The 2019 season features the launch of the Yukon Striker and all of the park’s perennial favourites. Details at canadaswonderland.com.
Centre Island Toronto
Explore Centreville Theme Park, Far Enough Farm, food, drink and more, including a new splash pad. Details at centreisland.ca.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto
Expect another summer of splish-splashing fun at Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto. wetnwildtoronto.com.
Take in a movie year-round at Cinesphere at Ontario Place, and enjoy such summer programming as Sunday Jazz, weekly yoga classes, family activities in the East Commons and a skate park. Entrance to the park is free and open from 5 a.m. to midnight with many of the activities operating between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Visit ontarioplace.com for details.
View Toronto through the CN Tower’s spectacular views including the world-famous glass floor, Skypod and glass fronted elevators. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Phone 1-416-868-6937. www.cntower.ca.
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
More than three million bricks, rides, a 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and much more. www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals. Details at www.ripleyaquariums.com.
Ontario Science Centre
Enjoy hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives
The Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives features a variety of exhibitions, programs, events and hands-on activities. pama.peelregion.ca.
Bingemans’ Big Splash
The biggest and wettest waterpark in Waterloo Region is open daily through the summer. Visit bigsplash.ca for admission rates and hours.
Rouge Park Guided Walks
Weekends and Wednesdays at various times: Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Deatils at www.rougepark.com/hike.
5 to 8 p.m.: Visit Gibson House Museum on Thursday nights and take a self-guided tour through the historic house. 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 time exploring the galleries, trying on funky shoes and playing iSpy and participating in a drop-in, shoe-themed arts and crafts. Visit 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. Ages 5 to 12. For more details, visit www.agakhanmuseum.org.
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., weekends 12 to 5 p.m. Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. email@example.com or call 416-392-6915.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 416-394-8133.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Medieval Times Toronto
Experience pageantry, horsemanship, swordplay, falconry, and romance while feasting on a medieval banquet. Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit medievaltimes.com.
Toronto’s immersive entertainment lounge features axe throwing for ages 16 plus and various escape room experiences suitable for all ages, except the very young. escapemanor.com.
Rainbow Songs Music Classes for Babies and Toddlers
With 20 locations in the GTA you can catch these ongoing 40-minute classes where you’ll sing and dance your heart out with teachers, professional educators and musicians at Rainbow Songs. Details at rainbowsongs.com.
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. Tour allows for grown-up discussions where coos and cries are welcome. ago.ca.
Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market
2 to 6 p.m.: Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans. Held at Montgomery’s Inn. Museum admission free to Market visitors. Details at toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.
Third Monday of the Month
Free Night at the Museum
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: This new initiative lets you experience the Museum, free of charge, on the third Monday of each month. Visit rom.on.ca.
First Sunday of the month
Family Flashlight Tours
11 a.m. to noon & 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Take a spooky flashlight tour in the Thomson Collection of Ship Models at Art Gallery of Ontario. Details and registration at ago.ca.
Weekends to August 25
Tea and Tour Weekends
1 to 4:30 p.m.: Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies at Gibson House Museum and enjoy a tour of the lovely 1850s farmhouse. Details at toronto.ca/gibsonhouse.
First Saturday of the month
Open to all ages and abilities, these programs at the Ontario Science Cnetre are for those affected with sensory processing difficulties and neurodevelopmental disorders. ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Saturdays and Sundays
Noon to 4:30 p.m.: Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, and make a 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. Details at www.pama.peelregion.ca.
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 the ROM’s fish. 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.
Summer Saturdays & Sundays
Free Yoga Classes in Trillium Park
10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to noon Sundays: Ontario Place offers free yoga classes in Trillium Park Saturday and Sunday mornings and monthly sunset sessions. ontarioplace.com.
Wednesdays until August 3
Union Summer Market
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Toronto’s top chefs, musicians, film screenings and live performances come to Union Station. torontounion.ca.
Until August 4
Disney Presents The Lion King
Various show times: Toronto’s best-loved musical returns to the Princess of Wales Theatre Tickets and show times at mirvish.com
Until August 18
Aga Khan Museum presents this exhibitio of moon-inspired work. agakhanmuseum.org.
Sundays until August 25
Christie Pits Film Festival
Each Sunday evening nine feature and 11 short films will be presented to represent the theme of Dynamic Duos. Details at TOpictureshow.com
Tuesdays until August 27
8 p.m. Every Tuesday evening, catch a great movie at Yonge-Dundas Square and enjoy a live performance from The Second City before each show. Free. YDSquare.ca.
Until September 1
Tall Ships Challenge Ontario
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: A fleet of historic tall ships will tour five ports in Ontario this summer. Visit tallshipson.com.
Until September 2
Various show times: Suitable for ages 4 plus, this production is back at Solar Stage. Show times and tickets at solarstage.on.ca.
Until September 15
In the Age of Rembrandt
This ticketed exhibition on display at the Royal Ontario Museum features an extraordinary collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Details at rom.on.ca.
Until October 31
History through Stitches at the Elman W. Campbell Museum
Handmade quilts created by women from the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario at Elman W. Campbell Museum. Newmarket.ca.
Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
Visit the Toronto Zoo’s newest special exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea this season at the zoo. Details at torontozoo.com.
Until March, 2020
9 & 99: The Howe Gretzky Exhibition
A compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia at Hockey Hall of Fame.. Details at hhof.com.
Summer Drama Camps for Youth
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Youth Drama Camps for Grades 8-12 at Young People’s Theatre. Details and registration at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
Until August 5
Canada’s Wonderland hosts this celebration for kids. Details at canadaswonderland.com.
Until August 16
Joy of Dance – Kids & Teens Summer Dance Camp
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Full and half-day options for dancers from 4 – 18. joyofdance.ca.
