The 11 most awesome munchkin-friendly activities this month.
1. Happy Canada Day! With the help of volunteer artists, complete your Canadiana collection by creating a dancing moose puppet or
a Canada Day hat in 15 minutes flat. Then check out an Under the Big Top show by the Zero Gravity Circus.
July 1. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., 416-395-7584, toronto.ca. Free.
2. Rain or shine, the Harbourfront Centre is showing movies under the stars, starting with the director’s cut of Little Shop of Horrors.
Every Wednesday from July 3–Aug. 28. 235 Queens Quay, 416-973-4600, harbourfrontcentre.com. Free.
3. The family that walks together, journals together. Learn how to keep a nature journal at the High Park Nature Centre.
July 3. High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr., 416-392-1748 (ext. 2), highparknaturecentre.com. $2 or PWYC.
4. Discover the international flavours of Scarborough at the Taste of Lawrence festival through food, music, crafts, and performances.
July 5–7. Lawrence Ave. E. (from Warden to Birchmount), 416-288-1718, tasteoflawrence.com. Free.
5. Amazing musical acts, delicious food, and loads of activities for the kids at Afrofest.
July 6–7. Woodbine Park (Lake Shore Blvd. E., at Coxwell), 416-469-5336, afrofest.ca. Free.
6. Build a Despicable Me 2 car with the help of the good folks at Home Depot. For ages 4–12.
July 6. Home Depot locations across Toronto, homedepot.ca/workshops. Free.
7. Take a heritage train ride with your favourite teddy and enjoy the beautiful view of the Oak Ridges Moraine. A doctor will be on board to offer free check-ups to all teddies.
July 7. York-Durham Heritage Railway (between Stouffville Station and Uxbridge Station), 905-852-3696, ydhr.ca. $22–$24; children under 12 with a teddy bear admitted free.
8. Got LEGO super-fans at home? Head over to the ultimate LEGO Fan Event, which has 14,000 square feet of space dedicated to the building-block creations.
July 13–14. Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, 5875 Airport Rd., brickfete.com. $5–$20.
9. “The Greatest Show on Earth” is at Black Creek Pioneer Village this summer—a pioneer-time carnival, which includes a museum of oddities.
July 13–14, 20–21. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy., 416-736-1733, blackcreek.ca. $11–$15.
10. Nothing is more awesome than the kid masqueraders at the junior version of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.
July 20. Downsview Park (Sheppard and Keele), 416-391-5608, torontocaribbeancarnival.com. Free.
11. What makes Kensington Market perfect? No cars on Pedestrian Sundays!
July 28. Kensington Market (Augusta and College), 416-826-2964, pskensington.ca. Free.
For more Toronto family fun, visit bunchfamily.ca.