Summer FUN Guide

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Summer is here and there are countless hours to fill with excitement and relaxation. Our Summer FUN Guide will help you plan some seriously awesome adventures. On days not spent at the beach, check out one of the city's many outdoor festivals and fairs that will have your family feasting on cotton candy or dancing in the streets. Indulge in fresh strawberries, introduce the kids to outdoor theatre or jazz. Grab a picnic basket or head to a waterpark. Don't let the summer slip away – plan your summer fun today!

Check back often as this guide will be updated throughout the summer!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Summer Events and Festivals
Things to Do
Family Attractions
More to Explore
Summer FUN Contest
Summer Foods, Crafts and Other Fun













Canada Day Events
Celebrate all things Canadian! July 1 brings to mind fireworks, festivities and Canadian traditions. Here's a sampling of places to visit to see fireworks and much more on Canada Day weekend in Toronto and the GTA! Plan the perfect Canada Day long weekend with our picks of the best events, outdoor festivals and warm-weather outings for you and the kids. Many events are Free! More


July Festivals
Summer is and there’s no better time to get outside with the kids than right now. One of the best ways to soak up some summer fun is at the GTA's many summertime festivals. These listed here are all super kid-friendly and will make for a memorable summer day. Here are the best festivals happening in July... More


August Festivals
The Greater Toronto Area's festival season kicks into high gear in August. The hot weather prompts a head-spinning number of fantastic fairs, parades, carnivals, and other fetes. There are favourites we look forward to every year, including the CNE, Toronto Carribean Festival, and Krinos Taste of Danforth — all of which made our list of the top annual festivals for families. More


Popnology at Ontario Science Centre
Celebrate the greatest technological innovations derived from science fiction at the Ontario Science Centre with POPnology. This interactive, travelling exhibition explores how popular films, television, books and art influence our past, present and future. Through immersive games, hands-on robotics and futuristic technology, POPnology uncovers the magnitude of pop culture’s impact on how we connect, move, play, live and work. More


Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC! 2018
​The all new Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!® 2018, touring Canada, is coming to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). From June 29 to August 6, 2018 in Mississauga, Markham, Pickering, Burlington and Oakville for 52 captivating shows. More


Toronto Fringe KidsFest 2018
KidsFest, part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, takes place July 4-15, 2018 at the George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place). This kids component of the festival features 8 shows for the littlest of Fringers and their families, including stories of time travel, a rocktastic space band, and an award-winning shadow puppet show. More


Day Out With Thomas – Big Adventures Tour 2018​
Start your engines! Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be chugging his way into Uxbridge for two weekends of fun, August 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19, 2018. Don’t miss one of the hottest things to do in the GTA for two fun-filled weekends, loaded with train rides, special guests and more! More


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
The critically-acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show arrives in Toronto, faithfully re-telling four Eric Carle books with 75 lovable puppets! Joining The Very Hungry Caterpillar is The Very Lonely Firefly, one of Eric's most poignant, yet tender stories: 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and the much-loved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, celebrating the story's 50th Year! More

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Free Outdoor Summer Movies
What's better than a movie the entire family can enjoy? A free family-friendly movie. There are some terrific, free outdoor summer movie series running throughout the Greater Toronto Area this summer - so grab a chair or a blanket, and catch up on the latest releases. More


Summer Movie Guide
There's nothing better than heading to a movie matinee on a hot summer day. Here's the full lineup of all the new kids' movies coming out in Summer of 2018. More


100+ Free Things to Do this Summer
Enjoy the coolest summer activities for kids with our ultimate guide to the best free activities this summer. These awesome free things to do will keep your family busy throughout the city's sunniest season. More


Free Bowling
Sign your kids up to bowl 2 FREE games every day all summer long at their local bowling alley with the Kids Bowl Free program. More


Family Fishing in Toronto and the GTA
​There are so many opportunities to fish in the GTA! Surrounded by water, kids can drop a line in myriad waterfront towns, beaches, local piers, boats, and parks. We've rounded up a few family-friendly fishing venues and events around the Greater Toronto Area where you can test your skills for hooking the catch of the day. More


