MAY FREE & CHEAP EVENTS (May 1- May 3, 2015)

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**FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015**

*Shabbat Program (Maple) (FREE)
9:30am-10:30am OR 10:30am-11:30am
The Chabad Romano Centre
10500 Bathurst St
Maple, ON

Join us for a FREE Mom & Tot Shabbat Program.This runs every Friday morning.
We have Jewish songs, crafts, challah making and a special kids service.
Up to Age 5.

Time Slots Choice are: 9:30am or 10:30am

RSVP to: chabad@chabadrc.org or (905) 303-1880

http://www.chabadrc.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/543331/jewish/Mom-Tot.htm

*KidzFREE60 (Toronto) (FREE)
9:30am-11:30am
Kidz360 Active Learning Centre
3431 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON

This time is open to the community for Parents & Kids (under 3.5 Years) to connect, participate in our free play and experience our new, fun programs each week.

http://kidz360.ca/

*Arts For Life Children’s Festival (Mississauga)
6pm-8:30pm
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON

The Living Arts Centre is dedicated to artistic, cultural and entertainment experiences for children ages 4-12 and their families. The festival offers a variety of fun and engaging activities, both ticketed and free, for all to enjoy!

Indoor activities include stage shows, creative zones, exhibitors and artist demonstrations, taking place in the Atrium. Families can enjoy creating arts and crafts and take in the sights and sounds of some of the finest performers in the GTA including:

Mini Pop Kids
Alice in Wonderland
Dino – Lights
Imagination Movers
Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra
Splash N Boots & Circus Johnathan Variety Show

Outdoor activities include exciting opportunities for fun and learning continue throughout the Living Arts Centre Park with tons of fun activities including:

A play zone
Bouncy Castles
Face painting
Strolling entertainers
Outdoor Community Stage
Food Vendors and much more!

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/


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**SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015**

*Cineplex Family Favourites (All Over The GTA)
11am
Various Locations

Movie: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Admission (taxes included):
General: $2.99

http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites

*Arts And Crafts Drop in (All over Ontario)
10am-11:30am
Various Michaels Locations

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30 am. See a store associate to join the fun!

http://canada.michaels.com/Kids-Store-Events/store-events-kids,default,pg.html

*Our Rugrats Expo (Vaughan) (FREE)
TRIO Sportsplex
601 Cityview Blvd.
Vaughan, ON

FREE family event in Vaughan next weekend.

Legoland Play Zone
Reptile ZOO
Food Trucks – beaver tails/mini donuts & ice cream
Bouncey Castle
Karaoke
ELSA / FROZEN Photo Booth
Super Heroes Photo Ops
Vendors
And more!!!

Come bring the kids for some family fun!!!

www.ourrugrats.ca


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*Jungle Gym (Vaughan)
1:30pm – 3:30pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

Drop in program.
Our gymnasium will be set up as a jungle gym featuring a bouncy castle and a variety of fun and exciting equipment for your children to explore.
Ages 1-5

FREE for Members
Regular Fee: $5

Contact Roanna Tward for more information on programming.

905-303-1821 ex. 3014

*Mother’s Day Program (Richmond Hill) (FREE)
10:30am-11:15am
Richvale Library
40 Pearson Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON

Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day with a fun program with stories, songs & music. Come join us and make a special craft for Mom!
Note: Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult to the program room for drop-off and pick-up for the safety of the child.
Age group: 3-8 years.
Admission: FREE.
Richvale Library
Please pick up your free ticket 15 minutes before the program starts at the Circulation Desk of the Richvale Library.

(905) 889-2847

*Farmer’s Market (Aurora) (Free Admission)
8am-1pm
49 Wells Street
Aurora, ON

Join us at the Aurora Farmers Market this upcoming Saturday for our GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!!!
There will be live music, free face painting, a plant-your-own seeds craft, a scavenger hunt with prizes, free cupcakes and a $5 market buck free giveaway every hour!
Make sure to stop by our sponsor booth to guess how many potatoes are in the jar for your chance to win our amazing market bag filled with yummy goodies!!!

http://www.theaurorafarmersmarket.com

*Family Fun Science Workshop (Markham)
10pm-11:30pm
Markham Museum
9350 Markham Road

Ages: 4 and up

As the days get hotter, let’s look closely at what makes our world tick through a potato clock, making perfume, super strong bubbles and vanishing colours. Pre-registration required.

Call 905-305-5970 to register today!

COST $18.00 for 1 child and 1 adult, additional children $9.00 each (max 2 children)

http://www.markhammuseum.ca

*May Weekends (Scarborough)
12pm-5pm
Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Road
Scarborough, ON

Come celebrate Mother’s Day every weekend at Scarborough Museum! Enjoy fresh baked treats and share your family story at the Communities Memories Kiosk.
Admission is Pay What You Can.

