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Ripley’s Aquarium Day Camp
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care available:
Children will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the aquarium world through a combination of hands-on indoor and outdoor activities, gallery exploration, and even behind the scenes adventures. Suited for children ages 5 to 13.
www.ripleyaquariums.ca

Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps
July 4 (until end of August)
With a variety of summer camps for every area of interest, Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps are not to be missed. As a registered charity, by sending your kids to camp at Harbourfront, you are supporting all of the programs that the centre runs year round.
www.harbourfrontcentre.com/camps/summer/

Young Peoples Theatre Summer Camps
Get the kids away from the screens this summer and get them engaging their imaginations. Students will tell stories in a creative, social, face-to-face environment. Over the course of each session young people give voice and physical form to their imaginations, develop fundamental theatre skills and work towards collaboratively creating a performance. Camps available for students in Grades 1 to 7 and 8 to 12.
www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Weekends and Wednesdays at various times
Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Not too far from the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto, urban dwellers can see a different landscape where historic farms, century-old trees, peaceful meadows and lush wetlands await. Some trailheads are TTC accessible. Learn about the Park’s nature, wildlife and trail skills with friendly and fun volunteer leaders. There’s something for everyone.
www.rougepark.com/hike

Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto
10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Open daily until September 4, Toronto’s newest waterpark offers 45 acres of tropical-themed waterpark fun. Details at www.wetnwildtoronto.com.

The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do
Until August 13
Scott Free and Will Do are best friends who spend all their time dreaming up fantastic worlds; whether they’re meeting space monsters, solving mysteries or avoiding the Sheriff of Nottingham, they’re always having fun. Everything is perfect until they find out that they are each other’s imaginary friends! Held at Solar Stage Theatre.
www.solarstage.on.ca

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition, Mackenzie House: Street Art 2017
Until September 1
History hits the streets for Canada’s 150th birthday. Keep an eye out for the Mackenzie House sidewalk artist. Using only sidewalk chalk, this talented graffiti artist will trace Toronto’s history throughout the downtown core.
Phone 1-416-392-6915

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story
Until September 4
A Royal Ontario Museum original exhibition that tells the tale of Blue, the whale that washed ashore in eastern Canada in 2014. Come face-to-face with the almost 80-foot skeleton and discover the mind-blowing biology of blue whales, as well as the research and conservation that occurred in creating this exhibit.
www.rom.on.ca

Wild Rescue: Stories of Survival
Until September 4
Journey to Africa and Indonesia at the Return to the Wild theatre at the Ontario Science Centre and witness the dedicated efforts of caretakers who successfully raise and release young elephants, orangutans and other endangered species into the wild. Explore the innovative ways used to release endangered species back into the wild, learn with puppets, take a simulated flight along the whooping crane’s migration path, and learn about reintegration of fish into the Great Lakes.
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition, Mackenzie House: The Past Is Never Far
Until September 15
Photographer Summer Leigh presents an exhibition of photos combining historic images with contemporary and captures the changing streetscapes of urban Toronto. Included with regular admission.
Phone 1-416-392-6915

The Waterfront Artisan Market
Saturdays until October
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Toronto’s waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Held at HTO Park, located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue).
waterfrontbia.com

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition, Spadina Musem: Our Journey
Until Sunday December 31
Our Journey – An Art Map of Canadian Identity at Spadina Museum is taking shape and you can help. This collaborative project by Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez acknowledges our presence on Indigenous land, which is home to many diverse Indigenous people. Visit and share your stories and be a part of this art project that aims to acknowledge everyone’s place, identities and contributions to Canadian society past and present.
Phone 1-416-392-6910

Thursday Night Socials
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Play traditional board games and learn new ones at Gibson House. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Phone 1-416-395-7432
www.toronto.ca/museum-events

Daily at Bata Shoe Museum
Parents and kids are invited to spend the afternoon exploring the galleries, trying on funky shoes and playing iSpy and participating in a drop-in, shoe-themed arts and crafts activity.
Phone 1-416-979-7799
www.batashoemuseum.ca

