The countdown is on! School will be out before you know it and it’s always a good idea to plan for summer family events before the season officially starts. With so much to do in the city and surrounding areas, events aren’t hard to come by! We’ve rounded up some of the best family events to plan for this summer vacation, from camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park to exploring the ROM after hours. These five events are must-dos this summer!
1. A Day At The Toronto Islands
On a gorgeous summer day, there’s nothing more enjoyable than heading over to the Toronto Islands for some fun in the sun. A short 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto, you’re instantly transported to a dreamy land of beaches, theme park rides, gorgeous green parks andboardwalks (you can find the ferry schedule here). There’s something for everyone on the islands- from biking and picnicking, to canoeing and kayaking, to swimming, riding the ferris wheel,and so much more! And it doesn’t have to be a one-time thing! If you and your kids love your day on the islands, make it a regular part of your summer routine!
2. Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival
Every summer, the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival is a not-to-be-missed event! This year, the festival runs from July 5 to 28, so you have plenty of dates to choose from whether you want to go once, twice or multiple times this summer. From the Latin Carnival running from July 12-14, to the Free Workshop Series from July 22 to 24, and of course, the renowned Street Fest from July 25 to 27, there are lots of events to enjoy and take part in!
3. A Trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park
Up for a road trip? Sandbanks Provincial Parks is located in Prince Edward County and spans three sandy beaches- some of the most beautiful in Canada. With over 500 car campsites in five campground areas, you can head to Sandbanks for a weekend of hiking, swimming, boating and canoeing. If you’d rather make a day trip out of it, you can lay out on the beach and go for a swim, and with picnic tables and areas available, make sure to pack your kids’ favourite lunch!
From July 12 to14, celebrate diversity at Carabram, Brampton’s beloved multicultural festival. Visit the World of Food Pavilion to taste dishes from around the globe; the International Market Bazaar for artistic and traditional goods; the Main Event Stage to enjoy dancers, singers and cultural bands from around the world; and the Community Cultural Engagement Pavilion for multicultural information sessions, talks and displays. With something for adults and kids alike, it’s fun for the whole family!
5. 3rd Monday Nights Free at the ROM
Are you and your kids fans of the ROM? Great news! Starting July 1st, you can enjoy free admission to the ROM on the third Monday of each month from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Explore art, culture and nature, with extended hours in the ROM’s 40 permanent galleries. Walk around the museum on your own, or take a 45-minute tour to experience museum highlights led by a guide. Tours start at 6:00 pm and 6:30pm.
Planning ahead will ensure a fun and successful summer vacation! Add these events to your list and enjoy summer to the fullest!