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What's On

Looking for an adventure in the City? You'll find lots of fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites! 

For details, click on the tabs of the Museum names below for lists of events at each site. Then, click on the name of the event and the description will open underneath it. 

Toronto's Great War Attic:
Do you have First World War keepsakes, heirlooms or stories to share?

Toronto's Great War Attic is a new project that will document these stories and keepsakes and preserve their legacy online. We're hosting a series of 'pop-up museums' and you're invited to be the curator - display your WWI keepsakes, share your stories, and gain insight from historians and curators.

With your permission, we will photograph your artifacts and record your stories to contribute to the Canadian Encyclopedia. In this way Toronto's Great War Attic will create a legacy for Torontonians and Canadians for generations to come.

Admission to all of these events is FREE. For more information please visit our Great War Attic webpage.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 28 at Cedarbrae Library
545 Markham Rd.
5:00 p.m.

Colborne Lodge holds community events and seasonal workshops that highlight its location in High Park. Call 416-392-6916 or e-mail clodge@toronto.ca.


Christmas at Colborne Lodge - Nov. 22 to Jan. 4

From Saturday, November 22 to January 4
Tuesdays to Sundays: Noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and smells of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.  The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.  Holiday admission prices apply: Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax).

 

Christmas Open House - Nov. 27 - FREE!

Thursday, November 27, 5 to 7:30 p.m
Join us in celebrating the start of the Christmas season at our biennial Open House. Everyone is welcome to drop by to tour the Howards' 1837 home decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and enjoy period refreshments by the hearth in the winter kitchen.  Bring your family and friends. Free.

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops - Adults - Dates vary

Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m.;
Saturday, December 6 in the Coach House* at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Start your Christmas preparations by creating your very own Christmas wreath using nature’s bounty. This 2-hour workshop is a popular pre-Christmas get-together activity for groups of friends and families. Set in picturesque High Park, the house offers a cozy historic ambience for this seasonal craft. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required. $32.50 plus tax.

*The Coach House is fully accessible, the tour in Colborne Lodge can accommodate wheelchairs up to 33" in width.

Call 416-392-6916.

 

Christmas Wreath-Making - Adult and Youth (Ages 10 to 15) - Dates vary

Saturday, November 22 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m.
Adults and youths make their own Christmas wreaths. This 2-hour workshop is a unique opportunity to start the season doing a special activity together in the cosy historic ambience of Colborne Lodge’s 19th-century kitchen. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required. Youths must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of 2 youths per adult. $55 plus tax for one adult and one youth, $22.50 plus tax for an additional youth.

Call 416-392-6916.

 

Adult and Youth Centrepiece Workshops - Dec. 13 & 14

Saturday, December 13 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, December 14 at 10 a.m.
Adults and children 8 to 15 years old make a centrepiece together to take home for their Christmas table. This 2-hour workshop is a unique opportunity to start the season doing a special activity together in the cozy historic ambiance of Colborne Lodge’s19th-century kitchen.  A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration is required.  $42.50 plus tax for one adult and one child. $12.50 plus tax for an additional youth. Call 416-392-6916 to register.

Christmas Cookie Creation for Children - For 8 to 12 year-olds - Dec. 20

Saturday, December 20, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Children will have fun making unique and tasty treats for the holidays in this historic baking workshop that uses a Canadian gingerbread recipe from the 1830s. While their cookies bake, participants will tour the house and discover Victorian Christmas traditions and stories. Participants will then take home the Christmas cookies they've made. Pre-registration required. $22.50 plus tax (includes supplies and a dozen cookies to bring home). Call 416-392-6916

Christmas by the Hearth - For 5 to 7 year-olds - Dec. 21

Sunday, December 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Youngsters enjoy the warmth of an historic Christmas by decorating gingerbread cookies prepared from an 1831 Upper Canadian cook book followed by an enchanting interval of Christmas stories from long ago, snuggled by the kitchen hearth. Afterward, the children will go upstairs to peek at the Howards' Christmas tree and the presents underneath. Pre-registration required. $17.50 plus tax (includes light seasonal refreshments). Call 416-392-6916

High Park Winter FUNshops for Kids - Mornings during the Holidays

Mon, Dec 29, Tues, Dec 30, Wed, Dec 31 & Fri, Jan 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Looking to engage your 6 to 10 year old kids over the holidays? Sign them up at Colborne Lodge for four fun-filled mornings preparing for the New Year!  Activities include playing Victorian games, crafts, outdoor interlude, and cooking over the hearth. Pre-registration  required, call 416-392-6916. Parents may book any or all mornings. $25 plus tax per child per morning, no tax if booking more than one morning. Call 416-392-6916.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or fortyork@toronto.ca.

