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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 local farms 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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Dave & Buster's

At Dave and Buster's there's something for everyone! We have over 300 interactive games including the newest most innovated games in our Million Dollar Midway. As well the food is always fresh, always fun, we've got whatever suits your appetite.


A Pirate's Life

Ahoy Mates! Join the scurvy crew & live the Pirate Life aboard a 45 foot Pirate Ship in search of sunken treasure! Learn the ropes through storytelling and activities, sword fights, firing the water cannons! Complete with costumes, face paint and pirate names! Centre Island for families with children 3-12


Lang Pioneer Village

Celebrating 50 years! Experience Peterborough County’s history come to life at Lang Pioneer Village Museum. Featuring over 30 buildings, costumed interpreters, farm animals and more! Step back in time 10 am to 4 pm daily from Father’s Day to Labour Day.

To view our 2017 event schedule, please visit


Olive the Lake

We are a family owned cottage resort, striving to provide relaxing, fun vacation rentals for families, and fishing groups. Our cottages are fully equipped with kitchens, and Tempur Pedic mattresses. Our cottages are recently renovated and provide all the comforts of home. We want our guests to enjoy their time here, and go home relaxed and anticipating their return to our little piece of paradise!!! 705-892-2204


Santa's Village

Muskoka’s Theme Park! With kids’ rides (and a new triple loop spinning coaster for 2017!), a splash pad, live entertainers and more, this one-of-a-kind amusement park has it all. For older children, Sportsland and Zip Lines & Aerial Park offers adventure, truly making this park fun for the entire family!


Catch the excitement of creativity this summer at Ceramics Canada!

With 100's 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.


Whittamore’s Farm, Shop & Pick-Your-Own

Family fun on the Farm! Come to Whittamore’s for a down-home country experience in our children’s play area and so much more. Summer Pick-Your-Own, Birthday Parties, Pumpkinland and Harvest Festival Weekends. 8100 Steeles Ave. E, Markham

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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

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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

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Viamede Resort

For a Boldly Different vacation, bring the family to Viamede Resort. With 2000 feet of waterfront and a jam-packed year-round recreation schedule, big smiles are the order of the day. You can leave the iPads at home; the kids won’t want them. All this on Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas, only 2 hours from Toronto. Book today for memories that will last a lifetime.

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Are your kids consumed by technology? Reconnecting them with the outdoors and getting them active is now more important than ever. Introduce them to one of the coolest water toys! The Wateraft is a revolutionary water toy designed to help close the gap between your children and the outdoors. or Toll Free #: 1-800-387-7431

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iFLY Toronto Indoor Skydiving

Defy the law of gravity! Experience the thrill of freefall without jumping out of a plane. Indoor skydiving is an environment so safe that children as young as 4 can participate and fun for the whole family.

Birthdays or special occasions? Make the sky the limit for your next party! (289) 795-4000


Canadian National Exhibition

As one of Canada’s largest fairs 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. From the exciting rides, amazing performers and delicious food to spectacular concerts, fascinating exhibits and a unique shopping experience, The EX has everything for a perfect summer day.


Scenic Caves

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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African Lion Safari

Go “On Safari!TM” and get CLOSER than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals that roam free in large Game Reserves! See lions, giraffe, rhino, and many more animals from around the world! “Trek” along 9 km of safari trail in your own vehicle or aboard a guided, air-conditioned Safari Tour Bus. Enjoy a full day of family fun! Open daily from May 6 - October 9, 2017

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

Explore Toronto’s largest outdoor history museum – where Ontario’s history comes to life! From farmyard animals to historic brewery tours there is something for everyone in the family. In July and August, kids 14 and under GET IN FREE, Monday to Friday.

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$39 Kids’ Tickets – Any show, all season!

Come and experience Treasure Island, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and more at the Stratford Festival this season. Tickets are just $39* for kids 18 and under when accompanied by an adult.

*See website for details.

