Over 65 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. And, there continues to be lots of free educational and creative online content for summer learning and entertainment!

Check back often as we'll update this page with more free events and activities as they become available. UPDATES to this page will be listed at the bottom!

Here are 65+ Free Things to Do this Summer... 

Summer Music in the Park

Bloor-Yorkville’s Summer Music in the Park will feature performances every other Thursday at 12:30pm, streamed from select venues throughout the neighbourhood. Starts July 1, 2021. More

Movies Under the Stars at Downsview Park

Movies Under the Stars returns to Downsview Park this year! The 5th annual movie program will continue to be a drive-in experience. Various dates in July. More

Ontario Family Fishing Events

Fish for Free this July! Go family fishing at an Urban Fishing Festival during the Ontario Family Fishing Event, when you can fish without a licence. July 3 to 11. More

Kids Corner Live @ The Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Virtually explore Ontario's Legislative Building during this 60-minute program. Learn how provincial parliament works, see where laws are passed for the province of Ontario, participate in a debate, games and much more! Wednesdays in July and August. More

Staples Canada Virtual Summer Camp & Kids Summer Activities Guide

School might be wrapping up for the year, but Staples Canada is helping kids and families dive into a fun summer with the launch of its Summer Camp and Kids Summer Activities Guide. Every Wednesday in July and August. More

Summer with the Science Centre

Experiments, activities and games. Create the perfect bubble recipe. Make your own ice cream. Discover the science of sunscreen. Build a bottle rocket and more. More

City of Pickering Summer Concerts Online

The 2021 Summer Concerts Online will be presented in July and August. More

Nature Connection at Downsview Park

Nature Connection, a FREE nature program geared towards families, is back! Start exploring the natural world, right from Downsview Park. All ages. Wednesdays until September 1. More

Brampton's Fitness in the Park

Join the city of Brampton for FREE open air workouts, seven days a week. Open to residents & non-residents, ages 6+. Daily until October 31. More

Happy 10 MCS

Celebration Square Mississauga is turning 10! There are celebratory activities taking place at the Square throughout the season... Until September 6. More

TD Summer Reading Club

This year, the entire TD Summer Reading Club is online. Kids can read throughout the summer and earn virtual badges, vote in the Battle of the Books, post reviews, write stories, and much more. More

Movies in the Park Aurora

This year’s movie series will include both Drive In Movies and Movies in the Park. All movies are free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Various dates in July, August and September. More

Toronto Public Libraries - Summer Wonder: Programs for Kids 6-12

Summer is a great time to explore and discover new interests as a family. Summer Wonder offers free, online programs and activities to do together all summer long. More

Hit a Splash Pad!

Check out these cities' playgrounds that are loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief from the heat! All are Free! More

Seek n' Search Family Scavenger Hunt at Newmarket Parks

The Town of Newmarket is hosting family friendly Scavenger hunts in the park, so join in all of them if you wish! Every Wednesday in July & August. More

Go to a Toronto Beach

With lots of room to dig, play, and swim, a stretch of sand or cobble is the perfect place to take the kids. More

Share Your Art with Pillars of Change!

A free at-home project for adults and children alike. Personalize your Pillars of Change artwork and share your creations for the chance to see them displayed in digital billboards in busy Toronto locations. More

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair will take place from July 2-11 and celebrates artists online as a digital event or visit select artists showcased at stackt market. Art lovers can browse and buy artworks from 400+ artists. More

Summer POP at the AGO

FREE online art activities with the AGO. These daily artmaking breaks are open to children of all ages and you can do them all at home, inside or out! Each day has something new to offer. July 5 to 29. More


Looking for awesome free things to do right in your own neighbourhood? ParksPlayTO is packed with fun for caregivers and kids aged 12 and under. July 5 to August 27. More

Downsview Park Jr. Forest Explorers

A FREE caregiver and toddler nature program. Connect with the natural world through hands-on outdoor activities. Registration is required for all attendees. July 5 to August 30. More

Rec At Home with the City of Brampton

Arts & Crafts including leaf art, bracelet DIY crafts, and more will be offered every Tuesday throughout the summer beginning July 6. More

Play The Parks: On Location

Returning to the digital world for the second year in a row, Play the Parks goes On Location and takes you inside some of the landmark venues and business staples in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. July 6 to September 9. More

Future Possibilities for Kids - Ready, Set, Connect!

