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Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s premier amusement park has it all. From big thrills to kids’ area, splash works and special events, it’s fun for everyone. Park open daily all summer with two new rides and Splash Works. Details at canadaswonderland.com.

Wet’n’Wild Toronto

The 45-acre family-friendly waterpark opens with improvements and programming for its second year. For details visit wetnwildtoronto.com.

Cinesphere at Ontario Place

The summer of 2018 at Ontario Place will usher in an era of ‘fun in the sun’. Toronto’s favourite destination for exploration and leisure activities offers a variety of sport and recreational activities. Details at ontarioplace.com.

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. For details visit 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. For details visit www.ripleyaquariums.com.

Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives

The Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives features a variety of exhibitions as well as PAMA Kids programs, events and hands-on activities
www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Excavation Station at Bingemans

A new outdoor construction-themed amusement zone powered by Diggerland, the Excavation Station at FunworX features uniquely modified machines that adults and children of all ages can ride and operate. Details at funworx.ca.

Rouge Park Guided Walks

Weekends and Wednesdays at various times: Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. For details visit www.rougepark.com/hike.

Pay-What-You-Wish Socials

5 to 8 p.m.: Visit Gibson House Museum on Thursday nights and take a self-guided tour through the historic house. Last Thursday of the month is Board Games Night.  Visit www.toronto.ca/museum-events for details.

Creative Play and art making at AGO

Visit the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre at Art Gallery of Ontario for creative play and art making. www.ago.net.

Weekends at Bata Shoe Museum

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. For details visit www.batashoemuseum.ca or call 416-979-7799.

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn

Wednesdays 2 to 6 p.m.: Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans at Montgomery’s Inn. Free. Contact 416-394-8113 or visit www.montgomerysinn.com.

Sundays at the Aga Khan Museum

12 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. For more details, visit www.agakhanmuseum.org.

Mackenzie House

Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m. Located at 82 Bond St., Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Contact machouse@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6915.

Montgomery’s Inn

Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Montgomery’s Inn Museum highlights the historical role played by the inn as a tavern, farm and gathering place.Email montinn@toronto.ca or call 416-394-8133.

Spadina Museum

Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.: Spadina Museum offers a glimpse of Toronto during the 1900-1930 period. Call 416-392-6910 or email spadina@toronto.ca.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site features a group of historic buildings set in the scenic Don Valley and a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve. Call 416-396-2819.

TBG Organic Farmer’s Market

Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m.: Meet organic farmers and buy local produce, bread, meat, cheese, tea, honey, prepared food, and more. For more information visit torontobotanicalgarden.ca.

Mirvish Express

Travel across the GTA to Royal Alexandra, Princess of Wales and Ed Mirvish Theatres beginning on July 4. For details, visit mirvish.com.

Medieval Times Toronto

New Show – the Queen rules at Medieval Times! Experience spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, breath-taking swordplay, falconry, and romance while feasting on a four-course medieval banquet. The experience culminates in an authentic jousting tournamen Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit medievaltimes.com.

Wild Rouge Zipline and Canopy Tour

Zip through the Toronto Zoo within the Rouge Valley on the new Wild Rouge Zipline. Shoot through scenic views down a 300m parallel cable and ride back up to the Indo-Malaya Pavilion on an ATV. For details visit torontozoo.com.

Aldabra Tortoise Outdoor Exhibit

One of the largest species of tortoise in the world have returned to the Toronto Zoo’s African Rainforest Pavilion. The new Outdoor Aldabra Tortoise Exhibit offers the tortoises a wonderful home with grassy areas plus a shallow pool to keep them comfortable. For For details visit torontozoo.com.

Tuesdays

Arts and Crafts Tuesday

Get creative on Tuesdays this summer at Arts and Crafts night at Scarborough Museum. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

First Tuesday of the month

Strolling the Galleries

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.: Explore the AGO galleries with babies in tow. Enjoy a tour that allows for grown-up discussions where coos and cries are a welcomed soundtrack. Details at ago.ca.

Thursdays

Museum Thursday Nights

5 to 7 p.m.: Thursday nights at Gibson House Museum are family nights, featuring kid-friendly crafts, games and activities for the whole family. Visit Toronto.ca/gibsonhouse.

Music Thursdays

Learn how to play the ukulele, percussion instruments and a water xylophone at Music Thursdays at Scarborough Museum. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Fridays

Treats Fridays

Enjoy delicious treats every Friday all summer long. The treats are made form historic recipes and will be baked in traditional style. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Saturdays

Dance Saturdays

Get down and dance every Saturday evening this summer at Scarborough Museum. Each week, the museum will have a guest dance instructor. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Tuesdays to Sundays

Summer Days at the Lodge

Noon to 5 p.m.: Drop by Colborne Lodge Museum to explore John and Jemima Howard’s cottage to learn about daily Torontonian life in the 19th century. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/colbornelodge.

