Things to do in Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel & York Regions with your Kids this Weekend – Sep 29- 30, 2012

Here’s your ultimate weekend guide packed with festivals and special programming. We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Happy planning!

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Friday September 28- Sunday September 30

Culture Days at various locations throughout Ontario including Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel and York Regions. Free!

Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness,accessibilityparticipation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of a National Steering Committee and volunteer Provincial and Territorial Task Forces, thousands of activity organizers self-mobilize at the grassroots level to present and coordinate free public activities that take place throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year.

The third annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 28, 29 and 30, 2012, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.

You can use their handy search tool to find free kids activities near you! (Make sure to select Kids under Keywords.)




Saturday September 29

Toronto | 10am- 5pm

Harvest Fair on Mount Pleasant between Davisville Ave & Eglinton Ave

Pumpkin carving contest, petting zoo, meet a paralympic athlete, apple pie bake-off judging, Cornerstone Band, Mazouka dance lessons (salsa), Synergy martial arts lessons.


Saturday September 29

Midtown Toronto| Noon – 4pm

Harvest Day 2012 at Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence Ave. West)

Come join the fun! Help harvest the TBG’s Teaching Garden and create and participate in art, music, and yoga programs with DiscoverAbility. Take a free guided tour of the TBG and Edwards Gardens, enjoy how-to demos and talks, and have your gardening questions answered by Toronto Master Gardeners. Or just relax and treat yourself to something scrumptious to eat at the TBG’s outdoor Harvest Café.

Children’s activities for Harvest Day 2012 include harvesting organic vegetables, food demonstrations, garden arts and crafts, drumming circle, garlic planting, and family fun yoga. Children’s activities will take place in the TBG’s Teaching Garden. Free cider!



Saturday September 29

West Toronto| 1pm – 3:30pm

Children’s Pillage in the Village at Swansea Community Centre (15 Waller Ave.)

The Sale is held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, for all members of the community who are looking to purchase high-quality gently used baby & children’s items.

COST: $2 Admission


Saturday September 29

Toronto | 3pm

Halloween Fashion Show at the Pottery Barn (Yorkdale Mall, Sherway Gardens Mall, 100 Bloor Street West)

Join us for the most spooktacular fashion show around! We’ll feature this year’s best costumes, decorations and accessories. Dress up in your favourite costume and enjoy a costume contest, activities and a special Halloween parade after the show!

Cost: Free


Sunday, September 30

Downtown Toronto| 1pm – 4pm

Cast Iron Chef Historic Cooking Workshop Series at Todmorden Mills (67 Pottery Road)
(Suitable for ages 8 and up)

Bread and Flavoured Butters: Churn your own home-made butters flavoured with herbs from our historic garden. Enjoy them with home-baked scones and biscuits baked on our open hearth.

COST: Pre-registration is required. Adults: $20; Children: $15 (plus tax).


Sunday September 30

West Toronto | 12pm – 4:30pm

High Park Harvest Festival at The Colborne Lodge and the Children’s Garden (South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive)

Enjoy the harvest in High Park with food, crafts, music, horse and wagon rides, warm apple cider and more. Held at the south end of High Park at Colborne Lodge and the Children’s Garden.

COST: FREE admission; To tour inside Colborne Lodge, it’s pay-what-you-can!


Sunday, September 30

Downtown Toronto | 1:15 – 2:15pm

Music & Truffles at Walter Hall (University of Toronto)

Give your children their first taste of classical music.

Join us as Music & Truffles celebrates its 10th birthday with an inspiring season of fresh, interactive music events sure to delight the young and the young at heart. Our unique one hour format features one orchestra, two superb string quartets, two famed pianists, and a very special show featuring song, piano music, poetry and a mime!

Music & Truffles is designed for young people ages 6 to 15, but it is also a great series for adults just starting to explore the mysteries and ecstasies of great music – you are not required to bring a young person, and you will get a truffle anyway!

