May Long Weekend Free Activities

Fun for the whole family will be available throughout the long weekend with FREE activities like circus, storytelling, music as well as great food!

Drop-in Activities Lakeview Market Tents & Stage in the Round

Anishinaabemowin Bingo

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 12pm

Come and celebrate Indigenous language games with Anishinaabemowin Bingo! Hosted by Jenny Blackbird from U of T’s Centre for Indigenous Studies

Tickle Trunk Dress Up!

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Dive into dressup! Who will you become?

Another Story – Children’s Bookshop Vendor

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Craft Zone

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Traditional Inuit Games

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Before Minecraft there were games like Leg Wrestling and Kneel Jumping! Come experience the fun of traditional Inuit games taught by Darryl Day of Denendeh.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Curious about making music? Discover a variety of instruments with Sistema’s hands-on musical drop-in where you can touch, hear and play!

Dream Catcher Building

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Come and learn the importance of the dream catcher while learning to create your own.

Philosopher’s Café

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Moderated by Philosophy student, actor and mother Patricia Fagan, and Young People’s Theatre Associate Artistic Director, Karen Gilodo, your young philosopher can ponder big thoughts like Do trees get lonely? What do teeth think? Can I see my feelings on an x-ray?

How to Puppeteer Anything!

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am, 1pm and 3pm

Lead by Ingrid Hansen, we bring to life newly discovered puppet creatures, be it a two-headed singing slug unicorn, an amiable puppy-cat, or a whatsit-thing-beast.

Storytelling Miss Lou’s Room

Reading Room

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
10:30am – 6pm

A quiet space to read available all day.

Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
1pm and 3pm

Drag performers Fay Slift and Miss Fluffy Soufflé not only make reading fun for kids but also encourage them to see differences as beautiful.

Author Readings

Come and hear some of your favourite authors as they read from their books then answer your questions about the secret life of a Canadian author.

Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
12:30pm – 1pm

Danielle Younge-Ullman, Everything Beautiful is not Ruined

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
2:30pm – 3pm

Rukhsana Khan, Big Red Lollipop, King for a Day, Silly Chicken

Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21
10:30am – 11am

Poetry and Sharing

Paddleboat Poetry

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm
Natrel Pond

Join six of Toronto’s most exciting voices in poetry as they recite their work just for you and paddle you around the Natrel pond.

Canoe Conversations

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm
North Orchard

Take a break from activities by hanging out in a grounded canoe, the perfect space for meeting a new friend or quiet contemplation.

Music and Films Garage Bays, Main Building

Le ProjetN’we Jinan Music Videos

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Music videos written by kids and developed by N’we Jinan, a music initiative that brings a mobile recording studio into First Nations communities across Canada.

Reelworld VR

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Step into a virtual reality experience from Reelworld as they use storytelling as a tool for social change.

Cooking Lakeside Terrace

ChiliKids Cooking Competition with Chef Mick

Saturday, May 19
11am – 12pm

Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21
10am – 11am and 12pm – 1pm

Work with Chef Mick to learn the FUN-damentals of cooking in teams to present a mouth-watering Vegetarian chili and win a prize! Arrive early to secure your spot!

Circus South Lawn

Aerial Hoop and Tightrope Workshop

Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21
11am – 5pm

Try your hand at circus!

Food

Enjoy a variety of mouth-watering food all day long with vendors offering a range of options for everyone.