Activities to do with Kids This Week: January 19

It’s the Chinese New Year, and what better way to celebrate the Year of the Dragon than with some great events in the city. Take in some monster trucks, hunt for the owls and see what new threads the Emperor has on! There’s a lot to see and do with your kids in Toronto this week.

CIBC LunarFest at Harbourfront Centre

Celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year with lots to see and do at  Harbourfront. Full of games, workshops, puppet shows, food, fun and the world’s first lantern aquarium! Skating is offered on the Saturday night and all events are free.

When it’s on: January 20-24th at Harbourfront Centre,  235 Queens Quay West, Toronto,  416-973-4600.

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour

Start your engines, truck lovers! If it’s big trucks your little (or big) one wants to see, then the Monster Jam is the place to be. In town for two days only on its inaugural tour, enjoy the thrills and spills as these gigantic machines tear up the arena. Look for the new, Canadian-themed truck on the circuit, Northern Nightmare, driven by Calgary native, Cam McQueen.

When it’s on: January 21st and 22nd at the Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto,  855-985-5000.

Owl Prowl at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Whoooo’s there? Find out on the Owl Prowl at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Take a nighttime hike through the owl’s forest home and learn about the owls that live there, dissect an owl pellet and come face to face with the real thing! Suitable for children of all ages and other family members.

When it’s on: January 21st, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto,  416-397-1340.

Chinese New Year at Evergreen Brick Works

Welcome the Year of the Dragon at the market of Evergreen Brick Works. Learn about Chinese music and culture, Chinese food, crafts for kids, a performance by the Toronto Chinese Orchestra and, at noon, enjoy the traditional lion dance and performance!

When it’s on: January 21st, 10:00 am until noon at Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto,  416-596-7670.

The Emperor’s New Clothes at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre

Is it really the clothes that make the man? Learn some important lessons about life through this humorous musical performance showing at the Solar Stage Children’s Theatre. The classic Hans Christian Andersen tale is suitable for children ages 3 to 10. Your little ones will laugh their socks off!

When it’s on: January 21st until February 5th at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 100 Upper Madison Avenue, Toronto,  416-368-8031.

 Photo courtesy of CIBC LunarFest.

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