COST: $13 (or subscription for 5 Sundays is $50)


Sunday September 30

Downtown Toronto | 12pm- 7pm

Pedestrian Sunday Festivals in Kensington Market

Last day to celebrate the Pedestrian Sunday Festival in Kensington Market!


You may also want to check out these ongoing weekend events:


Durham Region


Saturday September 29


Discovering Your Family Tree Workshop at the Uxbridge Historical Centre (7239 Concession Road 6)

Learn all about discovering your family’s history and create an artistic family tree collage on canvas to bring home. Bring a picnic lunch. Pre-register (spots are limited!) at the Uxbridge Historical Centre or call 905-852-5854. Ages 11-15, $15.


Saturday September 29

Whitby | 11am- 3pm

Apple Festival at The Humane Society Parking Lot (1505 Wentworth St)

Book sale, bake sale, yard sale, tea room, nail trim, games, raffles. All proceeds go towards medical care for the animals and Dollars for Dentistry.


Saturday September 29

Ajax | 10am- 4pm

Doors Open Ajax

Doors Open is a community initiative providing an opportunity to showcase and promote our past, to glimpse inside our unique and historical buildings and to explore the local architecture and culture of Ajax. This event offers residents and visitors with a day to explore a side of Ajax they likely have never seen. View event brochure and map here.

Participants include: Pickering Village Walking Tours, St. Francis Centre (multi-use arts, cultural and performance venue), Ajax Fire Headquarters and Quaker Meeting House.

Cost: FREE


Saturday September 29

Oshawa | 1pm- 5pm

Sports Day in Oshawa/ Open House at the Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Road South)

This event will feature indoor and outdoor sport demonstrations, a free swim, facility tours, entertainment and much more!  Below is the schedule of activities planned for the whole family.

  • 1:00pm to 5:00pm:  Civic Recreation Complex guided tours
  • 1:00pm to 5:00pm:  Community Sport Group Fair
  • 1:00pm to 5:00pm:  Activities:  Children’s Area, Batting Practice, Jungle Jack (Balloons), entertainment, Sport Demonstrations,
  • 1:00pm to 5:00pm: FREE Admission to the Rec Rooom
  • 1:00pm to 2:30pm and 2:45pm to 4:15pm:  FREE Public Swim
  • 1:30pm to 4:30pm: FREE Art Mural Project with “Fine Arts” Students from Durham College


Sunday September 30

Pickering | 12pm- 4:30pm

Fall Family Festival at the Pickering Museum Village (2365 Concession Road 6)

Pickering Museum Village Foundation’s annual fundraising event with music, children’s activities, annual Rubber Duckie Race, and more fun for the whole family.


You may also want to check out these ongoing weekend events:


Halton Region


Saturday September 29


Doors Open Oakville

Join us for our fifth year of Doors Open Oakville!


Saturday September 29- Sunday September 30

Halton Hills 

Doors Open Halton Hills

Join us for the first Doors Open Halton Hills!

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Georgetown.
Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. in Acton.
Visit these communities during Doors Open and discover our proud military history, our rich built heritage and the many community services we have to offer. Come early and explore the Saturday Farmers’ Market before setting off on your tour.


Saturday September 29

Halton Hills | 9:30am- 1:30pm

Georgetown Mom2Mom Sale at the Croatian Cultural Centre (9118 Winston Churchill Blvd, Halton Hills)

4000 square feet for kids stuff and carnival games.

Admission:  $2 (Goes to Breakfast for Learning. Grandparents and kids enter FREE.)


Saturday September 30

Burlington | 10am- 3pm

Bruce Trail Day 2012 Events at Kerncliff Park

Hosted by:  Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club  (

Hikes depart 10:30 am & 1:00 pm

Kids and adults are invited to join us for a guided hike along the Bruce Trail through Burlington’s most scenic park. Walk through a hardwood forest and flowing ravines, enjoy a beautiful view overlooking Burlington and Lake Ontario. Learn more about the Bruce Trail from Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club members, including our year-round hiking program and trail maintenance opportunities. This event is not suitable for persons with walking difficulties or for baby strollers. No pets please.


