Summer FUN Guide 2017

Summer is a great time for families to explore all that Toronto and the GTA have to offer! From summer attractions and beaches to family entertainment, festivals, and culture, our Summer FUN Guide has you covered. Get the list of all the fun ways to keep the family entertained this summer and enjoy our roundup of the best summer activities for kids! 

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


Summer Events and Festivals
Things to Do
Family Fun
More to Explore
Summer Food and Fun
Summer FUN Contest

July Festivals
Fairs and festivals and feasts - it’s non-stop action in Toronto and the GTA this month. Read on for our list of July Festivals. With everything from community fairs to music and food festivals, there’s something to entertain every member of the family. Fill your Summer with adventure and fun at these July Festivals... More

August Festivals
Get ready to bond over fried foods, carnival rides, art exhibits, and lots of outdoor music festivals this month. We've rounded up the best family-friendly festivals happening throughout Toronto and the GTA this August to help you get the most out of the city. More

Toronto Fringe KidsFest
Inject a little summer culture into your kids with some promising family shows opening this season at Toronto Fringe KidsFest! The Toronto Fringe KidsFest runs from July 5 to 16, 2017 at the George Ignatieff Theatre, in Toronto. There are options for all age groups as this dedicated kids theatre component of the wider Toronto Fringe Festival which will offer 8 different shows for kids aged 2 to 12. More

Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC! 2017
​SPECTAC!™ 2017 is coming to Woodbine Shopping Centre, August 4 to 7, 2017 for a total 10 amazing shows. Take the family for one day and run away to the Circus. More

Day Out With Thomas – Friendship Tour 2017
Start your engines! Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be chugging his way into Uxbridge for two weekends of fun, August 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20, 2017. 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

CNE 2017 Highlights
Canada’s largest fair, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), 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. Find returning attractions and all-new themes celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial. More


Free Movies in the Park
Get the list of parks and venues showing Free movies all summer long! You'll love watching these flicks under the stars. More

Summer Movie Guide
Love summer blockbusters? The 2017 summer movie season is packed with animated sequels and tons of superheroes. Our Summer Movie Guide is your ticket to the hottest summer movies. 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 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

Splash Pad Fun
Looking for a way to stay cool this summer? Enter playgrounds loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief.  The Greater Toronto Area's sprinkler season is getting into gear. Here's where you'll find the wildest and wettest playgrounds around. 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


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

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 

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


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

Summer Adventures at Pirate Life
This summer, 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. 14 fun things to do on a Pirate Life Adventure... More

LEGO Ninjago City Adventure at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
​Put your ninja skills to the ultimate test in the all-new LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure which recently opened at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto, at Vaughan Mills. The two-story play structure modeled after the Temple of Airjitzu, puts guests’ physical skills to the test as they fight to save Ninjago City. More

Free Admission to Parks Canada in 2017
To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all Parks Canada locations. With  2017 Discovery Pass, you will have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country! More

Discovery Course Treetop Trekking Barrie
Treetop Trekking Horesehoe Inc, has announced the opening of a brand new adventure park course for people with special needs, and for young children. The most exciting thing about the new Discovery Course is that it will allow people with a wide range of special needs and young children to experience the fun of climbing through the trees and zip lining. More

Summer Fun at Chicopee Tube Park
Situated just outside the 401 corridor, Chicopee Tube Park boasts fun during every season. Enjoy Zip Lining during our warmer months and Snow Tubing during the winter! It's a perfect adventure park for any camp outing, family excursion or birthday celebration! More

CN Tower New Window Walls
Toronto’s best views just got better! The CN Tower has unveiled an awesome new perspective on the view with 2 new floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls! Photo taking will also be much easier, allowing guests to fully capture the thrill and excitement of this new experience. More

Summer Eco-Friendly Fun For Kids
With many children out of the classroom, summer is an ideal time for parents to introduce eco-friendly activities to help kids learn environmentally-friendly habits, while embracing everything Mother Nature has to offer. More


Cool Frozen Treats
Nothing beats the heat on a hot Summer day like a delicious frozen dessert! From frosty fruit pops to creamy ice cream delights, and delectable cones, your kids will be overjoyed with these tasty treats, because even the littlest hands will find them easy to make (and eat!). More

Fun Watermelon Treats to Sweeten Your Summer
August 3 is National Watermelon Day! Watermelon is everyone's favourite Summer fruit. These cute and easy snacks will please kids and adults. Who knew you could do so much with a watermelon? More

Best Ice Cream Sandwiches
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is celebrated each year on August 2.  It's time to enjoy a yummy frozen ice cream sandwich on a warm summer day! On the beach or in an ice cream shop, these sweet sandwiches are always delicious. 10 recipes to make your own. More

Sizzling Summer Sweets
Summer is here and we have some fun recipes for your kids to enjoy. Check out Starfish S’mores, Banana Split Bites, Banana Dogs, Cheesecake “Ice Cream” Cones, and more. They’re super easy and pretty darn cute too! More

Favourite Carnival and Fair Foods
Carnivals and fairs give us a reason to eat fried, grilled, and buttered foods. From corn dogs to fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and the infamous donut burger, here are 12 ways to get those carnival tastes in your own kitchen! More

S'mores Reinvented
August 10 is National S'mores Day. Rather than give you some traditional s'mores recipes, we’ve scouted out very unique and different ways to enjoy your s'mores. Try pizzas, donuts, puddings, rice krispies treats, popcorn and more… Why not surprise your family with an unusual s'more's treat on August 10! More

Refreshing Fruit Infused Water Recipes
When it's hot, it's important to drink lots of water. But plain old water can sometimes be boring... These fruit infused water recipes are made with juicy fresh fruits and invigorating herbs. Easy, refreshing, hydrating and healthy too! More

Summertime Crafts and Activities
While Summer is our favourite time of year, sometimes kids out of school makes for some long and boring days spent at the house. Here are 12 fun Summertime crafts and activities for when Summer boredom sets in. Try your hand at homemade sidewalk chalk, paint your sneakers, get your groovy on with tie-dye, and make friendship bracelets. More

10 Great Beach Games for Kids
There are still plenty of days to enjoy at the beach this summer! If you’re headed to the shore, try these ideas for great beach games for kids. While kids can have loads of fun at the beach just splashing in the waves or digging holes in the sand, these games are perfect for kids who are looking for something else to do. More

Popsicle Inspired Art
Keep kids entertained this summer with these fun and easy Popsicle Art projects they can make at home. The only disappointment will be that they can't eat them! More


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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