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Looking for an adventure in the City? From family-friendly activities, to engaging exhibits and tours, to outdoor walks and evening entertainment, you'll find fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites!

Just check the listings below for details.


Events by Date - Calendar below

To search for events by date, click on our new calendar (below our regular listings). If you want to search by site, click on the Museum names below to see what's happening at that site. 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.

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

Winter Fun Day! - January 22

Sunday, January 22, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for fun, wintery activities for the whole family at Colborne Lodge. Roast marshmallows and sip warm cider in the great outdoors. Make a feeder for our feathered friends in the Coach House. Pull delicious taffy in the historic kitchens. Go for an interactive exploration of the historic house. Dress warmly as many activities are outside. Visiting the grounds is free, there will be small fees for some activities. Exploring the historic house is pay-what-you-wish.

 

P.A. Day Camp - Time Travellers! - Ages 7 to 10 - January 20

Time Traveller P.A. Day Camp - Ages 7 to 10
Friday, January 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$37.20 plus tax

Course Code: 2889739

A full day of crafts, games, cooking and park exploration. There are new activities each time, so make Colborne Lodge your home away from home for P.A. days this year.

Register your camper online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386.

 

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or fortyork@toronto.ca
Regular Admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax)
Children 5 years and under are free. Special event ticket prices may apply for certain events.

Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball - January 21

Saturday, January 21, 1 to 10 p.m.
Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball is a re-creation of a significant event in Toronto's history, specifically a Ball offered by the Officers' of the Garrison at York (Fort York) held in Toronto on January 20, 1817

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Our event is a ball which re-creates an early 19th century social gathering and includes instruction in period dance, a guest lecturer, an extensively researched and authentically prepared Georgian supper representing the culinary history of early 19th century Toronto and concludes with an evening of English Country Dancing. This year's dance callers are Tom and Toni Tumbusch. No experience necessary. Costumes welcome. Pre-registration required - please call 416-392-7484. Tickets are $100 plus HST.


Here is a list of dances our callers Tom and Toni Tumbusch plan to select from for the Ball. Please note that this is not the order the dances will be called in. Further, there are more dances listed here than is needed. This will allow our callers the ability to adjust as needed to meet the level of the dancers who attend. 

Please note, there may be revisions.

Proposed dance list (in alphabetical order, not the order in which they will be called):

  • The Comical Fellow
  • The Duke of Kent’s Waltz
  • Haste to the Wedding
  • The Hop Ground
  • Knole Park
  • The Leamington Dance
  • Long Odds
  • The Morning Rout
  • Mutual Love
  • The Physical Snob
  • Ramsgate Assembly
  • Roger de Coverley
  • The Spaniard
  • Sprigs of Laurel for Lord Nelson
  • The Tars of the Victory

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
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

 

Scottish Adventure - PA Day Camp for ages 7 to 11 - January 20

PA Day Camp for ages 7 to 11
Friday, January 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Course Code: 2893838

Join us for a fun-filled day, cooking Scottish-inspired treats in our historic kitchen and making crafts with new friends. Make a bonny day of your PA Day at Gibson House Museum! $37.50 per child.

Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386.

Extended care is available for an additional fee:

8 to 9 a.m.  (Course Code 2893840) $2.90
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course Code 2893903) $2.90

Pay What You Wish Thursday Night Socials - Return Jan. 19

Thursdays, Starting again January 19, 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
Last 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. 19

Thursdays, Starting again January 19, 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. You'll explore both historic and contemporary quilting techniques 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 welcome.

Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Night Socials - Return January 19

Thursdays, Starting again January 19, 5 to 8 p.m.Visit the museum on Thursday nights and take a self-guided tour through the historic house.  Relax in the historic kitchen with a cup of tea and learn about the Gibson family and history of North York. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish.

Board Games Night – For All Ages - Last Thursday of each month

Last Thursday of the Month, 6 to 8 p.m.
As part of our Pay-What-You-Wish Socials, the last Thursday of each month is Board Games Night at Gibson House Museum. 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 challenge us to a game.  Check /GibsonHouse for our featured games of the month. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish.

