If you’re not sure what to do with your extra time on Friday, or any day this weekend, check out of these fun events happening around Toronto. We’ve highlighted a mix of things to do for the young and old.
TIFF Kids Film Festival
The TIFF Kids Film Festival presents diverse programming designed to teach children and youth about different cultures and perspectives from around the world. The festival will feature filmmakers and other special guests.
Dates: Friday, April 18 – Monday, April 21
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W.
Cost: $12 for adults, $8.50 for children aged 3-13, $9.50 for students/seniors
Harbourfront Centre Spring Fling Festival
Celebrate the arrival of spring with three days of family-friendly music, dance and hands-on activities. There will be pet-themed fun at PawsWay, family films screened at Queen’s Quay Terminal and free meals for kids (with the purchase of an adult meal) at the Watermark Restaurant.
Dates: Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20
Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.
Easter at the Toronto Zoo
The Conservation Connect Centre will feature crafts, colouring, “egg-ducational activities” and giant panda mascots to celebrate Easter this weekend. Plus, colourful eggs will be hidden in various animal exhibits throughout the Zoo.
Dates: Saturday, April 19 – Monday, April 21
Location: The Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd.
Cost: $23 for general admission (ages 13-64), $14 for children aged 3-12, $18 for seniors, free for children aged two and younger
Francis Bacon and Henry Moore at the Art Gallery of Ontario
This exhibition highlighting the work of 20th century artists Francis Bacon and Henry Moore recently opened at the AGO. Their artwork is known for exploring human suffering in the body through paintings and sculptures.
Dates: Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20 (AGO is closed Easter Monday)
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W.
Cost: $19.50 for adults, $11 for students and youth aged 6-17, $16 for seniors, children aged five and under are free
Get a great start on the long weekend by tasting beers from a range of Ontario brewers. The event is open to all ages, but you must be 19 years of age or older to drink the beer.
Date: Friday, April 18, noon-6 p.m.
Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave.
Cost: $6-$8 per beer/food serving
Yorkdale Easter Egg Hunt
Help your kids search for Easter eggs in the ninth annual Kidnetix Easter egg hunt. The day will feature playground fun, crafts, free face painting and a chance to meet Hunny the Easter Bunny.
Date: Friday, April 18 (Two hunts: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Location: Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St.
Cost: $15 for children. Pre-registration required. Event will sell out.
First Nations & the City
Explore indigenous places and spaces of significance through this Jane’s Walk Walkshop. This informal, interactive event is the last in a series of workshops designed to encourage civic dialogue on how the city can work better for Torontonians.
Date: Saturday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Location: CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St.
Pimenton's Supper Club
Savour a special dinner featuring dishes from the Iberian Peninsula. Tapas, salads, paellas, and cheeses will highlight the unique flavours found in Spanish cuisine.
Date: Saturday, April 19, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Pimenton, 681 Mount Pleasant Rd.
Cost: $95 per person. Buy your tickets online.
Easter Sweets Tour
Spend Easter Sunday enjoying tasty treats around Toronto. The guided tour features five sweet stores and samples from each location, plus an explanation of the history of sweets.
Date: Sunday, April 20 (Tours: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.-4 p.m.)
Location: Departs from Ding Dong Pastries, 321 Spadina Ave.
Cost: $30 for adults, $15 for children aged 7-12, children under 7 are free. Online pre-booking required.
Toronto Beaches Easter Parade
The Toronto Beaches Lions Club is holding its 48th annual Easter parade. Bring the family to see floats, marching bands and the Easter Bunny riding a classic car. Parade is approximately two hours long.
Date: Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
Location: Queen St. E. at Munro Park Ave.