Fun Things To Do With Kids in Winter

Nowruz Festival at the Toronto Centre for the Arts

One of the great things about Toronto is that you don't actually have to leave the city to get a taste and appreciation for cultures from all over the world. This weekend the Nowruz Festival celebrates both the start of Spring and the Persian/Iranian New Year! There are a number of ticketed events with this festival but there is also a lot of the free family fun that we love here at The Scoop! The free events mainly take place this Saturday March 10th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

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There is a Persian bazaar and traditional teahouse opening at 10 for adults where you can shop a little and then starting at noon there are shows and activities all day for kids. There are puppet shows and storytelling, face painting and balloon twisting, along with a kids film and family dance party to end the day! There is also an arts and crafts station in the afternoon where children can learn about the two best known characters of Nowruz, Haji Firuz and Amoo Nowruz and take home their creations, and a pastry making workshop where the little ones can make some little treats. Check the website for more information and specific times! Rosie :)

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Sugar Shack TO at Sugar Beach

Remember when you were crossing your fingers hoping for a white Christmas? Well, that was then, and now if you are like me you are probably like "Winter.. please... just... GO ALREADY!" There is one sweet way to wave bye to the season and that is the Sugar Shack TO. It's happening March 10th and 11th from 11am to 5pm at Sugar Beach on the waterfront and organizers are promising Ontario's finest maple taffy along with live entertainment and activities for the kids. As a kid myself I remember having the best time at a sugar shack in Quebec where you take the hot maple syrup on a stick and roll it in snow to make a delicious treat. Admission is free and there are more details at Sugar Shack TO. along with a YouTube link showing last year's event so you can get a better sense of the syrupy sweetness before fully committing to putting on all that winter gear and heading down there. Rosie :)

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Celebrate Toronto Festival at Nathan Phillips Square

TORONTO IS TURNING 184... it's PARTY TIME! Coming up March 3rd-6th at Nathan Phillips Square... the Celebrate Toronto Festival is celebrating Toronto's 184th anniversary. Food trucks, tons of cool vendors selling fun stuff, a DJ skate party... it's gonna be great! The night skate party on March 5th and 6th takes place from 5 to 10pm and features DJ Caff spinning a wicked mix including tons of tunes from Toronto artists. If you don't own skates, you can rent them, and make sure to visit the Celebrate Toronto Warming Lounge for hot chocolate! Rosie :)

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Toronto Light Fest | Distillery District

This is the second year that the Toronto Light Fest has lit up the Distillery District and it is spectacular. From a piano that plays light to a fire-breathing dragon to a pyramid made of thousands of gummy bears, this is a stunning display of light, art and creativity in one of my favourite parts of the city. And there is no charge- it's completely free. The Toronto Light Fest is on until March 4th, sundown to 9pm Sunday to Wednesday and sundown to 10pm Thursday to Saturday. Make sure you look for the bat signal. Rosie :)

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Sesame Street Presents: The Body at the Ontario Science Centre

This interactive exhibition all about the human body is so much fun for little ones. The whole Science Centre is great, but this exhibit particularly is geared to toddlers. From noses to toes to what happens after you eat food (yup, the whole process) everything is hands-on and there is lots of space to let them run loose.

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I've always wanted sit on the Sesame Street steps at the Sesame Street front door!

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Sesame Street Presents: The Body runs until May 5th, 2014. It is included with your general admission to the Ontario Science Centre. Rosie :)

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Sky Zone Toronto Indoor Trampoline Park

Recently we discovered the joy of the Sky Zone indoor trampoline park in Mississauga. We were pretty excited to be invited to check out the new Sky Zone Toronto location which just opened in Leaside. No surprise that it is just as awesome. Three dodgeball courts, an enormous foam pit to do flying leaps into, a Sky Slam basketball court and of course a very expansive and very bouncy open jump area.

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I love taking my little man to "Toddler Time" where he can bounce like crazy and get the beans out. Toddlers jumping and wobbling all over the mats is about the cutest thing you are ever going to see. My little guy is getting to have quite the form, and he also enjoyed taking a few shots at the Sky Slam basketball court, which is a feature unique to the Sky Zone Toronto location.

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The Foam Zone Court is bananas. You use the mats to propel yourself into a massive pit of cushy foamy balls.

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Diving into the foam pit proved too irresistible for my big man to resist.

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Sky Zone offers dodgeball tournaments and SkyRobics fitness classes (low impact and burns up to 1,000 calories in an hour) and you can also host birthday parties and corporate events there. There are a variety of birthday party packages available but they all include an hour of jump time, 40 minutes in a party room with a Party Host, food, drinks, plates, napkins, cups, utensils and Party Area set-up and clean-up. You also get full colour invitations and two free one hour passes for future visits. The staff are so helpful and super friendly. Here's Eric fluffing the foam pit.

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For more information including pricing, hours of operation and a schedule of activities visit the Sky Zone Toronto website. This place is great fun and perfect for parents looking for some physical activity that will wear out even the most energetic kids. Just check out the photo below for proof. Rosie :)

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Family Fun Fest on Family Day Weekend

There is a great deal on right now if you are planning to take your family to Family Fun Fest this family day long weekend. This event at the city's largest indoor amusement park takes place February 16, 17, and 18 at Downsview Park. Right now for $40 you can get a VIP family pass for two adults and two children, plus two cotton candy bags. Or you can pay $12 for a single kid's pass.

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This deal really makes the event more affordable. There are tons of rides, huge fun jumping castles and live entertainment. Rosie :)

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Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

If you have a very energetic toddler and are free on Tuesday or Thursdays between 9:30 and 11am, I highly recommend you take them to the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. This is designated 'toddler time' on the mats and it is an awesome way to get them moving during the cold winter months. One parent has to jump with them and the adults have as much fun as the little ones.

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This place is awesome! Huge with really helpful and friendly staff keeping an eye on all the jumpers, big and small.

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There is a squishy foam pit you can dive into when you get tired of jumping. There are rules though. No back flips is one of them. This rule is harder to enforce once toddler time is over and the teenagers hit the mats.

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The Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is located in Mississauga (about a five minute drive from Square One) at 3636 Hawkestone Road. You can host a birthday party there; package and pricing information are on the website. Rosie :)

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