Summer FUN Guide 2019

Hello Summer! ☀️

Summer's here! There are countless hours to fill with excitement and relaxation. Our Summer FUN Guide will help you plan some seriously awesome adventures. On days not spent at the beach, check out one of the city's many outdoor festivals and fairs that will have your family feasting on cotton candy or dancing in the streets. Indulge in fresh PYO fruit, introduce the kids to outdoor theatre or jazz. Grab a picnic basket or head to a waterpark. Don't let the summer slip away – start planning your summer fun today!

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


Summer Events and Festivals
Things to Do
Family Attractions
More to Explore
Summer FUN Contest
Summer Foods and Treats
Summer Crafts & Activities
Summer Health & Safety

Canada Day 2019 Events
Celebrate all things Canadian on July 1! Plan the perfect Canada Day long weekend with our picks of the best events, outdoor festivals and warm-weather outings for you and the kids. Most of these events are Free! More

July Festivals
Whether you are looking to check out some sleek cars, grab some grub in the city, enjoy a little culture, or just soak up the summer sun, there’s a festival in the Greater Toronto Area just for you. Most are free. More

August Festivals
The Greater Toronto Area's festival season kicks into high gear in August. The hot weather prompts a head-spinning number of fantastic fairs, parades, carnivals, and other fetes. There are favourites we look forward to every year, including the CNE, Toronto Carribean Festival, and Krinos Taste of Danforth — all of which made our list of the top annual festivals for families. More

Summer is always a great time to enjoy family theatre and live shows. Give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in the GTA at these stage and live summer performances... More

The Redpath Waterfront Festival 2019
Don't miss this year's festival – the Tall Ships are back! The 2019 Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will be bringing more than beautiful tall ships to Toronto’s waterfront, June 29-July 1. With delicious seafood, live music and buckets of nautical fun, it will be the best place to celebrate Canada’s birthday. More

Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC! 2019
​The all new Royal Canadian family Circus Spectac!® 2019, touring Canada is coming to Etobicoke, Scarborough, Mississauga, Burlington, and Milton for 42 spectacular shows under the magnificent Big Top. From July 18 to August 18, 2019, audiences will mesmerized, astounded, thrilled, and captivated beyond the extraordinary. More

7 Kids Shows to see at Fringe KidsFest
For the past 31 years, Fringe KidsFest has been the premier summer destination to catch entertaining and affordable productions for kids ages 4 to 12. See this year's line-up. More

Toronto Fringe KidsFest Club 2019
KidsFest, part of the Toronto Fringe Festival offers awesome FREE daily activities including the Toronto Public Library, Arts & Crafts, Lego & Megablocks, Costumes & Puppets, Bubbles and Kinetic Sand, and new this year – The Fort! More

Summer of Space at Ontario Science Centre
Connect to the cosmos this summer at the Science Centre! Until September 2, the Science Centre celebrates human space exploration with Summer of Space, a celestial lineup of films, exhibitions, programs and special events that are sure to excite space enthusiasts of all ages. More

Day Out With Thomas – Steam Team Tour 2019
Peep Peep! Everyone’s favourite storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™ is chugging his way into the GTA at York-Durham Heritage Railway. Enjoy a day of family fun while Thomas visits the Uxbridge Train Station located at 19 Railway Street. Don’t miss one of the hottest things to do this summer! Thomas is only here for two weekends in August. More


Free Outdoor Summer Movies
If you missed any of the great movies that hit the big screen this year, you'll likely be able to see them in a park this summer! Best of all, these screenings are all Free! So grab a chair or a blanket, and catch up on the latest releases. More

Summer Movie Guide
Children — not to mention parents — are in luck this summer, with lots of exciting films in the lineup, including sequels to Secret Life of Pets, Angry Birds and Toy Story,  and the Disney remake of Lion King. Here's a list of the most anticipated Movies of Summer 2019. 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

Cineplex Family Favourites Summer Series
Cineplex Events offers an escape from the humidity this summer with a lineup of hilarious and heart-warming films that the whole family can enjoy. More

Family Fishing in Toronto and the GTA
​There are so many opportunities to fish in the GTA! Surrounded by water, kids can drop a line in myriad waterfront towns, beaches, local piers, boats, and parks. We've rounded up a few family-friendly fishing venues and events around the Greater Toronto Area where you can test your skills for hooking the catch of the day. 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

Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads
As sprinkler season gets into gear, it's good to know where to find the wildest and wettest playgrounds in the Greater Toronto Area. If you're looking for a way to stay cool this summer, check out these playgrounds loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief. 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 fruit... 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

Amazing Botanical Gardens
Celebrate summer by stepping into the coolest gardens the city has to offer. More

Farm Fun
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

Get Out of Town
From safaris and water parks to scenic trips and beaches, there are some great getaway ideas for the entire family. Give your youngsters a dose of fresh air and introduce them to a variety of exciting neighbouring cities this Summer. More

Historical Sites that are Fun for Kids & Families
With today's modern technology and conveniences, kids might have a hard time imagining what life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. Luckily, they don't have to learn about life long ago just from books—they can experience it firsthand at one of the many historic villages located right here. More

The Best Museums to Visit in Toronto
Toronto has some of the best museums in the world. From art, to sculpture, history, ceramics, shoes, and more, there’s something for everyone. Our go to guide for the best museums to visit in the city. 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! More