Family Sundays at the Aga Khan Museum
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Drop into the Aga Khan Museum’s Education Centre for family art activities inspired by current exhibitions. Activities designed for kids ages 5 to 12.
www.agakhanmuseum.org

Canada 150: Discovery Way
A year-long installation at the Ontario Science Centre about the stories behind transformational Canadian inventions and innovations, from the light bulb to the flight recorder.
Phone 1-416-696-1000
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn
Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans at Montgomery’s Inn. Organic fruit and vegetables, organic wine, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more. Free.
Phone 1-416-394-8113
www.montgomerysinn.com

Fort York National Historic Site
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Visit Fork York National Historic Site for a fun-filled day. Regular admission: Adults $7.96, seniors and youth $4.87, children $3.76 (plus tax) and children under five are free. Paid parking available.
Phone 1-416-393-6907
Email fortyork@toronto.ca

Gibson House Museum
Wednesday-Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Thursdays 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Located at 5172 Yonge St., at Park Home Avenue, get a dose of Toronto’s history. Limited free parking on site, nearby paid underground and street parking. Regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax).
Phone 416-395-7432
Email gibsonhouse@toronto.ca

Mackenzie House
Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., | Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Located at 82 Bond Street, Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Regular Admission for Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax) Children (4 and under): Free.
Phone 1-416-392-6915
Email machouse@toronto.ca

Spadina Museum
Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Regular admission is as follows; Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) free. Paid parking next door at Casa Loma.
Phone 1-416-392-6910
Email spadina@toronto.ca

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
Wednesday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children 6 to 12 $2.65 (plus tax). Children 5 and under free. Free parking.
Phone 1-416-396-2819

Montgomery’s Inn
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., | Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit one of Toronto’s favourite historic spots.
Phone 1-416-394-8133
montinn@toronto.ca

CN Tower
View Toronto through the CN Tower’s spectacular views including the world-famous glass floor, Skypod and glass fronted elevators with glass floor panels. For thrill-seekers there’s EdgeWalk, the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk above ground. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Phone 1-416-868-6937
www.cntower.ca

Casa Loma
One of Toronto’s top 10 tourist attractions and hospitality venues, the castle and estate gardens are open for tours and functions.
www.casaloma.org

LegoLand Discovery Centre
With more than three million bricks under one roof, rides, a 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and much more, there’s plenty of indoor fun.
www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca

Ripley’s Aquarium Sharks After Dark
7 p.m. until close
See the Ripley’s sharks like never before. Due to high demand, tickets need to be purchased in advance.
www.ripleyaquariums.com

A Journey to Canada
In May of 1914, the Komagata Maru arrived at the Port of Vancouver. The ship carried 376 British subjects from India who were hoping to immigrate to Canada. They were Sikh, Hindu and Muslim and all were denied entry to Canada. As part of the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives’ Canada 150 program, this exhibition explores racism in a Canadian context.
www.pama.peelregion.ca

A Preview of Arts of the Sikh Kingdom
This small preview exhibition at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives is intended to give a sense of the splendour, beauty and poetry of the Sikh art and artifacts. The selections of Sikh art and artifacts are drawn from private collections in the GTA. The collections cover subjects from Sikh spirituality, court history, history and everyday life.
www.pama.peelregion.ca

Family Art and Stories
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A collaboration with the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives and the Early Literacy Specialists from the Region of Peel, this weekly event engages families with hands-on activities and stories each month.
www.pama.peelregion.ca

until August 13
The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do
Scott Free and Will Do are best friends who spend all their time dreaming up fantastic worlds; whether they’re meeting space monsters, solving mysteries or avoiding the Sheriff of Nottingham, they’re always having fun. Everything is perfect until they find out that they are each other’s imaginary friends! Held at Solar Stage Theatre. Visit www.solarstage.on.ca.

