Things to do in April in Toronto with Kids
Family Fun in April in Toronto
Happy spring and happy Easter! This year that holiday falls on the second weekend in April and brings with it all kinds of fun events, including multiple activities that feature the Easter Bunny. But if Easter isn’t your family’s thing, don’t fret, there are plenty of other events and attractions in April in Toronto keep you busy this month.
Below we round up over a dozen ways to entertain your family over the next few weeks. Thanks to the improving weather, many of these attractions and events take place outdoors where your family can take in the fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine! And don’t forget that early April is still sugar shack season! See our recent roundup of sugar shacks and other maple syrup-focused events here.
Fun Family Events & Attractions in Toronto in April
550 Bayview Ave., Toronto
Saturdays in April & select Sundays
One of the best spots in the city to enjoy the warming weather is the Evergreen Brick Works. In addition to various family-friendly hikes and some tasty food offerings, the Brick Works is also home to the Children’s Garden. There your kids will find hands-on activities that encourage creativity and open play. In April, the garden is open from 10am until 3pm, meaning if you go before 1pm on a Saturday, you’ll also be able to check out the city’s largest farmers’ market. Access to the Brick Works is free but there’s a suggested $5 donation for kids who play in the garden.
Canadian International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga
Friday April 7 – Sunday April 9
Does your family include some members who are furry, feathery, or scaly? Then this event is for you (or maybe “for them” is more accurate). Watch the dogs in the Canine Fun Zone (complete with a diving dock), take in the cat show, meet celebrity pets, and take a quieter moment over in the kids’ corner. There’s also food (for both people and pets) and tons of shopping opportunities. And yes, your pets can accompany you to this experience, you just need to fill out some paperwork first. Tickets start at $15 per person.
Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave., Toronto
Friday April 7 – Monday April 10
Nothing says Easter quite like giant, animatronic dinosaurs! Come check out these prehistoric beasts at this immersive, walk-through experience. There will also be carnival rides and games, bouncy castles, and food. And since it is Easter, a certain giant bunny will also be making an appearance for photos. Entry tickets, which are required for everyone ages 18 months and up, are $8.48 each, and be sure to bring extra cash to cover the cost of ride tickets.
Queen St. East, Beaches Neighbourhood
Friday April 7 & Sunday April 9
Catch Peter Cottontail hopping down Queen Street East in the Beaches. Besides the Easter Bunny, the parade will feature dancers, musicians, classic cars and more. It starts at 2 pm at Munro Park and continues west along Queen to Woodbine Avenue, a journey that take around two hours. Need some more Easter fun? Then check out the digital Easter egg hunt, taking place on Friday, April 7, between 10am and 3pm. And while this activity does have a large digital component, your family will need to explore the Beaches neighborhood to solve the various tasks. The parade is free to access but the scavenger hunt has a $25 entry fee.
Check in & out at Taco Taco at 319 Augusta Ave., Toronto
Saturday April 8
If there’s one Toronto neighbourhood that’s ideal for an Easter egg hunt, it’s Kensington Market. This scavenger hunt-style experience takes roughly an hour to complete and will have your family exploring the Market while playing games and solving challenges. To make things even more fun, different difficulty levels are available. Once you’ve completed the hunt, your family will receive a prize and be entered to win a basket of goods from local Kensington Market shops. Tickets starts at just over $9, before any discounts.
Beaches Community Centre; 6 Williamson Rd., Toronto
Sunday April 9
The Beaches is clearly the place to be when it comes to Easter! Kids 12 and under are welcome to attend this east-end Easter egg hunt that will feature 25,000 eggs as well as candy and small toys. To keep things from being too chaotic (anyone remember the old Toronto Island Easter egg hunts?) kids will be split into age groups and there are assigned start times. All participants are also guaranteed a basket full of goodies. In addition to the hunt, the Easter Bunny will be there, posing for photos, and there will be a vendors’ market. All kids must pre-register here for this experience that is free for kids 10 and.
Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Rd, Markham
Friday April 7 – Monday April 10
Inflatables, carnival rides and games and more make up this indoor/outdoor festival located just north of the city. There’s also live entertainment, food trucks and other vendors and to keep things seasonal, the opportunity to decorate Easter eggs and even do an Easter egg hunt. And if your kids are lucky, they might even meet the Easter bunny. Admission, which includes unlimited rides, starts at $15, which access for kids under two being free.
955 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Toronto
April 7- June 18
The flashiest show under the big top is back in Toronto! Described as, “an innovative journey viewed through the perspective of The Innocent, an endearing yet naïve clown looking for his place in the world,” this latest Cirque production is packed with acrobats, dancers and of course clowns. There’s also an appearance from the Wheel of Death! Performances are scheduled at 4pm or 7:30pm, depending on the day. A variety of ticket packages are available, including a family pack that includes tickets as low as $64.50 each.
Enercare Centre, Hall B, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto
Saturday April 15 – Sunday April 16
Toronto in April means everything pregnancy, baby, and toddler for the modern parent can be found at Toronto’s premium early parenting show. The Baby Show features workshops, seminars, and demos from Canada’s leading parenting experts. Shop products from top brands as well as local and handmade products. Find services to help guide you through your pregnancy, life with a new baby, and parenting in those first few years. Tickets are $17; kids 5-11 are $9 and children 4 and under are free.
Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. E., Toronto
Monday April 17 – Friday April 28
How the past and present connect, as well as the importance of working together to create justice and keep promises are just a few of the important themes covered by this play. Revolving around two 11-year-olds “born under the same blood moon, but in different parts of the world,” Frozen River is designed for kids ages five to 12 and strives to impart the audience with wisdom and entertainment. The show runs around 60 minutes in length and its weekend, public performances taking place at 2pm. Tickets start at around $17 and a “relaxed performance,” designed to be more sensory/friendly, is scheduled for April 23
Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
First game Tuesday April 11
Baseball is back at the Rogers Centre, which has recently undergone a bit of a facelift. Come check out its new look at the first home game of the season, where the Jays take on the Detroit Tigers. If your family is among the first 45,000 fans to cross the gates at this game, you’ll receive a free light-up wristband while the first 45,000 people to exit will get a magnetic featuring the 2023 schedule. The fun continues throughout April, with Sesame Street Day taking place on Saturday, April 29, when the Jays take to the field against the Seattle Mariners (specialty ticket holders will get an Elmo bobblehead). Then the next day, the Jr. Jays program celebrates its opening day. Exact ticket prices vary greatly depending on game and section, but many games are offering $20 seats.
Toronto Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd., Toronto
April 15 & 16; April 22 & 23
Earth Day gets two weekends’ worth of celebrations at this City of Toronto historic site where the focus is on nature-themed programming. Your family can explore the Lower Don Valley on a guided nature walk, use recycled materials to create crafts and, … “find fun new uses for old clothing.” There will also be the opportunity to tour the site’s historic buildings and view the works of the Don Valley Art Club. Access to this event is free.
Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Ave., Toronto
April 21-May 14, Fridays-Sundays
In addition to plenty of songs and laughs, this play also features a fun take on a story you think you know. Described as an “interactive, whimsical, musical experience,” it’s best viewed by kids ages five and up. Performances take place at 6:30pm, noon or 3:30pm, depending on the date you select, and run for around 70 minutes. Tickets start at $30 a seat.