Frost Fair at Fort York - Dec. 6 & 7

Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort York celebrates the winter season with a Frost Fair! Imagine yourself transported back in time to the early 19th century, where the local Christmas Market was one of the social and shopping highlights of the year. Stroll through the historic buildings of Fort York where merchants will be selling their heritage inspired wares and reproductions. Try your hand at one of the many activities scheduled throughout the day, including children's recruiting and drill workshops, period toys and games, military demonstrations, and printing your own Frost Fair souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press. Regular admission applies.

 

The Holiday Season at Fort York - Dec. 15 to 31

December 15 to December 31
Mon. to Fri.:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25 & 26

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers' Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won't find anywhere else and features gifts suitable for all ages and interests. Regular admission applies.

 

Gingerbread Make and Bake for Kids - Dec. 27 to 31

Extra fun for children (ages 4 and up)
December 27 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

While you enjoy a tour of Fort York your kids can join the cooks in the Officers' Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, kids will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home - if they last that long! Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Included with regular admission, sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive.

 

Gibson House is a welcoming place for the community to find out about the history of the area or to gather and share crafts, traditions and recipes. Contact us at 416-395-7432 or gibsonhouse@toronto.ca

Bygone Theatre presents "The Rope" - Nov. 21, 22, 28 & 29

Bygone Theatre presents "The Rope"
Fridays & Saturdays, Nov. 21, 22, 28 & 29
, Shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Bygone Theatre presents The Rope, in situ, at Gibson House Museum. Inspired by true events, Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about two young men who murder a classmate in cold blood, just for the sheer “thrill of it.” The story unfolds in real-time, watching as the young men host a party with the deceased still in their apartment. Director Emily Dix has updated this text and adapted the story for a Canadian audience in the beautiful site-specific setting of the historic Gibson House Museum. In-keeping with Bygone Theatre’s mandate and style, the show will be a beautiful period piece with authentic-styled props and costumes.

 Ticket Info: Tickets are $20 and are available online at TO Tix or at the TO Tix box office. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door; cash only.

 

Victorian High Tea - Nov. 30

Sunday, November 30
Two Seatings: 12:30 and 2:30

Enjoy an authentic Victorian tea, finger sandwiches and sweets in Mrs. Gibson's parlour. Costumed interpreters host an afternoon tea in the setting of a mid-19th century home. Guests may tour the museum at their leisure. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Seating is limited. $20 plus tax. 

Please call 416-395-7432 to book.

P.A. Day Adventures - Ages 7 to 11 - Dec. 5

Friday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sign your (7 to 11 year-old) child up for a day filled with crafts, cooking, games and more! Participants make their own hearth-cooked lunch in the historic kitchen. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $30 plus tax per child.

Extended care is available 8-9 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

$10 plus tax for AM or PM, $15 plus tax for both.

 

Festive Adventure Holiday Camp! For ages 7 to 11 - Dec. 22 or 23

Monday, December 22 OR Tuesday, December 23, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A fun-filled day spent baking treats in the historic kitchen, making seasonal crafts, playing games and meeting new friends. Pre-registration required. $30 plus tax.

Extended Care available 8-9 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

$10 plus tax for morning or afternoon. $15 plus tax for both.

To the New Year: A Hogmanay Dinner - Dec. 29 or 30

Monday, December 29, and Tuesday, December 30, 6:30 p.m.
Gather at the historic Gibson House for a special evening inspired by the traditions of Hogmanay. (Scottish New Year celebrations). Share a scrumptious dinner with familiar and new friends. Be lulled by the fire and moved by the music. Take an imagined journey through story and drama to a New Year of another time. As the evening closes, come together with staff to welcome our First Footer, celebrate our 2014 season and bring luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2015. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $55 plus tax per person.

 

Tea and Tour Sundays 

Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m.
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons this winter. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of this lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.

