Having a baby might not kill your social life but it certainly does change it. Good-bye late night dance parties and drink specials and hello afternoon events and, well, you can still enjoy a nicely priced adult beverage while being a responsible parent.
Below are my top five baby-friendly events happening in Toronto in May. Please let me know if you know of any others!
May 1 – Tiny Trendsetter Pop-Up – Camera (1026 Queen St W) – Free Entry
Seven local, kid-focused retailers, including Bridge The Bump, Skin To Skin Goods and Tiny Trendsetters, are joining forces at this pop-up shop, which runs from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
May 5 to May 15 – Babylicious – Various Toronto Restaurants – Cost Varies
Looking for an excuse to eat at one of Toronto’s better restaurants with your baby? Then check out this event, which is being hosted by President’s Choice to promote its line of organic baby foods. Adults get a prix fixe meal at one of eight restaurants while babies get a free helping of PC Organics.
May 16 to May 23 – Wee Festival – Various Locations – Cost Varies
Described as “Toronto’s first international arts festival dedicated to early childhood,” Wee Festival features performances that can be attended as young as newborn. There are ticketed presentations in English and French as well as several free events.
May 28 – A Taste of CMCP $10 – Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St) – In Advance, $15 At The Door
Help support one of the city’s best Ontario Early Years Centres, the College-Montrose Children’s Place. As the name suggests, this event is food-focused and will offer dishes from around the globe and around the neighbourhood. There will also be a silent auction, crafts, face painting, music and more.
May 28 – CBC Music Festival – TD Echo Beach – $39.50 (plus fees), Kids Under 12 Free
Yes, you can totally take a baby or toddler to a music festival, especially when one is as family friendly as CBC Music Festival. In addition to performances by such great acts as Whitehorse, Alvvays and Tanya Tagaq, there will be a flea market, food trucks and a special CBC Kids’ Zone.