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Looking for an adventure in the City? You'll find lots of fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites! For instance, on February 16, why not visit one of the City's historic sites for some Family Day fun? See all the information in the listings below.

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.

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.


NEW! Time Traveller P.A. Day Camp - Ages 7 to 10 - Feb. 13

Friday, February 13
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children will travel back in time and explore life almost two hundred years ago. Activities will include playing time detective to uncover mysteries around Colborne Lodge and engage with 19th century cooking techniques and crafts. Pre-registration required. Call for details and after care information.

416-392-6916

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND 2015 AT THE CITY OF TORONTO HISTORIC SITES

FORT YORK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE   250 Fort York Blvd.
On-site paid parking available. fortyork@toronto.ca  416-392-6907

Family Day @ Fort York
Monday, February 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the Fort's historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a heartwarming and memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers' Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids' activity book. Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York! $7.96/adults, $3.76/child, $4.87/youth & senior, FREE 5 and under (plus tax)

HISTORIC ZION SCHOOLHOUSE 1091 Finch Avenue East
Limited free accessible parking behind the Schoolhouse. Take Trudy Road off Finch to Angus Drive. Street parking available.  zionschool@toronto.ca  416-395-7432  

Family Day at Historic Zion Schoolhouse 
Monday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This Family Day head to the Historic Zion Schoolhouse to explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag.  Learn about the British flag that would have been flown in front of the schoolhouse in 1910.  Discover how the maple leaf became the symbol of Canada and make your own Canadian flag to take home.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Admission is FREE. Donations graciously accepted.

MACKENZIE HOUSE  82 Bond Street, paid parking in the area.
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)
Children (4 and under): Free. machouse@toronto.ca  416-392-6915

Family Day at Mackenzie House - Celebrate Black History Month
Monday, February 16, 12 to 5 p.m.
On Family Day, visit us and celebrate Black History Month. Learn about the Black Victorians and their publishers and newspaper journalists. Take home an important piece of journalism history by printing a copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Children can try illumination - colouring previously drawn and printed pictures - which was a popular practice in the 19th century. Enjoy a cookie and some warm cider in our historic kitchen. Included with regular admission.

And while here, don't miss….

A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto 1850 – 1860 – An Exhibit
Saturday, January 31 to Sunday, March 1, 12 to 5 p.m.
This exhibit introduces members of the Black community in Victoria Toronto and their contributions to the City. Curated by historican Afua Cooper, the exhibit examines the varied aspects of Black life in mid-Victorian Toronto. Included with admission

MONTGOMERY’S INN   4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue
Regular Admission: Adults $5.71, Seniors/Youth $2.86, Children $1.90 (plus tax) 
Free parking   montinn@toronto.ca   416-394-8113

Family Day at Montgomery's Inn
Monday, February 16, 1 to 5 p.m.

Bring the family to Montgomery's Inn for an Irish Ceilidh! Maureen O'Leary of Maureen's Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 to 3:30.
Join the cooks in the historic kitchen while they prepare tasty treats over the fire and listen in while our resident story-teller Nan Brien shares delightful fireside stories at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Drop-in activities, no pre-registration required. Regular admission applies.

SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM   1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park. Free parking. shm@toronto.ca  416-338-8807

Family Days
Saturday to Monday, February 14 to 16, 12 to 4 p.m.

Join the museum for lots of fun activities for the whole family. Go on a scavenger hunt, try a craft, sample baked goodies and wash them down with some delicious hot chocolate. Admission is Pay What You Can.

SPADINA MUSEUM  285 Spadina Road
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. Paid parking next door at Casa Loma
416-392-6910 spadina@toronto.ca 

Family Day at Spadina Museum
Monday, February 16, 12 to 5 p.m.
Tours at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m.

Bring the whole family for fun and games in this fascinating, hands-on tour.  Experience the luxurious world of the Austin family. Live the life of a 1920s and 30s child through music, toys, and games. Regular admission applies.

TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE SITE
Bottom of Pottery Road, East of Bayview Avenue, West of Broadview Avenue
Free parking   todmorden@toronto.ca    416-396-2819 

Family Day Weekend
Friday through Monday, February 13 to 16, 12 to 4 p.m.

Join us all weekend for drop-in family fun as we celebrate Family Day, St. Valentine's Day and the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag! Explore winter in the Wildflower Preserve on a guided outdoor tour, then warm up indoors with parlour games from generations past. Create your own unique family flag to take home. Adults: $5.31; Students/Seniors: $3; Children: $2; (plus tax).

 

 

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

Family Day @ Fort York - Feb. 16

Monday, February 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the Fort's historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a heartwarming and memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers' Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids' activity book. Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York!

$7.96/adults, $3.76/child, $4.87/youth & senior, FREE 5 and under (plus tax)

 

Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citron! - Feb. 21

Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join Fort York National Historic Site in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Canada for our eighth annual celebration of Marmalade and all things citrus! This year's event has an Italian flavour. Enjoy a citrus themed workshop, lunch, guest speakers, tastings and marketplace, or enter the Marmalade Competition. Pre-registration is required. For more information please visit www.culinaryhistorians.ca. To register, please call 416-392-7503. Early bird tickets $45 ($50.85) are available until February 8, $50 ($56.55) afterwards.

Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command - Mar. 5 to June 14

Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
Fort York Visitor Centre
March 5 - June 14
Since 1991, Toronto artist Gertrude Kearns has explored the engagement between Canada's military and conflicts around the world. In 2005-06, she was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan while on contract with the Department of National Defence.

Following the DND commission, Kearns has continued to address the Afghan Mission while working as an independent artist.  Between 2006 and 2015, Kearns created the 46 portraits and posters on exhibition in The Art of Command. Most of these works appear on public display for the first time. 

Drawing on Kearns' unprecedented access to senior Canadian officers who served in Afghanistan, this exhibition focuses on the complexities and consequences of military command in challenging situations.

The Art of Command contains two parallel but related components. The portrait component comprises 20 large paintings and drawings of individual commanders. The poster component consists of 26 texted art prints. Each poster incorporates an image of a portrait; the accompanying text was developed in consultation with the subject.  

While Kearns has been hailed as Canada's leading active contemporary war artist, her earlier work on Somalia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia prompted debate about the relationship between art and conflict. As some works in The Art of Command contain provocative images and strong language, this exhibition may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Included with regular admission.

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

Tea and Tour Sundays - Return Jan. 18

Returning January 18
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.

 

 

Knitting and Crochet Sunday Socials - Return Jan. 18

Restarting January 18
Every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us in the parlour for Keeping You in Stitches, 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 - Return Jan. 22

Return January 22
Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.
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 - Return Jan. 22

Starts again January 22
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.

P.A. Day Adventures For ages 7 to 11 - Jan. 23

Friday, January 23, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A fun-filled day spent cooking in the historic kitchen, learning an old-fashioned way to 'text," 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 AM and PM.

 

P.A. Day Adventures For ages 7 to 11 - Feb. 13

Friday, February 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sign your child up for a day filled with crafts, cooking, games and more! Participants make their own lunch in the historic kitchen. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Hearth-cooked lunch included. $30 plus tax per child per day. Extended care: 8 to 9 a.m. OR 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., $10 plus tax; for a.m. and p.m.: $15 plus tax.

Sweetheart Tea - Feb. 14

Saturday, February 14, Two seatings: 12 and 2:30 p.m.
Take your Sweetheart out to tea this Valentine's Day. Treat your special someone, friends or family to a Victorian-inspired tea, including 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. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Seating is limited$20 plus tax per person. Please call 416-395-7432 to book. You can also purchase a Victorian-inspired Tea gift certificate to treat someone special. 

Wartime in Willowdale - The Dear Sadie Exhibit - March 3

Opens Tuesday, March 3 and runs until Sunday, May 24
Gibson House Museum is pleased to announce the opening of "Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario's First World War," a travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario, on March 3. "Dear Sadie" 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. Included with regular admission.