Summer Evenings

1 to 8 p.m.: From music lessons to arts and crafts to board games and dance lessons, every day is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience at Scarborough Museum this summer. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Wednesdays and Thursdays

Second City Improv Showdown

1 p.m.: Two teams of improvisers face off at Second City in this family friendly comedy showdown, fuelled by audience suggestions. Specially designed for kids. Located at 51 Mercer St. Toronto. For details visit www.secondcity.com.

Saturdays and Sundays

Kid’s Crafts

Noon to 4:30 p.m.: Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, and let the kids get hands-on making a paper folding craft. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

Saturday and Sundays

Family Fun Activities

1 to 4:30 p.m.: Guide your family through art projects at PAMA. No registration required. Included with admission. Saturday Fun Days include Family Art and Yoga, Family Art and Stories, family tours and activity colouring room. Details at www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Sundays

Meet the Aquarium Keeper

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Gather outside the coral reef tank at Royal Ontario Museum to meet the person responsible for ensuring the ROM’s fish are happy, healthy and ready for their close-up. Free with Museum admission. www.rom.on.ca.

Tea Time at the Inn

1 to 4 p.m.: Visit Montgomery’s Inn for a tea in the community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate with a seasonal feature. No reservations required. $7. Call 416-394-8113.

Wednesdays and Sundays until September 2

Learn to Fish Program

Sign up to learn all things fishing this summer at Heart Lake Conservation Area. Sessions run from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 1 until 3 p.m. Visit learntofishaugustsept.eventbrite.ca/.

Mondays until September 3

Yoga in the Square

Noon to 1 p.m.: Free, weekly, community yoga sessions are offered at Yonge-Dundas Square. Free for all ages. Details YDSquare.ca.

Until September 3

Paddleboat Rides on the Natrel Pond

Enjoy a 15-minute float on the Natrel Pond at Harbourfront Centre. Two and four seat paddleboats available for rent, includes lifejacket. Times and details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Summer Family Fun

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visit the Bata Shoe Museum where children ages 3 to 12 will receive an activity bag that includes a shoe-related craft activity, Ispy games to play in the galleries and a colourful tattoo. Details at batashoemuseum.ca.

Toronto Railway Museum

Noon to 5 p.m.: The Toronto Railway Museum preserves the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Ontario with a railway simulator and small artifact display and miniature train ride. Find more information at torontorailwaymuseum.com.

Wednesdays until December 26

Free Wednesday Nights at the AGO

6 to 9 p.m.: Admission to the AGO is free on Wednesday nights to permanent collections. Does not include admission to special exhibitions. Details at ago.net.

Until December 31

Hockey Hall of Fame Stanley Cup Tribute

If the Stanley Cup could talk, imagine the stories it could tell. Get hands-on-access to the Stanley Cup and immerse yourself into the rich history of Hockey’s Holy Grail. Details at hhof.com.

Until January 6 2019

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

Come face-to-face with more than 200 live and preserved spider specimens, interactive and augmented reality experiences, and even a live venom-milking lab at Royal Ontario Museum. Details at rom.on.ca.

Events

Through August

Summer Nature Camp

The theme changes weekly at this camp offered at Humber Arboretum. Registration at humber.ca.

Fridays and Saturdays

Summer Cider Nights

4 to 10 p.m.: Bring the kids to Chudleigh’s apple farm in Milton and enjoy it in a new way with live music, delicious food, wagon rides through the orchard, play area and Chudleigh’s Hard Cider at the silo bar. For more details visit chudleighs.com.

Until August 4

Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The 51st year of this Carnival celebrating Caribbean culture runs five weeks in Toronto’s downtown core. Details at torontocarnival.ca.

Until August 5

KidZfest

11 a.m. until 8 p.m.: Celebrate kids at Canada’s Wonderland KidZfest event. Join the fun with dancing and foam pits, visits from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Barney, Paw Patrol, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Marvel Superheroes. For more details, visit canadaswonderland.com.

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

1:30 and 7:30 p.m.: Take a look at the Land of Oz before Dorothy. The story of an unlikely friendship of two women, one who is described as good, and the other described as wicked. Details at mirvish.com/shows/wicked.

Until August 8

Parks Canada at the Toronto Zoo

10 a.m. until 5 p.m.: Learn how to help protect wildlife until August 8 at the Toronto Zoo. For more information, visit torontozoo.com/events.

Until August 16

HorseCapades

The unofficial start to the CNE that  introduces people of all ages to the magical world of horses. Visit Horse Palace, catch the HorsePower Live! show and more. The event continues through the CNE moving from Horse Palace to The Better Living Centre. Details at theex.com.

Until August 19

Union Summer presented by TD at Union Station

Enjoy a Toronto talent show during the “Where Toronto is Going” showcase at Union Summer. For more details, visit torontounion.ca.

Pennies & Purses

This exhibit at Gibson House Museum explores currency, general stores and shopping habits in 19th century rural Ontario. Call 416-395-7432.

Wild Weekdays at the Toronto Zoo

Fun at the zoo all summer long from meet and greets with your favourite characters on Mondays, to yoga at the zoo on Fridays. For more information, visit torontozoo.com/Wild.