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Kids Fleamarket at City Hall (Toronto)
12pm-6pm
Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto, ON

Your kids want to buy that new toy and are looking to earn a buck? You would like to free up some space in the house? Let your kids join the children only flea market on Nathan Phillips Square on the second of May. It is part of a liberation festival in which the Dutch thank the Canadian’s for their crucial contribution in liberating the Netherlands during the second world war. You do not have to be Dutch to join! All kids are welcome.

http://www.thankyoucanada.nl/kids-zone/

*Avengers…Assemble (Toronto)
1pm-4pm
Richview Library
1806 Islington Ave
Toronto, ON

Excited to see the new “Avengers: Age of Ultron”? See the film that started it all and relive the epic adventure. Come dressed in costume, participate in activities, and perhaps even win a prize. Enjoy a screening of the first “Avengers” film before you go see the sequel.
For families with children ages 6 and up.
Drop in only.
“Avengers” is rated PG.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT197589&R=EVT197589

*Origami Flash Mob (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Parkdale Library
1303 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Make an Origami Butterflies and set it free! Artist Sam Dizon will be teaching students to create these paper art pieces and together we will create an outdoor art installation. No registration required.

416-393-7686

*MAP Family Saturdays – Textile Museum visits Long Branch (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Long Branch Library
3500 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Toronto, ON

Discover how cloth is made, and weave your own bookmark to take home with you.

416-394-5320

*MAP Family Saturdays – Toronto Zoo visits McGregor Park (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
McGregor Park Library
2219 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, ON

Wild for Cats!
Tigers, lions, leopards and jaguars are some of the large wild cats found at the Zoo. Known for their powerful roars, they are strong predators in their habitat. What do wild cats eat? How does a wild cat hunt? Learn more about what features the wild cats share with your favourite fluffy pet kitty and what it takes to be a wild cat.

Register in branch or call 416-396-8935

*MAP Family Saturdays – Gibson House Museum visits Locke (Toronto)
10:30am-11:30am
Locke Library
3083 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON

Join costumed interpreters from the Gibson House Museum and discover historic toys and games! These hands-on activities are available for everyone to come and play with at the library.
Children will also be invited to make a small toy to take home.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Register in branch or call 416-393-7730.

*MAP Family Saturdays – Bata Shoe Museum visits Victoria Village (Toronto)
10am-11am
Victoria Village Library
184 Sloane Avenue
Toronto, ON

Have you ever wanted to feel a sealskin boot or touch a shoe made from a tire? Well now is your chance!
Join the Bata Shoe Museum staff and touch and examine museum objects up close while hearing the fascinating stories behind the shoes.

You’ll also get to make a shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home!

416-395-5950

*MAP Family Saturdays – Scarborough Museum visits Cedarbrae (Toronto)
1pm-2pm
Cedarbrae Library
545 Markham Road, Toronto, ON

Scarborough Museum presents: The Early Settler Experience.

Enjoy discovery boxes, games, reproduction 19th century toys, and stories as you discover Scarborough’s past!

416-396-8850

*MAP Family Saturdays – Gibson House Museum visits Downsview (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Downsview Library
2793 Keele Street, Toronto, ON

Join costumed interpreters from the Gibson House Museum and discover historic toys and games! These hands-on activities are available for everyone to come and play with at the library.
Children will also be invited to make a small toy to take home.

416-395-5720

*MAP Family Saturdays – Bata Shoe Museum visits Thorncliffe (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Thorncliffe Library
48 Thorncliffe Park Drive
Toronto, ON

Have you ever wanted to feel a sealskin boot or touch a shoe made from a tire? Well now is your chance!
Join the Bata Shoe Museum staff and touch and examine museum objects up close while hearing the fascinating stories behind the shoes.

You?ll also get to make a shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home!

For more information, call 416-396-3865.

*MAP Family Saturdays – Royal Ontario Museum visits Humber Summit (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Humber Summit Library
2990 Islington Avenue
Toronto, ON

ROM Rocks!
Fossils, Meteorites, Gems. Learn about the collections at the ROM and make a craft to take home.

416-395-5840

*MAP Family Saturdays – Museum of Inuit Art visits Bloor/Gladstone (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Bloor/Gladstone Library
1101 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Join the Museum of Inuit Art at Bloor/Gladstone branch to touch some museum artifacts from their hands-on collection, play traditional Inuit games and make your own piece of art to take home.

416-393-7674

*MAP Family Saturdays – Gardiner Museum visits Parliament Street (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Parliament Street Library
269 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON

Did you know that in many east Asian Cultures the Dragon is a symbol of luck, hope and prosperity? Join the museum?s potters and learn how to make your very own dragons using only clay and a few tools!

