Summer outings to the city's best attractions and amusement may have been off to a late start as we enter Step 3 of Ontario's reopening plan, but there's still time to catch up!
Enjoy the season with a trip to a waterpark or beach, enjoy a drive-in movie, try some camping, and more. There are plenty of at-home activities too!
Find fun things to do that will keep the entire family busy this summer with the help of our Summer FUN Guide! And, check back often as this guide will be updated through the end of summer.
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FUN PLACES TO GO
- 5651 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7
Bird Kingdom is a world class tropical adventure, located in Niagara Falls with one of the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. Discover tropical birds and animals as you explore the pathways throughout the rainforest. An adventure that is fun for all ages! This incredible experience begins at the mysterious Old Museum where you feel like you have travelled back in time. The adventure continues at Bird Kingdom’s Animal Encounters as you meet friendly parrots and exotic animals.
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
- 2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R7
Take a stroll through lush and tropical gardens where you will discover 1000's of free-flying butterflies. There are over 100 different varieties of tropical plants, waterfalls, streams, reflecting pools, tropical finches, Chinese painted quails and red-eared slider turtles to see!
- 290 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Engineering marvel, Toronto Landmark, Canadian icon - Canada’s National Tower is an awe-inspiring symbol of Canadian achievement. The CN Tower is open once again! This summer, the CN Tower is offering a Family Pass, available online only for a limited time. Get your pass now and save before it disappears on August 31, 2021. 360 Restaurant will be reopening for dining on July 29 and reservations can now be made for lunch or dinner. The CN Tower is also bringing back their 50% off kids menu items promotion. Book now!
- 1803 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1J2
Daydream Adventures is Toronto’s first and only immersive art escape room. Bring your family and friends to explore a stunning hand-crafted and award-winning escape room. Your goal is not to simply escape. Your team will embark on an unforgettable adventure. It’s fun for all ages. This is an escape room you won’t want to escape from.
Looking Glass Adventures
- 2944 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1M5
Looking Glass Adventures is Toronto's Top Rated Escape Room Venue. We have reopened for in person games and would love to host your next adventure! We are home to 3 amazing and immersive family friendly escape room experiences. All our games are multi-room games, adventurous but not scary and great for any age or skill-level. Our spacious venue is located in Toronto on Danforth Ave just west of Victoria Park. All reservations are private so it’s just you and the group of your choosing. Call us or book online to reserve a fun adventure this summer!
Mysterious Minds Escape Rooms
- 322 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5
Mysterious Minds Escape Rooms provides a fun and entertaining adventure for participants of all ages. We have three uniquely themed escape rooms, in which you have sixty minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, and complete the required task before time runs out!
The Play Space Toronto
- 430 Norfinch Dr., North York, ON M3N 1Y4
The Play Space Toronto is a massive indoor playground ready to accept private bookings for families looking to beat the pandemic blues and get out and have fun (while still following COVID-19 protocols). Open 9:00am to Midnight 7 days a week.
Redpath Waterfront Festival
- Toronto's Waterfront
- September 17 to October 3
Take your imagination for a walk on Toronto’s waterfront from September 17 to October 3. Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF) has reimagined its annual festival into a two week socially distanced waterfront trail called the Redpath Waterfront Trail. Spanning from Lower Sherbourne to Lower Spadina, the Trail will include unique Augmented Reality (AR) Stops, public art installations, and several local promotions at waterfront businesses.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
- 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the newest and most anticipated attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower. The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) thrilling interactive attraction is an immersive adventure showcases more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species...
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
- 260 Scenic Caves Rd The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0P2
An award-winning natural attraction offering year-round seasonal outdoor adventures for all ages. Activities include self-guided trail of caves/caverns and a glimpse into the history and legends of the First Nation’s Huron Petun tribe, Southern Ontario’s longest 420 ft. Suspension Footbridge, spectacular views of Georgian Bay, Eco Adventure Tour offering treetop canopy walking, zip lining and more.
- Various locations - see website
Families can enjoy a picnic or some beach volleyball, and of course, take a swim at Toronto's 11 beaches but only if a Blue Flag is shown, meaning that the beach meets high standards for water quality and safety. Water at supervised beaches is regularly tested for E.coli bacteria and you should check beach water quality before heading out! Check website for any closures posted.
While indoor pools are still closed, outdoor pools are open for leisure swimming with a full schedule and at a reduced capacity. As a result, reservations are highly recommended. This avoids long wait times ― because your family's time is far too important. Go to the City of Toronto reservation page to book your family's time slot.
- 6 Ontario Locations
Treetop Trekking is Ontario's original and most exciting tree top zip line adventure and is the perfect outing for adventurous families, groups of friends or birthday parties. If you are looking to have an unforgettable day outside while getting some exercise at the same time, a visit to Treetop Trekking will not disappoint! Now with 6 locations only 20 minutes from downtown Toronto, it has never been more convenient to experience a real outdoor adventure.
- 3291 Stouffville Rd, Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5
Children and the young at heart can let their imagination lead the way while exploring our magical tree house villages! Climb from tree house to tree house through 8 ft tall hammocks, nets, and wood bridges! Descend to the ground on slides, play on our treewee obstacle courses and other forest games! This is a 2 hour activity, and although it is open to all ages, it is ideal for ages 3-7. There is another Treewalk Village location in Hamilton.
