It can be overwhelming, having your little ones at home over the winter break. How to keep them entertained in this cold weather? How not to go crazy?
Well, here are our top 10 things to do over the holidays that’ll occupy the entire family and that won’t break your bank:
1. Help out at Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank on one of its 2016 public food sort dates. You’ll be helping in the fight against hunger and will get to teach your little ones about the importance of giving back. Shifts are two and a half hours on: December 23rd, 27th, and 28th. Registration begins on December 6th at 10am. Children must be 8 and up to assist.
2. Sift through your family’s clothing and household items to determine what it is that you no longer make use of. The City of Toronto has compiled a Holiday Wish List of the donations that local agencies supporting individuals living homeless or on the margins are requesting. Your donation of gently used items could greatly impact the lives of the individuals accessing these services.
3. Check out the ‘Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books’ event going on now to January 15th at the Toronto Reference Library. You’ll find free guided tours, fairy tale storytimes, puppet shows, ballet workshops, a costume display from The National Ballet of Canada, and movie showings!
4. Head on over to the Toronto Zoo for Treats and Talks on Monday, December 26th for 50% off your Zoo admission! On this special day, pick from one of three Treks to attend to learn about different animals and to watch them enjoy special holiday treats.
5. Catch the Spectacle of Lights on Toronto’s Waterfront! You’ll get to see the Toronto Music Garden come alive with a fully-animated lighting experience. There are three huge installations along the water at The Westin Hotel, the Fire Hall, and the Toronto Music Garden. On now until January 1st, 2017.
6. Get tickets to Ross Petty’s Sleeping Beauty, the ‘deliriously dreamy family musical.’ Kids and adults alike love the pantomimes that Petty puts on each holiday season, they’re a winter tradition! Find the ticket calendar here.
7. Take a hike! Rouge Park, Toronto’s well-hidden national urban park, offers guided, family-friendly, themed walking tours almost every day in December. Did you know that the park is accessible by public transit? Explore it today!
8. Make delicious holiday treats with the kids! There are so many fantastic kid-friendly recipes to choose from on the internet, but maybe you have family recipes or cookbooks from the library that you make use of? No matter the source, the results are always delicious. Here’s a fun list of 24 treats to make with the family that we’ve found.
9. Watch a holiday classic! There’s a great selection of family-specific films on Netflix and at your local library branch, but you can also always head to the Cineplex Cinema nearest you. On December 10th The Polar Express 3D is showing as A Cineplex Family Favourites Presentation, which means it’s only $2.99 per person! Find the participating locations here.
10. Go for a skate! There are many free skating rinks across the GTA, both indoors and out. Many of them even have skate rentals, helmets, and sharpening services, though it is recommended that skaters bring their own CSA-approved helmets for their little ones. Find the rink nearest you here.