Fun Summer Activities

Family Fun for Everyone!

With school out and temperatures on the rise, there’s often one question that crosses parents’ minds: What should I do with my kids? Whether you want to keep them occupied in the city, or plan on spending some time up north, we have several family friendly suggestions.

Downtown Living

On rainy days, entertaining your tots is as easy as taking them to icons like Ripley’s Aquarium, The Rec Room, the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Royal Ontario Museum.

Engage your babies on a leisurely gallery stroll

 

But when the sun is shining, you might want to visit historic sites like Fort York or Black Creek Pioneer Village to learn about life before technology. For those with little animal lovers, High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm are hidden gems, while monthly events like Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market will appeal to every babe’s senses.

Animal-watching or trail-hiking at Riverdale Farm

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto is also the epicentre of amazing summer festivals. A few to check out: Celebration Canada at Canada’s Wonderland (July 1 – July 31), Kidsfest at the Toronto Fringe Festival (July 4 – 15) and Taste of the Danforth (August 11 – 13). And, no summer is complete without a day spent on the midway of the Canadian National Exhibition (August 17 -September 3).

Keeping Busy in Cottage Country

Whether you head north toward Muskoka or east to the Kawarthas, there are tons of non-cottage or camping-related activities to try with your tots. For the adventurous, we suggest Treetop Trekking in Huntsville. The wiry wonders at Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park. Northern Escapades Mini Golf is fun for families of all ages, while Sportsland at Santa’s Village gives kids a chance to try everything – from climbing walls and laser tag to bungee trampoline and batting cages.

Treetop trekking: A kid and family-friendly outdoor activity

Further east, you can trek with your kids at the historic Petroglyphs Provincial Park or through a tour of Kawartha Settlers’ Village in Bobcaygeon. While visiting this quaint town, don’t  miss watching boats pass through the Trent-Severn Waterway system, or the chance to chill with ice cream at the Wild Palm Ice Cream Parlour.

Wandering the East Side

A haven of hipster activity, Prince Edward County  continues to retain its small town charm, offering ample opportunities for fun with little ones.

The lakefront view at Sandbanks Provincial Park

An absolute must: Sandbanks Provincial Park, where you can explore the beach and nearby sand dunes, and  a pop-in at The Regent Theatre to entertain your family’s mini-cinephile! Complete a visit to this part of wine country with some amazing cuisine.

 

Be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a day: The Waupoos Winery chocolate wall
The petting zoo at Wapous Winery

 

 

 

The Agrarian Market in Picton is picnic perfect, and a brunch at The Drake Devonshire is kid-friendly deliciousness. For wine lovers, a pit stop at Norman Hardie Winery – where there’s a wood-fired pizza oven – will tantalise taste buds, and Waupoos Winery, with its petting zoo and candy store, will please all palates. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Kelsey (Walker) is a freelance writer who lives in downtown Toronto with her husband and daughter.

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