Tea and Tour Sundays - Return January 21

1 to 4:30 p.m.
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of the lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.

 

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

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)
Children (4 and under): Free

Cast Iron Press - Create a Victorian-style Valentine - January 21

Cast Iron Press
Part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival
Saturday, January 21, 12 to 5 p.m.

Are you looking for a special and personal way to tell someone how you feel? At Mackenzie House you will print a customized Valentine on an historic, 1850s cast iron press in a recreated mid-Victorian print shop. You will write a message using a straight pen and ink, and seal it all with melted wax.

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)
Children (4 and under): Free. 

Robbie Burns' Day Celebration - January 22

Sunday, January 22, 12 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the birthday of the beloved 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 $4.42, Children $3.76 (plus tax) 4 and under free

Read All About It: The First World War as Front Page News - Until Jan. 29

Continues until January 29
This exhibit examines the challenges faced by Toronto newspapers during the First World War. Never had there been a greater demand by the public for up to the minute information; never had there been greater restrictions from the government on what the newspapers were allowed to print. Newspapers that broke the Chief Censor's rules could face financial penalty or even be shut down. Included with Regular Admission.

Victorian Valentines - A Workshop - February 9

The Pleasure of the Handwritten Letter - A Valentine Workshop
Thursday, February, 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Join us for an intimate evening that celebrates the romance of handwritten letters. Listen to poignant Victorian letters.  Print a valentine on our 1850s press. Write your own letter with nib pen and ink and seal it with wax. Participants are invited to bring meaningful letters of their own to share with the group during refreshments.

$15 plus tax per person.

Tickets are limited so participants are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance by calling the site at 416-392-6915.

 

Family Day at Mackenzie House - February 20

Monday February 20, 12 to 5 p.m.
Scottish Dance troupe, Guthrie School of Dance, will be sharing Scottish Highland and Scottish Country dances and the history and stories that inspired them with visitors of all ages.  Performances at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Included with regular admission to the site.

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.

Unearthing Toronto's Oldest Marketplace - Continues until March, 2017

Unearthing Toronto's Oldest Marketplace: The Archaeology of the North St. Lawrence Market
The North St. Lawrence Market is about to undergo a major rebuild. As part of that process, the citizens of Toronto will have a rare opportunity to look into the City's past as the building site undergoes a major archaeological dig. The exhibit will use archaeological finds from the site along with historical maps, art works, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of North America's longest-running continually operating food market, established 1803. As the dig continues through the fall and winter of 2016/2017 new information will be added to the exhibit showing how historical understanding can change as new research is conducted.

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

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

Farmers Market - Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.

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! Free entrance to the grounds and to shop the market.

For details visit the Inn's Farmers' Market webpage

Tea Time at the Inn - Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sundays: Starting June 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7 plus tax. No reservation required, just drop in.

Fret Not Ukulele Night - First Thursday of every month

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Our monthly ukulele gathering – the first Thursday of every month, with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Come, sing, laugh, and make music. Bring your uke, but if you're just testing the waters and don't yet own one, let us know and we'll loan you one for the night. $15 per person.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - Last Thursday of the month

The Last Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 bar room! Order Irish stew, fresh baked bread and tap your toes to live traditional music. Admission is pay-what-you-wish. Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

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

Hours
Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday &  Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

Admission Pay what you can

January Weekends - Family activities

January Weekends, 12 to 4 p.m.

Warm up after your toboggan time with hot chocolate and something sweet! It's cozy family fun all month long at Scarborough Museum. Admission is Pay What You Can

More than Sport

Sport has played an important role in Scarborough's history from its early football and curling tournaments to the almost endless sport activities available across the community today.

There is a longstanding tradition of encouraging sports at all levels. This exhibit shares the thoughts of athletes who live, train or compete in the Scarborough community.