Ready, Set, Connect! is a FREE virtual summer camp for kids, 9-12 years old.  Kids will be connected with other Kids, learn powerful leadership skills, build confidence and more! Sessions in July and August. More

Canada’s Sugar Beach

Canada’s Sugar Beach is a whimsical park that transformed a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge. Admission is free. More

Ontario Parks Admission is Free

From Mondays through Thursdays, until September 2, 2021, Ontario Parks is extending free weekday daily vehicle permits. Visit any operating provincial park during the week, for day use, at no cost. More

Gardiner Goes Outside - Clay Bird Making

Free drop-in clay bird making activity on the Gardiner Plaza. Open to adults and children. Wednesday to Friday, all Summer. More

Family Trivia Night Presented by Ontario Science Centre

Join the Ontario Science Centre via Zoom for Family Trivia Nights where you can test your science knowledge. July 9, plus look for other dates throughout the summer. More

Gardiner Goes Outside - Play Date

A Free family-friendly colouring activity inspired by Pillars of Change, a collaboration with No.9 Contemporary Art + Environment. Kids can put their own spin on original drawings by local artists that speak to important social and environmental issues. Wednesday to Saturday, all Summer.  More

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival

The festival’s vibrant lineup celebrates Latino culture through musical performances, the best in salsa class instructions, authentic food recipe demonstrations, non-stop dancing and more! Saturday, July 10. Encore presentation on July 11. More

Kids Downtown in Newmarket

Pre-register to enjoy live family friendly entertainment with performances from highly talented musicians and magicians. At Riverwalk Commons. More

Go to a City Pool

Outdoor pools in Toronto are now open on a modified schedule and are operating at a limited capacity. Reservations are encouraged. Find out how to book your swimming time slot online so you don't have to wait in line! More

Vaughan Celebrates Concerts in the Park

The annual Concerts in the Park series will take place virtually on select Wednesday evenings in July. There's a great line-up this year! More

Power Kids - Reuse and Recreate

Participants will use materials found at home or within their neighbourhood to create a mosaic. Sunday, July 11. More

Why We Love Bats (and You Should Too!): Dusk In the Ravines

Looking to explore a new side of the Ravines? Register for a family-friendly evening with Dr. Cylita Guy to explore Dusk in the Ravines. Tuesday, July 13. More

Toronto Island Park

The Toronto Islands provide a great, refreshing escape from downtown! The Islands area is a great place to bask on blue flag beaches, and offers bicycle trails, swimming, volleyball, picnicking and more. Admission to the Toronto Islands is free. More

Gardiner Goes Outside - Family Days

Get the family together for outdoor art-making on the Gardiner Plaza, with new activities and themes each week. Sundays, all Summer. More

Toronto Pearson Airport's Explorers Club - Free Virtual Camp For Kids

Join the Explorers Club Virtual Camps for a fun-filled hour with activities, exciting trivia, interviews with experts, behind-the scenes look at Canada’s busiest airport and more. July 15 and August 26. More

Beaches Jazz Festival - Virtual Concert Series

Join this year's TD Virtual Concert Series! July 15 and 16. More

Unity Fest /21

Unity Charity’s annual flagship event and Canada’s only national Hip Hop festival is back this year with a digital spin. An action-packed, 3-part virtual event series featuring over 75 artists and youth from across Canada. July 15, 22 and 29. More

ROMKids Artventures

Art adventures anyone? Make your very own homemade crystals, morph into dinosaurs, discover the ancient craft of Greek amphora art and more with creative activities from the ROM. More

Tim Hortons Presents Concerts in the Parking Lot

Come together as a community while enjoying traditional ‘Concerts in the Park’ style-events from the comfort of your vehicle. On July 29, there's a family concert with Splash N' Boots. Thursdays, July 15 to September 9. More

High Park

High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy. Admission is free. More

AFROFEST Online 2021

This virtual event will be streamed via social media platforms and will future performances by 30 local and international artists. July 16 and 19 to 25. More

Free Recreation Activities from the City of Burlington

The Recreation Services Department has put together a series of virtual activities from fitness to crafts for everyone to enjoy. More

Shoebox Bingo with the BSM!

Join in for a game of Shoebox Bingo this summer and keep your kids entertained! Saturday, July 17. More

Toronto Botanical Garden

Termed "The little garden with big ideas", the TBG is nearly four acres and features "city-sized" themed gardens. The gardens are open daily, from dawn until dusk. Access is free. More

Toronto International BrazilFest

Canada's biggest Brazilian cultural event offers the experience of a truly authentic Brazilian festival right in your own back yard. Featuring the best food, talent, art, and entertainment from the Brazilian community. Sunday, July 18. More

All About Bats Presented by TRCA

Learn more about bat species in the Toronto area and how to identify them. For ages 6+. Wednesday, July 21. More

Richmond Hill Drive-Thru Ribfest

One of the most anticipated events of the summer is back! The same signature menu will be available this year in a drive-thru format! Admission is free. Purchases extra. Pre-register online. July 23 to July 25. More

ROM Kids Shows

It’s the ROMKids Show! Join Kiron Mukherjee, ROMKids Camp Director, every week for stories of science, art, history, as well as art projects and science experiments. Every Tuesday. More

Riverdale Farm

The Riverdale Farm is a quaint little farm, located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, in the Cabbagetown community. Kids can see many farm animals. Admission is free. More

UofT's TECL Live for Kids on Zoom! Free!

