Family Fun in April in Toronto
We did it parents and guardians, we made it through another COVID winter and now we’re being rewarded with warming weather, increased sunshine, and a slew of fun options in April in Toronto for entertaining our kids.
Below we round up 10 family-friendly Toronto events and attractions that your brood and you may want to check out. If you’re wondering about Easter-themed activities, check back soon when we’ll have a list dedicated to that topic.
Things to Do in April in Toronto with Kids
397 Dundas St. E, Toronto
Open Fridays-Sundays, some weekdays
Downtown has a new attraction and it features dinosaur bones, ancient artifacts, and even live animals. Sprawling across 12,000km of space, Prehistoria is a nature and archeology museum that we suspect kids are going to adore. Admission is by donation but note that Prehistoria shares space with the Skull Store, one of the coolest gift shops in the city, so be prepared for that experience.
Studio Theatre at the Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto
March 30-April 2
Designed for “walking babies” (think kids ages 12 to 30 months), this unique event is described as, “a multi‐sensory, playfully interactive adventure.” Using movement, sound, and touch, your little ones will be given the opportunity to explore a new world set up right on the theatre’s stage. The show runs 45 minutes in length and offers 10am and 3pm performances. And while you’re welcome to join your little ones on the ground, chairs will be available. Tickets for kids are $5 and $15 for adults.
Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays are ready and eager to welcome your family to their opening weekend at the Rogers Centre. The Jays will be taking on the Texas Rangers and to celebrate, they’re running a couple of giveaways. If you’re among the first 45,000 fans to cross the gates at Friday’s game, you’ll receive a free Blue Jays panel hat and if you’re among the first 15,000 fans at Saturday’s game, you’ll get a free George Springer bobblehead. There are currently no giveaways for the Sunday game, but it does have the cheapest tickets, starting at $21 for seats in the 500 level.
Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Ave., Toronto
April 8-10 & 15-17
This fun, live action comedy promises to introduce your family to, “the silliest monster since The Cat In The Hat!” Over one hour (with no intermission), find out what happens when eight-year-old Evan meets a real monster. This show is designed for all ages however, it is recommended for kids ages three and up. Tickets for this first-come, first-seated event start at around $30.
Power Plant Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto
April 10 & 23
Creative kids might want to check out the Power Plant Gallery’s ongoing Power Kids classes. These one-off events always feature an insightful conversation inspired by one of the gallery’s pieces and an activity. This month, Power Kids is running one event focused on building children’s connection to our land and another that will see participants create a collaborative memory map that illustrates a family member. Power Kids is aimed at kids ages seven to 12 and is free is attend but advance registration is required.
955 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Toronto
April 14- July 17
Cirque Du Soleil’s giant tent has returned to the shores of Lake Ontario with its latest production. This time around, your family is invited to, “Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him.” Expect to see acrobats, contortionists, and other memorable performers. Tickets start at $70 but keep your eyes peeled for discount codes and special offers.
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., Toronto
After a bit of a hiatus, kid-friendly performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra are back. During this matinee, the beloved symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf is paired with a brand new, TSO-commissioned piece called Kiwis Can’t Play the Violin. Using both musical performance and narration, these two stories are brought to life in a performance that’s ideal for school-aged kids. Seats for this concert start at $29.
Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie St., Toronto
Have an active kid? Then this is the activity for them. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to, “run, walk, or wheel through the beautiful grounds of Sunnybrook Park” in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Kids can choose between a five-kilometer or a one-kilometer-long course. There’s also a virtual option if that works better for your family. Registration cost starts at $30 for the in-person 1k run and the fee includes a T-shirt.
First Ontario Centre
April 23 & 24
Easily the loudest event on this list, Monster Jam is sure to thrill kids (and probably a few adults) with its high-octane take on entertainment. Expect to see, “world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill.” Yes, those world-class athletes include the trucks. Three different shows are scheduled for the weekend of April 23 and 24, providing you with a bit of flexibility. Tickets start at around $25.
Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd., Toronto
On display soon
On February 24, the Toronto Zoo welcomed a new addition: A baby male Masai giraffe. As of late March, the little guy was going by the nickname, “Little Long Legs,” but we expect he’ll be getting a proper name soon. And we also expect that he’ll be going on display soon, which means your family will be able to see him frolicking in the giraffe paddock alongside the zoo’s other giraffes, including his big sister. Tickets for the zoo start at $13.50, with parking being another $14.