Walking Together - Exhibit on now

Continues until October 2
This exhibition was inspired by the poignant stories of loss and courage shared by survivors of the Mohawk Institute, a residential school from 1831 to 1969. Featuring mixed-media artwork by First Nations students from Pauline Johnson Collegiate Vocational School, Brantford, Ontario, the project is the culmination of an inter-generational community arts program coordinated by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Contact us at 416-392-6910 or spadina@toronto.ca

Meet the Austins - Themed Tours - Saturdays & Sundays starting Jan. 14

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars
Saturdays and Sundays, beginning January 14
12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30, 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.

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

In the Papermill Gallery - Victorian Photographs of Children with their Pets and Toys

A Child's World: Victorian Photographs of Children and their Pets and Toys
Continues until January 22, 2017
Unlike today where digital photography is a common aspect of life, photography in the 19th-century was a formal occasion. Studio photographs were the norm and in this intimate exhibition of never publicly seen before photographs of children, their pets and their toys, we see that even though more than a century separates us and the subjects in the photographs, there is still a common thread that has not changed – children's fondness for their toys and the family pet.

 

P.A. Day Family Fun! - January 20

PA Day Family Fun!
Friday, January 20, 12 to 4 p.m.

Drop in for family fun! Join us for a Lunar New Year craft and a guided tour of our historic homes. Regular admission applies.

Winter in the Valley - An Outdoor Guided Walk - January 22

Winter in the Valley - An Outdoor Guided Walk
Sunday, January 22, 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: $7.08; Youth/Seniors: $4.42 Children: $3.76; (plus tax)

 

Please see below the list of events at the City of Toronto Historic Sites

Family Day Events at a Glance - Monday, February 20

FORT YORK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE   250 Fort York Blvd.
Regular Admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax) Children 5 years and under are free. fortyork@toronto.ca  416-392-6907

Family Day at Fort York
February 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. 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.


HISTORIC ZION SCHOOLHOUSE
1091 Finch Avenue East (East of Leslie)
Limited free accessible parking available behind the Schoolhouse; street parking also available. Take Trudy Road south off Finch to Angus Drive. Accessible by TTC via #39 Finch Avenue East bus from TTC Finch station. zionschool@toronto.ca  416-395-7432  

Family Day at Historic Zion Schoolhouse
Monday, February 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This Family Day head to the Historic Zion Schoolhouse to explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse in the heart of North Toronto and contribute to our book drive! Take a step back in time with schoolmistress Miss Coulson and learn how to write with a steel nib pen or on a slate. Enjoy storytelling, craft making and other activities all afternoon!  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Admission is FREE.
Your donations of new or gently used children's books will help Children's Book Bank provide books and literacy support to children in high needs areas of Toronto.


MACKENZIE HOUSE
 82 Bond Street
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
Monday February 20, 12 to 5 p.m.
Performances at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Scottish Dance troupe, Guthrie School of Dance, will be sharing Scottish Highland and Scottish Country dances and the history and stories that inspired them with visitors of all ages.  Performances at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Included with regular admission to the site.


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 20, 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 2:00 and 3:30. Join the cooks in the historic kitchen while they prepare tasty treats over the fire and try your hand at the traditional French Canadian lumberjack dancing man and learn to play the spoons with our resident fiddler at 1:30 and 3:00. Drop-in activities, including historic games, crafts, food and music; no pre-registration required. Regular admission applies.


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

Family Day Weekend
Saturday to Monday, February 18 to 20, 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 20, 12 to 5 p.m.
Tours at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m.

Come and enjoy a family-friendly tour where you will play games, and have hands-on fun in the historic kitchen - all set in this beautifully restored 1920s environment. Regular admission applies.


TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE SITE

Bottom of Pottery Road, East of Bayview Avenue, West of Broadview Avenue
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children 6 to12  $2.65 (plus tax)
Children 5 and under free. Free parking   todmorden@toronto.ca    416-396-2819 

Family Day FUN!
Monday, February 20, 12 to 4 p.m.

Join us on Family Day for family crafts, tours of our historic homes and more!
Regular admission applies.

 

 

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