U of T's Toronto Early Cognition Lab hosts fun virtual activities for kids as part of online studies. For ages 1 to 11 years old. Free but registration is required. Get a $5 e-gift card from Amazon or Indigo for participating. More

BIG on Bloor Festival

BIG on Bloor Festival opens its 14th year on July 24th, 2021 with the launch of online programming and 24/7 accessible art installations scattered throughout the Bloordfale neighbourhood. July 24 to 31. More

Youth Day 2021 FestCast

The Arts will always bring the World Together. Join aspiring Artists in 6 featured disciplines; Music, Dance, Art, Photography, Fashion and Film. Sunday, July 25. More

Science at Home with the Ontario Science Centre

From DIY experiments to science activities to educational resources, the OSC has you covered. Explore the science around you with online projects and activities. More

Bumble Bee Watch (TRCA)

Discover the diversity of native bees! Learn how to tell a bee from a wasp, and how to identify common bumble bees in the Greater Toronto Area. For ages 6+. Tuesday, July 27. More

Bata Shoe Museum Colouring Sheets

Download the BSM Colour The World at Your Feet colouring sheets and share your creations online with the museum! More

AGO Free Online Learning Resources for Families

Discover art making and learning activities curated for young families that are inspired by artworks in the AGO collection. More

Visit Ripley's Aquarium Virtually

Take a peek and see what fascinating fish are up to from home! Ripley's has four live cameras set up so you can get a little bit of the aquarium experience, wherever you are! More

High Park Zoo

High Park features a small Zoo which is currently open. Reservations are not required. Visitor capacity is currently reduced and indoor exhibits remain closed. More

CN Tower At-Home Activities

Looking for fun activities to do at home? The CN Tower has colouring sheets, fun engineering activities from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, a scavenger hunt, some trivia questions and a Tower building challenge. More

Far Enough Farm on Centre Island

This quaint working farm is one of the most unique animal farms located on Centre Island. There are over 40 different species of farmyard animals and birds, and new animals arrive at the farm throughout the spring and summer seasons. Admission is Free. Look out for opening dates soon! More

Power Kids - Unfolding Stories

Participants will create a pop-up collage using paper, magazines, newspapers, and other materials from home. Sunday, August 8. More

From Milkweed To Monarchs Presented by TRCA

Learn about the special relationship between monarchs and milkweed, the fascinating transformation from egg to butterfly, and and how you can get involved in citizen science programs like MilkweedWatch! Ages 6+. Thursday, August 19. More

Richmond Hill - Drive-In Movies

Take your family to the drive in! On select Mondays in August and September, we will have a pop-up community drive-in so your family can go and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car. Advanced pre-registration. Select days in August & September. More

Power Kids - Ripple of Love

In conjunction with BSAM Canada's artist residency with Waterfront Toronto and Waterfront BIA , artists Nico Taylor and Queen Kukoyi will engage families with a visual storytelling activity. Sunday, August 22. More

Drive-In Movies Whitby

Grab your blankets and popcorn and join us for two unforgettable evenings under the stars from the safety of your car! Fridays, September 10 & 24, 2021. More


Summer Hoops 2021 by Hoop Dreams at Ontario Place

A free basketball program running every weekend in August starting August 7th, for kids, youth and adults. Saturdays, in August. More

Ontario Place Summer Live Music Festival

Ontario Place has partnered with Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Fest (TUJF) and SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival to bring you Ontario’s longest free summer live music festival, at their beautiful waterfront location. July 29th to Labour Day weekend. More

TD Summer Reading Club 2021 Launches A New Outdoor Activity: StoryWalk®

There's a an exciting new outdoor reading activity for kids called StoryWalk®. 17 outdoor panels feature text and illustrations from The Thing Lou Couldn't Do, a short children's story by Canadian author and illustrator Ashley Spires. More

Weekly Wildlife Wonders

The Toronto Zoo will be presenting a summer-long series of wildlife conservation stories shared by accredited Zoo partners across Canada including The Calgary Zoo and Assiniboine Park & Zoo. Thursdays, July 22 to August 26, 2021. More

Toys R Us Online Camp

Looking for a free and affordable virtual summer activities that will keep your kids busy, entertained, and safe this summer? Toys R Us Launches An Online Camp For Kids: Camps R Us! More

See the Spring Stations 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! Until end of July. More

Moonlight Movies in Newmarket

Join the Town of Newmarket outdoors, under the stars, to enjoy three modified moonlight movies on the big screen to wrap up the summer! Grab your family or social circle, bring snacks and curl up on a cozy blanket in your physical distance circle. The list for 2021 has not yet been posted so keep checking their website for updates. More

Play the City! at The Bentway

The Bentway is presenting a neighbourhood-wide program of playable installations, playful moments, talks, and audio experiences for all to enjoy! Play for free! More

Digital Kidsfest Club

A hub of free activities, crafts, games, contests and more. Whether you’ve only got a short time or you’re looking for a whole day’s worth of fun, you’ll find it at the Digital KidsFest Club! July 21 to 31, 2021. More

Note: This information was accurate at time of publication. Offers and events are subject to change so please visit websites before heading out.

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