Until August 18
A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream
Driftwood Theatre present the 25th annual Bard’s Bus Tour bringing accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario. Dates, locations, details: driftwoodtheatre.com/see/bardsbustour.
Until August 21
Wacky Wednesdays at the Museum
10 a.m. to noon (ages 1-4) & 1 to 3 p.m. (ages 4-10): Drop in to the Elman W. Campbell Museum for this new program. Details at Newmarket.ca/museum.
Until August 28
Pre-Season Skills and Skating
7 to 7:50 p.m.: A six-week program focused on hockey skills at Teen Ranch. For boys and girls ages 8-13. Visit teenranch.com.
Until August 30
Jardin Infantil Summer Camp
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: A diverse nature experience for adventurous kids at High Park, Humber River and Lake Ontario. jardininfantilacademy.com.
Thursday August 1
Toronto Summer Music Kids Concerts
11 a.m.: One-hour concerts designed to introduce children 5-12 to classical music in Walter Hall at UofT. torontosummermusic.com
Friday to Monday August 2 – 5
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Scarborough presents this annual festival and fundraiser at Thomson Memorial Park. Includes ribbers and other food vendors, midway, crafters and other vendors. Details at scarboroughribfest.com.
Saturday August 3
Party 4 Paws: Pet Fair & Adoption Day
Noon to 6 p.m.: Party 4 Paws is a family-friendly, fully accessible event where everyone can meet animal rescue heroes and pets looking for their forever homes, learn responsible pet ownership, and support a great cause. Admission is free. Details at https://bit.ly/30uNrQZ
Saturday to Monday August 3 – 5
Penguin Awareness Weekend
Head to the Toronto Zoo this long weekend to learn about penguins. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.
Sunday August 4
7 p.m.: Enjoy this outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to Withrow Park Details at duskdances.ca.
Tuesday to Friday August 6-9
Nature Day Camp – Spy Camp
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kortright Centre campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills. Extended care available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295.
Friday to Sunday August 9-11 & 16-18
A Day out with Thomas
Ride on Thomas the Train, meet his friends and more at this two-weekend long event at York-Durham Heritage Railway. Tickets at ydhr.ca.
Saturday and Sunday August 10, 11
World Lion Weekend
Visit the Toronto Zoo where you can celebrate World Lion Weekend. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.
Sunday August 11
Wild Blueberry Festival
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Head to Evergreen Brickworks for a day of eating and shopping wild blueberries and products. Includes kids activities. Details at wildblueberries.com.
Monday to Friday August 12 – 16
Nature Day Camp – Art in Nature
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: In partnership with McMichael Canadian Art Collection, no experience necessary to participate in this camp at Kortright. Extended care available. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295.
Monday to Friday August 12 to 16
Nature Day Camp – Leadership Adventure Camp
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: At Kortright Centre, which has teamed up with Everblast Play Company for a fun-filled week that promotes respect, cooperation, and a team spirit. Suitable for ages 9-11. Extended care available. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295.
Monday to Friday August 12 – 23
Nature Day Camp – Leadership in Training
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Through progressive leadership activities, exercises and group tasks at Kortright Centre, campers are given opportunities to excel in a leadership capacity. Overnight happens on the second Thursday of this two-week program. Suitable for ages 12-14. Extended care available. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295.
Friday August 16 – September 2
Canadian National Exhibition
The CNE is one of the largest fairs in North America and returns with games, rides, shows and so much more. This year Canada’s largest fair celebrates the diverse, the extreme and the quirky as well as the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show. theex.com.
Saturday August 17
Friends of the Elman W. Campbell Museum Garage Sale Fundraiser
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: This annual multi-family garage sale fundraiser, in support of Elman W. Campbell Museum is held at the Museum, rain or shine. Details at Newmarket.ca/museum.
Saturday and Sunday August 17, 18
Bat Awareness Weekend
Learn about bats at the Toronto Zoo during Bat Awareness Weekend. Programming subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.
Pan American Food and Music Festival
Celebrate the best in food and culture of the Western Hemisphere at Yonge-Dundas Square. Enjoy food demonstrations, live music and dance performances, food competitions and a Pan American vendors’ market. Details at panamfest.com.
Monday to Friday August 19 – 23
Nature Day Camp – Survival Skills
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Learn basic survival skills in this fun filled outdoor focused program at Kortright Centre. Start a fire, build a shelter, learn what to eat (and what not to eat) in the wild. Learn about navigation basics and animal adaptations and play the popular “predator-prey” game. Extended care available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295. More information at www.kortright.org.
Friday August 23
Parents’ Night Out: Tropical Fiesta
6 to 9 p.m.: The kids will enjoy a fun night at Kidz Kare in Toronto, including cracking a piñata and dancing with maracas, dinner and a pool party. $40 for first child; $20 each additional sibling. Details and registration at kidzkare.ca.
Saturday August 24
1 to 3 p.m.: Head to Toys”R”Us Canada Etobicoke (690 Evans Avenue) to discover toys that will inspire their creativity and imagination. Details at http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022.
Saturday & Sunday August 24, 25
Orangutan Awareness Weekend
Learn about orangutans at the Toronto Zoo this weekend. Programming is subject to change. Visit torontozoo.com for details.
Monday to Friday August 26 – 30
Nature Day Camp – Spy Camp
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills at Kortright Centre. Learn about owl pellets, tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the private lives of animals. Extended care available. Advance registration required by calling 416-667-6295. More information at www.kortright.org.
August 30 – September 2
Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy
This year’s BuskerFest, presented at Woodbine Park, is full of surprises that will make your jaw hit the ground. Learn more at torontobuskerfest.com.