toronto: what to do, what to do?

Filed Under Events | June 28, 2012


Welcome to yoyomama’s weekend guide! Your go-to list of family friendly fun things to do with kids in Toronto and the GTA.

School’s out and we’re all looking for exciting ways to kick off the summer and celebrate Canada Day! We’ve narrowed down some of the best of the best; we’ve got movie nights, ribfest, the largest free picnic in the world, Pride Week for families, dog shows, and even a musical straight from Broadway!

TD Summer Reading Club
Through Friday, August 31st, Your Local Toronto Public Library
Take your little ones to the library to sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club, which provides a poster, booklet and prizes for reading all summer long:

Toronto Ribfest
Friday, June 29th – Monday, July 2nd, 11 am – 11 pm, Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Toronto
It’s not just about the ribs at this popular family event, which features mouthwatering food, animal friends from the Toronto Zoo, a celebrated illusionist, entertaining buskers, a haunted house, a Kidz Zone, and so much more:

Movies Under the Stars
Friday, June 29th, around 9 pm, Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, Toronto
It’s a drive-in without the wheels! Bring folding chairs and blankets, snacks, and bug spray to enjoy a special (and free!) screening of The Lorax under the stars:

Canada Day: Going Global
Friday, July 29th – Monday, July 2nd, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Here’s a four-day birthday bash that celebrates Canadian trailblazers in the arts. Dance, music, culinary arts, family activities, storytelling, games and film will all be yours for the taking:

Scotiabank CHIN Picnic
Saturday, June 30th – Monday, July 2nd, Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
The world’s largest free multicultural picnic is back, with musicians from all over the world, midway rides, the Fantasy Family Circus, a folklore competition, boxing events, cycling races, wrestling, and the ever-popular shopping bazaar:

Family Pride
Saturday, June 30th & Sunday, July 1st, 10 am – 5 pm, Church Street Junior Public School, 83 Alexander Street, Toronto
Celebrate Pride Week with activities and entertainment just for families, including interactive musical and theatre acts on the Sunshine Stage, The Legend of Marshmallow Island performed by Mystic Drumz (Saturday, 11:30 am), a musical theatre workshop (Saturday, 3 pm) and many more:

Canada Day Celebrations with the Woofjocks

Saturday, June 30th, 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday, July 1st, 11 am – 3:30 pm, Monday, July 2nd, 11 am – 5 pm, Pawsway, 245 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Don’t miss special appearances from the Woofjocks Canine Performance Team, who will demonstrate today’s most popular canine sports:

East York Canada Day Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st, 9:30 am Parade and activities at Stan Wadlow Park, 373 Cedarvale Avenue, Toronto
Here’s one of the longest running community Canada Day events – more than 50 years! A lively parade kicks off the day, followed by bands, a midway, food, and fireworks:

Adventures in Slumberland
July 1st – August 26th, Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am / Noon / 1 pm / 2 pm, Lagoon Theatre, Centre Island, via the Toronto Island Ferry, 9 Queens Quay West, Toronto
The delightful dream world of a little boy named Nemo fills the stage all summer long, with a story that will astound youngsters with puppetry, circus masks and music:

Canada’s Diamond Jubilee: Dominion Day Garden Party
Sunday, July 1st, Noon – 4 pm, Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto
Come in your best 1920s attire to celebrate 1927 – the year Canada celebrated its Diamond Jubilee as a nation. Enter the costume contest, learn the Charleston, listen to lively jazz and enjoy crafts, games and ice cream at this historic picnic:

Canada Day at Queen’s Park
Sunday, July 1st, Noon – 5 pm, Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto
Experience a traditional Canada Day celebration complete with a 21-gun salute, free live entertainment, rides, performances by TVO Kids and The WotWots, a bbq and lots more:

Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square
Sunday, July 1st, 5 pm – 10:30 pm, Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto
Canada’s 145th birthday will be marked with musical and dance performances, children’s activities, and a spectacular fireworks display (10:15 pm):

Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park

Sunday, July 1st, 9:45 pm, Ashbridges Bay Park 1681 Lakeshore Boulevard East, Toronto
People wait all year long for this incredible fireworks display, which lights up the shore of Lake Ontario:

Beauty and the Beast
Tuesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 22nd, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
Based on the Academy-award winning film, this Broadway musical will blow your kids away! Lavish sets, exquisite costumes and unforgettable characters brought to life before their eyes make this one summer treat you won’t want to miss:

Farther Afield:

Canada Day in Bronte Harbour
Sunday, July 1st, 11:30 am – 11 pm, Bronte Harbour’s Heritage Waterfront Park, 2340 Ontario Street, Oakville
Show your Canadian pride at this festival that offers exciting activities all day long. A reptile show, inflatables, a vendor village, a huge fireworks show, plus many other surprises:

Canada Day Strawberry Festival
Sunday, July 1st, 9 am – 5 pm, Downey’s Farm Market, 13682 Heart Lake Road, north of Brampton
Enjoy a pancake breakfast featuring Downey’s own strawberries, followed by a day filled with live music, a dog show, and pony rides. Kids can grapple up the rock climbing wall, take a pony ride, and have fun with the farm animals in the play area:

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