This cozy little theatre was the last thing I thought I’d find in the bottom of the Madison Centre office tower at Yonge and Sheppard. We made the trip to North York to introduce the kids to theatre. The Solar Stage Children’s Theatre in its 20th season presents plays, musicals and puppet shows from October to June for the 3-10 year-old range.

With a grandparent in TOw, we brought our five- and a two-year-old (and braced ourselves for possible toddler mayhem) to the musical play The Snow Queen. Huge sigh of relief – the crowd of similar-aged youngsters seated comfortably on the floor and in reaching distance of the stage was mesmerized. Of course there were the typical kid outbursts but the play was quite quick (45 minutes without intermission) and interactive (the actors asked questions throughout the show.) For the real wee theatre-goers, there was a Q&A and autograph signing afterwards.



Getting there: The Solar Stage theatre is on the Concourse Level in the Madison Centre office building on Yonge St north of Sheppard Ave. All the details here. If driving, paid street parking ($2.25 per hour) but we went on a Sunday morning and found free street parking (until 1pm.)

Low down: Every ticket is $16 (even for babes in TOw.) You can buy online. School groups and daycares and birthday parties. Performances at 11 am and 2pm.

Rules: No food or strollers inside. No recording or photos during performance.

Potty time: No washrooms within the theatre, but public washrooms in the building. No baby change tables.

Food: Here are some restaurant options in the hood. Kid-friendly Moxie’s Grill Bar is in the building.

Mark your calendar: On now: the play The Alex in Wonderland until February 1, then puppet show The Brick Bros Circus February 7 and 8, 2015.

In the hood: North York Public Library and the City of Toronto’s Gibson House are a few blocks north on Yonge.


Solar Stage Children’s Theatre
The Madison Centre
4950 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416.368.8031