USE YOUR IL­LU­SION

Here are the best fall shows that will ap­peal to any par­ent, grand­par­ent or kid

North York Post - - Contents - By Cassie Ta­tone

Climb the walls this fall at the ul­tra-In­sta­grammable Mu­seum of Il­lu­sions

We all know that as soon as Oct. 31 rolls by, the city packs away its or­ange and black in favour of twin­kle lights, pine trees and hot choco­late. If you’re look­ing for a few ways to spend time with your fam­ily that are a lit­tle un­ortho­dox or need some­thing fresh to add to your list of hol­i­day tra­di­tions, we have you cov­ered.

Mu­seum of Il­lu­sions

Open­ing on Nov. 7 in the St. Lawrence Mar­ket area, the Mu­seum of Il­lu­sions prom­ises a world that makes the im­pos­si­ble seem pos­si­ble. With lo­ca­tions in 13 cities across the globe, the new Toronto lo­ca­tion is the first in Canada. Of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences, the mu­seum prom­ises to trick your senses in each of its rooms and in­stal­la­tions. Sit down with your­self at the Clone Ta­ble and watch as five copies of you ap­pear around you. Ex­plore their In­fin­ity Room, Anti-Grav­ity Room or take a look at your­self in their “true mir­ror.” Mu­se­u­mofil­lu­sions.ca

Au­rora Win­ter Car­ni­val

Es­cape to a mag­i­cal win­ter won­der­land within the city. From Nov. 29 to Dec. 30, the East Is­land of Toronto’s On­tario Place is trans­formed into the Au­rora Win­ter Fes­ti­val. Check out the Lu­mi­nous For­est and Arc­tic Re­treat for light dis­plays and gi­ant sculp­tures; skate on the frozen pond; and visit the Tube Park to ride down the 180-foot slide. The village will have mar­ket ven­dors and food trucks, and Santa’s Work­shop will host Santa and his elves, as well as crafts for kids. To round it all off, there’ll be an amuse­ment park. Auro­raw­in­ter­fes­ti­val.com

Slava’s Snow­show

A beau­ti­ful and po­etic spec­ta­cle that con­tin­ues to en­thrall, Slava’s Snow­show has been win­ning over au­di­ences with its clown­ish bril­liance since it pre­miered in 1993. Cre­ated by and star­ring Slava Pol­unin, this is one of those rare shows that can make each and ev­ery fam­ily mem­ber take turns laugh­ing and cry­ing the evening away. The show runs from Dec. 7 to 16 at the Bluma Ap­pel The­atre. Showone­pro­duc­tions.ca

Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair

Since 1922, the Royal has gath­ered farm­ers, grow­ers and pro­duc­ers from across the coun­try as the largest agri­cul­tural

fair in the world. It’s known best for the Royal Horse Show, a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Olympian and world-class horse rid­ers, but also fea­tures more than 2,000 agri­cul­tural com­pe­ti­tions with more than 5,000 an­i­mals, ar­ti­sanal cheeses, honey, gi­ant veg­eta­bles, but­ter sculpt­ing and more. And, wait for it, bunny rac­ing! The fair and horse show runs Nov. 2 to 11. Roy­al­fair.org

Home Alone in Con­cert

Noth­ing says hol­i­day cheer like Christ­mas with the McAl­lis­ters and a young Ma­caulay Culkin. Last year, the Toronto Sym­phony Orches­tra added Home Alone to their pop­u­lar Film in Con­cert series, show­cas­ing your favourite hol­i­day clas­sics like never be­fore: up on the big screen with a live orches­tra play­ing John Wil­liams’ iconic score. The show runs from Dec. 6 to 8 at Roy Thom­son Hall. Roythom­son­hall.com.

School of Rock

There aren’t a lot of pop cul­ture touch­stones such as School of Rock that can be so thor­oughly en­joyed by kids and classic-rock lov­ing adults. So what bet­ter way to get into the hol­i­day spirit than a good, old-fash­ioned rock ses­sion in a soft-seat the­atre with the fam? School of Rock is a fun mu­si­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Jack Black classic film that wowed Broad­way. It’s in town Nov. 28 to Jan. 6. Mirvish.com

Mu­seum of Il­lu­sions will turn your hol­i­day world up­side down

‘School of Rock’ ap­peals to classic rock–lov­ing par­ents and pint-sized per­form­ers alike

Bunny rac­ing at the Royal: what’s not to love?

‘Slava’s Snow­show’ will cap­ti­vate au­di­ences

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