 

 

Keeping You In Stitches – Knitting and Crochet Sunday Socials

Every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us in the parlour for a relaxing afternoon of knitting and crocheting. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Bring your own projects from home or try out one of our fun patterns and add something to our #yarnbomb. Extra needles, hooks, corkers, and yarn for practice and experimentation will be available. It is FREE to participate, however, donations are always welcome.

Pay What You Wish Thursday Night Socials

Open to 5 to 8 p.m.
The last Social for this year is on December 19.
We will resume our weekly Thursday get-togethers on January 16
Enjoy a relaxing, social evening 1850s style. Have some tea and sit by the fire in the kitchen, play board games and chat with neighbours and friends. Drop by the community quilt group and see what they are creating – add a stitch or two, if you wish. Children may explore hands-on activities and crafts. Activities will vary each week and we welcome your ideas and suggestions for future Thursdays. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

Thursday Board Games Night – For All Ages
The First Thursday of each month
6 to 8 p.m. Part of our Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Nights.
The Gibson family didn't have cable, a phone or wi-fi, so what did they do when the chores were done? They played games! Finished your work and chores for the day? Then come to the museum to play the featured games of the month as well as the classic games in the Discovery Gallery.


Community Quilt Group Get-togethers - Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Relax and meet new friends while you improve your sewing skills. We invite members of all ages from North York's diverse communities to join us for informal evenings of learning and sharing. Both historic and contemporary quilting techniques are explored in a comfortable, social setting. Work on a group project or pay a small fee for materials and make your own piece. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before you are welcome to join in. It is FREE to participate; however, donations are always welcome.

Willowdale During Wartime - The Dear Sadie Exhibit - March 3

Opens March 3 and runs until May 29
'Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario's First World War', a travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario, will be on display at Gibson House Museum this Spring. This exhibit uses letters between soldier Henry Mason and his sweetheart, Sadie Arbuckle, to tell the moving story of their relationship while also exploring the reality of war. The exhibit is paired with local stories of North York during the war, including the Gibson family connection to the war and wartime.

These are the events taking place at Mackenzie House. Contact us at 416-392-6915 or machouse@toronto.ca

 

A Victorian Christmas & Letter to Santa - Starts Nov. 25

Tuesday, November 25, until Sunday, January 4
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
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This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house.  Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa! Included with admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth/Children: $4.42 (plus tax)

 

Join us at Frost Fair at Fort York - Dec. 6 & 7

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 and 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Try your hand at printing your own Frost Fair souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press. Printers were part of the Frost Fairs as long ago as the late 17th century in England. Your souvenir will be modeled on those from the past. Included with regular admission.

Kids’ Crafts - Dec. 27 to Jan. 4

Saturday, December 27 to Sunday, January 4
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25 & 26 and January 1

Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time printing in the recreated printshop and doing an historically-based seasonal activity. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth/Children: $4.42 (plus tax)

Hogmanay! - Dec. 29

Monday, December 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Tickets: $22.50  plus tax. Please call 416-392-6915 for further details.

 

The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email marketgallery@toronto.ca

Toronto Does Her 'Bit': The Home Front in the Great War

Toronto Does Her 'Bit': The Home Front in the Great War
July 26, 2014 to January 17, 2015

Using archival photographs, artworks and artifacts, this exhibition explores the texture of life on the Toronto home front during 1914-18. What was required from citizens to support the war effort? What were the consequences, both positive and negative, of that support?

Toronto quickly became a focal point for recruiting, training and sending men and women off to the war and then raising funds to support both the military overseas and the families left behind. The city’s productive energies were unleashed – from knitting circles making socks to massive new factories supplying munitions and ships – enabling women to assume new roles in Toronto society. These and many other issues are explored in this exciting new exhibition at the Market Gallery.

Montgomery's Inn has been welcoming visitors for over 180 years. Join in events that celebrate theatre, music, food and the history of  Etobicoke. Contact us at 416-394-8113 or montinn@toronto.ca

 

Montgomery's Inn Farmers Market - Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday from, 2 to 6 pm.
Buy direct form local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more!

Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months - Nov. 21

Friday, November 21, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Featuring renowned performers Anne Lederman on fiddle and storyteller Bruce Carmody.

