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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, the GTA and Southern Ontario has to offer!
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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

New! Now Open! It's like jumping into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! Over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof - Kingdom Quest - 4D Cinema - Master Model Builder - Miniland - Party rooms! Come share our LEGO world of colour, creativity with your little LEGO fans!

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Beans & Babes Cafe

BEANS & BABES CAFE is Durham Region's most unique and innovative destination for families. We have toys and activities for kids ages 0 - 8 years, gourmet coffee and delicious, healthy food for the whole family. We also offer catering and private parties!


Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is Canada's premier amusement park featuring 200 attractions. Home to 68 rides including 16 roller coasters, and Splash Works - a 20-acre water park. Don't miss Leviathan - Canada's tallest and fastest roller coaster and Dinosaurs Alive!


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 and Fall time Pick-Your-Own, Birthday Parties, Pumpkinland and Harvest Festival Weekends. 8100 Steeles Ave. E, Markham

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Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort provides year-round excitement and adventure for the whole family. The Resort offers a wide selection of summer activities, from a thrilling ride down the mountain on the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster to a splash at Plunge! Aquatic Centre or the Private Beach, Blue Mountain is the perfect setting for your summer vacation. Blue Mountain takes adventure to new heights this summer with the new Winder Rider Triple Zips attraction - coming July 2013.


Family Experience - Kids' tickets for only $36!

With each regularly priced adult ticket to any performance, you can buy up to four youth tickets for as little as $36 each - that's a savings of almost 70%. Click here to order and start your family adventure in Stratford!

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Visit Georgina's Recreational Outdoor Campus for a full day of ADVENTURE! Activities for all ages and abilities, including Climbing Wall, Zipline, High Ropes, Bike Park, North Shore Trails, Natural Play Area, Splashpad, Tennis, Basketball, Beach Volleyball and Pioneer Village. Come Play With Us!


Putting Edge

Looking for excitement? Craving entertainment? Take a break from reality and enter a new dimension of fun in the Ultimate Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf Experience at Putting Edge. Perfect for a night out with family and friends, parties and more! Visit for locations.


Joey's World

The WAIT is finally over! On July 20th, Durham?s largest and most exciting indoor playground is open. "Joey's World" will feature a massive four-tiered play structure, while the parents relax in our luxurious lounge and enjoy a hot beverage and free WIFI. Why? Because Durham deserves it!


Bata Shoe Museum

Walk on down to the coolest shoebox in town. With an International collection of over 13,000 shoes, the Bata Shoe Museum strives to enlighten and entertain visitors of all ages. Rotating exhibitions, a celebrity shoe area, exciting activities and a unique gift shop complete your experience.


African Lion Safari

African Lion Safari, just an hour away from Toronto, holds all the wonders of Africa. With doors locked and windows up, a one-hour drive through the reserve takes families past grazing giraffes, exotic birds and majestic lions. You can also leave your car parked and take a guided bus tour through the safari for an additional fee.


Viamede Resort and Dining

Viamede Resort and Dining is one of Ontario's premiere resorts for family fun. Located on beautiful Stoney Lake, only 2 hours from Toronto, it features great food and amazing service. With a full range of activities and funtastic recreation department, you can be sure that the kids will sleep well at night.


Neb's Funworld

Bring the kids for 2 FREE games of bowling and stay for even more family fun! Our indoor entertainment features Go-Kart racing, Bumper Cars, ride Attractions, arcade, lounge and eatery. Visit our website and click "GET FREE COUPONS" to take advantage of summer savings worth a sizzling $2754!


1000 Islands Pirate Fest

Step back me hearty privateers to days of wenches and scallywags. Gananoque be havin' a pirate celebration July 11th-14th. Share dinner and movies with Captain Jack, come all ye Scallywags for the Pirate Parade; enter the pirate village, but watch or ye may find yourself in the stocks! Entertainment, fortune tellers, artisans, contests and the notorious pirate cruise. 888-717-4837 or visit

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CN Tower

National icon, engineering wonder, Toronto must-see - CN Tower is an award-winning dining and entertainment destination. Spectacular views include world-famous Glass Floor, Sky Pod and glass fronted elevators with glass floor panels. Three restaurants include award-winning 360 Restaurant. Plus 3D theatre, ride, shopping and thrilling new EdgeWalk - world's highest 'hands-free' walk, 356m/1168ft (116 stories) above ground.


Book your children's birthday party at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park this summer.

Our children's course now has a zipline so the kids can experience the thrill of soaring through the tree's. Call 905-655.1113 to make your reservation and ask about our Birthday Party rates. Visit us online at, we are only 10 minutes north of Durham College on Simcoe St. North in Oshawa.

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Moms Love Milltown

The Perfect place for a family fun outing or a Birthday Party for every budget. Mini Golf, Batting Cages, Water Wars, Paintball Target Range, Abandoned Mine Shaft, Lost Treasure Hunt, Gemstone Panning, Rock Wall Climbing and much more. Go Ahead - challenge yourself on the Rock Wall and cool off in the Water War game.

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Princess Polly and the World's Smallest Ninja

It's not always fun being the smallest. Unless you are the world's smallest ninja! This summer, The Second City brings you a hilarious new adventure for all ages, Princess Polly and the World's Smallest Ninja. Come along as Princess Polly and a tiny ninja set out to save the kingdom.

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Stevensville, ON - Only 10 minutes from Niagara Falls
A 150-acre nature park home to 750 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds. The outdoor 90,000 square-foot Safari Niagara Amphitheater, hosts the annual Safari Niagara Summer Concert Series. 1-866-367-9669 toll free or 905-382-9669


Ontario Science Centre

Offering thrilling, timely and interactive experiences 364 days a year, the Ontario Science Centre has something to amaze visitors of every age and pique anyone?s curiosity. Don?t miss our newest IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies and the special summer exhibition Game On 2.0, featuring the history, culture and future of video games.


Bowmanville Zoo is Canada's oldest privately owned zoo.

Founded in 1919 as a small petting zoo, Bowmanville Zoo has since evolved into one of the largest collections of movie animals on the continent. More than 300 creatures roam its 42 acres of parkland, including turtles, primates, and large felines! Throughout the week visitors can ride camels or elephants, see trained critters perform in the indoor Animatheatre, or watch as handlers feed the carnivores!


Canadian National Exhibition

There is so much to do at this year's 2013 Canadian National Exhibition, running from August 16th until September 2nd. The CNE offers over 100 concerts, events and attractions FREE with the price of CNE admission! Visit for more information!


Catch the excitement of creativity this summer at Ceramics Canada, Durham Region's only Fired Arts, Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

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!



A new cutting-edge fun center with entertainment for most ages including: Bazooka ball, Phazerzone and glow in the dark lost world bowling. Our party rooms and arena are completely themed with glow in the dark graphics, sound effects and lasers.


Reesor Farm Market

Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and knowing exactly where your food comes from by picking your own strawberries (until early to mid-July). We also offer ready-picked strawberries, Ontario fruits & vegetables, our own baking & more. Pick your own pumpkins in October. Come visit and experience local goodness at its best. 10825 Ninth Line, Markham.