The 11 most awesome, relatively painless, munchkin-friendly activities happening in the city this month.
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1. Check out some cool kindie tunes (that’s indie rock for kids) and support the Grove Community School at this benefit concert by local favourites The Monkey Bunch (pictured above).
April 1. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.,416-537-0803. Kids $8, family of four $25.
2. Let a professional handle story time: Childrens’ author Aubrey Davis reads his comedy, Same Donkey Different Saddle, as part of The Toronto Storytelling Festival.
April 1. Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.,416-973-4000. Free.
3. Future fashion designers can paint miniature clogs ($2) and design their own shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum’s family weekends.
Every Saturday and Sunday in April. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W., 416-979-7799. Adults $14, kids $5.
4. Linda A. Carson’s green twist on the Jack and the Giant Beanstalk fable follows Jack’s rags-to-riches quest to make his family’s farmland fertile.
April 2–21. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. E., 416-862-2222. $10–$20.
5. Kids can ramble along a spring trail and check out their favourite animals at the zoo’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza. An Easter parade takes place at noon and 2 p.m.
April 6–9. Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Ave., 416-392-5929. $13–$23, kids under 3 free.
6. Introduce your tykes to some killer films at the 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival. Between features, check out the interactive tech exhibits in the Digi Play Space.
April 10–22. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433. $8.50–$12.
7. First Jr. Jays Saturday of the year! Watch the Jays take on the Baltimore Orioles, then stick around after to run the bases.
April 14 and every Saturday home game. The Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, 416-341-1707. $5–$85.
8. Hunt for some pre-loved treasures, ranging from sporting goods to clothing, at an “everything for your child” flea market.
April 14. German International School Toronto, 585 Cranbrooke Ave., 416-922-6413. Free.
9. We don’t know exactly when the cherry blossoms will bloom, but the High Park Nature Centre guesses it’ll be around April 17. The flowers last for about five days, so you’ve got a short window for a park visit.
April 17–24-ish. High Park, 1873 Bloor St. W. Free.
10. Get your green on at the Brick Works’ Earth Day celebration. Along with the always-awesome farmers’ market, there’s a bush tour, tree planting, and live music.
April 21. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-596-7670. Free.
11. During the Walk on the Wild Side program at Harborfront Centre, kids go for a hike through the Music Gardens, learn to ID urban wildlife, and make their own birdhouse.
April 21. Habourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4093. Adult and child $60.