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Celebrate your summer Birthday Party in high gear at PLAYDIUM!

Check out our Party Packages for all ages and get ready for extreme fun with over 200 interactive games & attractions. Take your summer party to the next level of celebration with Playdium’s one-of-a-kind birthday experience!

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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Escape to a tropical oasis in the heart of downtown Toronto. With over 16,000 aquatic animals and over 100 interactive displays, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has something for the entire family! We hope to ‘sea’ you soon!

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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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York-Durham Heritage Railway

All Aboard! Take a trip on the only heritage train in the GTA, operating Sundays between Uxbridge and Stouffville. All trips have on-board entertainment, perfect for a family outing! Check out one of our popular theme days. Day Out With Thomas is back August 11 -13 & 18 -20.


Hockey Hall of Fame

With over 65,000 square feet, the Hockey Hall of Fame has something for everyone: state-of-the-art simulation games; theatres; larger-than-life statues; a replica NHL dressing room; an extraordinary gift shop; the greatest collection of hockey artifacts anywhere in the world, and best of all, hands-on access to the Stanley Cup. On Now - the Hockey Hall of Fame's NHL Centennial Exhibit, paying tribute to 100 years of the most memorable players and moments in NHL history.

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Bata Shoe Museum

Discover the treasures of Toronto’s charming and surprising Bata Shoe Museum! Everyday this summer, kids can participate in our drop-in Summer Family Fun program, featuring a shoe-inspired craft activity and iSpy games to play in the galleries. There’s also funky try-on shoes for that fun family photo! Perfect or parents with children ages 3-12.

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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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CN Tower

The CN Tower is a National icon, an engineering wonder, and a Toronto must-see offering thrilling family fun for kids of all ages! Spectacular views from the world-famous Glass Floor, SkyPod, glass fronted/glass floor paneled elevators and EdgeWalk – the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk, 356m/1168ft (116 stories) above ground! Three restaurants including the award-winning 360 Restaurant.

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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Discover thousands of free-flying butterflies in the year-round lush tropical garden, featuring over 150 species of tropical plants, waterfalls, streams and exotic birds. Discover a honeybee observation hive, and incredible insect and butterfly collection, cafe, and gift store.


Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre offers hands-on experiences and engagement with science. New experiences for Summer 2017 include: Canada 150: Discovery Way, about Canadian innovation; The Energy Show, a new stage presentation; Wildlife Rescue about rescue and recovery efforts; and opening June 16 play, create and connect in our Inventorium.


Summer Camp Wednesdays

Join us for our Glama Gal Summer Camp Wednesdays. Every Wednesday during the summer we will host a different fun filled, interactive and inspirational summer camp day based on the theme of the day. Camp runs from 9am to 4pm includes a DIY craft, 2 spa services, pizza lunch with drinks, glamspiration booster session and physical activity. Camp is for ages 5 & up and is $69 per friend plus h.s.t. Select your closest location to book your summer camp day online.


Archery 2 You

"Archery Bridges The Gap Between Ages And Abilities." It is the perfect activity for families to enjoy this summer! Archery 2 You offers archery lessons, target practice, fun games of Archery Tag, Zing Bow and Nerf Wars. Archery 2 You has something for everyone!

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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! Explore 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. For more information, visit the Discovery Portal web site at

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Golden Beach Resort

Golden Beach Resort is a family owned resort located on the south shore of beautiful Rice Lake, located 90 minutes east of Toronto. Roam over 400 acres of private resort property, with one mile of spectacular shoreline and indulge in our endless recreational facilities until your heart is content.


Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is Canada's Premier Amusement Park featuring over 200 attractions, 69 thrilling rides, North America's greatest variety of roller coasters, and Splash Works; a 20-acre water park. From world-class rides, including our two all-new rides, Skyhawk and Flying Eagles, to live shows and Planet Snoopy - our goal is to provide you with the best day ever! or (905) 832-7000.