There’s no better season to spend quality time with family than over the holidays. Unfortunately, while New Year’s Eve is a highlight, the festivities aren’t always child-friendly. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re looking to have some fun with the kids come December 31st, there will be plenty of ways to celebrate in locations across Toronto!
Here are five exciting New Year’s events that the whole family can enjoy…
1) New Year’s Eve for Kids
If you want to share the excitement of counting down to 2020 with your little ones, this is the event for you. Held at the top of the CN Tower, New Year’s Eve for Kids will be a family celebration like no other. Here you’ll find an impressive, child-friendly buffet—along with an incredible view of the city. The party starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m., so there will be plenty of time to enjoy any other New Year’s plans you might have afterward. For you and your older kids (13+), admission will be $65. Younger children will get in for $55.
2) New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
On December 31st, there’s no place in Toronto more lively than Nathan Phillips Square. Luckily, the festivities are free—and totally kid-friendly! From a skating party to performances from Juno-nominated musicians to a bright fireworks display, you’ll find plenty of family fun at one of the city’s most well-known public spaces. It all starts at 8 p.m. and continues into the new year, which could result in some late bedtimes. That said, this is one night where you might want to consider letting the kids stay up!
3) Gingerbread Make & Bake at Fort York
Holiday baking can be a great way to slow down and connect with your little ones. This December 31st, Fort York is the perfect place to do just that. At either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., bring the family to this historic attraction for a Gingerbread Make and Bake workshop. The recipe you’ll use was created in the 1800s, making this an educational event as well as a fun one! Admission is $5.30 for kids, $7.10 for youths, and $12.40 for adults.
4) The Adventures of Pinocchio
Before the nighttime festivities begin, why not enjoy a taste of the arts? On New Year’s Eve day, the Young People’s Theatre will be putting on a holiday production of The Adventures of Pinocchio. This magical story will be brought to life by some of the finest actors in Toronto, so grab the kids and head down to Front Street East to check it out! The play is recommended for children five and older, and you can buy tickets for it online.
5) New Year’s Eve Coyote Howl & Kid’s Countdown
This next event will take place in Oakville, but it’s definitely worth the drive! The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a guided hike through the woods, where park rangers will try to summon the howls of live coyotes. Next up, it’s time to roast some marshmallows around the bonfire—and count down to 2020 with noisemakers! What better place to ring in the new year with your family than in beautiful Bronte Creek Provincial Park?
There’s no denying that New Year’s Eve is a special time, one that many parents want to enjoy with their little ones. Whether you head out to a child-friendly event or enjoy a quiet night in with the family, take a moment to be grateful for the people that matter most!
Looking for other fun things to do with the family in Toronto this winter? Learn what’s happening across the city in our neighbourhood guides!
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