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 ONGOING EVENTS

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

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

Weekends 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


JUNE

WoofJocks Canine All Stars
Weekends in June
The WoofJocks Canine All Stars will make a splash at Canada’s Wonderland in this dock and pool centered show featuring both jaw dropping feats of athleticism and crowd pleasing antics of the WoofJocks.
www.canadaswonderland.com

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
Saturdays in June
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

Family Fun Activities
Weekends in June
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

Swan Lake
Thursday June 15 (until June 25)
One of the most enduringly fascinating, beloved and iconic ballets, Swan Lake embraces both mythical and real worlds and the incomparable beauty of Tchaikovsky’s score all combine to make it a ballet experience like no other. Performed by the National Ballet of Canada, held at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
www.national.ballet.ca

Battle of Black Creek
Saturday & Sunday June 17,18
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Black Creek Pioneer Village featuring muskets, soldiers and spies.
www.blackcreek.ca

Hippo Awareness Day
Saturday June 17
Celebrate the hippopotamus and learn about the two species that live at the Toronto Zoo. Meet the pygmy hippos inside the Africa Pavilion and check out the river hippos outside on the Savanna trail. See what they eat and learn interesting facts. Take part in fun activities, animal talks, silent auctions and small things to buy, all in support of saving the hippos.
www.torontozoo.com

Paddle the Rouge
Sunday June 18
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This family fun day at Rouge Beach Park in Toronto helps raise awareness for the natural gem located in the heart of the GTA. Youth aged 5 to 18 can take part in a free Learn-to-Paddle program and the whole family is welcome to spend the day paddling at the beach. Event features two free paddling sessions for youth (includes dry land training and on the water paddling with equipment provided) and afternoon paddles for adults (and families). Participants will leave with a swag bag of goodies and can enjoy learning and activity tables.
www.paddletherouge.com

National Aboriginal Day and the Indigenous Arts Festival
June 21 to 25
Visit Fort York for the National Aboriginal Day followed by The Indigenous Arts Festival which celebrates the very best in Indigenous and Metis culture. Enjoy traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food.
Phone 1-416-392-6907

Rouge Bioblitz
Saturday & Sunday June 24, 25
11 a.m. to 4p.m.
Celebrate the amazing diversity of life found across Canada. Explore Canada’s natural heritage with citizen science by helping to survey more than 1,750 species at the Toronto Zoo. Enjoy fun and engaging family activities and entertainment for all ages.
www.tcra.ca

Family Camp Day at Claremont Field Centre
Saturday June 24
1 to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a fun filled family afternoon of exploration, adventure and activities. Learn how to set up a tent, light a fire without matches and cook over an open fire.
www.trca.ca

Odysseo by Cavalia
Wedneday June 28 (until July 16)
Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo by Cavalia features 70 horses and 45 artists in a $30 million equestrian spectacular that sends hearts racing. Suited for all ages. Held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
www.cavalia.com

Ultimate Thrills Circus
Thursday June 29 (until July 26)
The Ultimate Thrills Circus at Canada’s Wonderland will entertain guests with edge-of-your-seat thrills including a Motorcycle High Wire, Globe of Death, Extreme Trapeze and even a HumaCannon Ball. Perfect for adults and kids of all ages.
www.canadaswonderland.com

June 29 – 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.

Friday, June 30
The Sleeping Beauty: Puppet Show & Craft
See Sleeping Beauty, pairing the familiar tale with Tchaikovsky’s especially composed score at Wychwood library, 1431 Bathurst St., Toronto. The program will end with a small craft for children to make and take home. For children ages 2-6 years old, with their parents/caregivers. Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the start of the show. Details at http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT294206&R=EVT294206 or call 416-393-7683.

June 30 – July 3
Our Home On Native Land
This Canada Day weekend, visit Harbourfront Centre to acknowledge the creative contributions of indigenous and new Canadians through a family-friendly celebration of the diverse sounds and stories of the land known as Turtle Island. Details at http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/festivals/canadaday/index.cfm, call (416) 973-4000 or email info@harbourfrontcentre.com.