Please note: we advise that some of the stories may not be suitable for children under 12 years of age.

A bewitching evening of storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore, where during the "Black Months" of  November and December all gathered by the fire to hear the bleak and eerie tales of northern coastal France. With roots reaching far into ages past, this oral tradition stretches from pagan times through the Middle Ages (including tales of Merlin, Morgan le Faye and the ancient  forest of Broceliande) and even later. Our evening will take you beyond King Arthur into the lesser-known realms of these rich and haunting tales. Tickets $20 plus tax for adults, $15 including tax for youth, students and seniors. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more details please call 416- 578-1031 or visit www.danceweavers.ca/toussaint.html.

Christmas Cookie Decorating for Families - Nov. 22 or Nov. 23

Saturday November 22, Sunday November 23, 2 to 4 p.m.
Suitable for Kids ages 6 to 12 years old accompanied by adults
Master Baker Monika Paradi will prepare you for Christmas with this hands-on workshop. Learn to decorate seasonal cookies like a pro and leave the workshop with a half dozen decorated goodies, recipes and the inspiration to create your own edible Christmas treats! Pre-registration required. $25 plus tax.

Solfeggio Music Series - Nov. 22 & 23 & 29

Saturday, November 22, Sunday, November 23 and Saturday, November 29, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music in the Community Room in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price. Adults $25 plus tax, children under 12 $12.50 plus tax. Tickets available at http://www.neapolitanconnection.com/.

 

Stir Up Sunday! - Nov. 23

Sunday, November 23, 1 to 5 p.m.
Witness a working 19th century commercial kitchen when the Inn's team of Historic Cooks present an afternoon of cooking demonstrations. Samples while supplies last! Regular admission applies.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - Nov. 27

Thursday, November 27, 7 to 10 p.m.
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday. Enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 barroom! Montgomery's Inn. Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music. Admission is free! Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

 

 

Gingerbread House Workshop - Nov. 29 or 30

Saturday, November 29 or Sunday, November 30 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Decorate your family's dream house all together. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided. Pre-registration required. $30 plus tax per house. 

Carols in the Tavern - Dec. 5

Friday December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Get some Christmas Spirit in the Tavern while you sing some nineteenth century carols and sip a historic drink. $20 plus tax, savoury treats, mulled cider, cash bar for historic drinks. Pre-registration required.

Tea Time at the Inn - Dec. 7

Sunday, December 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
Join us for our special monthly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet plate, cheese plate or seasonal feature with a different theme each month. $5 plus tax.

Fezziwig's Family Christmas Ball - Dec 14

Sunday, December 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
Suitable for children 7 and older, accompanied by an adult.

Enjoy the seasonal pleasures of times gone by with this recreation of Fezziwig's Ball as it appears in Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Learn the simple, joyous dances of young Scrooge's day, eat foods from his time and listen to live traditional fiddle music. Includes a cold lunch and tour of the Inn, hot cider and cookies. Tickets must be booked by Monday, December 8th. Children $20, adults $24 including tax. For more details please call 416- 578-1031 or visit www.JaneAustenDancing.ca

 

Jane Austen Christmas Supper - Dec. 19

Friday, December 19, 7 to 10 p.m.
Dress code: historical clothing is encouraged, but optional.

Here's your chance for an actual taste of Jane Austen's world. Sit at an elegant table by the fire and eat the foods she and her contemporaries knew, at historic Montgomery's Inn. A blend of the familiar and the intriguingly different, these dishes show us a lesser-known aspect of her time. We hope that you will join us for the rare opportunity to experience a full historical meal within the walls of one of Toronto's best-loved heritage sites.

Tickets must be purchased by Friday, December 12. Space is limited. $45. Details at www.JaneAustenDancing.ca  or call 416-578-1031.

Scarborough Museum hosts lots of family-friendly and fun events. Contact us at 416-338-8807 or shm@toronto.ca

 

MOVember Weekends – 12 to 4 p.m.

Things are getting hairy at Scarborough Museum! Make your own moustache or bake one and sample it with some freshly potato soup. Admission is Pay What You Can.

Super Fun P.A. Day Camp for Ages 5-12 - Dec. 5

Friday, December 5 - 9 to 4 p.m.
Scarborough Museum is the boredom buster for P.A. days and special school holidays!  Bake over the open hearth, make crafts, play games, and explore Thomson Memorial Park. Lunch is included. Pre-register for these camps online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN (4386). 

