Visit the Toronto Zoo
With warmer weather on its way, the Toronto Zoo is a great place for families to welcome the coming of spring. Over the Easter weekend, the Toronto Zoo will be hosting Jump into Spring-themed modules for its Connecting With Wildlife Conservation program. In particular, you can connect with wildlife conservation at the interactive and interpretive stations at the Gorilla, Americas, and Indo-Malaya Pavilions.
Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, Canada, +1 416 392 5929
See a comedy show
There are a number of comedy shows, including open mic nights and improv events, happening across the city over the weekend. Check out American Heretics at the infamous Yuk Yuks, or head over to the World’s Biggest Improv Tournament at the Social Capital Theatre on Easter Monday.
Watch the Easter Parade
On Easter Sunday, the Toronto Beaches Lions Annual Easter Parade will celebrate over 50 years of bringing color, music, fun, and entertainment to the Beaches neighborhood. Head over to the city’s east side and get your hands on some free chocolate – along with the 50,000 folks that attend the event annually.
Watch the Toronto Passion Play
The popular Toronto Passion Play will celebrate its 26th anniversary this Easter weekend, complete with a re-envisioned script that rings in a new era for this two-hour song-and-drama of the Easter Story. Put on by the Christian Performing Arts Centre in Etobicoke, over 15,000 people attend this musical production annually.
See a different kind of play
If the Easter Story isn’t your thing, you can still get your theater fix at Toronto’s numerous venues over the long weekend. In particular, be sure to check out the Distillery District’s Soulpepper Theatre, where the one-woman show Crawlspace is a must-see. Lower Ossington Theatre will be showing Little Shop of Horrors through Easter Weekend, and it’s a great chance to see one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time.
Visit the Royal Ontario Museum
There’s always something fascinating happening at the ROM, and Easter weekend is no exception. You can take the opportunity of the discounted admission for Spring Fridays to visit the amazing new Blue Whale Story exhibition, or partake in the kid-friendly Wildzone Workshops or the Animal Explorers scavenger hunt, or Meet the Aquarium Keeper.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 586 8000
Listen to Easter-themed music
There are plenty of renowned choral and classical productions happening through the city over Easter weekend. For example, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will be performing at St. Paul’s Basilica, and at the Metropolitan United Church, you can catch Grace of Mourning, a traditional Good Friday concert.
Party to live music
Not into traditional Easter music? No problem. Over the weekend, most of the city’s music venues will be operating with business as usual. Events at The Baby G & the Drake Underground guarantee a fun night out, and if you’re interested in kicking it up a notch, you also check out Easter-themed events at some of Toronto’s trendiest nightclubs.
See a film
For another family-friendly way to enjoy the Easter long weekend, TIFF Kids International Film Festival is running from April 7–23, 2017. Interactive activities include digiPlaySpace, Saturday morning classic cartoons with pancakes and waffles, and Canadian and international films for the youngest film lovers. Films include Smurfs: The Lost Village, Rock Dog, Heartstrings, Whale Rider, and others.
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 599 8433