Our holiday wish list has us running around the city – but in a good way. Instead of filling our stockings with a whole bunch of ‘stuff,’ we’re loading up on all Toronto has to offer. The best part of giving the Gift of Experience is that you can enjoy them together as a family.
Here are some of our top picks for 2015:
The Big Screen: Yeah, yeah, there is that movie coming out this month, but we’re looking to introduce the next generation of film lovers to the classics. TIFF has a massive retrospective of 30 features and 22 shorts exploring the evolution of Stop-Motion Animation. There is a lot for kids to appreciate – including Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Aardman Studio’s adventures of Wallace & Gromit and NFB Family Classics. The series runs until January 3, 2016.
The holiday tradition: Ross Petty makes his final appearance as an actor during his annual family musical production. His brand new version of Peter Pan runs until January 3, 2016 at the Elgin Theatre. We introduced our kids to the magic of live theatre with his rendition of Cinderella – we’re hooked.
Family detectives: Escape games are all the rage, so why not have the kids join in on the fun? Looking Glass Adventures on the Danforth hosts family-friendly versions of the immersive and interactive game. (If you can’t decide on a date, get a gift certificate.)
Get outside: The gift of the great outdoors is one that all Canadian kids must savour. And there are so many camps and classes that get city kids out exploring nature. Some suggestions: Urban Day Camps with P.I.N.E project, Green City Adventure Camps at Evergreen Brick Works or Winter Holiday Camp at the High Park Nature Centre. (For more outdoorsy adventures see last year’s Winter To Do List.)
Get out of town: Really, the options are limitless when you start searching for family activities a couple hour’s drive away from the GTA. Be a tourist and wrap up a Niagara Falls Wonder Pass (it saves you 55 per cent off three of Niagara Parks’ attractions.) A gift certificate to the Scenic Caves in Collingwood have no expiry date so you can enjoy the cross-country trails (and walk the suspension bridge as seen above) or you can wait to take in a summer experience. Up for even more adventure? Book a Muskoka Dogsledding Tour at North Ridge Ranch (kids two-and-under are free.) We love these ideas from Ontario Tourism.
For more suggestions, have a peek at last year’s list.