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There are so many fabulous things to do with the kids for summer. We're showcasing a few of our favourites, from water parks to big city attractions to weekend getaways and fun day trips plus so much more. So get out and enjoy all that Durham Region, Toronto, Southern Ontario and beyond has to offer!
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The Second City

Whether it's catching Improv Showdown on our Mainstage Theatre or playing games in one of our specialty comedy camps, there's always fun to be had at The Second City and Second City Training Centre! See a show, take a workshop, and make the most of your kid's summer.

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Toronto Zoo’s Serengeti Bush Camp – One WILD Night!

How will your family adventure unfold? Experience the wildlife of the African Savanna and Rainforest Pavilion, enjoy evening activities, campfire tales, and the chance to sleep under the stars in authentic African tents. Serengeti Bush Camp Adventure is offered now through September – book today!

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Centreville Amusement Park

Surrounded by 600 acres of gorgeous parkland and just across the harbour from the city of Toronto, Centre Island’s iconic Centreville Amusement Park offers over 30 rides and attractions! Centreville is one of Toronto’s most popular summer destinations for families with young children. Full of fun and scenic views, Centreville is the ideal place for a family outing.

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Lang Pioneer Village

Where History is Happening! Featuring over 30 buildings, costumed interpreters, historic demonstrations, farm animals and more. Come experience Peterborough County’s history come to life. Open 10 am to 4 pm daily from Father’s Day to Labour Day.

To view our 2019 event schedule, please visit​

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Severn Lodge

Severn Lodge is one of Ontario Canada’s premier lakeside resorts in the heart of the world famous Muskoka Georgian Bay lake district. For over 150 years the magnificent beauty and serenity of our idyllic Muskoka lake country has attracted vacationers seeking refuge from their daily routine. Here, the air is clean, the water is crystal clear, the stars are bright, and the sunsets spectacular!

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Casa Loma

Experience the elegance and splendor of the Edwardian era at Casa Loma. Explore secret passageways, visit the antique car exhibit, and admire the view from the towers. Open daily 9:30am-5pm (last admission 4:30pm). Admission includes multimedia audio guide and viewing of the Sir Henry Pellatt documentary. or 416-923-1171


Santa's Village

Ride exciting roller coasters, captain pirate bumper boats, soar to new heights on the balloon tower, take a turn on the carousel, cool off in our gorgeous waterfront splash pad and more! Discover the beauty of Muskoka while making lasting family memories at this one of a kind theme park!

2 new rides added for 2019!


Catch the excitement of creativity this summer at Ceramics Canada!

With 100s of pieces on the shelves at any given time, there's always something to paint. For those who are more adventurous, you can build your own one of a kind pieces from clay! Don't forget to try your hand at glass fusing too. Perfect for the first timer right up to the most experienced. Open daily to all ages for walk-in fun or call ahead and reserve your spots! Call to reserve for pottery wheel.


Canadian National Exhibition

As Canada’s largest fair and one of Toronto’s most popular attractions, the Canadian National Exhibition offers families throughout southwestern Ontario the opportunity to enjoy a day like no other. In addition to all the exciting rides, great food and spectacular concerts, this year’s CNE will also feature the return of the world’s largest indoor lantern festival.

For full details, go to

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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Nature, history, scenery and memorable adventures await your family! Explore a self-guided trail of caves/crevasses and views from the Suspension Bridge. Treetop canopy walk + zipline on a guided Eco Adventure. Ride Canada´s longest half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zip Line. Gemstone Mining, Rocky the train, Mini golf, Children´s Adventure Playground, Trout Pond and more.

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Celebrate your summer Birthday Party in high gear at PLAYDIUM!

Take your summer party to the next level of celebration at PLAYDIUM! With over 40,000 square feet of gaming action there are games, simulators and birthday packages for all ages! Play, win & eat at PLAYDIUM for a one-of-a-kind birthday experience - the ultimate place to host your next party!

905-273-9000 Ext. 309109

Call to inquire about our Summer Birthday Special!

