toronto: what to do, what to do?

Filed Under Events | May 9, 2012

toronto family events may9

Welcome to yoyomama’s weekend guide! Your go-to list of family friendly fun things to do with kids in Toronto and the GTA.

Toronto has plenty of fun for all this weekend, with Mother’s Day events happening in and around the city (like a chocolate tour, cruise around the harbour, and a tea tasting), plus family theatre productions of Pinocchio and Rapunzel, migratory bird celebrations and educational events for birding enthusiasts, and the Science Rendezvous Festival. We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

Circus! The Exhibition
Starts Wednesday, May 9th, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
The kiddos will love this circus which is all about exploring magic and science! Kids will learn how contortionists fit into tiny spaces, how jugglers use complex patterns and sequences to keep all the balls in the air, what animals are trying to communicate through their sounds and motions, and how someone can really swallow a 22-inch sword. A great exhibition, included with science centre admission:

Mayfair in Rosedale Park
Saturday, May 12th, 9 am – 5 pm, Rosedale Park, 38 Scholfield Avenue, Toronto
The kids will be entertained all day with the carnival rides and midway games, and the whole family will love the fish pond, face painting, BBQ, live music, and silent auction. Kids can dress up as their favourite movie character for the fun street parade, happening from 8:15 am – 8:45 am, and win prizes for best costumes:

Mega Magic
Saturday, May 12th, 9 pm – 11 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre,  93 Charles Street West, Toronto
Come see this incredible show, put on by the winner of the 2012 “Performer of the Year”, and be amazed by the magic, grand illusions, mind-reading, and so much more! This interactive show is one night only, and probably best for kiddos who can sit in their seats for a few hours:

Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour
Saturday, May 12th, 4 pm – 7 pm, SOMA Chocolate, 443 King Street West, Toronto
What mum wouldn’t love some chocolate treats for Mother’s Day? Walk Trinity Bellwoods Park with Tasty Tours, T.O.’s original sweets tour, and sample a variety of chocolate, chat with the chefs about their creations, and bring home a bonus treat:

Science Rendezvous
Saturday, May 12th, see site for times and locations,  Canada-wide event
This is the day to celebrate Canadian science! This festival is held on university campuses and in community centres across Canada, where the whole family can learn from top scientists. There will be demonstrations, interactive exhibits, guided lab tours, and impressive experiments. From the chemistry of ice cream to the physics of rock and roll, Science Rendezvous has something for everyone. This event is free. Please visit the website to find a location near you, or email

Spring Bird Festival
Saturday, May 12th, 7 am – 4 pm, Tommy Thompson Park,  1 Leslie Street, Toronto
You won’t want to miss this annual festival that’s all about bird migration and the importance of bird conservation. There will be plenty of activities to suit all ages, and for all birding abilities:

13th Annual International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 12th, 8 am – 4 pm, Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Avenue, Toronto
Birding enthusiasts will want to head to the Zoo this weekend to celebrate Migratory Bird Day, and learn how to help preserve birds every day. There will be one and two-hour guided bird watching tours (from 8 am – 3 pm, and $10/person), displays, and U of T students on hand to offer a variety of fun activities celebrating Science Rendezvous. To pre-register for tours or for more information, contact 416.392.5960 or email

Family Fun Day in Martingrove Gardens
Saturday, May 12th, 8 am – 1 pm, Martingrove Gardens Park, 31 Lavington Drive (Kipling & Dixon), Toronto
Bring the whole family to this community fundraiser and enjoy all the fun and entertainment, including appearances by Blinky the Police Car and Twinkles the Clown, plus a silent auction, raffle draw, and a BBQ from 11 am – 1 pm:

Meagan’s Walk: Create a Circle of Hope
Saturday, May 12th, 8:30 am – 11:45 am (8:30 am walk registration and pledge drop off, 10 am walk begins), Ontario Place,  955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Celebrate Mother’s Day this year by participating in a 5km fundraising walk, starting at Ontario Place and ending at Sick Kids Hospital, to support paediatric brain tumour research. Meagan’s Walk is for all ages and abilities, and you can register and collect pledges through the website:

