It’s August Long Weekend, which means we’re (un)officially halfway through the summer. There’s no time to waste! There’s tons to do out there and the weather report finally looks normal (fingers crossed). Here are some great ideas for events and activities for the weekend of July 30 to August 2:

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1.  Stage 3 Reopenings

Be sure to go through our list of family-friendly venues and businesses that are reopening now in Ontario’s Stage 3. We’re updating it whenever we get word of new openings, such as the Little Canada miniature museum, Aga Khan Museum, Medieval Times and Museum of Illusions.

2. Toronto Blue Jays games

Time to practise the “OK Blue Jays” song – “You’ve got a diamond, you’ve got nine men, you’ve got a hat, and a bat, and that’s not all….” The boys in blue play their first game back home at the Rogers Centre on Friday the 30th! Tickets for their July 30-Aug. 8 home-stand are on sale now.

3. Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit 

In-person visits to the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit resume on July 28 after a successful pivoting to a drive-in experience.

4. Toronto Zoo’s Terra Lumina

Terra Lumina, the “enchanted night walk into a bright future”, is back at the Toronto Zoo starting July 29.

5. WOTS Summer Spectacular: Charactermaker 

This Friday the 30th, join The Word On The Street Book Festival and Story Planet Toronto in the CharacterMaker workshop that combines writing and drawing to explore what makes a compelling character.

6. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Canada 

Avenger fans reassemble! The immersive exhibit dedicated to the Marvel movie franchise returns to Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre on July 29.

7. Toronto Railway Museum – Mini train tour

This hidden gem amongst the skyscrapers includes a cute weekend-only mini train that tours the Roundhouse Park.

8. Frog In Hand Dance-Theatre’s Caretakers

The dance-theatre company based in Mississauga presents an outdoor clown and puppet play in a park on Friday the 30th. Follow them on Instagram @froginhand to find out where they’ll be.

9. Toronto Fringe Festival’s KidsFest

Wrapping up on Saturday the 31st, enjoy the always-popular yearly theatre festival in the comfort of your home. For only a $5 membership fee and pay-what-you-can admission, you get six shows and access to an online hub.

10. BIG on Bloor Festival 2021

Continuing until Monday the 2nd, the BIG on Bloor Festival launches several art installations scattered throughout the Bloordale neighbourhood, on Bloor Street West from Dufferin to Lansdowne.

11. Gardiner Museum

Known for its ceramics, the Gardiner Museum is offering free admission for all ages all summer, plus extra outdoor activities for families. On Friday the 30th, the Play Date and Clay Bird Making activities will also be taking place.

12. Together Apart

It’s the last weekend of Canada’s first physically-distanced circus.

13. ActiveTO

Take to the streets on Saturday & Sunday with this city-run road closure program.

14. Pirate Life Theatre

Become a scallywag for the day with the jolly Pirate Life crew on this interactive cruise around Harbourfront.


But Wait… There’s More!

Want more ideas? Looking for tips on how to keep your kids occupied without attending in-person events? Find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!

We’ve also updated our guides of fun stuff to do outside: such as Skateboard and Bike Parks, Farmers’ Markets, Drive-In Theatres and Outdoor Pools. For a complete listing of all the best events around Toronto, click on our Calendar and stay tuned to all the best local family events through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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