FUN THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE OF HOME
Wherever you live in the Greater Toronto area, chances are there's a zipline or canopy tour within driving distance. If you're feeling the itch for an adrenaline rush, this fully immersive outdoor experience is an exciting new way to see the world! More
The CN Tower Is Open For Summer Fun And Offering Great Promotions
For visitors wanting to get a bird's eye view of the city, while enjoying all that the CN Tower has to offer ― a summer visit is a must! The city's most recognizable and celebrated icon is open once again! Don't miss out on special promotions. More
Imagine Dragons – Light Forest at Casa Loma
Hail, Adventurers! Dragons and Fairies are coming to Casa Loma! If your kids love fairy tales and fire-breathing dragons, there's an exciting exhibit coming to Casa Loma that's full of fun adventures! More
Best Water Park and Water Play Areas in the GTA
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
Food Truck Events & Festivals In Toronto & The GTA
Summer is here and Food Trucks around the city are hitting the road. Food Trucks now even have their very own festivals and here's where you can catch them! More
Go Peach Picking
Peach picking season is upon us in Ontario, and it's the perfect excuse for GTA families to plan a sweet summertime day trip before kids head back to school. Here are some family-friendly PYO peach farms to visit in southern Ontario. More
See the Whales Exhibition at the ROM
In this stunning new ROM-original exhibition, audiences explore the fascinating and mysterious world of Earth’s largest animals, with three real whale skeletons, fascinating science and large-scale audio and video experiences. More
Bentway's Play the City!
The Bentway is presenting playable installations, playful moments, talks, and audio experiences for all to enjoy! The eight creative installations, include new forms of basketball, sculptural play equipment, and collective music-making. More
GTA Attractions Now Open And What Not To Miss This Summer!
Toronto and GTA attractions are opening their doors. Here's what you need to know ... opening dates and summer highlights not to be missed! More
Treetop Trekking's Brampton Park Is A Gem To Visit This Summer
Enjoy incredible views over Heart Lake. And for a limited time, you can save $10 off the individual rate for Zipline and Aerial Game Treks this July! More
Where You Can See Free Outdoor Movies This Summer
Check out these outdoor movies in Toronto and the GTA, that are sure to make your summer more memorable! More
Reserve Your Time Slot At A City Of Toronto Outdoor Pool Near You
When it gets too hot to trot around the city, public swimming pools are one of the best options for staying cool! Avoid line-ups and book your family pool time ahead! More
Spring Stations Are Now On Display At The Distillery District
Enjoy some jaw-dropping backdrops when you're taking a stroll, shopping or outdoor dining at The Distillery District in Toronto! More
Visit A Lavender Farm In & Around The GTA
Visiting lavender fields is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway from the city! Witness incredible views with lavender stretched as far as your eye can see. More
Splash Pad Fun in Toronto & the GTA
If you're looking for a way to stay cool this summer, check out these cities' playgrounds that are loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief from the heat! More
Visit Ontario Provincial Parks For Free On Select Days
Ontario Parks is making it easier for families to get out to play, by providing Free weekday admission to its parks. More
Camping In Ontario!
Camping is a great way to spend time outdoors with your family ― it's all about fun, fresh air and screen-free time! More
Take the Kids to a Drive-In Theatre
On a warm summer night, grab the kids and head over to a drive-in theatre. It may also be a better deal than going to the movie theatre, especially if you have a carload of kids and you stay for a double feature. More
Go to Toronto Beaches
Families can enjoy a picnic or some beach volleyball, and of course, take a swim. Here's a list of beaches in the Toronto area. More
Treewalk Village ―The Playground In The Trees For Kids
The network of treehouses features 8 feet tall hammocks, nets, and wood bridges. Kids can zip back down to the ground though tube slides, and play on the treewee obstacle courses and other forest games! More
Visit Treetop Trekking
Start your summer adventure now with 6 locations in the GTA! The Brampton Park in particular is a huge adventure park that features 6 aerial courses, ziplines, and plenty of activities for kids ages 9+. More
65+ Free Things To Do This Summer!
Enjoy the coolest summer fun for kids with our ultimate guide to the best free activities this summer. More
There's still time for 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
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
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
Zoos and Animal Attractions You Can Now Visit in Toronto & GTA
Zoos and animal attractions are welcoming guests with some new guidelines in place. When the kids ask to go see the animals ... here's where to go! More
Go To A Patio At The Junction
With more patios than ever before, immersive activations and dynamic spaces, CaféTO brings vibrancy back to the Junction community. More
FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME
Host Your Own Mini-Olympics At Home With The Kids
Celebrate the games with crafts, activities, themed food, and of course, host your own mini Olympic games complete with medals! More
101 Fun Things to do at Home to Get You Through the Summer
Looking for fun ideas to keep the kids entertained at home when it's too hot to be out or it's raining? We've got 101 boredom busters! More
There's still time for Summer Camp - 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. Check out the Virtual sections of our Summer Camp Guide! 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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