As the weekend is approaching, the inevitable question comes to mind: how to keep everyone happy & active and do something educational, creative & memorable as a family without breaking the bank? We have some ideas for weekend activities in Toronto that will combine all of the above and make it a great experience for everyone!
Weekend Activities in Toronto – SATURDAY, August 26
This Saturday, we’ll be taking you to the city’s West End Bloorcourt Village, which is hosting the annual Bloorcourt Festival. The Bloor West stretch between Dufferin and Montrose will be turned into one of Toronto’s largest gatherings of artists, musicians, artisans, and masters of all crafts. A true modern Renaissance! As a major hub for both emerging artists and veterans alike, there will be arts and crafts vendors displaying an exciting array of wares.
There will be plenty of family fun complete with inflatables, crafts, and interactive entertainment for the children to enjoy, as well as incredible musical performances at every street corner.
And when hunger strikes, worry not – restaurants, bars, and pubs will all have patio extensions for patrons to enjoy food and beverages outdoors on the street. Stop by Arte Gelato for a scoop (or three) of delicious ice cream.
When you are done with the festival fun, walk to the nearby Christie Pits Park, where a lot more fun awaits: the park features an outdoor pool, a splash pad and a wading pool, children’s playground and labyrinth, and a community garden. Relax and unwind while the kids are splashing around (make sure to bring a change of clothes!) or play some ball at the multi-sport field. And soon enough, your fun-filled day will be over – but worry not, there’s still some more weekend-ing left for tomorrow!
Weekend Activities in Toronto – SUNDAY, August 27
Since there won’t be many outdoor-perfect weekends to come, our Sunday suggestion will take you outside, for some nature, fun and education, straight to the city’s beloved Evergreen Brick Works!
Start your visit with a fun Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your free hunt kit (there are two versions, one for families with kids aged 3-6, another for 7-10 year olds) at the Welcome Desk inside the Young Welcome Centre. The scavenger hunt will help you explore different things to discover about the site, its history and the Don Valley where it’s located.
When you are done exploring, visit the Children’s Garden for some nature play. The kiddies will get their boots muddy and their hands wet taking care of the garden during Waterways Month. Each weekend in August they will be exploring lakes and rivers, storms, clouds and rain through the eyes of different plants and animals.
By the time you are done playing, everyone will feel like grabbing a bite, so the Sunday Market would be a perfect spot for your next stop. The outdoor market includes many chefs and food vendors who serve up diverse flavours and a great selection of street food items.
Once you’ve gotten some rest, you can take on the many trails alongside the Don River and enjoy an amazing hike in nature. Or for the more adventurous, rent a bike at the Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop, and explore the ravine on wheels!
By the end of the day, you will go home knowing you have learned something new, gotten a lot of fresh air and exercise and enjoyed an amazing day spent with the family.
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