Summer FUN + Staycation Guide 2020




Whether you head to an attraction, bust out the barbecue or cool your toes in the kiddy pool, we hope your Summer is chill, festive and, above all, safe. Need a bit of inspo? We get it. With so much of summer stolen by COVID-19, we could all use a little jumpstart for fun. And we have just the ticket. Check out our Summer FUN Guide for at-home activities and fun outings the entire family will love. This year's version may be smaller but it's your go-to guide for all things summer fun so keep it handy.

And, check back often as this guide will be updated throughout the summer as further measures are lifted!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Fun Things to do Outside of the Home
Fun Things to Do at Home
Summer Safety for Families
Summer FUN Contest


Family Attractions that are Now Open
We've missed you Toronto! Family fun in the GTA is reopening, and while it will be a different experience as attractions implement required safety health guidelines to keep you and your family safe — you may enjoy this new normal designed to reduce contact and crowds. What's open... More


Summer Camp - In-Person Options
Looking for fun options to get the kids out of the house? Many summer camps are going ahead and offering in-person camps, with safety measures in place. There's still time to sign-up! More


Drive-Thru Dinosaurs Invade Peterborough For Newest Pandemic Entertainment
A park that features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs, is adapting to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to offer a completely COVID-19 safe drive-thru experience. More


LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto — the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground is reopening on July 30! And they're making it 'awesome' (safe) for families. More


Get Your Hockey Fix at the Hockey Hall of Fame: Now Open!
The HHOF, a fun and family-friendly entertainment destination, has now reopened and is looking forward to welcoming its guests back to experience hockey at its best! More


Have A Safe Swashbuckling Adventure With Pirate Life This Summer
Families looking for a safe way to enjoy some time outside of the house this summer can head down to the waterfront to enjoy a socially distanced adventure 'on the high seas' with Pirate Life. More


Free Summer Fun for Families at the Gardiner Museum
The world's most celebrated specialty museums and one of the only museums specializing in ceramics is now offering Free admission on weekends, along with fun outdoor activities for families. More


Here's How You Can Enjoy Ontario Place This Summer
On-site activities this summer, including several innovative festivals and events, will give guests the opportunity to safely re-engage in arts and cultural experiences. 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


Take A Summer Hike With Your Kids
Summer vacation season is upon us and with limited travel options during COVID-19, many families are opting to stay local. Take the kids on a family hike — here's what you need to know to make it safe and fun. More


It's the Summer of the Road Trip
With so many pandemic-related travel restrictions currently in effect, many families will resort to the good old fashioned 'road trip' this summer. Here's how to make your getaway a success. More


Visit the CN Tower
The city's tallest structure has reopened, and along with its reopening come strict measures to provide a safe and uplifting experience for everyone. More


Summer In The 6IX Program for Teens & Young Adults
Toronto's youth can take advantage of a new City of Toronto program which includes dance, fitness, ecology and sports as well as leadership, employment, arts and media. For ages 13 to 24. More


Find Yourself In Nature At Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Located in 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty, you and your family can safely explore a breathtaking world of adventures rich in nature. More


ParksPlayTO For Families
Take part in free drop-in and activity-based, recreation programming offered by the City of Toronto. Find activities such as such as nature exploring, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles for children and their caregivers. More


Go to DriveInTO
From films to concerts to sports broadcasts, this drive-in entertainment will offer an opportunity for Torontonians to re-engage with their city. More


Visit a Botanical Garden
Celebrate summer by stepping into the coolest gardens the city has to offer. Here's what you need to know when visiting these gardens, this summer. More


Visit Bird Kingdom
Bird Kingdom is the World’s Largest Free-Flying Indoor Aviary. Discover hundreds of tropical birds as you explore the pathways throughout the multi-level rainforest. More


Go Family Fishing
After months in isolation, families are heading out to enjoy the great outdoors. Family fishing is an ideal activity since you can safely distance yourself from others in nature's open spaces. Where to go... More


Hit a Beach
While away the hours at these family-friendly spots splashing around in the waves, building a masterpiece castle and soaking up some rays. Some beaches are reopening! More


Cool Off at a Splash Pads
It's sprinkler season! It's good to know where to find the wildest and wettest playgrounds in the Greater Toronto Area. City splash pads are now open! More


Go to a PYO Farms for the Summer
Whether you prefer strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries or stone fruit, picking your own fruit is a fun family activity that keeps on giving. More


Retro Summer Fun: Drive-in Theatres
Heading to a drive-in movie theatre to enjoy films outdoors on a large screen and from the privacy of your own vehicle could be just the change of pace you and your family need. 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










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Summer Camps - Virtual Options
Want to keep kids learning and engaged throughout the summer? If you've decided to spend it at home, sign them up for Virtual Summer Camp where they can take part in all kinds of activities whether it be art, coding, robotics, chess, cooking, sports, science, and much more. They can even brush up on academics in English, Math and French. More 


101 Fun Things to do at Home to Get You Through the Summer
You may be running thin on ideas to keep the kids entertained at home. But don't fear ... We've got 101 fantastic boredom busters and activities. More


10 Best Classic Backyard Games for Kids
It’s time to ditch the phones and drag the kids away from those tablets! Head out to your backyard to play some classic yard games to get them moving and to earn that popsicle. More


Fun Water Games to Stay Cool
If you're fortunate to have your own backyard, beat the heat this week with one of these water games! Kids can have a ton of fun getting soaked and staying cool. More


A Family Backyard Campout
There are plenty of warm Summer nights that provide the perfect atmosphere for hosting a late Summer campout in your own backyard. The kids will thrive from this outdoor adventure while staying within earshot of the house. More


Roundup: Best Summer Crafts
Keep kids busy all summer long with a collection of the best Summer Crafts. These Summer Crafts for Kids are sure to spark some creativity and cure summer boredom. More

Round-Up: Best Summer Recipes
Celebrate summer with a collection of the best Summer Foods. These fun summer recipes are perfect for kid-friendly eats and treats. Your summer has never tasted so good! More



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Keeping Kids Safe during a Heat Wave
When there's a heat alert in Southern Ontario with temperatures over 30 degrees, it's important to keep your kids cool. Avoid heat related injuries with the following tips. More


Family Road Trip Safety During COVID-19
The best and easiest way to protect your family from COVID is simply to stay at home. But summer is here, and after months of confinement, families want to get away. More


Summer Safety Checklist to Keep Your Family Safe
It's summertime and while there's a dangerous virus lurking, summer outdoor play can also spell trouble and lead to increased injuries. More

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Summer FUN Contest 2020
It's a different summer this year as attractions re-open and operate under strict guidlines... but we're working hard to bring some new contests to you. Check back all Summer long as we add new contests! More

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