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Family Rafting

Ottawa River – OWL Rafting’s family trips are full day of fun on the water including a BBQ meal cruise returning to the OWL resort. (613) 646-2263
Madawaska River – best river introduction for all ages; the 2-hour river trip winds its way through 5 fun-filled kilometers of beautiful scenery & tumbling whitewater in the Algonquin Park area. (613) 756-3620

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Wet 'n' Wild Toronto

Visit Canada’s Newest Waterpark this summer at Wet’n’Wild Toronto for SAFE, CLEAN, FAMILY FUN. With over $25 million in improvements and new attractions, we have something for all ages.

For more information or to purchase tickets,

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Blue Mountain Village

The Blue Mountain Village sits at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment along the shores of Georgian Bay. Pedestrian streets framed with turn-of-the-century Ontario architecture are full of life and personality. With a wide variety of family activities, new mountain adventures and destinations for shopping, dining, accommodation and fun, the Village is an exciting four-season destination!


Hockey Hall of Fame

Spread across 65,000 square feet, the Hockey Hall of Fame has something for everyone: simulation games, theatres, a replica NHL dressing room, hockey’s greatest artifacts, and best of all, hands-on access to the Stanley Cup.
On Now – 9 & 99: The Howe ● Gretzky Exhibition – Revel in the legacy and indelible bond of ‘Mr. Hockey’ and ‘The Great One’.

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Day Out With Thomas™

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine will be visiting the York-Durham Heritage Railway August 9-11 & 16-18, 2019.

Take a ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy lots of activities including face painting, live entertainment, kiddie train, jumping castle, Zoo to You, obstacle course and more.

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Ripley's Aquarium

Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, over 100 interactive opportunities, and nine galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world.

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Summer Family Fun at Ontario’s Legislative Building

Free and fun family experiences are available all summer long at Ontario’s Legislative Building! Introduce your young ones to provincial parliament during Family Fun Fridays and Weekend Explorers! Take a guided tour through the historic building! Play a role in a mock debate and dress-up in traditional robes! Participate in a scavenger hunt! Pre-registration for Family Fun Friday required. Drop-in for our Weekend Explorers program or our themed Lunchtime Tours.

For more information and program times, visit our web site at

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Experience Summer Theatre at the Stratford Festival!

Legendary Shakespeare plays, thrilling musicals, modern classics, world premières and more!
Your kids will love…
Billy Elliot the Musical The inspiring story of a boy born to dance, with music by Elton John
The Neverending Story Find yourself in a world of fantasy

Visit our website to plan your experience today!

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CN Tower

The newly renovated LookOut Level at the CN Tower features more floor-to-ceiling window walls offering panoramic views of Toronto and beyond. The highlight of the new space is the addition of a second Glass Floor located directly above the existing floor, offering a view 346 metres straight down!

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Summer Family Fun at the BSM

During the summer there’s always something fun for kids at the Bata Shoe Museum! From June 29th – September 2nd, children receive an activity bag which includes a shoe-related craft, Ispy games to play in the galleries and a colourful tattoo. Perfect for kids 3-12. Drop-in until 4pm. Included with admission.


South Eastern Ontario’s premier aquarium and discovery centre!

Mission: to inspire curiosity through enriching and entertaining experiences in the 1000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence River. Guests participate with hands-on interactive exhibits as well as seeing many species of aquatic and land animals, like otters, native to the area.

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto

The ultimate indoor LEGO playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more! Build. Create and Play at one of our exclusive events throughout the year or host a LEGOtastic Birthday! Receive special pricing on your next group outing or school trip, NOW that’s bricktacular!

Buy your ticket today!
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SkyZone Whitby

Visit us and come jump on our main court, slam dunk on Sky Slam, jump into our Foam Zone or play a game of ultimate dodgeball. Sky Zone Whitby offers birthday parties, group outings, corporate events, toddler events, Sky Fit classes, fundraising, camps and much more. For more information and hours of operation, please visit


Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has been Niagara’s number one safe adventure tour on the Niagara River for over 27 years! On this incredible jet boat ride, guests will experience awe-inspiring scenery, the history of the Niagara Gorge, Niagara Falls & the War of 1812 and feel the rush of Class 5 white water rapids. Our highly trained staff operate our boats with triple turbo diesel water jet systems, a design that is incredibly reliable and safe, but also delivers a fun and exhilarating ride!