The Ultimate Guide to Fall Kids Activities in the Greater Toronto Area

There’s a lot going on this fall so I’ve created a top 10 list for you to make sure you won’t miss out on what’s going on in the Greater Toronto Area!

Events highlighted below are from our Events Guide. Please check it for a full list of what’s happening in the Greater Toronto Area, and do check back as we update it ongoing to bring you the latest and greatest!

 

1. Pick Fall Raspberries, Apples & Pumpkins

 

If you have a toddler, you can still partake in the fun! While she may need help picking apples if all the branches are too high, the raspberry bushes are the perfect height for small children, and she’ll have loads of fun picking a pumpkin. Some farms also offer pumpkinfests with Halloween-themed decorations, games and activities!

Click here to find a pick-your-own farm near you using our handy map. For pumpkinfests, check out our ongoing events page.

Note: Many apple crops were ruined due to the spring frost so make sure to check if there is still a good variety left before heading out. 

 

2. It’s Fall Festival Time!

 

Applefests, harvest festivals and pumpkinfests. Fall does not disappoint with the number of fun festivals going on. Here are a few you won’t want to miss!

Applefest Weekend at the Markham Museum on Saturday September 22 & Sunday September 23.

Markham Fair at Markham Fair Grounds - Canada’s Largest 4 Day Agricultural Fair on Thursday September 27- Sunday September 30.

Applefest Fall Fair at the Ireland House at Oakridge Farm in Burlington on Sunday September 30.

Heritage Fall Harvest Celebration at Country Heritage Park in Milton on Saturday October 6, 13 and Sunday October 14.

 

3. Participate in a Charity Fundraiser

 

Many walks, hikes and runs offer a smaller course for young children so you can get them involved in supporting a worthy cause too! Consider participating in:

5K On The Runway at Oshawa Municipal Airport on Sunday September 23rd to raise money for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre. A 1K fun walk/ run starts at 10:10am. There will be hot-air tethered balloon flights from REMAX,  birds of prey display, vintage and military aircraft on display, and the Toronto Pearson K9 Unit.

Hearth Place is committed to providing a community of support for patients and their families impacted by cancer through peer support, information, a resource centre, wellness programs and an ongoing lecture and discussion series

Light the Night Walk at David Pecaut Square (in front of Metro Hall) on Wednesday October 3rd. Walks take place at a leisurely pace and take under an hour to complete. Strollers are welcome.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light The Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer.

 

4. Doors Open

 

Every year Cities participate in Doors Open to offer the public an opportunity to explore the best the City has to offer, for free! While Toronto already had its Doors Open in the summertime, many Cities are still gearing up for theirs!

Check out horse and wagon rides in the park, blacksmith demonstrations, heritage activities, and a visit by the Canadian Peregrine Foundation at the Bradley Museum in Mississauga!

 

5. Culture Days

 

Over the last weekend in September (28, 29, 30) come out and enjoy free public activities that are going on to promote awareness of art and culture in the community. Thousands of activities will be going on across Canada! Click here to find ones near you.

Here are just a few to get you started!

 

6. Enjoy the Fall Colours

 

Enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of fall!

Visit the Kortright Centre for their Fall Colours Celebration on weekends in October. Lots to enjoy including guided fall colour walks, Archetype Sustainable House tours, self-guided activities and more!

Or, take the South Simcoe Railway for Fall Excursion trips on September 29, 30, October 6-8 and 13- 14. There are four departures daily.

Check out the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report to keep track of where fall colours are peaking.

 

7. Halloween Parties

 

A favourite holiday for many, Halloween is all about dressing up, the candy and telling scary stories. What will your child be dressed up as this year? My daughter will likely be Dora and my son, well he’ll either be Boots, Diego or my daughter’s costume from last year- a duck.

Let’s start off with a few kick’n Halloween parties!

  • Change for Kids Halloween Party at the Ontario Science Centre (Scarborough) on Saturday October 27. Private access to all Ontario Science Centre exhibits, a family dance party with DJ, and chances to win prizes.
  • Giant 3-Hour Costume Halloween Party at All for Fun (Scarborough) on Sunday October 28. Crafts, games, trick-or-treating, food & the chance to win some tasty prizes!
  • Halloween Masquerade Party at Oakville Museum on Sunday October 28 . Come in costume and enjoy games, contests, and a magic lantern show and make a historically inspired mask.