416-393-7663

*MAP Family Saturdays – Colborne Lodge visits Spadina Road
2pm-3pm
Spadina Road Library
10 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON

Time travel with Colborne Lodge: Enjoy games and toys from more than 150 years ago. Share your favourite riddle and listen to a story or two.

416-393-7666

*Arts For Life Children’s Festival (Mississauga)
10am-6pm
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON

The Living Arts Centre is dedicated to artistic, cultural and entertainment experiences for children ages 4-12 and their families. The festival offers a variety of fun and engaging activities, both ticketed and free, for all to enjoy!

Indoor activities include stage shows, creative zones, exhibitors and artist demonstrations, taking place in the Atrium. Families can enjoy creating arts and crafts and take in the sights and sounds of some of the finest performers in the GTA including:

Mini Pop Kids
Alice in Wonderland
Dino – Lights
Imagination Movers
Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra
Splash N Boots & Circus Johnathan Variety Show

Outdoor activities include exciting opportunities for fun and learning continue throughout the Living Arts Centre Park with tons of fun activities including:

A play zone
Bouncy Castles
Face painting
Strolling entertainers
Outdoor Community Stage
Food Vendors and much more!

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/

*Kids Fishing Day (Hamilton) (FREE)
9am-2pm
Safari Lake
771 Safari Lake
Hamilton, ON

Hosted by the Optimist Club of Strabane
Free event features fishing, lunch, educational programs and demonstrations by members of the Hamilton Police Service.
Interactive model boat display and prizes for young anglers.

http://www.thespec.com/events/5562190–murray-mccullum-memorial-kids-fish/

*Arborfest 2015 (Burlington)
9am-1pm
Central Arena
519 Drury Lane
Burlington, ON

Learn more about the benefits trees bring to our community. Meet community groups, gardeners and landscape enthusiasts who play a key role in promoting the health and benefits of our urban forest.
• vendor exhibits • tree planting in Central park • fun activities for children

905-333-6166

*Earth Day Event (Waterloo)
1pm-4pm
Westmount Sportsfields
440 Westmount Rd
Waterloo, ON

Waterloo Earth Day is a free community event focusing on the planting of native trees and learning about our environment through educational hands-on activities.

Help us celebrate Earth Day™ by joining in on these activities:
dig in and plant a tree
meet live animals
build a bird house with the K-W Woodworking and Craft Centre
earn tips from local exhibitors: explore nature, be water wise and live local

Free bus shuttle
Leave your car behind and hop aboard a free GRT bus! The bus shuttle will pick up participants every 30 minutes, staring at 12:30 p.m. from the west entrance to the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex at 101 Father David Bauer Drive.
Register your group of 10 or more to ensure your spot on the bus!

http://www.waterloo.ca/en/living/earthday.asp

*Hip Hop in the Park (Pickering)
2pm-4pm
Diana, Princess of Wales Skate Park (behind Pickering Recreation Complex)
1867 Valley Farm Road
Pickering, ON

Free Teen event for Pickering Teens 13-19 yrs. Live DJ, break dancing floor, “best trick” skateboarding competition, graffiti demos and hip hop artist performances.
Plus free giveaways.
For more info call 905.420.6588 or
http://pickering.ca/teen

*Minecraft Party (Pickering)
2pm-3pm
Pickering Central Library
1 The Esplanade South
Pickering, ON

Join us for Minecraft fun! There will be Minecraft related crafts, activities and food! 8-12 years old.

http://www.picnet.org/programs

*Maple Festival (Bowmanville) (Free Admission)
9am-5pm
King Street
Bowmanville, ON

Enjoy a day of everything maple in Historic Downtown Bowmanville
Admission and parking are free. Our 2015 Maple Festival includes maple syrup and maple products from local producers, a pancake breakfast, crafts, food, live music, fun for kids, and much more. The businesses of Historic Downtown Bowmanville welcome Maple Fest visitors with their own displays, events, and hospitality. With four city blocks fully accessible to pedestrians, there’s more to see, and lots to do throughout the festival.

http://www.bowmanville.com

*2nd Annual Cause for Celebration (Keswick) (Free Admission)
10am-2pm
Learning Centre for Georgina
23324 Woodbine Avenue
Keswick, ON

13 vendors, yard sale, BBQ, crafts for kids to make for mom, face painting, cards and cookies.

(905)476 -9900



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**SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015**

*Jungle Gym (Vaughan)
9:15am-10:45am
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

Drop in program.
Our gymnasium will be set up as a jungle gym featuring a bouncy castle and a variety of fun and exciting equipment for your children to explore.
Ages 1-5

FREE for Members
Regular Fee: $5

Contact Roanna Tward for more information on programming.

