Summer Fun For Kids In Ontario

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Summer Fun For Kids In Ontario

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Parents looking to have fun with their kids this summer will find lots of great ideas in Ontario's 2011 Fun Pass. Families can use the Fun Pass to save at 20 Ontario attractions and over 300 provincial parks. Here are some great ideas for family fun in Ontario this summer:

Ontario Place - Toronto
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of this favourite summer hangout with exciting special events and live performances all summer long! Cool off with your kids at the Soak City water park, race down the super slide, soar aboard a replica hot-air balloon, or take a spin on the pedal boats.

Niagara Parks - Butterfly Conservatory - Niagara Falls
Walk along winding paths and discover over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely in a lush, exotic rainforest setting. Take in the pond and waterfall and watch butterflies emerge from their pupae and prepare to take their first flight. It will take your breath away!

Science North - Sudbury
Science North is the place for friendly and interactive learning about how science affects the world around us. Your kids can tour outer space, take to the skies in a 4D Bush Plane Adventure, or learn about the environment and everyday people who dedicate their lives to helping animals survive in Wildlife Rescue.

Upper Canada Village - Morrisburg
Travel back in time at Upper Canada Village. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Upper Canada Village brings history to life with costumed interpreters and fun hands-on activities for all ages. Enjoy historic props, clothing, games and activities at the Family Activity Centre or learn more at the new Discovery Centre opening this year.

Fort Henry National Historic Site - Kingston
Learn about 19th century military life and experience heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard. This year, kids can try attending school - 1867 style - at the Victorian School Experience.

Ontario Science Centre - Toronto
The Ontario Science Centre is the place for hands-on fun and learning about science. This summer, kids of all ages will enjoy the interactive exhibition Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, featuring living reptiles from around the world. Older kids will be fascinated by CSI: Live, an interactive live performance about crime scene investigation.

Art Gallery of Ontario - Toronto
There is plenty of family-friendly fun at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer - try out the Family Activity Bag or start your own art treasure hunt with AGO Collectors Series trading cards. Kids can also learn about fables and draw their own animal creatures in the new exhibition Animal Tales: Beasts, Toys and Fables.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection - Kleinburg
Immerse your kids in the world of iconic Canadian art in beautiful Kleinburg, just a short drive from Toronto. Touch real art from the collection, take a family tour and play and learn in the Discovery Space. Or enjoy a stroll outside through the gallery's new grounds and sculpture garden.

Royal Botanical Gardens - Burlington
Unplug your family this summer and get active at the Royal Botanical Gardens! Hike or bike along the extensive trail system, get hands on with nature at the Discovery Cart or find your way through a maze of 300 white cedars. Take a guided tour, learn about horticulture and discover local wildlife.

Niagara Parks - Laura Secord Homestead - Queenston *New this year*
Travel back to 1812, to the lovingly restored homestead of this brave Canadian heroine who helped to warn British forces of a surprise American attack during the War of 1812. Your kids will be enchanted by the stories of her adventures as presented by costumed interpreters.

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons - Midland
Follow in the footsteps of Ontario's first Europeans at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. Kids will connect with the past through interactive displays and themed galleries. Hands-on activities include basket-making, 17th century fire-starting and cooking demonstrations. Tasting is available too!

Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto
Take the kids to see the Bat Cave, the CIBC Discovery Gallery and the Hands On Biodiversity Gallery for an afternoon of fun. Younger kids will enjoy digging for dinosaur bones, dressing up in authentic period armour or kicking back in the kid-size tipi.

Discovery Harbour - Penetanguishene
Take a horse-and-wagon ride, experience 19th-century cooking, play croquet or join on-deck activities aboard the impressive historic replica ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and Bee. Celebrate the heritage and culture of the Métis people at the Bo'jou Neejee Special Event on August 6th.

Fort William Historical Park - Thunder Bay
Kids will learn about Northern Ontario's fur trade when they visit Fort William. Enjoy an artisan demonstration or sample period baking as you journey into the past at this restored 1815 Fort. Visit in July for the Great Rendezvous, featuring dramatic re-enactments of the 19th century fur trade.

Niagara Parks - Old Fort Erie - Fort Erie
Take a guided tour and learn about Old Fort Erie, the first fort built by the British in Ontario and a major crossing point for the Underground Railroad. Experience the excitement of a Battle of 1812 re-enactment complete with red coats.

Ontario Heritage Trust - Various sites across Ontario
Teach your children about the value of Ontario's heritage - visit a historic site this summer. Bring a picnic to Homewood Museum's fair and take in the Galloping Goat Petting Farm, ride a pony or meet Sir John A. Macdonald! Or visit Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden on July 30 to commemorate the end of slavery in the British Empire.

Ontario Parks - Across Ontario
Pack the frisbees, a few of your favourite books, and sunscreen and whisk your kids away to one of Ontario's many provincial parks for some quality family time. For a full list of parks, visit www.ontarioparks.com.

Have a question about the 2011 Fun Pass?
Email funpass@ontario.ca or call 416-314-7334.

Media Contacts

  • Jasmine Gill

    Minister’s Office

    jasmine.gill@ontario.ca

    416-325-1759

  • Christy Arnold

    Communications Branch

    christy.arnold@ontario.ca

    416-326-1724

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