am
Location: Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Avenue, Scarborough

September 1 to November 27

The Kids’ Gallery Pets and Me: Explore, Imagine, Create

Come visit the Kids' Gallery at the AGO, a space created especially for children and families. Together you can experience art first-hand, learn and have fun.
In this second exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs in the Kids' Gallery, you’ll encounter children and pets from long-ago times and faraway places. You’ll see cats and dogs and even a rabbit.
Have fun! Check out the works of art. Draw a picture of a pet – real or imagined – take a photo, relax and linger. Pet-inspired costumes and props are available for visitors to dress in and pose for their own portraits. You can post your photographs or a picture of your pet on Instagram with the #AGOkidsgallery hashtag to see them appear on a screen in the space. The Kids' Gallery also includes books about pets, a touch quiz and a drawing station for budding artists inspired by the exhibited works.

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto

September 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

September 2 to 4


Experience evolution in real time at Beyond Words – A dynamic, interactive exhibit for children, families, and innovators. Featuring unforgettable installations, bold ideas, and captivating Artists-in-residence. Scan the world. Hack your thinking. Rewrite the way we communicate. Don’t miss this unparalleled creative experience to move yourself beyond words. #XBeyondWords

Times: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: MacDonald House, 121 Centre Street, Thornhill

September 3 to 25

The Amusing Race 2016

Centreville's Amusing Race combines trivia questions and "roadblocks" to send you and your family on an exciting scavenger hunt-type journey through Centreville Theme Park and Far Enough Farm!

Cost: FREE
Times: Weekends only
Location: Toronto Centre Island

September 3 to October 8

Withrow Park Farmers' Market - The Perfect Place to Enjoy Your Saturday Morning!

Located in Withrow Park in Toronto's East end, the market celebrates 10 years of uniting the community through wonderful live music, arts and crafts activities for kids, and of course, great local food - rain or shine! As a project of the Centre for Local Food Initiatives, you can be sure to find certified organic, non-GMO, and sustainably produced products and goods sold at the market. Whether it be the fresh fruits and veggies, enthusiastic volunteers, the good tasting coffee, the laidback atmosphere, or the opportunity to connect directly with farmers and food entrepreneurs, come see the market's appeal for yourself!

Times: 9 am to 1 pm
Location: 725 Logan Ave, Toronto

September 6 to October 30

Blazing Fall Adventure Special at Scenic Caves

SAVE $20-off Eco Adventure Tours. Applicable Sunday thru Friday. Excludes Saturdays and October 8-9-10, 2016. View spectacular autumn foliage while treetop canopy walking and forest/escarpment ziplining on a 3-hour guided tour. Age /height /weight restrictions apply. Coupon discount is valid for up to 5 people. Coupon required to receive the discount upon arrival (download from the website; mobile screen coupons not accepted). Reservations are required. Weather permitting.

Location: Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, 260/280 Scenic Caves Rd., Collingwood/The Blue Mountains

September 9 to 11

Taste Of The Kingsway

Discover international cuisines, continuous live entertainment and fresh food at Taste of the Kingsway! This Annual festival is a renowned culinary and entertainment experience. Over 200 exhibitors will be participating with demonstrations and interactive exhibits along Bloor Street West, from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road. Taste of the Kingsway delivers fun for the whole family with Two Main Stages, Midway Rides, a Classic Car Show, Humberview Test Drives, a Community Dance Stage, and Buskers. For the grownups, get in on the Budweiser Beer Gardens. Saturday is a busy day! Be sure to check out the Caffe Demetre’s ‘Ice Cream’ eating contests, Kingsway Fish & Chips’ ‘Fish & Chips’ eating contest, and the ever popular Scotiabank Dog Show for extreme cuteness! Sunday bring the pooches back for the Purina Pawsway Dog Walk.

Times: Fri 6 pm - 10 pm, Sat 11 am – 10 pm, Sun 11 am – 6 pm
Location: Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Rd, Toronto

September 10

Free Smart Start Trial Classes

Give Your Child A Smart Start™!
Experience how the Royal Conservatory School’s Smart Start™ curriculum can help your baby or toddler thrive musically and cognitively. FREE trial classes on Saturday, September 10 at Artbarn School (250 Eglinton Avenue West)! Trial class participants receive 10% off registrations for our classes at the Artbarn location.

Cost: FREE
Times: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Location: Artbarn School, 250 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto

September 11

Daffodil Dash

Whether you’re looking for your very first competitive race or you’re training for that big fall run, the Canadian Cancer Society has got you covered! Join us for Daffodil Dash, our brand new chip-timed 5k/10k run, on Sunday, September 11 at Erindale Park in Mississauga.

Cost: Registration fees - 5k $50 ($40 early bird until August 26); 10k $60 ($50 early bird until August 26)
Times: 9:00am - 10K start time; 9:30am - 5K start time
Location: Erindale Park, 1695 Dundas Street West, Mississauga

September 11

Grandparent's Day Train Ride

Across North America, September 11th is the day that grandparents are honoured. Treat yours to a trip on the York-Durham Heritage Railway through the picturesque Oak Ridges Moraine. Half price for each grandparent accompanied by a fare-paying grandchild. Boarding facilities for disabled persons available at Uxbridge.