National Chinese Acrobats
Saturday, May 12th, 3:30 pm & 8 pm, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto
This is a not-to-be-missed performance! Experience history in the making the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony joins China’s National Chinese Acrobats to bring audiences a live performance featuring the best in martial arts, illusion, acrobatics, music, dance, and drama. Use the code KIDS to get a special “buy one ticket, get one free” promotion (some conditions apply):

Puppy and Kitten Weekend
Saturday, May 12th – Sunday, May 13th, 11 am – 5 pm, PawsWay,  245 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Have you recently introduced a new member, of the furry variety, to your family? Then you’ll want to attend this puppy and kitten weekend to learn all you can from experts, such as breeders, groomers, trainers, and vets. This is a free event, and will definitely be up there on the cuteness scale:

Saturday, May 12th & Sunday, May 13th, 11 am & 2 pm, Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 100 Upper Madison Avenue, North York
Bring the whole family to celebrate with mum at this musical version of the classic story by the Brothers Grimm. Come see whether Rapunzel can be freed from her tower prison and be reunited with her family. Enjoy the special Mother’s Day price of $12 per ticket. Ages 3-10:

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Sunday, May 13th, Boarding begins at 11:30 am followed by the cruise from Noon – 2 pm, Mariposa Cruises,  207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Take mum on a cruise for Mother’s Day! This two-hour boat cruise tours Toronto’s beautiful waterfront and islands, and has a delicious buffet brunch to enjoy while taking in the sights:

Mother’s Day Lecture and Tea Tasting (pictured)
Sunday, May 13th, 10 am – Noon, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
The perfect event for Mother’s Day, this tea tasting and talk (presented by Linda Gaylord, certified Tea Sommelier and wardrobe stylist) will look at tea’s influence on style and social history. Guests will also sample teas and enjoy light snacks prepared especially to complement the tea. Tickets must be pre-purchased at 416.979.7799 x445, or by email

Forest of Reading® Festival of the Trees™
Tuesday, May 15th – Wednesday, May 16th, 9 am – 2 pm, Harbourfront Centre,  235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Love to read? Be sure to drop by the Forest of Reading Festival of Trees for fun workshops, author signings, activities, and award ceremonies. Ticket price includes attendance at ALOUD: A Celebration for Young Readers:

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Tuesday, May 16th – Monday, May 21st, 2 pm, Unit 102, 376 Dufferin Street, Toronto
Come see Cow Over Moon’s fun take on the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden boy (played by a girl in this performance!) whose nose grows when he tells a lie. During the show he’ll have all sorts of adventures with a cast of characters, including his father, Gepetto, and the trickster Stromboli. Fun for the whole family:

Farther Afield:

Mother’s Day Hair Ribbons & Bow Ties
Thursday, May 10th, 6 pm – 8 pm, Megafun4kids, 91 Rylander Boulevard, Scarborough
Come with Mum and make hair ribbons and bow ties! You’ll also enjoy playtime, pizza, coffee, tea, and juice, and take home your special creations. Cost is $14 for Mum and tot, and additional siblings are $5/each. Register for this event at 416.282.6531, or email

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Sunday, May 13th, Noon & 3 pm, Erindale Studio Theatre, 3350 Mississauga Road, Mississauga
Come see Cow Over Moon’s fun take on the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden boy (played by a girl in this performance!) whose nose grows when he tells a lie. During the show he’ll have all sorts of adventures with a cast of characters, including his father, Gepetto, and the trickster Stromboli. Fun for the whole family:

Do you have an event you would like to see in our weekend guide? Then send us your details and we’ll help you get the word out. Looking for a feature listing? Contact Erin, our Director of Sales and Marketing, for more information.

And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the website for event info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!

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