Looney May Long Weekend Ideas For The Whole Family

on May 14, 2013

Sony Centre

The May long weekend for 2013 is fast approaching. Do you have a plan? Even Bugs Bunny has a plan!

While lazing around the house has its merit, three days of couch surfing may be a little steep. So Weekend Trips is here to lend a hand, literally, to help lift you off that couch and into a spring weekend that explores your heart’s desires. After all, it’s what old Queen Victoria would have wanted.


What’s Opera, Doc?

If you ask me, Saturday, May 18 has a real special treat for families. The Sony Centre is presenting Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. Classic Looney Tunes cartoons will be projected on the big screen accompanied by live music from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and its conductor George Daugherty, who will be performing the original Carl Stalling scores from the original series. Expect to hear and see classic Looney Tunes gems such as What’s Opera, Doc? The Rabbit of Seville, Long-Haired Hare, Rhapsody Rabbit and Baton Bunny. The event also bills special guests Tom and Jerry in The Hollywood Bowl, The Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo.

Tickets for Bugs Bunny at the Symphony start at $39. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m., and you can click here to get more information if you need it.


MEC Bikefest

If you love bikes, there will be some great educational clinics rolling into Toronto’s TrinityBellwoodsPark on Saturday May 18 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. From bike maintenance and repair, to safety, security and nutrition, these clinics are bound to be a popular stop for the long weekend. Other clinics include commuting basics, road rules, mountain biking and more. The clinics are $5 each and you need to register here if you want to participate.

The Bikefest also offers three distinct group rides on Saturday. They too are $5 and require registration.

R1 – 11:00am-1:00pm, MEC Fitness Ride

R2 – 1:00 pm-3:00pm, Pastry Ride

R3 – 3:00 pm-5:00pm, Ride the Waterfront Trail


The Toronto International Circus Festival

They had me sold at shadow puppet workshops, but in case that doesn’t do it for you, the Harbourfront Centre has tonnes of fun up its circus sleeves.

Vague de Cirque has performed at the most prestigious venues and their originality has recognized and rewarded – they won the silver medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, 2002.

Morro and Jasp are set to perform a comedy cooking show for the Harbourfront crowds. The Harbourfrount website describes the show as follows: “Morro wants a battle in the kitchen, while Jasp is trying to host a classy show and cook her way into an unknowing audience member’s heart. Full of munchies, mess and mayhem, Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself is a culinary masterpiece you won’t soon forget.”

If that’s not enough, there’s also a magic show called Magic Boulevard featuring Rob Testa, and a special room where kids aged two to five can try out the circus arts, including floor acrobatics, mini-trampoline, obstacle courses, trapeze, aerial hoop and more.

All of the circus events are free and run from May 18 through May 20. Click here for scheduling and more information on the HarbourKIDS programming series.


Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park

For 14 spectacular minutes, you can transport yourself into a world where colour explodes all around you. This longstanding rain or shine Toronto tradition gets underway at 9:45 p.m. sharp on Victoria Day (Monday, May 20) at AshbridgesBayPark (Coxwell Ave. and the Lakeshore).

TTC service will be increased between Queen Street East and the Bloor-Danforth subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A). It is recommended that members of the public use the TTC and leave their cars at home. A special viewing area with limited space is set aside to accommodate people with disabilities and their families. Please remember that City bylaws prohibit the public from setting off personal fireworks in the park.



Kingston Road Village SpringFest

Sat. May 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kingston Rd. (Between Beech Ave. & Victoria Park Ave.)

Kingston Road Business Association

Children’s activities, displays of arts and crafts, live music, a barbeque, in-store contests and sales, and much more.

The Eaton Centre will be open on the Victoria Day holiday