Location: York-Durham Heritage Railway, Uxbridge Train Station, 19 Railway St, Uxbridge

September 16 to 18

Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival

North America's largest Ukrainian street festival. The 20th annual 3-day, free, family-focused event offers great food, entertainment, cultural exhibits, a parade, children's midway, sidewalk sale, beverage garden, films and more. Catch the Ukrainian spirit. Visit website for exact dates and location.

Location: Bloor Street West at Jane St, Toronto

September 17 to 18

Free Smart Start Trial Classes - In Farsi

Give Your Child A Smart Start™!
Experience how the Royal Conservatory School’s Smart Start™ curriculum in Farsi can help your baby or toddler thrive musically and cognitively. FREE trial classes on September 17 and 18! Trial class participants receive 10% off registrations for our classes at Ferdows.

Times: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Location: Ferdows Kids (#213-222 Finch Ave West and 300 Richmond St West )

September 18

City Cider

An all ages urban-harvest celebration with live music, magic show and more. Refreshing summer eats, and freshly pressed cider, with a cider bar, presented by Ontario cideries.
The event is set to go on for rain or shine so dress for the weather, and will be held at Spadina Museum at 285 Spadina Rd, on Sunday September 18, 2016 from 12 to 5pm. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the gate, and will be free for children under 12, museum entrance is also included in the admission. Head over to the website to register.

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the gate, and will be free for children under 12, museum entrance is also included in the admission.
Times: 12 pm to 5 pm
Location: Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto

September 24

Craftadian - Etsy: Made in Canada

Shop local from nearly 150 artisans at Craftadian: Etsy Made in Canada show on Saturday, 24 September at the International Centre in Mississauga. The show features quality handmade exhibitors carefully selected by a jury. From original artwork, body products, candles, clothing, ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery, photography, pottery, paper goods, toys, wood and a range of gourmet goodies, there is something for everyone.
Crafta will be on hand for children, as well as a Fall themed photo booth. Shop small - support Canadians.
*Free Swag bags to the first 50 families to arrive at 11:00 a.m opening..

Cost: $5 (Under 16 years of age free) with a portion of proceed donated to Crafting for a Cure
Times: 11 am to 5 pm
Location: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

September 24


The YO-KAI Invasion Arrives in Toronto!
On Saturday, September 24, Torontonians are invited to celebrate the global YO-KAI WATCH phenomenon at a very special launch event right here in Toronto.
Kids of all ages will get the first chance to experience the all-new YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls video games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (before they come out on September 30), check out the new YO-KAI WATCH toys from Hasbro before they hit store shelves and watch the first episode of the YO-KAI WATCH season 2 series before it debuts on Teletoon in October.
Face painting and fun character appearances make this the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy!
Follow the event on Twitter! #YOKAIWATCH2 #Toronto

Times: 12 pm to 4 pm
Location: 99 Sudbury St., Toronto

September 25


We invite you to join us on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. to participate in a special tree planting!
Our goal is to plant 1,000 trees in support of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute. Their mandate is to plant 117,000 trees in total, one for each of Canada's fallen soldiers since Confederation, in order to turn highway 401 and areas within its proximity into a living memorial.
No experience or tools are necessary. We'll provide everything you need, from shovels to equipment, and our experienced Park staff will be on hand to guide you through the tree planting. You may drop-in at any time between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Also, join us at 9:30 a.m. as dignitaries and guests will be on hand for a ceremonial tree planting to kick off the occasion.
Please let us know you're coming - RSVP via Event Brite or email us at

Times: 9:30 am to 3 pm
Location: 70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto

September 25

The Word on the Street Toronto

Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors, The Word On The Street Toronto takes place this year on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Harbourfront Centre. The Word On The Street is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canadian reading, writing, and champions literacy primarily through a free, annual outdoor festival. Each September, in communities from coast-to-coast, we invite everyone to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines for book fans of all ages.

Cost: FREE
Times: 11 am to 6 pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

September 29

Board Games Night

This all-ages event is held the last Thursday of every month and is part of Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Nights at the museum. Cozy up by the fire with a deck of cards or lounge in the parlour and play one of the featured board games. There are also classics like chess, Uno, Cranium, Barrel of Monkeys, Candy Land and more.

Cost: Pay What You Like
Times: 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge Street, Toronto

October 8

The Wiggles 'Wiggle Town!' Tour - Ricoh Coliseum - Saturday, October 8!

Join The Wiggles and their friends Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus in Toronto for their Wiggle Town Tour, featuring songs from their new CD and DVD! The Wiggle Town Tour will get you all shook up, mixing new hits with Wiggles classics, and guarantees fun for the whole family!

Times: 11 am & 2:30 pm
Location: Ricoh Coliseum, 45 Manitoba Drive, Toronto

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