Family Picnics
Instead of just heading to your neighbourhood park, pack your basket and bring it to one of the GTA's best picnic areas... More


Best Family Beaches
The city's plentiful swimming pools for kids are great but it doesn't truly feel like summer until there's sand between your toes. While away the hours at these family-friendly spots splashing around in the waves, building a masterpiece castle and soaking up some rays. More


Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads
As sprinkler season gets into gear, it's good to know where to find the wildest and wettest playgrounds in the Greater Toronto Area. If you're looking for a way to stay cool this summer, check out these playgrounds loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief. More


Best Summer Pick Your Own Farms
Whether you prefer strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries or stone fruit, picking your own fruit is a fun family activity that keeps on giving. Here are favourite places to pick the best of summer fruits... More

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Best Summer Attractions for Families
Think sightseeing's just for tourists? These fun family attractions will have you thinking otherwise. They're too good to pass up, even for local families! These great kids' attractions will certainly please the whole crew. More info


Farm Fun
Living in or near the city doesn't have to mean that kids today don't have access to farm animals. If your kids absolutely love cows, chickens, pigs, goats, and sheep, and if your little one warms to barnyard babies, they'll have a blast at one of these local farms, where they can interact with some favourite furry creatures. More


Get Out of Town
From safaris and water parks to scenic trips and beaches, there are some great getaway ideas for the entire family. Give your youngsters a dose of fresh air and introduce them to a variety of exciting neighbouring cities this Summer. These attractions and destinations, each just a short drive or train ride from the city, are bursting with family-friendly activities, making them the perfect spots for Summer day trips. More


Best Water Park and Water Play Areas
Head to one of these water parks in the GTA for your ultimate water adventure. These water park and water play areas have everything kids could possibly want: tube and steep slides of all shapes and sizes, lazy rivers to float down, rides with rapids and even splash parks for littler ones. Some of the parks offer large water playscapes and structures as well, and many offer swimming pools for kids who just can’t get enough waves. More


Retro Summer Fun: Drive-in Theatres
In Heading to a drive-in movie theatre to enjoy the latest films outdoors from the privacy of your own vehicle could be just the change of pace you and your family need. Drive-ins are becoming somewhat of a rarity these days so GTA families are lucky to have a few theatres in the area. More


Best Zoos and Places to see Animals
Thanks to the fantastic zoos and animal destinations in the Greater Toronto Area, families have the opportunity to see animals from across the globe without ever leaving the city. From the massive Toronto Zoo to the small High Park Zoo, these family attractions invite kids to learn about numerous species through exhibits, activities and hands-on interactions with nature. You'll find petting zoos and critter-themed shows to keep your gang entertained all day. Don't forget to hit up Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, for kids who are fascinated by marine life. More


Extreme Sports and Adventures for Kids
Discover some amazing ways to get a rush, whether it’s indoor skiing, ziplining or bouncing in giant air-filled bubble balls, you can up your game at these adrenaline pumping adventures! Find lasertag, rock climbing, ziplining, archery tag and many more exciting activities for kids. More

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Beat the Summer Heat with Family Favourites at Cineplex
Cineplex Events invites families to cool off this summer with a refreshing lineup of kid-friendly films screening from June 23 to August 25, 2018 in theatres across Canada. Every Saturday this summer break, participating theatres will host matinee screenings of beloved family flicks, including The Land Before Time, The Greatest Showman, Peter Rabbit, Paddington 2 and more. More


See the Largest Indoor Lantern Festival at the CNE
The CNE has announced what promises to be the biggest Indoor Lantern Festival in the world, and it's coming to Canada's largest fair from August 17 to September 3, 2018. The exhibition features larger-than-life exotic lanterns and stories-high in stature that will create a luminous kaleidoscope of colour – bringing the “CNE to light” in a dramatic new way. More


Set Sail with a Pirate Ship Adventure
There's treasure just waiting to be plundered and the Pirate Life crew needs you to help recover the hidden booty! Climb aboard the Island Rogue, a 50 ft pirate ship and set sail to enjoy a beautiful cruise along the Toronto Harbour. Daily adventures in June, July and August start daily at 10:30, 11:45, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30 and 4:45. More


