Events selected by Bunchfamily.ca
1. With the help of acclaimed author and illustrator Ruth Ohi, learn how to create the next great picture book for children aged eight to 12 years old.
April 6, 13, 20, and 27. S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave., 416-396-3975. Free.
2. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra brings its travelling musical menagerie back to home turf with music from Thomas and Friends and The Polar Express. Arrive early for a special pre-performance concert in the lobby.
April 6. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-598-3375. $20–32.
3. The rhythm is going to get you at the Samba Kidz drumming workshop for little musicians and their percussion-loving parents.
April 7. Drum Artz Community Centre, 27 Primrose Ave., 416-538-6342, drumartz.com. $10.
4. Art meets science at the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace—part of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival—where young minds can toy with the latest digital technologies, like interactive installations, green screens, and 3D printing.
TIFF Kids International Film Festival runs from April 9-21, and the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace runs from Mar 9 - April 21. For full pricing info, visit tiff.net/tiffkids. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433.
5. Turn your tots into treehuggers with a trip to the Green Living Show—the largest consumer show in North America with a sustainable, Earth-friendly angle.
April 12–14. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., 416-360-0044. Free with an e-waste donation.
6. It’s (supposedly) spring, so get outside already! Check out the Spring Sprang Sprung Family Nature Walk in High Park.
April 13. 440 Parkside Dr., 416-392-1748. $2 or PWYC.
7. Can’t pry them away from the screen? Take in a few showings of nature-themed (and family-approved) films.
April 22. Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr., 905-832-2289. $4–$6.50.
8. Kid-friendly rock band The Monkey Bunch are set to host a fundraiser for The Grove Community School. Don’t worry: Adults are welcome.
April 21. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., 416-908-2630. $10–$30.
9. Who better to celebrate Earth Day with than a bunch of literal party animals? Join in the Toronto Zoo’s festivities with all-day conservation lessons from special guest educators Backyard Naturalists.
April 20–21. Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Ave., 416-392-5929. $11-$20.
10. Have a starry, starry, night at the Ontario Science Centre’s Space Odyssey sleepover. Would-be astronauts can learn about the nature of the universe, everyday uses for space technology, and catch a screening of the IMAX film Born to Be Wild.
April 27. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd., 416-696-3256. $52–$59.
11. Everyone likes a deal, right? A North Toronto tradition since 1995, the Great Kids Stuff Sale offers high-quality items—clothes, strollers, toys, you name it—for kids aged newborn to six.
April 27. St. Clement’s Church, 70 St. Clements Ave., 416-483-6664. Cash and debit only.
Correction, March 28: An earlier version of this story included incorrect dates for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. It has been updated.