905-303-1821 ex. 3014

http://fitness.srcentre.info/programs/Jungle-Gym-324.asp

*May Weekends (Scarborough)
12pm-5pm
Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Road
Scarborough, ON

Come celebrate Mother’s Day every weekend at Scarborough Museum! Enjoy fresh baked treats and share your family story at the Communities Memories Kiosk.
Admission is Pay What You Can.

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Toronto Reptile Expo (Toronto)
9am-4pm
Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Road
Toronto, ON

Canada’s longest running reptile show and sale geared to the snake, lizard, arachnid and exotic lover. We’ve designed our shows to not only offer great value to vendors and attendees alike, but we’ve worked hard to create an amazing family oriented event. Looking for something new to do with the kids? Come our to one of our Canadian Pet Shows!

-Reptile products
-Snakes, lizards, arachnids, amphibians
-Family activities
-Free Parking
-Knowledgeable reptile keepers
-Reptile feeders & supplies

Adults $10.00,
Children 7 yrs of age to 14 yrs of age Seniors $5.00

http://www.reptileexpo.ca

*Mother’s Day Family Sunday (Toronto)
2pm-4pm
Art Works Art School
238 Jane Street
Toronto, ON

Message in the Bottle – Design, decorate and hand paint a beautiful bottle of any shape or design enclosed with a special hand-written letter to your mother inspired by the story of The Little Prince.
Bring your own bottle or jar. $5/person or $20/family,
please reserve in advance

http://artworksartschool.com

*Comic Con (Milton)
1pm-4:15pm
Milton Public Library
1010 Main St E
Milton, ON

Join us for ComicCon at the Milton Public Library on Sunday, May 3rd! Enjoy an afternoon of costumes, author / illustrator / collector talks, crafts, games and more.
Get your photo taken with Batman, Sad Monster or even ELSA!! from Frozen between 1-3pm
Meet Sci-Fi author Robert J. Sawyer and Director Kurt Dettbarn who will be screening “Sad Monster” which won top film at Comic Con Awards in Chicago last year.
Pick up your free comic book at Fortress Comics on Saturday, May 2nd.

http://mpl.on.ca/a_programs.php#comiccon

*Family Sundays (Waterloo)
1pm-4pm
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen Street North

Drop-in 1 – 4 pm All ages welcome
Activities designed for ages 4 – 12 + adult companion Share time with friends and family exploring the world of art and creativity. Enjoy the exhibitions and make one-of-a-kind artwork of your own, take part in drama workshops and interactive games, and listen to stories told by our friends at the Kitchener Public Library.
Exciting new activities each month; visit our website for updates. *Suggested donation of $5 per child.

http://www.kwag.ca

*Children’s Film Festival (Mississauga) (FREE)
4pm-6pm
Sampradaya Theatre
3250 Ridgeway Drive, Unit #4
Mississauga ON,

Children | Free

This is a family-friendly event for children and youth to take in an afternoon of great film shorts as curated by our partner , FILMI Toronto showcasing the talents of South.

http://sampradaya.ca

*Arts For Life Children’s Festival (Mississauga)
11am-6pm
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON

The Living Arts Centre is dedicated to artistic, cultural and entertainment experiences for children ages 4-12 and their families. The festival offers a variety of fun and engaging activities, both ticketed and free, for all to enjoy!
Indoor activities include stage shows, creative zones, exhibitors and artist demonstrations, taking place in the Atrium. Families can enjoy creating arts and crafts and take in the sights and sounds of some of the finest performers in the GTA including:

Mini Pop Kids
Alice in Wonderland
Dino – Lights
Imagination Movers
Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra
Splash N Boots & Circus Johnathan Variety Show

Outdoor activities include exciting opportunities for fun and learning continue throughout the Living Arts Centre Park with tons of fun activities including:

A play zone
Bouncy Castles
Face painting
Strolling entertainers
Outdoor Community Stage
Food Vendors and much more!

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/

*Sunday Funday (Oshawa)
12pm-4pm
Oshawa Community Museum
1450 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, ON

Bring a camera or use your phone to take a photo tour of the Museum! On this ‘Amazing Race’ style of scavenger hunt, you’ll make your way through the clues and interactive activities that will lead you to your next destination, photographing your journey along the way!

http://www.oshawamuseum.org

*Trafalgar Castle Open House (Whitby)
11am- 3pm
Trafalgar Castle School
Whitby, ON

Price: Free (food and drinks)
Food from around the globe, vintage pizza, vintage photo booth, castle tours, entertainment, zoo to you display, wagon rides and more.

http://www.trafalgarcastle.ca

*Warm Up to Your Museum (Peterborough)
1pm-4pm
Peterborough Museum and Archives
300 Hunter St.East

Drop in to the Museum on Sunday afternoons and enjoy plenty of fun and crafts at these popular free family days.

http://www.peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca/What_s_On/familyevents.htm

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