Saturday September 30

Halton Hills| 10am- 3:30pm

Bruce Trail Day 2012 Events at Terra Cotta Conservatin Area

Hosted by:  Toronto Bruce Trail Club  (

Explore the variety of life and beautiful fall colours in one of the most scenic sections of the Bruce Trail.  Start by warming up at the Watershed Learning Centre and meeting some of your local Bruce Trail volunteers. Then join Credit Valley Conservation staff for a fun-and-fact filled guided hike at 10:00 am or at 1:00 pm.


Sunday September 30


Applefest Fall Fair at the Ireland House at Oakridge Farm (2168 Guelph Line)

An old-fashioned fall fair right here in the city!

Jump into the sea of hay and join in a great harvest fair tradition – Make Your Own Scarecrow! ~~ How about a try at the Hay Maze? ~~ Live roping demonstrations with the Ontario Rodeo Association! ~~ Take a tour through the historic Ireland House~ Experience historic cooking, apple schnitzing and apple cider making! See antique tractors and historic automobiles on display ~~ Watch as fascinating artisans demonstrate their craft! Make your own neat crafts! Have fun with the Fall Harvest Obstacle Course and Games, Pony Rides (12-3pm), Junior Farmer Competitions and Games, Fair-Style Activities, Historic Cooking and Horticultural society arrangements.  There will be animal exhibits and special farm displays! Check out the Trifles & Treasures Bazaar ~~ Find excellent fall treasures, home decorations and unique handmade items in the vendor area ~~ Enjoy live stage entertainment all day including country dance demonstrations and musical performances! ~~ And do not miss your chance to bid at the Applefest Silent Auction!

Be sure to sign your children up for their chance to be crowned this year’s Applefest Fall Fair Prince and Princess! Contest is open to children 6-10 years old!

Cost: FREE


You may also want to check out these ongoing weekend events:

  • On until November 4:  Season of Falling Leaves at Crawford Lake Conservation Area (3115 Conservation Road, Milton)
  • On until November 11: Autumn Days in the Country at Mountsberg Conservation Area (2259 Millburough Line, Milton)
  • On until October 31: Gently Haunted Forest at Andrew’s Scenic Acres (9365 10th Sideroad, Halton Hills)
  • On weekends through to the end of October: Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm (7256 Bell School Line, Milton)


Peel Region


Friday September 28- 30


Headwaters Arts Festival at Caledon Centre for Culture and Education (20490 Porterfield Road (Cty Rd 136) in Alton) and other locations in the area (click here for a map).

Your opportunity to experience and support our wealth of local talent, representing vitrually every media, and on sale for the sole purpose of nurturing the area’s artistic practitioners.

Check out many KidsFest Events at this festival including So You Think You Can’t Dance?! on September 23rd: Learn some hip-hop steps and have some fun!  Ashley Earl, an instructor from the Academy of Performing Arts, will lead this class and have you doing some “cool” moves before the end of the workshop. Ages 8 and up. $5 per person and you must pre-register.
Saturday September 29

Belfountain | 10am- 3pm

Salamander Festival at Belfountain Conservation Area

Check out the 16th annual Salamander Festival at Belfountain Hamlet and Belfountain Conservation Area. Discover the farmers’ and artisans’ market, live entertainment, tasty local food, kids eco zone, real river critters and live animals.


Saturday September 29

Mississauga | 10am- 4pm

9th Annual Doors Open Mississauga

The 9th annual Doors Open Mississauga event will highlight unique architectural, heritage and cultural buildings, with a special focus on the Mississauga Civic Centre’s 25th anniversary. A selection of sites will also support the national Culture Days celebrations by offering performance and/or exhibiting venues to our local arts and arts groups.