JULY

Canada’s Wonderland Celebrates Canada’s 150th
Saturday July 1 (Through the month of July)
Enjoy all-new Canadian-themed live entertainment at Canada’s Wonderland to celebrate the 150th. Special events, traditional Canadian food, and shows from the West Coast Lumberjacks, Freestyle Ski Aerials, Flying Frontenacs Stunt show and Cirque Canadian are only a few of the special attractions.
www.canadaswonderland.com

Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Saturday July 1 (until July 3)
Step back in time and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at an exciting 1867-style birthday bash. Free admission for all on Canada Day, kids free on the Sunday and Monday. Special activities include an official citizenship ceremony, traditional games and horse-drawn wagon rides. Visit with the farm animals, enjoy village tours and enjoy a variety of family friendly foods.
www.blackcreek.ca

Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland
Saturday July 1
10 p.m.
Canada’s Wonderland presents its spectacular fireworks display when the park closes (weather permitting). Spend your day enjoying more than 200 awesome rides, coasters and attractions, then round out your day with an action-packed fireworks display over Wonder Mountain.
www.canadaswonderland.com

Canada Day at the Rouge
Saturday July 1
Celebrate Canada’s 150th and the anniversary of Confederation at Canada’s first national urban park. Activities for all ages. Get back to nature and celebrate our country.
www.pc.gc.ca

Caledon Canada Day
Saturday July 1
Head to Albion Hills Conservation area to celebrate Canada’s 150th with entertainment, interactive activities, on site demos and educational booths. Stage shows begin at 4 p.m. and offer a mix of magic, steelpan drums, tapping, theatre, singing and a fiddling family.
www.tcra.ca

Saturday July 1
Canada Day at the BSM
Visit Bata Shoe Museum to celebrate all things Canadian with a day of free fun! This year’s Canada Day will be extra special all over the country, and the BSM will be celebrating our country’s rich history with a day of free admission and a number of special projects, beginning before you even walk through the door. Details at www.batashoemuseum.ca, call 416-979-7799 or email marketing@batashoemuseum.ca.

Redpath Waterfront Festival
July 1 to 3
Presented by Billy Bishop Airport, the Redpath Waterfront Festival celebrates Canada’s 150th with the world’s largest rubber duck and Waterfont Artisan Market in HTO Park. The festivities continue at Sherbourne Common for the Royal Canadian Navy, entertainment from Rhythm of the Nation and the West Coast Lumberjack Show.
www.towaterfrontfest.com

Zoo Camp
July 3 to 7
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Take part in the “wildest” week in Toronto. Campers will connect with nature at Zoo Camp, which is a unique opportunity to explore wildlife from around the world. A variety of themes are offered and features indoor and outdoor activities, behind-the-scenes opportunities, games, crafts and safe, rewarding fun. See and learn about hundreds of amazing animals, meet the zoo keepers and go experience close encounters with the animals.
www.torontozoo.com

Sunday July 9
Grandpa Henry’s Picnic
Celebrate this year’s Picnic with sack races and a pioneer chore relay, making ice cream learning Victorian handicrafts like cross-stitch and embroidery at Oshawa Museum. The Oshawa Public Library will also be on hand with stories and the Museum will have a quiet colouring corner. Details at oshawamuseum.org, call 905-436-7624 or email programming@oshawamuseum.org.

Friday July 14
Canada 150 Summer Festival
Celebrating 150 years of fun at Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave. Featuring entertainment, food trucks, crafts, inflatables, face painting and more. Plus, visit the MomenTO Canadian Artifact pop-up museum. Free fun for all ages. Indoor/Outdoor event. Rain or Shine. Details at www.bridlewoodmall.com, call 4164971550 or email anna@bridlewoodmall.com.

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition, Mackenzie House: Settling in Toronto
Until July 15
This exhibit will explore how immigration and the experiences of new Canadians has transformed the city from the 1700s to the present. Through videos, oral histories, artifacts and historic documents; the exhibit will reveal the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle, triumph, and celebration.
Phone 1-416-392-6915

Aga Khan Museum Summer Camp
July 17-21 & 24-28
Campers aged 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 to explore art techniques, conduct experiments, express themselves through fashion and more. During a fun-filled week, campers make friends and develop new skills as they explore the Museum’s Permanent Collection and its special exhibitions, while learning about science, art, history, and design.
www.agakhanmuseum.org