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Save On Family Fun In Ontario This Summer

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Save On Family Fun In Ontario This Summer

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 2012 Fun Pass. Families can use the Fun Pass to save at 21 Ontario attractions and over 100 provincial parks.

With the War of 1812 Bicentennial kicking off this year, Ontario attractions give families some spectacular ways to have fun and explore history including:

Fort Henry National Historic Site - Kingston

The War of 1812 Bicentennial kicks off province-wide this summer, and Fort Henry is drumming up the military history. Learn about 19th century military life and experience heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard. 

Upper Canada Village - Morrisburg

There's no better place to time travel than at Upper Canada Village. Take the new miniature train and explore Crysler Heritage Park, site of the 1813 Battle of Crysler Farm. The interactive discovery centre lets you discover Ontario's heritage and history in a whole new way.

Niagara Parks - Laura Secord Homestead - Queenston

Relive the journey of a brave Niagara woman in the service of her country during the war of 1812. Guided tours are provided by qualified costumed interpreters, providing information about this historic house and the heritage of the area.

Niagara Parks - Old Fort Erie - Niagara Falls

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.

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. Take in the War of 1812 - War on the Lakes Exhibit all summer long, and on August 11, celebrate the heritage and culture of the Métis people on Métis Day Bo'jou Neejee.

Fort William Historical Park - Thunder Bay

Don't miss the War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute and the The Battle for Fort William re-enactment, bringing  to life the conflict between opposing British and American forces - period battlefield strategies and the daily routine of the rank-and-file 19th century soldier take centre stage. Come hear the muskets blast and the cannons roar!

Ontario Heritage Trust - Various sites across Ontario

Visit one of Ontario's many historic sites this summer and make the past come alive. The new Parliament  interpretive centre, site of Upper Canada's first legislative buildings. 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  and learn more about early black settlers in Ontario.

Here are some other ways to use your Fun Pass and get out and play this summer: 

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.

Art Gallery of Ontario - Toronto

Try out the Family Activity Bag or start your own art treasure hunt with AGO Collectors Series trading cards.  Have some hands-on fun in the Weston Family Learning Centre and the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands On Centre with art-making and creative play activities for the whole family, from the youngest learner on up!

Ontario Science Centre - Toronto          

STAR TREK LIVE is an action-packed, interactive spectacle with cutting-edge special effects and unmatched audience interaction! Join the circus and learn the science of juggling, the high wire, the human cannonball, sword swallowers and more in Circus! The Exhibition. Can you outrun a dinosaur in 10 metres? Find out that and much, much more in Sport, an exhibition that blends fitness and athleticism with science.

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, lean about horticulture and discover local wildlife.

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 heir pupae and prepare to take their first flight. It will take your breath away!

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 galleries. Themed weekends include Aboriginal Festival Weekend and French Fairy Tales weekend. Hands-on activities include basket-making, 17th century fire-starting and cooking demonstrations. Tasting is available too! 

Science North - Sudbury

Science North is the place for friendly and interactive learning about how science affects the world around us. The kids will be thrilled by Wildfires! A Firefighting Adventure in 4D Bush Plane Adventure, as they pilot in a CL 415 water bomber and take on the mission of controlling a major forest fire from the air.

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. From backpacking to stargazing, canoeing or wildlife viewing, Ontario Parks have an adventure for your family this summer. For a full list of parks, visit www.ontarioparks.com.


Have a question about the 2012 Fun Pass?

Email funpass@ontario.ca or call 416-314-7334.

Media Contacts

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

  • Jesse Wright

    Minister’s Office

    Jesse.Wright@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

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