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Winter Holiday Break Activities Guide

Winter Holiday Break Activities Guide

This year, the Christmas holiday school break runs from December 23, 2017 to January 7, 2018. There are plenty of activities in and around East York to keep the kids occupied over the break.

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December 22-31 (except Dec. 25):  “Pinocchio”-A Merry Magical Pantomime.
The annual Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Holiday Pantomime runs Dec 22nd to Dec. 31, 2017 [see full list of dates below]. Join us for our second annual Pantomime this holiday season. Have a laugh and a song and join in the festive fun at our local Royal Canadian Legion Branch 1/42, 243 Coxwell Ave., at the corner of Gerrard Street East and Coxwell where you will find Gepetto’s magical toy shop. A fantastic holiday treat for the entire family. Pinocchio-A Merry Magical Pantomime is packed with action and zingers with a couple of magical surprises tossed in for good measure.  Recommended for children ages 5 and up! Schedule:
Dec 22nd @ 7pm; Dec 23rd @ 2pm & 7pm; Dec 24th @ 2pm; Dec 26th @ 2pm; Dec 27th @ 2pm; Dec 28th @ 2pm & 7pm; Dec 29th @ 7pm; Dec 30th @ 2pm & 7pm; Dec 31st @ 2pm
$25.00 Children (Under 12 years old); $35.00 Adults. General Seating

Sunday, Dec. 24, 7:30: Christmas carol singing @ Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave.  Free.

Sunday, Dec. 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 7:30-8:30 p.m.: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is performed at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave.  Free!

Tues. Dec. 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Free Family Skate @ Leaside Memorial Gardens arena, 1073 Millwood Rd., courtesy of Patrick Rocca/Bosley Real Estate.

Check out the following FREE programs offered at your local libraries, including movies, crafts and more. (Please note all libraries will be closed on the following dates: December 25, 26 and 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018.)

Riverdale Library, 370 Broadview Avenue
The branch will be open during regular hours on December 27, 28, 29 and 30 and January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue
Saturday, December 30, 11:15 am to 12 noon: New Years Eve party including family photo booth, crafts, dancing and a countdown to the New Year. *Drop-in, no registration required.

Thorncliffe Library, 48 Thorncliffe Park
Open regular hours on December 27, 28, 29 and 30 and January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Coxwell/Danforth Library, 1675 Danforth Avenue
Friday, December 29, 2 pm: See the movie Despicable Me 3. *Limited space, call 416-393-7783 to register.
Wednesday, January 3, 2 to 3 pm: The Science of Flight. Learn about four stages of flight: gravity, lift, thrust and drag. Make your own airplane or hoop glider and test how far it can fly. For children aged 6 to 12. *Call or drop in to register.
Thursday, January 4, 2 to 3 pm: Snap Circuits. Learn how an electrical circuit works. Suitable for children aged 8 and up (including teens). *Registration required.

Pape/Danforth Library, 701 Pape Avenue
The branch will be open during regular hours on December 27, 28, 29 and 30 and January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Leaside Library, 165 McRae Drive
The branch will be open during regular hours on December 27, 28, 29 and 30 and January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Dawes Road Library, 416 Dawes Road
Wednesday, December 27, 1 to 2 pm: Winter Craft Snowflakes. Make custom snowflakes and other fun winter crafts. All ages are welcome. Drop-in, no registration required.
Friday, December 29, 1 to 2 pm: Video Game Challenge. Challenge your friends in multi-player sports games. Suitable for children aged 8 and up.

This holiday season, explore your inner scientists, try out your skating skills, or interact with animals:

Dieppe Park, 455 Cosburn Avenue
Free holiday outdoor leisure skate for all ages, opened throughout the holidays. *Call 416-396-2827 for times.

Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road
December 26 to January 5, 10 am to 4 pm: Creation Station: Make your own inventions using wooden blocks.
On display throughout the holidays: Emmett: See the world’s largest collection of Magical Machines created by British artist and inventor Rowland Emmett.
Throughout the holidays in the Imperial Oil Auditorium Mezzanine: A Hair-Raising Experience: For a classic Science Centre experience, take a unique photo or selfie at the Van de Graaff generator. *Times subject to change.
December 26 to January 7, 12 noon to 2:30 pm: Science on Fire: Spark your interest in the colorful chemistry of combustion!

Power Soccer 036Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester Street
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm over the entire holiday, including Christmas Day. Demonstration with different animals will be held daily at 11:30 am. Admission is free.

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
December 25 to January 7, extended hours (December 26 to 30: 10 am to 7 pm; December 31: 10 am to 5:30 pm; January 1 to 5: 10 am to 7 pm; January 7 10 am to 5:30 pm);
ROM for the Holidays: Performances, pop-up contemporary dance performances, sing-alongs, haute couture-themed crafts including paper doll making, live exotic animals and Viking inspired games for the whole family.
This year’s holiday programming will be tied to the ROM’s featured exhibitions: VIKINGS, Christian Dior and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. *ROM for the Holidays programs are free with general admission.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road
December 27 to January 7 (closed January 1): 12 noon to 4 pm daily (December 24 and December 31: 10 am to 2 pm)
Christmas in the Valley: Tours of festive, beautifully decorated houses will be held at 12:15, 1:15 and 2:15 pm daily. Holiday treats will be available for sampling as well as fun holiday crafts for the kids. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and youths aged 13 to 18, $4 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for kids under the age of 5.

Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road
Closed December 25, open for the rest of the Christmas break from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.
Tuesday, December 26: Half-off (kids and parents) regular admission price, with proceeds saved going to the Endangered Species Reserve Fund.
December 26 to January 5: Different enrichment programs daily with different animals each day. All ages welcome.
December 30, 2 pm: Carnivore Enrichment Feeding: Learn how to enhance a hyena’s natural environment to stimulate its natural behaviors.
December 31, 11 am: Carnivore Enrichment Feeding: Learn how to enhance a snow leopard’s natural environment to stimulate its natural behaviors.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday season, no matter how you choose to spend it.

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