Labour Day Fun




Labour Day Weekend at Canada's Wonderland

It's officially the last weekend in August, but fortunately it's a long one! Labour Day weekend kicks off on September 3 and the holiday is bringing fun for the whole family. There are many cool things to do so you don't sit around moping about the end of summer. 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 officially close for the season.

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; or a day in the 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 420 ft. 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 on the ferry 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 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 2016 CNE line-up. The excitement continues until September 5. 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. 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 4. Don't miss The Stars of the Peking Acrobats until the 5th and the Food Truck Festival takes place on September 3 & 4.

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 the first ever Downsview Park Ribfest with exciting live entertainment, BBQ ribs, great food and a spectacular midway. There's also Bustkerfest where you can see comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns and daredevils. The event features over a hundred of the most extraordinary street performers on earth, as they descend upon Woodbine Park for some serious fun! The event is free and in support of Epilepsy Toronto.

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.

In the mood for some Exhibits? Don't miss The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! at the Ontario Science Centre which closes on September 5. What's more amazing than Robert Ripley's legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them! Adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Delve into these astounding wonders through experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactives and multimedia experiences. You can also enjoy free general admission and $9 IMAX® Dome tickets on Sunday, September 4 at the Ontario Science Centre’s seventh annual Community Day, presented by TELUS®.

Or catch the Hockey Hall of Fame Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion. The exhibit pays homage to those who have worn the blue and white and highlights some of the most iconic moments in franchise history.

Have you seen Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. at the ROM yet? It's your last chance to explore the fascinating history and evolution of tattooing in this exciting new exhibition. Tattoos offers fascinating insights into ancient practices, histories, meanings and the revival of the global phenomenon of body art. The exhibit closes September 5. During Labour Day weekend, enjoy $5 off admissions* to CHIHULY, and Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Buy your tickets onsite or online using promo code SAVE5. *Offer valid September 3, 4, and 5, 2016.

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, or Legoland Discovery Centre.

And if want event more ideas of things to do, check out our 20 Things to do Before Summer Ends post!

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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