Retro Summer Fun: Drive-in Theatres
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. More

Best Zoos and Places to see Animals
Thanks to the fantastic zoos and animal destinations in the GTA, families have the opportunity to see animals from across the globe without ever leaving the city. 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

Funnel Cake Express
Looking to get your funnel cake fix over the summer? Why visit the fair when you can head over to Funnel Cake Express, located in Toronto. Have a special event? They'll come to you. It's everyone's favourite carnival concoction! More


20 Top Things to do at Centreville Amusement Park
When it comes down to it, a visit to Centreville Amusement Park is all about spending quality time with family and friends. From plunging down the Log Flume to animal encounters at Far Enough Farm, or splashing around on Chelsea Beach, there are millions of memories to be made on Centre Island. More

What's New at the CNE
Toronto’s iconic summer tradition, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), returns August 16 to September 2, 2019 with all-new features and popular favourites that continue to attract more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Find out what's new in 2019. More

10 Fun Reasons to Go on a Pirate Ship Adventure
Looking for a kid-friendly place where little ones can experience the life of a pirate? Pirate Life Toronto is a unique attraction for children located on Toronto's waterfront that sets sail weekends in June and then daily thoughout the summer. More

10 Really Amazing Things to Do at the Toronto Zoo this Summer
There's more to do then just gazing at the animals! Don't miss out on these 10 really amazing things you can do at the Toronto Zoo this Summer. More

New Treetop Trekking & Treewalk Village Opens in Hamilton
In addition to Treetop Trekking Courses, this new exciting adventure park will also feature Discovery Kids Courses and a Treewalk Village. There are now 6 GTA locations to enjoyt these parks. 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


Canada Day Inspired Recipes
Ready, set, celebrate! Check out these 10 recipes to help inspire your Canada Day holiday menu. More

Cool Frozen Treats
Nothing beats the heat on a hot Summer day like a delicious frozen dessert! More

Fun Watermelon Treats to Sweeten Your Summer
Who knew you could do so much with a watermelon? More

S'mores Reinvented
We’ve scouted out very unique and different ways to enjoy your s'mores. More

Refreshing Fruit Infused Water Recipes
These fruit infused water recipes are easy, refreshing, hydrating and healthy too! More

Food on a Stick!
Have fun with your food and eat it too, with these savoury and sweet recipes—no utensils required! More

Sizzling Summer Sweets
Summer is here and we have some fun recipes for your kids to enjoy. More

Hot Dog!
July is National Hot Dog Month. 10 fun ways to serve up hot dogs for kids! More

More Fun Hot Dog Recipes for Kids
Kids love hot dogs, but sometimes the usual dog in a bun gets a little stale. Go beyond the traditional dog with these fun kid-friendly recipes. More

Gourmet Homemade Ice Creams
Churn up one of these delicious recipes for your family to fill your Summer days! More

10 Decadent Cheesecake Recipes
It's National Cheesecake Day on July 30 but you'll be celebrating all summer long with these recipes! More

Fun with Fruit!
Because kids will love eating fruit when it looks this cute! More

Best Ice Cream Sandwiches
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is celebrated each year on August 2. 10 recipes to make your own. More

Favourite Carnival and Fair Foods
12 recipes to get those carnival tastes in your own kitchen! More

15 Great Foods for a Family Picnic
Pack up these delicious tote-able picnic recipes and head out for a fun outdoor meal in the park. More

10 Yummy Twists on Chocolate Chip Cookies
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is celebrated yearly on August 4. Here are 10 yummy twists on this go-to favourite dessert! More

Cooking 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

Peachy Keen
We're keen on peaches! Here are 10 recipes for some late-Summer inspiration. More


Fun Water Games to Stay Cool
Hang in your own backyard, and play one of these awesome water games where kids can have a ton of fun getting soaked! More

DIY Kids' Summer Camp at Home
It's a daunting task to entertain the kids all summer long, especially if they're at home! Keep them happy, active and off-screen by teaming up with friends and neighbours, to host a kids' camp right in your own backyard. More

Make Sidewalk Chalk
Sidewalk chalk is a favourite summer kids' activity! Here's a recipe to make your own. More

Popsicle Inspired Art
Keep kids entertained this summer with these fun and easy Popsicle Art projects they can make at home. More

10 Fabulous Summer Rock Crafts
Make these amazing summer crafts out of simple rocks from the back yard! More

Summertime Crafts and Activities
Here are 12 fun Summertime crafts and activities for when Summer boredom sets in. More

Homemade Playdough for Kids
Here's a recipe to make your very own playdough for your kids. This playdough is non-toxic and is similar to Tutti-Frutti playdough, which is scented, colorful, and very elastic! More


10 Best Tips for Healthy Eating on Road Trips
Road tripping with kids this summer? Try these tips for a road trip that's all about healthy eating. More

Sun Safety for Kids
Use these six tips to protect against UV rays and to teach your kids to play safely in the sun. More

Amusement Park Survival Guide
That time of the year is upon us and summer attractions are back in our lives. Here are survival tips for all parents to make the most of your day! More

Summer Food Safety
Eating outdoors is one of the great pleasures of summer! Keep your family safe with these outdoor food safety tips. More


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