Click here for a full list of participating buildings, including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Benares Historic House, Canadian Coptic Centre, Bradley Museum, and the Miniature Meadowvale Village which one the 2011 People’s Choice Award for best Doors Open site in Ontario!

Kids’ Explorer Pack: Download your very own Doors Open Mississauga Explorer Pack.  Use it to investigate and learn about Mississauga’s unique spaces and places.  Recommended for kids aged 8 – 12.


Saturday September 29

Mississauga | 11am- 3pm

Meadowvale Village Fair at Meadowvale Village Public School (890 Derry Road West)

Meadowvale Village P.S. annual fall fair. Lots of fun for the whole familiy including: a petting zoo, bake sale, kids crafts, toddler area, music, bouncy slides and mazes, vendor area, silent auction, wagon rides, games, great food, face painting, tattoos, and a special appearance by the Raptors mobile fan zone.

Cost: FREE


Sunday September 30

Caledon | 10am- 3pm

Bruce Trail Day at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Join us for a fun-filled day of guided autumn hikes featuring walks to the Cataract Falls, walks around a kettle lake, and more.


  • Our fabulous all-day BBQ
  • Boardwalk Building Activity for kids
  • Spectacular Views and Fall colours


You may also want to check out these ongoing weekend events:

  • On until October 31: PumpkinFest at Downey’s Farm (13682 Heart Lake Road, Brampton)


York Region


Thursday September 27-  Sunday September 30


Markham Fair at Markham Fair Grounds (North East corner of McCowan Road and Elgin Mills Road at 10801 McCowan Road)

Canada’s Largest 4 Day Agricultural Fair. Featuring Midway Rides by World’s Finest ShowsMonster Truck Madness on Thursday and SundayDemolition Derby on Saturday Night, Old MacDonald’s Farm and Petting Zoo, Heavy Horse Show Featuring the Six Horse Hitch Class, Children’s Entertainers – Mimes, Clowns, Jugglers and more, Live Bands, Free Parking, President’s Choice Superdogs Show, Meet & Greet with Dora the Explorer on Sunday, and more!

4 years & under are free, children 12 & under are $2, adults and youths are $15.


Saturday September 29- Sunday September 30


Doors Open

Each Doors Open Vaughan site – specially selected because of its historical, architectural, cultural and/or environmental significance – opens its doors to the public free of charge. Browse our listings and discover what each unique site has to offer.

Included in Vaughan Doors Open: 

McMichael Canadian Art Gallery (Major Mackenzie Dr W & Islington Ave – just north of the Kortright Centre)

Take advantage of these two FREE admission days, to discover the McMichael grounds and collection through behind-the-scenes sessions, curator talks, and guided tours. On Sunday, don’t miss our special presentations by local The Green Door Tea House celebrating the British tea tradition with free tea-tasting. The offerings include a perfect black tea called English Empress, in honour of Queen Elizabeth II and her annual traditional public tea parties at The Queen’s gardens of Buckingham Palace. A sampling of baked goods generously provided by local bakery La Strada (Woodbridge, Ontario) will accompany this elegant event.


Sunday September 30

East Gwillimbury | 11am- 4pm

Weaving Words, the Sharon National Historic Site’s Storytelling Festival (18974 Leslie Street)

An exciting full day festival here at the Sharon National Historic Site as storytellers, musicians and performers from across the Province celebrate everything that is special about who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. With stories about new beginnings, resourcefulness, the War of  812 & the Rebellion of 1837, world cultures and so much more, there will be stories and activities for every age. Produced in collaboration with Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library, the East Gwillimbury Library and with the support of the Town of East Gwillimbury. Watch for more details on this terrific new York Region festival!


You may also want to check out these ongoing weekend events:

  • On weekends in September: Fall Migration at the Kortright Centre (9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge)
  • On weekends September 8 – October 8: Brooks Farms Fall Fun Festival at Brooks Farms (122 Ashworth Rd, Mount Albert, East Gwillimbury)
  • On until October 31: Pumpkinland at Whittamore’s Farm (8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham)


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