End of Summer Bucket List: 35 Things to do Before School Starts




Before pool toys and beach towels get stored away for next season, and late summer nights are replaced by bedtime curfews and homework, 35 must-do end of summer activities await. Don't pack the flip flops or store the picnic basket just yet. There are still a few weeks before school buses begin to line at the curb, so take advantage of the time left to enjoy these fun things before giving summer a proper send-off.


1. Go to 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). More


2. Go to 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. More


3. Host a Retro Board Game Nights
Break out some old favourites like Monopoly, Clue, Twister and Life. They were fun for you as a kid and your kids will love them too!


4. Go to the EX
The Canadian National Exhibition has always been a hot spot and summer staple for families looking for great entertainment, food, shopping and a whole bunch of excitement! This year's EX runs from August 16 to September 2. More


5. Go Camping
The wild outdoors, the fresh air, and roughing it in nature can be a fun break from the hectic and ho-hum routine of the city. It's your last chance to do it! More


6. Cook Around the Campfire
If you are heading out to go camping before the summer ends, check out this list of delicious and hearty campfire recipes. More


7. Go the Circus
Nothing spells summer like the circus with the fresh smell of popcorn and cotton candy. You can still catch the last stretch of the tour hitting Milton from August 15 to 18. More


8. Catch a Junior Jays Game with the Kids
Kids can visit the Jr. Jays zones to take part in many fun activities that will keep them entertained through the eighth inning! Don't forget – kids 14 and under can run the bases just like the pros after the game. The last games before school starts are on Labour Day weekend with the Blue Jays vs Houston Astros. More


9. Go to Centreville
There's still time for daily fun visits to Toronto's most popular attraction and amusement park for families with young children, on Centre Island. More


10. Play a Last Round of Water Games
There's nothing like a little backyard water fun! Play one of these awesome water games where kids can have a ton of fun getting soaked! More


11. 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


12. Catch Treasures of a Desert Kingdom at the ROM
Explore the spectacular royal arts of one of India’s greatest former kingdoms, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Hurry! It closes on September 2. More


13. Go to Canada's Wonderland
Enjoy rides, a waterpark, a wide range of shows and entertainment, a kids area and more. Taste of Greece and Taste of Italy take place in August. Enjoy spectacular fireworks to close off the summer, on September 1. More


14. 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


15. Go Star Gazing
Check out a book from the library on stars and constellations or do some research online. Drive out to a location that’s away from city lights and look for constellations that you and the kids have learned about.


16. 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


17. Sneak in one Last Getaway
With a couple of weekends left, you can still sneak in a weekend getaway. Hit the road! Visit a neighbouring city and check out their local attractions. More


18. 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. Check out their summer sale before it ends! More


19. Go to Brooks Farms
Kids love farms especially when there's a Playland. Brooks Farms has 10 acres of outdoor farm fun with a Barnyard Playland! With so much to do, kids of all ages are guaranteed to have a blast. More


20. 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


21. Have one last Picnic
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


22. Go Ziplining
Ziplines are everywhere! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy this immersive outdoor experience. More


23. Go to the Zoo
Visit the zoo, then drop by the Discovery Zone for some unique adventures. There's a Kids Zoo, plus during the summer only, you can catch an amazing animal show in the Waterside Theatre, then cool-off at Splash Island, a 2-acre splash pad! More


24. Go Bowling
The free summer bowling program runs out soon! Kids can play 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers. More


25. 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


26. Sail Aboard a Pirate Ship
Sail aboard the Island Rogue and search for a sunken treasure with Pirate Life while cruising around the Toronto Harbour. Kids can partake in Pirate School, where the crew will teach the ways of the sea faring life. Tours operate daily until end of August, then on weekends in the Fall. More


27. 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


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


29. Catch a Festival
Before Summer ends, you must attend catch some sun and fun at a Free Street Festival. There are still a few to enjoy this August. More


30. 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


31. Go to Buskerfest
Enjoy some of the most extraordinary street performers on earth, as they descend upon Woodbine Park for some serious fun over Labour Day weekend! More


32. See 9 & 99: The Howe - Gretzky Exhibition at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Witness the greatest compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia, all hand-picked by Hockey Hall of Fame curators from the Howe and Gretzky family collections. Revel in the legacy and indelible bond of 'Mr. Hockey' and 'The Great One'. On for a limited time. More


33. Go Fruit Picking
Some crops are still in season and many peak in August. Here's where to find PYO Farms in the GTA. More


34. See Summer of Space Ontario Science Centre
Enjoy special summer programming on Canada’s contribution to space, the Moon and the future of space exploration.But hurry, the exhibition closes September 2. More


35. Hit a Waterpark or Waterplay Area
You can't end the summer without a fun water adventure. More


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