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Toronto, ON, M3C
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Toronto's newest park and talk of the town, the Aga Khan Park encompasses both the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, and offers a broad range of cultural and community activities. The Aga Khan Park aims to provide an experience like no other, with innovative programming ranging from large public events, exceptional art, music & unique food flavours, talks by distinguished speakers, and much, much more. See you soon at the Aga Khan Park!

Festival of Flight

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Festival of Flight


Join us at the Aga Khan Museum, Aga Khan Park, Ismaili Centre, Toronto, and the Ontario Science Centre for a family-friendly festival inspired by flight, flying, the skies, stars, and heavens!

Throughout the weekend, enjoy hands-on activities and an endless variety of family fun. 20% off admission to the Aga Khan Museum (all price types). Children's tours are free with admission, on a first come first serve basis. Ontario Science Centre members receive 50% off adult and family admission.

  • Craft and launch your own origami creatures, colourful kites, and paper planes.

  • See rockets zoom into the sky.

  • Come face to face with birds of prey.

  • Listen to stories from diverse cultures, then draw and colour your own flying beasts.

  • Marvel at exhibitions of mythical creatures and hundreds of floating balloons in the air.

  • Keep an eye out for films about flying carpets.

  • Explore the night sky with a high-powered telescope.

  • Gain new insights on Earth through an IMAX spaceship and learn about the planets that neighbour our own.

  • Sample snacks and desserts that are out of this world.

  • Look and listen for mystical music from the Indian subcontinent and the soaring sounds of Brazilian drums.

In Association with

Programme Partners

A Signature project of the Cultural Hotspot produced in partnership with the City of Toronto.

Corporate Sponsor

 

Aga Khan Museum

Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art
Gallery 1
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 10 am–6 pm
Celebrate the real and mythical animals that roam the pages of countless legends, tales and fables, and have inspired artists for centuries. Free with museum admission. Please arrive early as space is limited. 

Children’s Tours of Marvellous Creatures
Gallery 1
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3 pm
Bring the entire family for this child-friendly tour of Marvellous Creatures. Free with museum admission. Please arrive early as space is limited. 

Storytelling with Sarah Abušarar
Gallery 1
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 12 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm
Keep an ear out for tales about your favourite marvellous creatures! Free with museum admission. Please arrive early as space is limited. 

“1001 Nights” Cartoon Films
Auditorium
Saturday, July 16, 10 am–6 pm and
Sunday, July 17, 10 am–1 pm — every 2 hours
Big Bad Boo Studies presents a new animated comedy series of the delightful tales of the famed 1001 Arabian Nights. Have you heard of Sinbad, Aladdin, and Ali Baba? Hear their stories and discover 998 more! This event is free for all to enjoy.

Flight Reading Nook
Bellerive Room
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 10 am–6 pm
Explore fan-favourite books from Canadian authors and illustrators that celebrate the act of flight. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Storytelling with Aaron Bell
Bellerive Room
Saturday, July 16, 1 pm, 2:30 pm and Sunday, July 17, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Listen to tales from the Ojibway as told by an acclaimed First Nations storyteller. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Storytelling with Ariel Balevi
Bellerive Room
Sunday, July 17, 12:30 pm

Listen to stories from the folklore and classical literatures of Iran and Turkey, including the Shahnameh, the Haft Paykar, the Masnavi of Rumi and One Thousand and One Nights. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Art Activities
Education Centre
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 10 am–6 pm
Create and colour your own paper dragons, composite creatures, animal magnets, and more as you and enjoy activities related to the Big Bad Boo’s “1001 Nights” animated series. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Pop-up performances
Various spaces
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Enjoy uplifting rhythms in surprising spaces in and around the Museum and Park! This event is free for all to enjoy.


Aga Khan Park

Rajasthan Josh in partnership with Indian Summer Arts Society
Saturday, July 16, 2 pm, 5 pm and Sunday, July 17, 2 pm, 4 pm
Coming straight from a series of sold-out performances at the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver, Rajasthan Josh is powerhouse group that combines the many strains of traditional music: qawwali, manganiar court music, and a big, boisterous Rajasthani brass band. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Birds of Prey
Saturday, July 16, 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and Sunday, July 17, 11 am, 1 pm, 5 pm
The Canadian Raptor Conservancy features birds from around the globe: the Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eagle Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk, and American Kestrel. Meet the only Bird of Prey in the world with a sense of smell; match vision with the animal with the best eyes in nature; witness the raptor that can reach speeds of over 200km per hour in a breathtaking dive! Witness the unique flight characteristics of each bird, then participate with conservancy trainers in a special question and answer session. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Maracatu Mar Aberto: Brazilian Drummers
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 12 pm, 3 pm
Maracatu Mar Aberto is an Afro-Brazilian percussion and song troupe playing Maracatu de Baque Virado and other rhythms derived from the same traditions. Translated to English as the "Open Sea," their name represents the aggregated influences that have traveled from Africa to Brazil and onward to Toronto and beyond.