 

8. Join a Halloween Parade

 

Bring your child in costume and he can partake in a Halloween parade! Don’t forget your camera =)

  • Critters and Costumes Parade at the Metro Toronto Zoo on October 20, 21, 27, 28.  Take part in the parade at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm daily. Up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in free when accompanied by an adult.
  • Tiny Tots Parade put on by the Downtown Oakville BIA starting Towne Square at 10am on Wednesday October 23. The merchants of Downtown Oakville invite all with young children to bring their small and scary ghosts and goblins to the annual Tiny Tots on Parade!
  • Change for Kids Monster March & Fun Fair (Toronto) on Sunday October 28. Wear your costumes for this 2 km accessible walk-a-thon with trick-or-treat stations. Involve your work and school to raise pledges and walk in support of kids with disabilities, all while having a ghoulishly good time! Great entertainment and a family fun fair. $12.50pp (kids 4 and under are free).
  • Halloween Howl at Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park (in Etobicoke) on Thursday November 1. Bring your Jack-O-Lanterns to light up Mimico Square and the pathway leading to Amos Waites Park, starting at 6pm. Free!

 

9. Spooky Halloween Events

 

Okay, they’re really not that spooky, but in the eyes of your child..

  • Scaryfest at the Markham Museum on October 27 & 28For children aged 10 and under, on 5pm- 8pm. Trick-or-treat your way around the Museum grounds where you will encounter lively and not so lively characters! Come in costume, have fun, and get spooky!
  • Spooktacular Halloween at Mountsberg Conservation Area on October 20, 21, 27, 28. Creatures of the Night presentations with live snakes, Bird of Prey Presentations – Owls & Vultures Halloween Special, Haunted PlayBarn, Scary Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, Kids “tattoo” parlour & crafts, Harvest games and Bison rides.
  • Halloween Howl at Toronto Botanical Garden on October 27. Try out your Halloween costume during an afternoon of spooky scavenger hunts, tantalizing treats and a light-hearted look at Halloween’s creepy critters. (Preregistration is required.)

 

10. Hop On-Board a Halloween Themed Train Ride

 

Hop on board a Halloween themed train ride with the York-Durham Heritage Railway! On board the decorated trains are ghosts, ghouls, and other entertainment for young and old alike. Trains operate from the Uxbridge and Stouffville stations and have lots of Halloween activities.

All children aged up to 12 years dressed in their best and scariest Halloween costumes will travel free (maximum 2 children per adult). Train rides available October 20, 21, 27 and 28. Regular adult admission applies – $24.

 

PS. I will be taking a challenge and going to one event in each of my top 10. I’ll post a photo after I’ve gone and let you know how it went! Am I crazy for packing my schedule? Maybe, but this is what I love to do. Just don’t tell my husband what I’m planning ;-) Apple picking- check !

 

Update Nov 1: Well, I would have loved to have made it to all the events I had planned on going to, but with one of my kids coming down with a very persistent cold (and passing it on to the rest of the family!), we had to skip a few! How did you enjoy any Halloween events you made it out to?

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  1. Gus (Reviews: 0) says:

    This is a great FREE resource for parents in the Greater Toronto Area.

    Thanks a million to Melanieotg.ca for sharing this experience.
    Now I know to select charities that allow online registration for events rather than the ancient get-there-on-time, wait-in-line-to-register methods still been used by some charities.

    If only this organizations could be run like a business where the focus is on customer satisfaction…

    A business coach will help them fix this and other problems by helping to align their values with their actions.

    Bravo to the melanieotg.ca for sharing this simple but powerful insight!
    Kudos

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    • Melanie (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 64) says:

      Thank you Gus, I appreciate your comments and your insights as well :-)

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  2. Melanie (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 64) says:

    Rushed to make it to 5K on the Runway with my daughter on Sunday morning but we arrived late at 10am, and missed registration. Even though there were 5 people at the registration desk and I asked if I could just give my money so I could hurry on over and join the 1K fun walk with my daughter.. well we were just too late :-( They even started the walk early (it was scheduled to start at 10:10am).

    A disappointed daughter and I walked around to see participants running and walking, and check out the tethered hot air balloon rides, birds of prey display, vintage and military aircraft on display, and the Toronto Pearson K9 Unit. But all we could find was an aircraft parked on the runway. We asked a few volunteers where the hot air balloons were. Got pointed in a few different directions, was told they’d be here soon, and then we were told they were already there and we missed it.

    We did give the money we came to donate in the donation box before we headed out.. and headed on over to Applefest at the Markham Museum!

    Tips: If you sign up for a charity walk/ run with your children, make sure to pick one that allows you to register online in case you’re running late (which is common with children!).

    Check out this link for upcoming charity walks/ runs in the Greater Toronto Area: http://melanieotg.ca/m/events-for-kids/charity-walks-runs/

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