Creative activities for Kids This Week: January 12

Now that the holidays are done, it’s back to school, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still a lot to see and do in Toronto with your kids this week!

Growing Taste Buds

Aimed at kids aged 8-12, a chef and special guests will conduct a series of hands-on cooking workshops to help your budding chef learn to cook, experiment and learn the importance of making good food choices! At the end of the course in March, the kids will cook a dish together that will be sold at their own booth at the Farmers’ Market. This will raise funds to support the Growing Taste Buds bursary, which helps children from under-served communities take part in the program. An 8-week course, the class runs from 10:30 to 12:30. Registration is required.

When it’s on: January 14th to March 3rd at Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, 416-596-1495 x231.

How to Build an Igloo with Mediatheque on Ice

Enjoy an interactive experience of literally building a life-size igloo in the National Film Board of Canada Interactive Lounge. The procedure is filmed as a keepsake of your family experience! The activity is both free and a drop-in. Large groups need to make a reservation.

When it’s On: Every day until the end of January at the National Film Board of Canada, 150 John Street, Toronto, 416-973-3012.

Winter Fun Day at Colborne Lodge

Enjoy a day of winter activities such as taffy pulling, roasting marshmallows, sipping warm cider and eating roasted potatoes at Colborne Lodge. A small fee is required for the taffy-pulling, potatoes and cider.

When it’s on: January 15th from 11am to 3pm at the Colborne Lodge, 1 Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto, 416-392-6916

The Toronto International Boat Show

Start your summer a little early with a stop at the Toronto International Boat Show. With boating experts, cottage equipment, hourly seminars, special guests such as Zac and Abby Sunderland and, of course, the indoor boating lake for boat rides, the boat show has something for everyone. Kids will enjoy it too with a special kids’ boating zone and fishing zone, plus a 40-foot long aqauriam.

When it’s on: January 14th to 22nd at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes Boulevard, Toronto, 905-951-4051.

Super Hero School at the Scarborough Museum

Leap tall buildings in a single bound, become invisible and save the world. It’s all in a day’s work for a super hero, and for those learning to become one with the Saturday Adventurer Club Super Hero School. Learn the ropes, and climb them, to become a super hero each Saturday in January.

When it’s on: Now until the end of January at the Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Road, Toronto, 416-338-8807.

Photos by Mike Derblich, Patricia Njovu/NFB Mediatheque and Torontoboatshows.com.

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