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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 and much much more. So get out and enjoy all that our wonderful area has to offer!

Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is home to the most exhilarating collection of rides, roller coasters and water park fun in all of Canada. New for 2012 - Leviathan - Canada's tallest and fastest rollercoaster. 2012 will also welcome Dinosaurs Alive - a seven acre animatronic dinosaur park featuring over 40 life-sized dinosaurs.


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!


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.


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?


Bird Kingdom

Amazing Birds, Reptiles and More!!
Voted 2011 Trip Advisor Destination Winner!

Discover the world's largest indoor, free flying aviary
with spectacular, exotic birds from around the world!

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Ontario Science Centre

Use science to unlock the wonders of the Big Top with thrilling experiences in Curcus! the Exhibition. Check out STAR TREK LIVE!, an action-packed, interactive spactacle or step up to the blocks for a 10-metre dash against an Olympian in the Sport exhibition. More info at


Watson Farms

Farm Market, U-Pick and Satellite Locations.
Market address 2287 Highway #2

Bowmanville open from early May til December 23 with Christmas trees. U-pick fruits and veggies including strawberries, raspberries, apples and more. Tonnes of free activities for the entire family!


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!
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Centreville Amusement Park

Centreville Amusement Park is nestled in over 600 acres of parkland just across the harbour from the city. With over 30 rides and attractions and more than 14 food outlets, there's something for everyone at Centreville.


Bingemans Camping Resort

Bingemans is Waterloo Region's leader in hospitality providing the very best in family entertainment, outdoor recreation + camping accommodations. Book your stay at the Bingemans Camping Resort, have some fun in the sun in the Big Splash Water Park and explore FunworX Indoor Playland.


Wilmot Orchards

There is no better way to begin making some new summer memories than at Wilmot Orchards, just one hour east of Toronto, where pick-your-own blueberries begins mid- July through August. After filling your basket with plump ripe berries, enjoy the fresh country air on our patio with some of our blueberry organic ice cream or a fresh blueberry dessert.

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Canadian National Exhibition

There is so much to do at this year's 2012 Canadian National Exhibition, running from August 17th until September 3rd. The CNE offers over 100 concerts, events and attractions FREE with the price of CNE admission! Visit for more information!


Beavermead Family Campground

With such pleasant scenery and so many outdoor activities, it is no wonder camping is so popular in the Peterborough area. Beavermead Campground is a family campground and day-use park that is owned and operated by the City of Peterborough. Located on beautiful Little Lake in the heart of Peterborough.

Click on their website for more information.


Canoeing the Grand

Paddle the safe and beautiful upper Grand River. We'll shuttle you to any access point from Elora Gorge to Paris. Our free Kids Kanoe Klub includes a prize/activity package kids love! Reserve your fun, family nature adventure at...


York-Durham Heritage Railway

Hop Aboard and experience an old-fashioned train trip in our heritage coaches through the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine. Choose to sit in one of our 1950s CNRail coaches or the ever popular 1919-built Pullman Coach! Our trains run on Sundays.


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.