It's important to spend quality time with your kids over the holidays, but going out every day can be costly. Here are some fun and free or affordable things to do this winter:
The Distillery District is a pedestrian-only area in downtown Toronto. The architecture is authentic Victorian industrial and the stores are one of a kind, offering toys, cupcakes and housewares.
From first light until 10 pm, 7 days a week, you can skate for free at Nathan Phillips Square. Rink guards and maintenance staff are always on site for your safety. More info here.
Cineplex theatres offer Family Favourites on Saturday mornings at 11 am. For $2.50 per ticket and with a great list of films, you can treat your family to a fun, affordable morning at the movies.
Harbourfront Centre offers a great view of Toronto's waterfront as well as airplanes landing at and taking off from nearby Billy Bishop Airport. Enjoy activities such as skating, shows and events and walks through Toronto Music Garden. Harbourfront is easily accessible by car or TTC.
Riverdale Farm offers a variety of kid-friendly educational programs throughout the year, plus the farm is open every day, year-round, so you can visit the animals and explore the grounds.
Tobogganing is a fantastic family activity. All you need is warm clothes, a sled or crazy carpet, and a thermos of hot chocolate. And snow would help! Earl Bales has great hills.
Check out books and DVDs and take advantage of family programs at the Toronto Public Library-- all for free with a Toronto library card!