Labour Day Weekend Fun

The 2015 Canadian National Exhibition

Labour Day weekend can be a little bittersweet. It's the last weekend before the kids head back to school so we want to make sure you pack in some super summery fun to make the most of these last warm, carefree days. We've rounded up some great ideas to plan the long weekend!

Perhaps one last trip to Toronto's great beaches or some splashing around at park Splash Pads is in order before they all officially close for the season.

There are many other cool things to do so you don't sit around moping about the end of summer.

Looking for a quick family weekend getaway? Fallsview Indoor Waterpark offers up 3 Acres of Family Fun with 16 slides, wave pool, 1000 Gallon tipping bucket, Tiny Tot Splash Park, "Beach House" Play area, arcade and much more. If you're looking for outdoor adventures, try Blue Mountain Resort. From a sightseeing gondola ride to an alpine hike; from a day in our mountain bike park to an afternoon on the Cascade Putting Course, there's an activity with just the right amount of adventure to suit just about anyone. While in the area, stop in at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. Enjoy self-guided trails of caves/caverns, Southern Ontario’s longest 420ft. Suspension Footbridge, spectacular views of Georgian Bay at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment set in a UNESCO biosphere reserve, guided Eco Adventure Tour offering treetop canopy walking, zip lining and more.

For those seeking fun and thrills there are plenty of amusement parks and one the country's largest fairs. Centreville Amusement Park, located on the Toronto Islands, is the ultimate summer destination for families with young children. With over 30 rides and attractions this theme park offers up a full day of family fun. Getting to Centreville is almost as exciting as the park itself. You can also head on over to Far Enough Farm where you can interact with mini-potbelly pigs, horses, mini ponies, sheep and much more! While at Centre Island, stop in for a Pirate Ship Adventure. Join the scurvy crew and live the Pirate Life Adventure through Theatre and Cruise. Become a buccaneer with costumes, face paint and a pirate alias. Board the 45 foot Transport Canada certified vessel in search of sunken treasure on this interactive adventure!

If you haven't made the trip to the CNE, there's still time to do so! The 137th edition of the Canadian National Exhibition marks the culmination of a spectacular summer in the city of Toronto. New and exhilarating attractions join many returning favourites in the 2015 CNE line-up. The excitement continues until September 7. Not to be missed: The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) soars over Lake Ontario Labour Day weekend for another awe-inspiring show featuring amazing feats of aerobatics.

Or, you can soak up the last few days of summer at Canada's Wonderland, a 330-acre amusement park located in Vaughan. Canada's premier amusement park features thrilling rides. For the kids, there’s Planet Snoopy and the new Dinosaurs Alive! Seven acres of Jurassic fun with over 40 life-sized dinos. The amusement park also features Splash Works, a 20-acre water park featuring The Plunge, Super Soaker and a Lazy River. Canada's Wonderland will present its spectacular Labour Day fireworks display when the Park closes at 10:00pm on Sunday, September 6.

And, you don’t need to leave the city to feel like you're getting away. Labor Day weekend brings many top family events picks, including everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure! Mary Poppins is playing at the Lower Ossington Theatre for a limited engagement. There's also the Hot & Spicy Food Festival at Harbourfront while Cirque du Soleil's Varekai appears at the Air Canada Centre until September 6.

If you're looking for more fun events happening taking place over the long weekend, you'll need to check out Fan Expo Canada. It boasts the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada, the third largest in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests.

And don't miss MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition at Ontario Science Centre which closes on September 13. Can you huff, puff, and blow a house down? Does toast always land butter-side down? What keeps you drier – running in the rain or walking through it? Can you really make a canoe out of duct tape? Spend a day as a MythBuster at MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition to uncover the truth. And while you’re at it, watch live demonstrations and check out real props and gadgets from Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated show MythBusters.

Have you seen Pompeii yet? Travel back in time to explore Pompeii, its culture, and the devastating eruption that brought the city to its knees. With over 200 objects excavated from the ancient site, Pompeii is not only a story to be told but an experience to be remembered. Complete with interactive activities, including trying on togas and creating a traditional mosaic, this exhibition invites you to discover the lifestyle citizens once enjoyed before the catastrophic event that would change their lives forever. Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano is at the ROM for a limited time. The ROM is offering a special Labour Day Weekend promotion where all visitors can save $5 on admission! Use promo code: SAVE5.

For more Labour Day events, CLICK HERE to get a Calendar Listing.

If you live in the GTA, there's nothing better than heading into the city to play tourist at some of these top Toronto attractions. There's the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Legoland Discovery Centre or the Toronto Zoo.

Have fun planning! After all, Labour Day means a great long weekend with the family, plus it's good excuse to spend more time with the kiddos before they head off to school.

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