25 Things to do Before Summer Ends

It's off in the distance and looking a little bit hazy, but it's there just the same: the first day of school. Let the end of summer countdown begin. Camps and splashy weekend getaways are dwindling. And yet, so much of this summer's to-do list still hasn't happened. Even though summer's end is near, there's still time to fit some of these activities in!

1. Visit Centreville Amusement Park
Due to high water levels this spring, Centreville was closed for a good part of the summer but has now re-opened! This 14-acre, turn-of-the-century Ontario village theme park located just minutes from the downtown core on Toronto’s Centre Island and it's the ultimate 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 – everyone will enjoy the scenic ride on the Centre Island ferry! Purchase a 2017 Season Pass and they will give you a 2018 pass! That means you can enjoy unlimited rides for the rest of this season and ride all next season for absolutely Free! More

2. Hit the Beach
Close out the Summer with a day at the Beach! It will feel like a mini-vacation (especially if you didn’t get away this year). After going to the beach, you know how good it feels to come home sun-bleached and sandy! Find the best family beaches... More

3. See a Drive-In-Movie
Pack your kids in their PJs and head to a double bill at a drive-in theatre for one last late night of Summer fun. And... talking is allowed! More

4. Don't Miss the CNE
Go to the EX! Since opening day in 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition has been a hot spot for families looking for great entertainment, food, and a whole bunch of excitement! Canada’s largest fair is gearing up for another fun-filled season, August 18 to September 4, 2017. All of the mainstays of Toronto’s beloved end-of-summer tradition are back from the Midway games to The Farm and Sky Ride. More

5. Go Camping in your Backyard
Don’t deny the pleasures of s’mores and the great outdoors, even in your own yard! Sleep under the stars in tents and have fun with these activities. More

6. Cook 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. More

7. Catch a Jays Game with the Kids
On Jr. Jays Saturdays, kids can visit the Jr. Jays zones to take part in many fun activities that will keep them entertained through to the eighth inning! Don't forget – kids 14 and under can lineup to run the bases just like the pros after the game. There are a host of fun activities. The last summer game is on Saturday, August 26 with the Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins. More

8. Don't miss the Blue Whale Exhibition at the ROM
Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story is a ROM original exhibition that retells the tragic story of 2014 and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation that resulted. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition closes on September 4. More

9. Walk Among the Trees 
Looking for one last outdoor adventure before Summer ends? Let the kids go play in the Trees at Tree Walk Village. If you don't make it out before school starts, the park remains open until the end of October. More

10. Make S'mores
S'more are a traditional summer treat. Try something different such as S'mores pizzas, donuts, puddings, rice krispies treats, popcorn and more… More

​​11. Head over to Fallsview Waterpark
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is the perfect escape with direct indoor connections to Falls Avenue Hotels, restaurants and attractions. The weather is always a summer-like 84 degree temperatures year-round. And, check out their summer sale before it ends! More

12. Make Carnival Foods
From corn dogs to fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and the infamous donut burger, nothing spells summer like Carnival and Fair Foods. Go ahead, eat something deep-fried and gooey before summer ends! More

13. Have one last Picnic
Dine out (outside, that is). Head over to one of these fabulous Picnic Sites. August weather is perfect for a late summer picnic and it’s also National Picnic Month. More

14. See a Movie Under the Stars
Last opportunity to watch your favourite big screen flicks under the stars on a big inflatable outdoor movie screen. Bring your sleeping bags, lawn chair, or a favourite blanket. Don't miss out on the fun! More

15. Sail Aboard a Pirate Ship
Sail aboard the Island Rogue and search for a sunken treasure with Pirate Life! Aboard the vessel and whilte cruising around the Toronto Harbour, kids can partake in Pirate School, where the crew will teach the ways of the sea faring life. Discover the mystery of Treasure Island, encounter friend and foe, fire the water cannons and haul up the loot if you're one of the lucky ones - or else there may be a marooning for the lot of you! More

16. See the Pandas at the Zoo
Get up close to see Da Mao and Er Shun in either their outdoor or indoor habitats before they leave the Toronto Zoo in spring 2018. Before summer ends, take in a visit to see the giant panda pair, and stop in the state-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre, a climate controlled centre featuring many interpretive and interactive elements. More 

17. Go to a Splash Pad
These H20-fueled spots are located in some of the best Toronto and GTA parks. But hurry! Most will close after Labour Day. More

18. Wildlife Rescue at Ontario Science Centre
Step into the rescue efforts with people who dedicate their lives to Wildlife Rescue. Journey to Africa and Indonesia at the Return to the Wild theatre and witness the dedicated efforts of caretakers who successfully raise and release young elephants and orangutans to the wild. Explore the innovative ways used to capture, raise and release endangered species back to the wild in the Species Recovery Center. Experiment with puppets, costumes and other techniques used to teach young animals essential survival skills. The exhibition closes September 4. More

19. Make a Summer Treat
These sweet treats are totally reminiscent of summer time so make one quickly before summer ends. More

20. Catch a Festival
Before Summer ends, it's required that everyone attend a Summer festival! Catch some sun and fun at a Free Street Festival. There are still a few to enjoy this August just as TAIWANFest at Harbourfront. More

21. Catch a Summer Flick
It was an epic summer at the movies! In case you missed the line-up this summer, here were the best movies for kids this season. Hurry and catch these on the big screen before they go away! More

22. See the Canada 150 Exhibition at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary this summer at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Enjoy access to the boards that were part of the iconic Kandahar Airfield ball hockey rink during the Canadian engagement in Afghanistan. The rink, a symbol of Canadian presence in the middle of the desert, served as a social escape for soldiers to participate in our national passion as well as the site for morale-boosting games that involved visiting NHL players, Members of Parliament and notable personalities. The exhibition closes September 4. More

23. Summer Play Pass at Area51
Hurry and get your Summer Play Pass with access to Laser tag and the Playground for one whole day! If that isn’t enough, Area51 has added in and out privileges; meaning you can come and go as you please throughout the day that you have redeemed the pass. So buckle up, get pumped and experience what everyone is talking about!  AREA51 Laser Tag has 14 different perks, and 8 different game types. More

24. Go Fruit Picking
Some crops are still in season and ripe for the picking. Here's where to find PYO Farms in the GTA. More

25. Explore a Summer Farmer's Market
Farmers' markets abound in the GTA during the summer, so it is easy to take the family out for a fun day of shopping for fresh, local produce. Many of the markets are mini destinations where kids can be entertained while learning about the importance and nutrition of locally grown food. More

What's on your Bucket List before summer ends? Share below!

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