$33 per child 

Course Code: 2650472

Extended care 8 to 9 a.m. and  4 to 5 p.m -  $2.75 each

Course Codes for extended care:
AM:  2345718
PM:  2345719

         

Festive Weekends in December - 12 to 4 p.m.

'Tis the holiday season! Sample hot chocolate, and baked holiday goodies. We ho-ho –HOPE everyone enjoys their time here at Scarborough Museum this month! Admission is Pay What You Can. 

Holiday Baking Bonanza for Ages 5 to 12 - Dec. 7

Sunday December 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
Register your child to join us in baking holiday treats using traditional methods in the woodstove and at the hearth. Kids take home a recipe booklet and selection of goodies to share with the family!  Pre-register online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN. 

$25  per child     

Course Code: 2650517

 

Desserts by Lamplight - Dec. 13

Saturday, December 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
A magical evening of lamp-lit rooms, decadent desserts and carolers.  Space is limited for this fundraising event. Early bookings recommended. Pre-registration only. Call 416-338-8807 to purchase tickets. Ticket price $20.

 

Holiday Camps for Kids 5 to 12 years - Various Dates

Holiday Camps
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make 19th century toys, cook over the open hearth, play games and enjoy lots of outdoor fun!  Ages 5-12   Pre-register for these camps online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN (4386). 

December 22 & 23 - 2 Day Camp $66 
Course Code: 2650469
Extended Care
AM - 8 to 9 a.m. Course Code: 2345837 - $5.50
PM - 4 to 5 p.m. Course Code: 2345853 - $5.50

December 29 to 31 - 3 Day Camp $106
Course Code: 2650470
Extended care
AM - 8 to 9 a.m. Course Code: 2345722 - $8.25
PM - 4 to 5 p.m. Course Code: 2345723- $8.25

January 2  -  1 Day Camp  $33.50
Course Code: 2650474
Extended care
AM - 8 to 9 a.m. Course Code: 2655185 - $2.75
PM - 4 to 5 p.m. Course Code: 2655187 - $2.75

 

 

 

 

Immerse yourself in the 1920s at Spadina Museum. Contact us at 416-392-6910 or spadina@toronto.ca

 

Weekday Tours at Spadina

Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m.
During the week, Spadina Museum takes visitors on a tour of the house through the eyes of the prominent Austin family, whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century. Call for schedule of tour times. Regular admission applies.
416-392-6910.

It's a Kid's Life - Themed Tours

Saturday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
Fun and games aren't just kid stuff in this fascinating, hands-on tour. Experience the sumptuous world of the Austin children, and all the rules that went with it, and the working class lives of the chauffeur's son and daughter. Live the life of a 1920s and 30s child through toys, games, school lessons and more.

Regular admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free.

Spadina Landscape Tour

Discover Spadina's historic landscape! This audio-visual tour includes facts and images relating to the local and family history, geology and archaeology. The devices for the landscape tour can be rented for $5 plus tax alone or add an additional $2 to regular admission to rent the device and enjoy a tour of the house's interiors.

This tour will be available until late November, weather permitting.

A Roaring Twenties Christmas - Starts Nov. 25

November 25 to January 4
Tuesday to Friday: 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.

Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. Holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe festoon the house based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren. In the kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from original recipes and sip mulled cider warmed on the art deco gas range. Holiday admission applies.

 

Flashman Returns! 1930s Radio Play fun! - Dec. 7, 14 & 21

The Golden Age of Radio
at Spadina Museum
Sundays: December 7, 14 & 21
Spadina Museum is open 12 to 5 p.m.
Dec. 7, Shows at 1 and 3:30 p.m.;

Dec. 14 & 21, Shows at 1 and 3 p.m.
Family fun is On the Air!
Join us at Spadina Museum for a recreation of a 1930s radio show —commercials included! Watch the behind-the-scenes fun of a live radio drama. During your visit, see the beautifully restored home decorated for a 1920s Christmas and enjoy holiday season refreshments. Kids can make a decoder ring - a gimmick used by advertisers in the 1930s to send "secret" messages to listeners. Admission: Adults $12, Seniors/Youth $10 and Children $8 (plus tax)

A TOY Pop-up Museum: Child's Play - Dec. 7

Child's Play: A Community Pop-up Museum for All Ages (Click for more information)
Sunday, December 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
FREE

Come and play at Spadina Museum this Christmas! Young or old, bring your favorite toy to this community-curated Pop-up! You can display whatever you like: dolls, blocks, musical instruments, games, or action figures – don't be shy! Your object doesn't need to be historic or collectable - what's important is what it means to you. We will also be displaying vintage toys from the City of Toronto's collection.