Aga Khan Park Tour
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 10:30 am, 4 pm
Discover the varied plantings in the Aga Khan Park, and learn about the inspiration for the Park's design by Lebanon-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic. ($10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Museum Admission not required. Visit Tickets Desk for details.)


Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Up High in the Sky Exhibition
Atrium Lounge
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 10 am–6 pm
View media artist Faisal Anwar’s interactive installation of a canopy of large clusters of white eco-friendly balloons suspended in space. Launch your own origami creature into the canopy with a helium balloon. This event is free for all to enjoy.

The Science of Flight: Origami Flying Creatures*
Social Hall
Saturday, July 16, 10 am–6 pm and Sunday, July 17, 2–6 pm

Practise the art of paper-folding. Our hosts will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate the basic techniques. Discover the ways origami, mathematics, and science intersect! This event is free for all to enjoy.

The Science of Flight: Paper Plane Making*
Social Hall and Patio

Saturday, July 16, 10 am–6 pm and Sunday, July 17, 2–6 pm
Which design builds the best paper plane? Explore how different forces help a plane to fly, then start folding and see what flies! Our hosts will show you tricks to improve your plane and its flight path. This event is free for all to enjoy.

The Science of Flight: Kite Making*
Social Hall and Patio
Saturday, July 16, 10 am–6 pm and Sunday, July 17, 2–6 pm
Explore what makes a kite a soaring success then build your own. Dating back 2000 years, kites are a great way to learn about science, art, math, history and different countries and their cultures. This event is free for all to enjoy.

The Science of Flight: Bottle Rockets*
Patio
Saturday, July 16, 10 am–6 pm and Sunday, July 17, 2–6 pm

Help us launch our rockets made with common, household items.  What makes them fly the highest and the fastest? We’ll conduct experiments to figure out the basic principles of aeronautics. *Weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, activities and presentations will be held indoors.

Storytelling with Ariel Balevi
Atrium Lounge
Sunday, July 17, 2 pm

Listen to stories from the folklore and classical literatures of Iran and Turkey, including the Shahnameh, the Haft Paykar, the Masnavi of Rumi and One Thousand and One Nights. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Storytelling with Aaron Bell
Atrium Lounge
Saturday, July 16, 12 pm and Sunday, July 17, 3:30 pm
Listen to tales from the Ojibway as told by an acclaimed First Nations storyteller. This event is free for all to enjoy.

Maracatu Mar Abert: Brazilian Drummers Workshop
Atrium Lounge
Saturday, July 16, 1:30 pm

Join the artists using claps, foot thumps, and dance moves! Have fun while learning the patterns and math behind the beats. This event is free for all to enjoy.

*Workshops lead by the Ontario Science Centre


Ontario Science Centre

A Beautiful Planet
IMAX Film
Saturday, July 16, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 17, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

A breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. From IMAX Entertainment and Toni Myers — the acclaimed filmmaker behind celebrated IMAX® documentaries Blue Planet, Hubble 3D, and Space Station 3D — A Beautiful Planet presents an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth and a hopeful look into the future of humanity. ($9 per person, parking extra).

America Wild: National Parks Adventure
IMAX Film
Saturday, July 16, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 17, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm

The ultimate off-trail adventure to some of the planet’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders and untamed wilderness. Soar over red rock canyons, hurtle down steep mountain peaks and explore other worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places – national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Redwood National Park, and the Everglades. Narrated by Robert Redford, this film is an action packed celebration of the wonders of nature and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to all of us. ($9 per person, parking extra).

Rajasthan Josh in partnership with Indian Summer Arts Society
Saturday, July 16, 8:00–8:30 pm
Coming straight from a series of sold-out performances at the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver, Rajasthan Josh is powerhouse group that combines the many strains of traditional music: qawwali, manganiar court music, and a big, boisterous Rajasthani brass band. This event is free for all to enjoy. (Parking $10).

Star Party: An Evening of Space Flight
Saturday, July 16, 8–11 pm
Join us to mark the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft at the planet Jupiter with a musical performance, activities, and special presentations on space flight and exploration, as well as telescope observing. This event is free for all to enjoy. (Parking $10).


Diwan Restaurant and Patio Hours

Saturday, July 16, 11:30 am–8 pm
Sunday, July 17, 10 am–6 pm

Shuttle Bus from the Aga Khan Park to the Ontario Science Centre

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 2016
For timings, please visit the information booth.
FREE

On Saturday, July 16 from 10 am–8 pm and Sunday, July 17 from 10 am–5 pm, present your Friends of the Aga Khan Museum card and valid photo ID to receive 50% off general admission at the Ontario Science Centre.      

Earlier Event: July 6
Gentle Yoga in the Aga Khan Park