Saturdays
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The largest farmers’ market in Toronto, the Evergreen Brick Works market offers the widest variety of local and seasonal food in the city. The market works with the community to help people make healthy and sustainable food choices.
www.evergreen.ca

Weekends
Family Fun Activities
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Guide your family through art projects at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives and inspire creativity. Activities are on a drop-in basis and are included with admission. No registration required.
www.pama.peelregion.ca

Until September 17
Summer Music in the Garden
The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for its 18th season by the shores of Lake Ontario at Toronto Music Garden. Treat yourself to 19 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles, from medieval love songs to finger-style guitar. For full details visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summermusic, call (416) 973-4000 or email info@harbourfrontcentre.com.

until september 23
Jr. Jays Days
Bring your family to the ballpark every Saturday home game for Jr. Jays Saturdays. Kids can visit Jr. Jays Zones in the 100, 200 and 500 levels to take part in fun activities, followed by a running of the bases following the games. For more information visit htoronto.bluejays.mlb.com

Saturdays until october
The Waterfront Artisan Market
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Toronto’s waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Held at HTO Park, located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue). Visit waterfrontbia.com for more information.

until october 9
Pirate Ship Adventure
Join the scurvy crew and live the Pirate Life: Adventure, Theatre and Cruise. This interactive adventure aboardthe 45 foot Transport Canada certified vessel lets you learn the ropes of the Pirate Life through storytelling and activities. If you’re lucky maties, you’ll find treasure too. Toronto Harbourfront. Visit www.piratelife.ca

Saturdays until November 4
Evergreen Brock Works Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: One of the largest farmers’ markets in Toronto, this market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Running year-round, it offers the widest variety of local and seasonal food in the city. For more information visit www.evergreen.ca.

until August 27
The Wizard of Oz
Experience the beloved family tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home! This classic story has entertained audiences for generations, and now you can share the magic with your family. Held at the Lower Ossington Theatre’s Maintstage. For more information visit www.lowerossingtontheatre.com


JULY

July 27 – 30
Tirgan Festival
Explore the diversity of Iran through music, dance, theatre, art, cinema and a crafts market. Enjoy delicious Iranian food and experience the richness of one of the world’s oldest cultures at Harbourfront Centre. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

July 28 (until august 15)
Parkour Freestyle
This high-flying professional stunt team will showcase their awe-inspiring Parkour skills as they leap, vault and catapult their way through this high-energy, gravity defying show occurring daily at Canada’s Wonderland. For more information visit www.canadaswonderland.com.

Saturday & Sunday July 29,30
Quilts at the Creek
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: See Black Creek Pioneer Village as you’ve never seen it before – covered in handmade quilts. More than 275 traditional and modern quilts cover, drape and adorn Black Creek in a spectacular outdoor art experience. Regular admission applies. For more information visit www.tcra.ca.

July 31 to August 4
Summer Nature Day Camp: Nature Art
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Using nature as inspiration campers will draw and paint outdoors, make earth art using natural materials and create clay sculptures from clay dug out of the pristine Duffins Creek at Claremont Field Centre. Suited for children ages 5 to 12, extended care is available. Cost is $225 per week (plus an additional $60 a week for extended care). Registration required, for more information visit www.trca.ca

July 31 to August 7
KidZfest
12 to 8 p.m.: This special celebration at Canada’s Wonderland is just for kids. Live entertainment, foam pits, and Marvel Superheroes will take over KidZville for the entire week. For more information visit www.canadaswonderland.com

 


August

Until August 7
KidZfest
12 to 8 p.m.: This special celebration at Canada’s Wonderland is just for kids. Live entertainment, foam pits, and Marvel Superheroes will take over KidZville for the entire week. For more information visit www.canadaswonderland.com

Until September 4
Paddleboat Rides on the Natrel Pond
3:30 to 8 p.m.: Take a break from the action at Harbourfront and enjoy a fun float on the Natrel Pond. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com

until December 2
Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. For more information visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Tuesday August 1 (until December 15)
ROM’s Dinosaur Gallery
Stand in the shadow of mighty T. rex… or underneath Gordo, the enormous Barosaurus… or beside our famous hadrosaurParasaurolophus. No matter what the first stop on your dinosaur journey will be, you’ll enter a gallery showcasing one of the world’s best collections. For more information visit www.rom.on.ca.

