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Family-Friendly Activities in Toronto

It seems like in the blink of an eye school’s out and you’re suddenly left scrambling, trying to figure what to do with the kids. The good news is that there are a ton of family-friendly activities in Toronto this summer to partake in that will appease everyone, and keep boredom at bay. Here are some of the top family-friendly activities to check out in Toronto this summer.

Snorkel With Stingrays At Ripley’s Aquarium

Since the Ripley’s Aquarium opened it’s doors in 2013 in Toronto, it’s become one of the most popular attractions throughout the city. And it’s not hard to see why. Beyond the awesome aquarium that you and the kids can enjoy, there are also numerous other family-friendly activities to enjoy that will really crank up the fun factor. Kids that are ages six and up can swim and snorkel with stingrays in Ray Bay, accompanied by a Ripley’s diver. You and the family can have fun getting a behind the scenes tour with some of the stars of the aquarium.

You can check out all the detailed info here: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/programs/stingray-experience/

Jr. Jays Saturdays

Summer in Toronto means a ball game has to be involved at least once. And with the Jr. Jays program, you can bring the family to any Saturday home game to take in the action while participating in kid-friendly activities while you get to relax and enjoy the action. Kids can win prizes, or even be selected for stadium activities like Jr. Jay Announcer for the bottom half of an inning, or a moment of fame up on the video board, and for fans 14 ages and older, they can run around the bases after the game.

For more information, check out the details here: https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/

FringeKids Club At The Fringe Festival

If you’ve got theatrical lovers in the family then this is the place to check out this summer. The FringeKids Club was created for kid-friendly performances, with plenty of theatre-based activities that they can have fun with. This club is located at the George Ignatieff Theatre where kids can enjoy free activities. You can also catch a FringeKid performance, with this year’s puppet adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the comedy Pirates Don’t Babysit! Shows costs $5 per person.

For more information, check out the site here: https://fringetoronto.com/festivals/kidsfest

Redpath Waterfront Festival

If you’re looking for something unique to check out in celebration of the Canada Day weekend, head over to the Redpath Waterfront Festival. Here you can check out the fleet of tall ships, which includes the largest Viking ship built in modern times.  Aside from deck tours, kids can participate on the free navy-themed obstacle course, and fuel up on some tasty food from local bakers and chefs. There will also be tons of artisanal goods and even a dog show to check out. This is literally the place to be for everyone to enjoy – even your furry loved one. For more information, click here: http://towaterfrontfest.com/

If you’re wondering how to appease the kids this summer, check out some of these awesome family-friendly events that are happening in Toronto this summer.

 

 

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Toronto Events: July 2017

As Canada’s 150th birthday rolls around, Toronto will truly be more alive than ever before. There is a stunning and mind-boggling array of events on offer throughout the month of July, and there’s certainly something on offer for everyone. Rest assured, you won’t be short on fun and exciting experiences.

Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival (July 1-3)

Making full use of the revitalized Queen’s Quay and Waterfront, the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival offers a dynamic range of interactive on-land activities. Featuring the West Coast Lumberjack Show, exciting entertainment from Rhythm of the Nation, a visit from one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s 440-foot naval frigates, the popular Artisan Market, and yes, the much-discussed visit of the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, the Waterfront neighbourhood is sure to experience a frenzy of delights and exciting activities sure to please all ages. Come and Canuck it up!

Toronto Fringe Festival (July 5-16)

Calling all artists and art-lovers — the annual Toronto Fringe Festival is coming back! Showcasing 160 plays at 35 venues as well as 50 free events at the Fringe Club at Scaddling Court, Ontario’s largest theatre and performance art festival is guaranteed to blow your mind and endlessly inspire. With highly affordable $12 tickets for all fee-based events, Toronto Fringe Festival offers easy and budget-friendly accessibility to cutting-edge indie and grassroots artistic exhibitions for those in need of a heavy dose of vibrant culture.

Honda Indy Toronto (July 14-16)

For a rush of excitement and rip-roaring energy, look no further than the Honda Honda Indy Toronto. Held at Exhibition Place, this automotive celebration offers a vast array of activities including children’s activities such as golfing and face painting, complimentary midway-style snacks, driver autograph sessions, interactive exhibits, live entertainment, vehicle showcases, beer gardens, and plenty more for thrill-seekers in addition to the exhilarating racing itself. Head over for a complimentary cotton candy, snow cone, or popcorn, and partake in the various exciting activities and events Honda Indy Toronto has to offer!

Toronto’s Festival of Beer (July 28-30)

What good is summer without a tall, frosty cold one? Toronto’s Festival of Beer is here to quench the parched and thoroughly entertain the bored. A mouth-watering 418 incredible brews will be on offer from brands of all sizes, as will great food and company. The grilling tent, managed by skilled chefs who are culinary masters, will provide delectable fixings galore, and live bands including Method Man & Redman, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, and Sloan round out the exciting entertainment options accompanying spectacular brews. Bring a friend (or a few) over to Exhibition Place, and let your appetites run wild.

This July, Torontonians and visitors alike will have a huge selection of exciting experiences readily available throughout the weeks to come. Indulge in guilty pleasures and soak up some of the fascinating culture coming your way this summer! In Toronto, the possibilities are endless.

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Welcome Home Gift Ideas for the New Mom

Baby season has arrived! When you go to visit the new bundle of joy, be sure to bring a little something for Mom too! Mom has been through a lot bringing this little bundle of joy into the world, so now’s time to celebrate her as well! Here are some thoughtful gift ideas to show Mom how much you care.

Flowers

After having a baby it’s very nice and calming to be surrounded by beautiful flowers. It’s a common gift to give to new parents for a reason, because it’s always lovely to look upon pretty flowers at the end of a long day.

Jewelery

You can give your wife a memorable gift such as something in the baby’s birthstone. A little something to say “thank you for giving me the best present in the world”. It will be a keepsake for her to cherish as baby grows up.

Gift basket

Don’t send a gift basket to the hospital because the parents will have enough to carry home. Have a gift basket just for moms waiting at home to welcome her to her new life. The basket should contain calming things she can use to relax. Things like herbal teas, her favorite chocolate or snacks maybe even a good book.

New pajamas

Face it, a new mom is going to spend a fair amount of time in her pajamas, so why not surprise her with a brand new pair! She might be in between sizes directly after having a baby so a new set will be a blessing.

A massage

Sure you can give her a massage if you want, but you should also buy her a professional massage. This serves as a two part present; first is the professional massage that she desperately needs and two is some quiet time away from the baby.

Bringing home a new baby is very exciting and overwhelming. Don’t get so caught up in the excitement of things that you forget to celebrate the woman who gave you the beautiful baby.