Creative workshops for kids in Toronto

There are just some things you can’t learn in a traditional school classroom. Whether your little ones want to learn how to paint, pirouette or put together a robot, there are plenty of spots in Toronto offering educational workshops designed to help kids and teens develop new skills.

The Chef Upstairs Inc

1
516 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2M2

Michelin Star chefs-in-training perfect their cooking skills at this uptown restaurant and culinary academy. Foodie-focused sessions instruct children and teens on the basics of food preparation, cooking utensils and techniques and healthy eating. Classes also cover various practical elements such as kitchen safety and hygiene. These interactive, hands-on sessions take place in a 100 per cent nut- and peanut-free environment. Best of all – students get to eat their assignment at the end of class.

ShopAGO

2
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Have a budding artist in the family? He or she will find plenty of inspiration on the walls at this nationally renowned art gallery. Family Sundays in the Weston Family Learning Centre offer interactive fine art classes that draw on themes of the gallery’s rotating exhibitions and collections. The ever-changing lessons incorporate a variety of different media techniques and could include everything from sculptural construction to knitting or graffiti art. The AGO art camps offer full-day programming throughout the summer to introduce kids to creative and imaginative pursuits inspired by works of art from around the world.

Harbourfront Centre

3
235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

There’s something for every tyke’s taste at this comprehensive waterfront centre offering over 50 unique summer camp programs for kids ages three to 17. Your young ones will be busy all summer long with various interactive courses covering arts, sports, sailing, adventure skills and more. In the winter, Harbourfront hosts skating lessons for all ages at the on-site Natrel Rink. Learn to Skate programs are available for kids anywhere from four to 17 years old at beginner and intermediate levels.

Toronto Academy Of Acting For Film & Tv

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1179 King St W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C5

Based in Liberty Village, this prestigious acting academy offers a number of courses for children and teens who dream of starring on the big screen. The confidence-boosting classes cover a number of on-camera skills including role playing, on-set procedures, auditioning tips, acting techniques, memory skills, character development and improv skills. Classes for teens delve even deeper into advanced acting methods as well as digital filmmaking. Many former students from the academy have gone on to star in real-life show biz roles. Just remind your kids to thank you in their Academy Award acceptance speeches.

Royal Ontario Museum

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100 Queen's Pk, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

The ROM’s popular Saturday morning club gives kids a chance to explore the galleries and take part in activity-based programs inspired by the museum’s unique collection of archeological discoveries, mineral specimens and historical artifacts. There are different programming streams and the museum also hosts a variety of full-day and half-day summer camps for kids, a family day camp, PD day camps and March Break camps. New Torontonians ages 13 to 16 can participate in weekend workshops in the New to Canada Youth Club (NCYC) to help them gain a greater understanding of Canada’s diverse geography and cultural history.

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market

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550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

If want your kids to disconnect from their smartphone screens then send them for a walk on the wild side at this beautiful educational centre in the Don Valley. The picturesque urban green space is the perfect spot for kids of all ages to get outside and rediscover nature. Outdoorsy day camps and courses guide participants on an urban hike through the Don Valley where kids learn how to read animal tracks, forage for wild edibles and build shelters. The Brickworks’ educational program also features pottery workshops, cooking lessons, tree planting and various green-themed craft projects.

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