Tuesday August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
City Cinema at Yonge-Dundas Square
Sunset: Head to Yonge-Dundas Square every Tuesday at sunset for a different fun flick. Visit ydsquare.ca for the lineup.

Zoo Camp
Each summer campers connect with nature at Zoo Camp, a unique opportunity to explore wildlife from around the world. A variety of themes are offered and adventures include indoor and outdoor activities, behind-the-scenes opportunities, games and crafts. Campers will have the opportunity to meet the zoo keepers, and learn about hundreds of amazing animals. For more information visit www.torontozoo.com.

Pokemon Camp at Brick Works
Pokémon camp will be a creative camp where students learn to draw Pokémon characters and will develop their own Pokémon cards with their own character art and stories. Our students will also develop digital painting skills with our computers and art tablets. Suited for ages 6 to 14. Held at Kingsway-Lambton Church, Beach United Church, De La Salle College, Koalakidz Play Centre and First United Church in Mississauga. For more information visit www.brickworkacademy.com/summercamp

August 2 to December 27
AGO Free Admission Nights
6 to 9 p.m.: Admission is free on Wednesday nights to Permanent Collections. This does not include admission to any special exhibitions. For more information visit www.ago.net.

Saturday August 5, 12, 19 & 26
Nature Walks
10 a.m.: Meet at the Staff Booth at Tommy Thompson Park to discover what Toronto’s wildlife is up to. Learn about the park, plants and animals. Details at tommythompsonpark.ca.

August 4 to 7
Island Soul
Come to Toronto Harbourfront Centre and catch a little bit of that island soul and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music heard through Canada and around the world. For more information visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Toronto Food Truck Festival
Woodbine Park has never tasted this delicious. The Toronto Food Truck Festival serves up some must-eats, entertainment and live-eating challenges. Details at canadianfoodtruckfestivals.com/Toronto.

The Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! 2017
10 amazing shows under the big top at Woodbine Shopping Centre as the internationally renowned acts come to Canada for the first time. Visit royalcanadiancircus.ca for show times and tickets.

August 5 to 7
Woofjocks Canine All-Stars
12, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.: Watch as this skilled group of dogs and handlers stage an exciting, educational and fun variety show at Purina PawsWay, 245 Queens Quay W. Details at woofjocks.com.

Monday August 7
Simcoe Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fort York comes to life in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada and founder of Fort York and the Town of York, John Graves Simcoe. Walk the grounds, artillery and music demonstrations and visit the working kitchen. Free event. Visit Toronto.ca for more information.

August 10 to 13
JerkFest
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: is a fusion of jerk food, pulsating music, family-friendly entertainment and good vibes, highlighting the Caribbean culture under the hot Toronto sun. Located at Centennial Park in Etobicoke, this family-friendly event invites people to enjoy the music, the food and the culture. For details visit www.jerkfestival.ca.

August 11 to 14
Taste of the Danforth
Explore all that Greek cuisine has to offer at this outdoor food festival. Stop for popular Greek snacks or shop the Danforth. For more information visit www.tasteofthedanforth.com

August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20
A Day Out With Thomas
9 a.m.: Start your engines! Thomas the Tank Engine is arriving at the Uxbridge station. Go for a ride with Thomas the Train, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy lots of activities, including a petting zoo, jumping castles, tattoos, face painting and more. Visit www.ydhr.ca for details.

August 14 to 18
Junior Birders Camp
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Send your bird-lover to Junior Birders Camp for five days of exploring Tommy Thompson Park by bike. Ages 1—16 years. $275 for children 10-13 years old; $275 + HST for youth 14-16 years. Call 647-505-9960 to register.

Wednesday August 16
Birds of the Forest @ Cold Creek Conservation Area
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Meet and learn about the feathered friends of Cold Creek Conservation Area, make bird feeders and decorate a tree with the tasty treats. Free. Call 416-661-6600 ext 5203 to register.

August 17 (until september 4)
Chinese Acrobatic Show
The Chinese acrobats at Canada’s Wonderland will showcase their amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control as they push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats. For more information visit www.canadaswonderland.com.

