The 11 most awesome, relatively painless, munchkin-friendly activities happening in the city this month.
Events selected by bunchfamily.ca
1. Settle into your space pod, slip on headphones, and get ready for a one-of-a-kind multimedia show. Recording artist Kid Koala presents his graphic novel, Space Cadet, with accompanying music.
May 3. 918 Bathurst St., 416-538-0868. $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
2. Can’t get enough Star Wars? Bring the kids to the Toronto Underground Cinema for a trilogy-trivia game show, costume contests, and screenings. There’s also a childrens’ costume contest.
May 4. Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave., 647-992-4335. Adults $15, children 12 and under $10.
3. Bang on some drums and sing along with singer-songwriter Jessica Spiezale at the Family Fun Day jam at Mayworks festival.
May 5. Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St., 416-599-9096. Free.
4. This year, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival includes child-centric programming at St. Paul’s Church. We’re especially looking forward to meeting Jeff Smith, the graphic novelist behind the Bone series.
May 5. St. Paul’s, 277 Bloor St. E. Free.
5. It’s toad-mating season. Watch frogs go a-courtin’ at the Spring Toad Festival, which also includes frog watching and wildlife-tracking lessons.
May 5–6. Toronto Zoo, 361A Old Finch Ave., 416-392-5929. Free with zoo admission.
6. Masks, puppets, and drums animate Baobab, the West African story of a young boy on a mission to save his land’s water supply.
May 8–17. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. W., 416-862-2222. $15–$20.
7. Scope out some killer kid lit at Forest of Reading Festival of Trees, the biggest childrens’ book fest in Canada.
May 11–12. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4760. $13.
8. Learn all about local birds and go on a guided family nature walk in High Park.
May 12. High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr. $2 or PWYC.
9. Explore the unseen nooks and crannies of Casa Loma on a tour designed to see the estate through the eyes of a servant.
May 19. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Ter., 647-725-1826. Adults $25, children $14.50.
10. Acrobats, fire masters, and clowns will take the stage at the International Circus Festival.
May 19–21. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000. Free.
11. Celebrate Alice in Wonderland Victorian-style with a Mad Hatter interactive play, a Through the Looking Glass Maze, and a Queen of Hearts Field of Games.
May 22–May 24. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy., 416-736-1733. Adults $15, children $11.