Autumn by far is my favourite seasons. Not only is the temperature ideal for me, but the leaves are beautiful and there are 2 holidays in one month; Thanksgiving and Halloween! Food, family and candy, yes please! There are lots of things to do that are available for families to do in Toronto and the GTA and here are just a few.
- Pumpkin Patches. Despite being a large city, the GTA is not without farms and many of them have fall activities for friends and family alike. Here are just a few; Forsythe Family Farm, Southbrook Farms Pumpkin Patch, and Whittamore’s Farm (we took the Princess here when she was 1 and had a great time!)
- Hiking. With the leaves turning beautiful shades of reds and oranges, why not go for a family hike and see all that the Greater Toronto Area has to offer in terms of hiking paths!
- Apple Picking. Apples are in season now and children will love picking the very best of them! Check out Chudleigh’s Farms, Willis Family Fruit Farms, and The Big’r Apple Farm.
- Pioneer Festival at Black Creek. Located in Toronto, this festival showcases delicious food, homemade quilts and horse-drawn wagons.
- Pumpkinland and Harvest Festival. Daily throughout October Whittamore’s Farm is hosting Pumpkinland and Harvest festival. There is wagonrides, a two-storey tree fort, corn maze, a spooky forest and a pumpkin cannon show. Fun for adults and children alike.
- Woodbridge Fair. This weekend at the Woodbridge fairgrounds, they are celebrating their 165th anniversary with the theme Harvesting History. There will be a demolition derby, rides and food.
- Halloween Overnighter. The Ontario Science Centre is having a sleepover so bring your sleeping bag and costume. There you will be able to do workshops on Pumpkin Science, Creatures of the Night, Slime Time and Creepy Crawly Bugs.
- Tasty Tours. With Halloween happening this month, why not take a tour of Toronto’s sweet side.
- Haunted Walk of Old Toronto. Take a late night tour Old Toronto and hear all the haunting stories that Toronto has to offer!
Hubby and Princess at Whittamore’s Farm
One of the perks of living in a major city is that there is always lots of fun-filled things to do with the family, especially on a long weekend. Here are just a few things that you and the family can enjoy this Canada Day!
- Toronto Ribfest. A personal favourite of mine, this combines two of my choice pastimes; eating and carnival rides. With a selection of 16 rib vendors, live music, shopping, fireworks, carnival rides & games, this is sure to be great time for the whole family. Running from the 29th to the 2nd, from 11 am – 11 pm, its sure to be a good time!
- Canada Day Celebrations at Woofjocks. If you are a dog lover, than this is for you. Located at The Pet Discovery Centre at 245 Queen’s Quay West where there will be demo’s of canine sports. Best of all, admission is free!
- Canada Day at Queen’s Park. A tradition dating back to 1967, celebrating Canada Day at Queen’s Park kicks off on July 1st at noon with the 21-Gun salute. Food, entertainment, ride and activities for kids, youth and adults!
- Canada Day at Fort York. Come celebrate Canada Day and the bicentennial of the War of 1812. There are fun activities for the kids, like singing and dancing with songs from the 1812, writing letters to the children of 2212, scavenger hunts and crafts. From 10 – 5 on July 1st at the Fort York National Historic Site. Admission is free.
- Canada Day at High Park. From 12 – 4:30, learn all there is to learn about Canada Day, The War of 1812 and the founding of High Park itself. Admission is free.
- The Red, White & Vinyl Festival. Vinyl 95.3 is hosting the third annual Red, White & Vinyl festival at Woodbine Park. With all-Canadian line up, Family Fun Zone, Disco Party and the fireworks from Ashbridges Bay, rain or shine, this event is sure to go out with a bang!
- Canada Day Sweet’s Tour. Take a stroll in the Kensington Market for a Canadian Culinary tasty tour where you can sample our national sweet treats like butter tarts and maple syrup! With a guided tour, samples and sweets, how can you go wrong!
- For a full list of events, check out Toronto4Kids.com.
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