Family Day at Historic Zion Schoolhouse - Feb. 16

Monday, February 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This Family Day, head to the Historic Zion Schoolhouse to explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag.  Learn about the British flag that would have been flown in front of the schoolhouse in 1910.  Discover how the maple leaf became the symbol of Canada and make your own Canadian flag to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Admission is FREE. Donations graciously accepted.

 

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

 

Robbie Burns' Day Celebration - Jan. 25

Sunday, January 25, 12 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the birthday of the infamous Scottish Poet with toe-tapping live music, shortbread and a taste of haggis! Hear some comical stories about that oft' misunderstood concoction! Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youth/Children $4.42, (plus tax) 4 and under free.

 

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month

Weekends in February, 12 to 5 p.m.
Toronto has a rich legacy in the literature and the newspapers of the early Black community in Ontario. Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February, and learn more about some of the Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era. Visitors can take a piece of this important history home when they print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850's printshop. Included with regular admission. 

and while here, don't miss the exhibit:

A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto 1850 – 1860
Saturday January 31 to Sunday March 1, 12 to 5 p.m.
This exhibit introduces members of the Black community in Victoria Toronto and their contributions to the City. Curated by historican Afua Cooper, the exhibit examines the varied aspects of Black life in mid-Victorian Toronto.

 

 

Family Day at Mackenzie House - Feb. 16

Celebrate Black History Month on Family Day
Monday, February 16, 12 to 5 p.m.
Bring the family and celebrate Black History Month at Mackenzie House. Learn about the Black Victorians and their publishers and newspaper journalists. Take home an important piece of journalism history by printing a copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Children can try illumination - colouring previously drawn and printed pictures - which was a popular practice in the 19th century. Enjoy a cookie and some warm cider in our historic kitchen. Included with regular admission, Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax), Children (4 and under): Free. 

The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email marketgallery@toronto.ca. Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays

Toronto Observed Through Three Generations - Jan. 24 to May 9

A Photography Exhibit
January 24 to May 9

The Market Gallery presents "Toronto Observed Through Three Generations," on display beginning January 24. This exhibit will feature close to 80 black and white photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks – three accomplished photographers brought together through their long-standing personal friendship and their interest in Toronto as a subject.

For more information click here.

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

Tea Time at the Inn - Feb. 1

Sunday, February 1, 1 to 4 p.m.
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.

Fret Not Ukulele Night - Feb. 5

Thursday, February 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
On the first Thursday of every month, join us for a fun evening of music and song as Doctor of Music, Chris Wilson guides us through ukulele instruction with new and old tunes. Perfect for all skill levels. Bring your own ukulele, some spares available but they go fast! $15.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - Jan. 29 & Feb. 26

Thursday, January 29 and February 26, 7 to 10 p.m.
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday Tavern night at the Inn. 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.

Hearts and Kisses Baking Workshop - Feb. 8

Sunday, February 8, 10 a.m. to Noon
Prepare your own1840s treats and make a Victorian box in which to present them! Heart Cake, Meringue Kisses, and Chocolate puffs, all packaged and ready to present to loved ones a week later! Pre-registration only, $25 plus tax.

 

Valentine's Fireside at the Inn - Feb. 14

Saturday, February 14, Two seatings: 7 to 8 p.m.; 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Spend a cosy Valentine's Day evening at the Inn near a roaring fire, listening to live music and enjoying a mulled beverage with crepes, cookies and chocolate. $40 per couple includes a plated dessert and a mulled wine beverage each. Additional cash wine bar. Pre-registration required.

Family Day at Montgomery's Inn - Feb. 16

Monday, February 16, 1 to 5 p.m.
Bring the family to Montgomery's Inn for an Irish Ceilidh! Maureen O'Leary of Maureen's Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 to 3:30. 

Join the cooks in the historic kitchen while they prepare tasty treats over the fire and listen in while our resident story-teller Nan Brien shares delightful fireside stories at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Drop-in activities, no pre-registration required. Regular admission applies.