Whether you're a kid who wants to show off your favourite toy, or a grownup looking for a little nostalgia, all ages are welcome. Think of it like show-and-tell, for grownups AND kids! While you're here, enjoy Spadina's cozy Christmas atmosphere and check out other events, such a live 1930s radio play and a childhood-themed tour. The Pop Up Museum is free. All other events are included with Holiday Season admission.

Questions about this event? Feel free to email us at tohistoricsites@toronto.ca. You can also RSVP to our Facebook event to invite your friends and help spread the word.

Look what's happening over the next few months at Todmorden Mills. Contact us at 416-396-2819 or todmorden@toronto.ca

 

Outdoor Fall Tours - On now

Todmorden Outdoor Site Tours
Throughout the Fall
Wednesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
This fall, your visit to Todmorden Mills Heritage Site will take place out-of-doors. Tours explore the stories of Todmorden and the Don Valley from their uses by the First Nations to the development of Todmorden Mills as a heritage site in 1967.
Please note: Over the next few months, exciting changes are taking place inside our historic houses. News about the current renovations will be announced later this year. Due to the renovations, no indoor tours will be taking place.
Regular admission applies.

Adults: $5.31
Seniors (65 +): $2.65
Youth (13-18 yrs.): $2.65
Children (6-12 yrs.): $1.77
Children (5 yrs. and under): Free

In the Papermill Theatre - Cyrano de Bergerac - Nov. 13 to 22

Amicus Productions presents Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
November 13 to 22
Cyrano has it all in 1600’s Paris! He’s brimming with brains, talent and vigour. But he has a grotesquely long nose that prevents him from courting his secret love, the beguiling Roxane, so he enlists the help of his friend, Christian, to woo Roxane in his place. Enjoy a ribald evening of wits, wordplay and swordplay that will answer the burning question—who will Roxane fall for: Christian or Cyrano? Tickets available at http://amicusproductions.wordpress.com or 416-860-6176.

Holiday Greeting Cards – A Workshop for Families - Nov. 29

Saturday November 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
Suitable for children 6 years and up, accompanied by an adult.
From pop-ups to collage! Learn about the origins of holiday greeting cards while you create a set of personalized cards to send to loved ones. Advanced ticket purchase required. Adults: $15; Children: $8 (plus tax).

Christmas in the Valley - Starts Dec. 7 - dates vary

Sundays, Dec. 7 & 14, Dec. 20 to 23, 27 to 30, Jan. 2 to 4, Noon to 4 p.m.
December 24 & 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Experience two different eras of Christmas at Todmorden Mills as we explore the holiday traditions of the 1890s and the 1940s. Sample historic recipes, create a take-home craft, and join us for a winter-themed outdoor tour of the Wildflower Preserve.

Adults: $5.31; Youth/Seniors: $3; Children: $2 (plus tax).

 

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Nov. 27 to Dec. 7

Alexander Showcase Theatre presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
November 27 to December 7

This unique production is a play of a group of radio actors in the late 1940’s putting on an adaptation of Dickens’ beloved tale. Sit back and watch the voice actors at radio station WAPR give life to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and little Tiny Tim. Rediscover the Golden Age of radio as “A Christmas Carol” is presented in its entirety as a fully staged 1940’s radio play. Please call 416-324-1259 or visit www.alexandershowcasetheatre.com for tickets.

 

Miniature Gingerbread House Workshops - Dec. 6 (2 times availalble)

Saturday, December 6
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 2 to 4 p.m.

Suitable for ages 4 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Build and decorate your very own holiday gingerbread house and learn about holiday customs from the past. Pre-registration required. $30 plus tax per house (maximum 1 adult & 2 children per house).