If you haven’t spent a lot of time with family this summer, now’s your chance! We’ve compiled a list of fun, free or very low-cost activities to do and places you can visit with your family:
- Learn How to Play Chess
Chess may seem like just a game, but playing chess can improve your memory and develop problem solving abilities. When a single move can mean the difference between a draw and a lost position, careful analysis and patience are key to making your next move. Start off your learning by watching YouTube videos on chess openings here or play against others at your level here. After you familiarize yourself with the game, why not play with family at home or join a chess club?
- Take A Stroll in the Park
It’s important to get enough physical exercise everyday to keep our bodies healthy. Taking a stroll through the park with loved ones is a good way to enjoy the weather and perhaps gain some inspiration for your next project! I’ve struggled with writing parts of my short stories before, only to think of ideas sometime later, away from the computer. So why not pause, stretch, and take a walk through one of the beautiful parks in Toronto?
- Maker Extravaganza
Event dates: Saturday July 7, 9am-5pm and Sunday July 8, 10am-5pm
If you or anyone in your family loves to create, take some time and drop by the free Maker Festival at the Toronto Reference Library! From 3-D printing to crafts, dozens of artists will be showcasing their work. You might even learn new skills (last year they had lock-picking sessions) from the workshops.
- Attend the Cultura Festival
- Visit the Beach!
- BIG on Bloor
- Visit the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives
Learn about satellites and their impact on food, see photographs depicting Canadian strength and resilience, and understand Indigenous people’s history in Peel Region. Children under five access the museum for free, while seniors only pay $4.00. Tip: If you’re not in the Mississauga and Peel Region, why not visit the other museums or cultural attractions in Toronto with a Sun Life Financial MAP Pass?
- Attend the Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival
Event dates: July 28 10am-6pm and July 29 10am-5pm
Live in the east end, Durham or York Region, and don’t feel like making your downtown commute? Scarborough has lots to offer this summer–join the Guild Alive festivities for free live performances, children’s activities, and artist showcases.
- Waterfront Artisan Market
Event date: May 19, 2018 to Oct 7, 2018 (Saturdays 11 am – 8 pm and Sundays 11 am – 5 pm)
The Waterfront Artisan Market is another family-friendly event in HTO Park with local crafters, chefs, and bakers. Last year’s vendors showcased various food/ products such as churricos, handsacs, and South Asian chai tea.
- Harbourfront Centre’s Family Events
Which event are you interested in attending with your family? Did you find out something new after reading this list? Let us know in the comments below!