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

 

Super Fun P.A. Day Camp – Ages 5 to 12 - Jan. 23

Friday, January 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Scarborough Museum is the boredom buster for P.A. days!  Bake over the open hearth, make crafts, play games, and explore Thomson Memorial Park. Lunch is included  $33 per child. Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN. Extended care is available for an additional fee.

Course codes and costs below

Date

$33.50

9 to 4 p.m.

$2.80

Extended Care

8 to 9 a.m.

$2.80

Extended Care

4 to 5 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 23

2650518

2655164 2655167

Super Fun P.A. Day Camp – Ages 5 to 12 - Feb. 13

Friday,  February 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Course code: 2650519

Scarborough Museum is the boredom buster for P.A. days!  Bake over the open hearth, make crafts, play games, and explore the park. Lunch is included  $33 per child. Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN. Extended care is available for an additional fee.

 

February Weekends - 12 to 4 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays in February, 12 to 4 p.m.
February is the month of love, so visit Scarborough Museum for some TLC … and hot chocolate!  Join museum staff and wear pink in support of Anti-Bullying Awareness.  Admission is Pay What You Can.

Family Days - Feb. 14 to 16

Saturday to Monday, February 14 to 16, 12 to 4 p.m.
Join the museum for lots of fun activities for the whole family. Go on a scavenger hunt, try a craft, sample baked goodies and wash them down with some delicious hot chocolate. Admission is Pay What You Can.

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

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars - Tours start Jan. 10

Begins January 10
Saturdays and Sundays
12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.   
See Spadina, and the history of Toronto, through the eyes of the Austin family, who made it their home. Business people, artists, socialites and philanthropists, the Austins were a prominent family whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century.  Regular admission applies.

Family Day at Spadina Museum - Feb. 16

Monday, February 16, 12 to 5 p.m.
Tours at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m.

Bring the whole family for fun and games in this fascinating, hands-on tour.  Experience the luxurious world of the Austin family. Live the life of a 1920s and 30s child through music, toys, and games. Regular admission applies, Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free.

 

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

 

Outdoor Site Tours - On now

Todmorden Outdoor Site Tours
Throughout the  Winter
Wednesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
This winter, 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

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! - Jan. 16 to 24

In the Papermill Theatre
First Act Productions present Oklahoma!
January 16 to 24
Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.

For tickets visit http://www.firstactproductions.ca or call 416-577-1344

 

Winter in the Valley - An Outdoor Guided Walk - Jan. 25

Sunday, January 25, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Tour the Wildflower Preserve to learn how birds, animals and plants adapt to and survive harsh winter conditions. Enjoy mulled cider after the walk. Adults: $5.31; Youth/Seniors: $3 Children: $2; (plus tax)

Samuel Taylor's Sabrina Fair - Jan. 29 to Feb. 7

In the Papermill Theatre
Amicus Productions present Samuel Taylor's Sabrina Fair
January 29 to February 7

A chauffeur’s daughter returns from Paris profoundly changed and bursting with newfound zeal to “do everything and see everything (because) life…must be used.” Her father’s employers, the rich Larrabee family, are taken with her new sophistication. Especially smitten is Linus Larrabee, their largely ignored son whom Sabrina comes to prefer over the wealthy French suitor she’s brought in tow. A charmingly funny look at love across class lines in a modern Cinderella tale.

For tickets visit http://www.amicusproductions.ca or call 416-860-6176

 

Valentine Card-Making for Families - Feb. 8

A Family Workshop - For ages 6 and up
Sunday, February 8, 1 to 4 p.m.
Create personalized Valentine Cards to share with loved ones while you learn about the history of Valentine's Day. Refreshments provided. Pre-registration required. Adult $15; Children $8 (plus tax).

 

Family Day Weekend - Feb. 13 to 16

Friday through Monday, February 13 to 16, 12 to 4 p.m.
Join us all weekend for drop-in family fun as we celebrate the P.A. Day, Family Day, St. Valentine's Day and the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag! Explore winter in the Wildflower Preserve on a guided outdoor tour, then warm up indoors with parlour games from generations past. Create your own unique family flag to take home. Adults: $5.31; Students/Seniors: $3; Children: $2; (plus tax).