Summer Club 2018

Sign up for one of five sessions between July 3 and August 31 for kids to have a fun-filled day around the Royal Ontario Museum. For more information, visit rom.on.ca.

Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays in August

Guided Outings in Rouge Park

Join an urban wilderness exploration in Rouge Park while learning about nature, wildlife, and trails. For more details, visit pc.gc.ca.

Until August 24

Camp at Clay with Me Pottery Studio

9 a.m. until 4 p.m.: Get kids in touch with their creative side with art, ceramics, yoga and gardening. For more details, visit toronto4kids.com/calendar.

Until August 31

Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps

A number of camps are offered at Harbourfront Centre all summer long, including Digital Storytelling, Beyond the Page, and the Centre’s very first March Break Overnight Camp. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Thursday Evenings at the Lodge

5 to 8 p.m.: Drop into Colborne Lodge to discover how the Howards fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837 – building their country retreat from city life. Their lifelong love of High Park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all. Call 416-392-6916 for more information.

AGO Summer Camp

The AGO Art Camps provide an exciting creative outlet for kids ages 5 – 13 in the heart of the city. Campers participate in child-centered activities that emphasize creativity, learning and fun! Campers experience studio time, Gallery exploration and outside play in the beautiful newly designed Grange Park. Register at ago.ca.

Ripley’s Day Camp

Children ages 5 to 13 will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in our aquarium world through a combination of hands-on indoor and outdoor activities, gallery exploration, and even behind the scenes adventures at Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto. Registration at ripleyaquariums.com.

Monday August 6

Simcoe Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  Fort York comes to life to honour the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada from 1793-1796 and the founder of Fort York and the Town of York – John Graves Simcoe. Visit Toronto.ca/fortyork.

Thursday August 9 until 19

Mamma Mia!

This tale of love, friendship and identity is told through the timeless hits of ABBA on the Ed Mirvish Theatre stage. Tickets at mirvish.com.

August 10 until 12

The Taste of Danforth

Enjoy tasty food stations and multi-ethic restaurants including Greektown’s souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves and much more. For more details, visit tasteofthedanforth.com/.

Saturday August 11

Workshop: Butterflies of Ontario

9 a.m. until 4 p.m.: Learn about all things butterfly from their biology to their identification at Kortright Centre for Conservation. Visit trca.ca.

Wednesday August 15

Junior One Day Intensive

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Young artists aged 8 to 11 are invited to the Ed Mirvish Theatre for this program that includes classes in singing, dance and acting with industry professionals, a private historical tour of the theatre, a ticket to “Mamma Mia” and private Q&A with cast members after the show. Space is limited, register at mirvish.com.

August 17 until September 3

Canadian National Exhibition

One of North America’s top agricultural fairs it features entertainment, concerts, food, shopping, midway, games, exhibits and more over 18 days. Don’t miss the Air Show on Labour Day weekend. Details at theex.com.

August 18 until January 6, 2019

Quantum: The Exhibition

Visit the Ontario Science Centre where you can explore the very small and see how the world works on a micro-level. Find more details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Sunday August 19

Annual Wild Blueberry Festival

10 a.m. until 3 p.m.: Learn, taste, eat and shop all the blueberries you can imagine at Evergreen Brick Works. Blueberries will be available from more than 20 food producers, preservers, bakers and chefs. For details, visit wildblueberries.com.

Outdoor Guided Walk

1:30 p.m.: Tour the grounds and nature preserve of Todmorden Mills to see a display of flowers. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Wednesday August 22

Play the Parks

12 to 1:30 p.m.: Bring your lunch to Mackenzie House and enjoy outside, live music provided by the Downtown Yonge BIA. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

Senior One Day Theatre Intensive

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Students ages 12 to 16 are invited to the Royal Alexandra Theatre for this one-day immersive experience. Includes a ticket

to see “Come from Away”, guided tour of the theatre and post show Q&A with members of the cast. Space is limited, register at mirvish.com.

Saturday August 25

Workshop: Buzz on Bees

9 a.m. to noon: Study bees and their habits at Kortright Centre for Conservation along with learning about their roles in the environment, and the threat to their health. For details, visit trca.ca.

Tuesday August 28

Eyes on the Sky Night Hike

7:30 to 9 p.m.: Search for some of nature’s nightlife while enjoying a walk through the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve. Visit trca.ca.

Thursdays Until August 30

Exhibit: Land / Water /  Sky

Members of the Scarborough Museum Youth Collective present photographic works that reflect their connection to the land, water and sky at Scarborough Museum. For details visit  toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Thursdays until August 30

Thursday Evenings at the Lodge

5 to 8 p.m.: Drop into Colborne Lodge to discover how the Howards fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837. Call 416-392-6916 for more information.

August 31 TO September 2

MuslimFest

Celebrate Muslim focused arts, culture and entertainment during the festival’s 15th annual year. For more details, visit muslimfest.com