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JUNE 28, 2018

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Summer Day & Weekend Activities for the Family

When the kids are off school during the summer holidays, it is always a challenge to find things to do that make everyone happy. We have a few suggestions below, but don’t forget that has 16 different categories and 7 regions and an event calendar and an itinerary planner and more, so don’t stop with this newsletter! And by the way, we’re not skipping water fun (beaches and waterparks) or outdoor adventures – they’re just each getting their own dedicated newsletter (July 10 and 24 respectively).


article1_june282018.jpgOne of the best ways to spend a summer day is to visit an amusement park, play mini golf, or go Karting – they’re all fun, outdoor and active things to do and the day will fly by! Centreville Theme Park had to close much of last summer due to the flooding of the Toronto Islands. They’re back, better than ever, so please support them.  With 30+ rides & attractions, beaches & 14 restaurants, it’s fun! Adventure Village, Hamilton, is a family oriented amusement park, on 7 acres. Wild Water & Wheels N of Peterborough has go-kart track, bumper boats, batting cages, mini golf, roller coaster and more. Wasaga 500 Family Entertainment Centre & Go-Karts in Wasaga Beach has offered go-Karts, Batting Cages, Mini Golf since 1960! Balm Beach Go-Karts has 24 Go-Karts & 18 hole mini golf course.  Shanty Bay Go-Karts & Mini Golf has Go-Karts, Mini Golf, & a Party Hall. And Storybook Gardens in London is a storybook-themed park for littler kids and their families.


article2_june282018.jpgNow that gardens are in full bloom, a visit to a farm is not just a fun activity, it is also an opportunity to pick your own or purchase fresh produce. Chudleigh’s Apple Farm, Milton, has Family Fun & Apple Farm all in one! Andrews Scenic Acres Farm, Winery & Pick-Your-Own, Milton, has some PYO & fresh-picked and also has wagon rides, playground, farm animals, etc. Downey’s Farm Market & Winery, Brampton, specializes in growing fruit, fun & memories. Brooks Farms, Mt Albert, has loads of fun including Barnyard Playland, Animals, Train Rides & Zip Lines. Springridge Farm, Milton, has seasonal festivals, the Fun Farm Yard, wagon rides & pies. YUM! Applewood Farm & Winery, Stouffville, has fruit & wine, plus an Animal yard. Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze, Zephyr, has animals, horse swings, mini maze…year round. Wildhagens Adventure Gardens, Milton, has a 6000sq ft fun barn & an acre of outdoor play. Clovermead Adventure Farm, Aylmer, wants you to Bee Happy at their Bee themed Adventure Farm! Kustermans Family Fun & Berry Farm, Mount Brydges, has acres of outdoor fun plus PYO berries & pumpkins.


article3_june282018.jpgOne of the best activities to do with your kids is a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, even in your own city! You learn so much and discover places you knew nothing about, sometimes right around the corner. Any kind of sightseeing is fun and there are lots of cool options other than a traditional bus tour too, such as a foodie tour with culinarily adventurous (older) kids: Foodies on Foot, Tasty Tours. and Chopsticks and Forks, all in Toronto, Taste the Town Tours in Niagara on the Lake and C’est Bon Gourmet Food Tours in Ottawa are all good choices. Other fun tours are the Kingston Trolley Hop-on, hop-off tour, and Go Tours Canada which offers Segway tours of Toronto’s distillery district, and off-road at Horseshoe Resort. Lady Dive Splash & Tours does Ottawa city tours on land & in water in the famous Amphibus vehicle. Looking for a little education with your sightseeing? Consider a tour with Niagara Bound Tours, which offers Niagara Falls/St Catharines region Underground Railway Tours led by slave descendants.


article4_june282018.jpgWe sometimes need a push to enjoy the attractions in our own city/town. We might go when we have out of town guests, but who needs to wait?! Summer holidays are the perfect excuse.  For example, kids love Bonnechere Caves (E Ont), with their stalactites and fossils. They also love to go see live sports and while it may not be hockey season, why not bring them to see the first North American member of England’s Rugby Football League, Toronto Wolfpack? Or enjoy the thrill of a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour on the lower Niagara River. It’s exciting and you might even get wet! Have you ever climbed inside the world’s biggest apple observatory at The Big Apple? Taste their pies, ride the train and visit their petting zoo too!


Featured Events


June 29-July 2, 2018
Centennial Park, Etobicoke (GTA region)

featured_events1_june282018.jpgFireworks & food on Canada Day! What could be better? This rib festival is one of the largest in Toronto and features tons of entertainment & fun for everyone. There’s live music, rides & games, magicians & other performers, dancing, food contests and, of course, fabulous gourmet ribs on the BBQ! The fireworks show at sundown is a great way to end the day.

1000 Islands Family Ribfest

June 29-July 1, 2018
Gananoque Town Hall Park, Gananoque (Eastern Ontario)

featured_events2_june282018.jpgIt’s the weekend for Ribfests. If you’re closer to Kingston than Toronto – check out the 1000 Islands Family Ribfest and explore the sites in the 1000 Islands & the historic town of Gananoque when you’re not busy indulging in mouth-watering ribs & pulled pork. The festival also features music, games, entertainment, vendors, a beer tent & Kidzone. It’s a fun time for the whole family.

Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games

July 6-8, 2018
Kincardine, SW Ontario

featured_events3_june282018.jpgThis is an award winning festival celebrating all things Scottish. With entertainment for everyone in a beautiful lakeside town, put this on the calendar for next week. The Festival features world class Pipe Band competitions, Highland dance performances, traditional Highland sports, parades, vendors & Bairns (children's) programs. This year, the headline band is the fabulous Finger Eleven!

Featured Family Activity: Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf

featured_place_june282018.jpgIf you love mini golf, this is worth a visit! Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf, in Sudbury, has 7 award-winning mini golf courses (63 holes total) and the World's Largest Steel Dragon (22 feet long by 18 feet high) to walk through on this beautifully landscaped property. Inaugural Tourism Innovation Winner; nominated by Attractions Ontario. Open May 1 - Sept. 8, 9am -8pm, 7 days. including holidays, weekends. Stop at Josephine’s Vegetables to stock up (more than 65 veggies grown onsite) too!



onlyinont_june282018.jpgTyendinaga Cavern and Caves
Did you know that Ontario’s oldest and largest natural cavern, estimated at over 100,000 years old, is located near Belleville in Eastern Ontario? It’s definitely worth the trip. Their website says “Descend into this large cavern and discover a place where time stands still ...”. Admission ranges from $5 for 3-4 year olds to $12.50 for adults (at the time of writing) and includes a Guided Tour of the cavern. See fossils over 300 million years old, crystal clear water and cave curtains (curtains that formed where water ran down the cave wall). Picnic area on-site. Flashlight recommended if you want to explore the side passage.

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