Friday August 18 (until september 4)
Canadian National Exhibition
One of the largest fairs in North America, the CNE celebrates all things “fun” with popular attractions including rides, games, the Super Dogs, food truck frenzy, Canadian International Air Show, arts, crafts and so much more. Visit www.theex.com for more information.

Saturday August 19
Family Art and Stories
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: A collaboration with the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives and the Early Literacy Specialists from the Region of Peel, this weekly event engages families with hands-on activities and stories each month.Free. www.pama.peelregion.ca

 Saturday & Sunday august 19,20
A Taste of Greece
12 to 8 p.m.: It’s Canada’s Wonderland’s 2nd Annual Taste of Greece Festival. From kebobs to signature desserts, they are bringing classic tastes of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a myriad of Greek dishes, music, and street entertainment. For more information visit www.canadaswonderland.com

Rastafest
12 to 11 p.m.: Rock and sway to the sounds of Reggae’s finest artists at the 17th annual Rastafest. A family friendly event held at Black Creek Pioneer Villages’ north property featuring a variety of artists, activities, marketplace and food vendors. Visit blackcreek.ca for details.

Sunday August 20
Family Funday: ARTastic
The Royal Ontario Museum would like you to come along for a day of discovery packed with exciting themed experiences and hands-on activities inspired by their exhibitions and collections. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.rom.on.ca, call 416-586-8000 or email info@rom.on.ca.

Thursday August 24
A&W Goals to Beat MS with Soccer Star Christine Sinclair
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: 
Soccer Star Christine Sinclair is putting the boots to MS for the 9th annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign. Participants will be able to score a goal against the Great A&W Root Bear and meet Christine for a minimum $2 donation at 8 Mercer Street, Toronto. Donations to the MS Society of Canada. More information at burgerstobeatms.ca.

August 25 to 27
TAIWANfest “Kanpaim Japan!”
Come to Harbourfront Centre to experience a little bit of Taiwan. The three-day festival goes from 12 to 6 p.m. and will have live music, family-friendly activities, workshops, food and more. The Spintop Kids will be performing their craft of spining tops, landing on platform towers and so much more. For more information visit www.taiwanfest.ca

Saturday & Sunday august 26, 27
A Taste of Italy
12 to 8 p.m.: Canada’s Wonderland’s 2nd Annual Taste of Italy Festival lets you enjoy all of your favourite authentic Italian dishes, from pizza to pasta and everything in-between. Foodies will be serenaded with Italian music as they indulge. For more information visit www.canadaswonderland.com

Saturday August 26
Taste of the Trail
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Hungry to see what Rouge National Urban Park has to offer? Taste of the Trail lets you walk, taste and learn more about the park and its diverse past, present and future through food. A stroll amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Discovery Trail will lead you to stations where Parks Canada staff, and our community and Indigenous partners will share the tastes and tales of their connections with the Rouge. An appetizing way to explore Canada’s first national urban park. No registration is necessary. Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/rouge/activ/evenements-events-150/20170826-tot for more information.

Labour Day weekend

September 1 to 4
Toronto International Buskerfest for Epilepsy
Non-stop action takes over Woodbine Park with hundreds of the world’s best street performers, a Family Fun Zone, licensed beer garden and plenty of grass seating for watching the performances. Funds raised through donations at the gate go to Epilepsy Toronto. For more details visit torontobuskerfest.com.

September 2 to 4
The Canadian International Air Show
12 – 3 p.m.: The 68th annual Canadian International Air Show soars over Lake Ontario Labour Day weekend for another awe-inspiring show featuring thrilling performances. Details at cias.org.

Sunday September 3
Sunday FUNday – Hats & Headpieces
12 – 4 p.m.: Join Museum Costumer, Patty Davis of The Costume People and The Costume Society of Ontario to make your own steampunk top hat fascinator during Fall hat Month at Oshawa Museum. The Oshawa Museum’s Sunday FUNday fascinator workshop takes place in Guy House. Admission is free. Email programming@oshawamuseum.org for more information.