Discovery Courses at Treetop Trekking
If you're looking for a fun adventurous activity for kids, take them to the Discovery Courses at Treetop Trekking. Discovery Courses are perfect for children ages 5 to 8, and are found at Treetop Trekking's Stouffville and Barrie parks. More


What's New at Canada's Wonderland in 2018​
Canada’s Wonderland is excited to kick off a season of AMAZING with an extensive lineup of live shows, special events and street festival entertainment, highlighted by the month-long Celebration Canada in July. More


What's New at the Toronto Zoo this Summer
The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo with over 5,000 animals representing more than 450 species in various regions and pavilions. The Toronto Zoo remains a top destination for locals and tourists, especially during the summer months. There so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo! Find out what's new this summer. More

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Summer FUN Contest
We've launched some fabulous Summer contests with passes to many amazing attractions, in and around the GTA and more! Enter

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10 Fabulous Summer Rock Crafts

10 Fabulous Summer Rock Crafts

Make these amazing summer crafts out of simple rocks from the back yard!
10 Great Beach Games for Kids

10 Great Beach Games for Kids

If you’re headed to the shore, try these ideas for great beach games for kids. Perfect for kids who are looking for something else to do.
15 Great Foods for a Family Picnic

15 Great Foods for a Family Picnic

Pack up these delicious tote-able picnic recipes and head out for a fun outdoor meal in the park.
Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is celebrated each year on August 2. 10 recipes to make your own.
Canada Day Inspired Recipes

Canada Day Inspired Recipes

Ready, set, celebrate! Check out these 10 recipes to help inspire your Canada Day holiday menu.
Celebrate Strawberry Season!

Celebrate Strawberry Season!

We're celebrating strawberry season with 10 delicious sweet and savoury recipes.
Cooking Around the Campfire

Cooking Around the Campfire

If you are heading out to do some camping before the Summer ends, check out this list of delicious and hearty campfire recipes.
Cool Frozen Treats

Cool Frozen Treats

Nothing beats the heat on a hot Summer day like a delicious frozen dessert!
Cool Ice Pop Makers

Cool Ice Pop Makers

Making homemade ice pops is fun, easy, and tasty. Our roundup of the best popsicle molds for kids.
Favourite Carnival and Fair Foods

Favourite Carnival and Fair Foods

12 recipes to get those carnival tastes in your own kitchen!
Food on a Stick!

Food on a Stick!

Have fun with your food and eat it too, with these savoury and sweet recipes—no utensils required!
Fun Watermelon Treats to Sweeten Your Summer

Fun Watermelon Treats to Sweeten Your Summer

Who knew you could do so much with a watermelon?
Gourmet Homemade Ice Creams

Gourmet Homemade Ice Creams

Churn up one of these delicious recipes for your family to fill your Summer days!
Hot Dog!

Hot Dog!

July is National Hot Dog Month. 10 fun ways to serve up hot dogs for kids!
Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen

We're keen on peaches! Here are 10 recipes for some late-Summer inspiration.
Popsicle Inspired Art

Popsicle Inspired Art

Keep kids entertained this summer with these fun and easy Popsicle Art projects they can make at home.
Refreshing Fruit Infused Water Recipes

Refreshing Fruit Infused Water Recipes

These fruit infused water recipes are easy, refreshing, hydrating and healthy too!
S'mores Reinvented

S'mores Reinvented

We’ve scouted out very unique and different ways to enjoy your s'mores.
Sizzling Summer Sweets

Sizzling Summer Sweets

Summer is here and we have some fun recipes for your kids to enjoy.
Soccer Inspired Treats to Celebrate the World Cup

Soccer Inspired Treats to Celebrate the World Cup

World Cup fever is in full force so we've gathered the sweetest and cutest soccer-inspired foods. Create the perfect World Cup treats and appetizers for your next viewing party.
Summertime Crafts and Activities

Summertime Crafts and Activities

Here are 12 fun Summertime crafts and activities for when Summer boredom sets in.