The 11 most awesome, relatively painless, munchkin-friendly activities this month.
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1. Doing Pride with kids? Head to Glad Day Bookshop before the parade for treats and stories with author/gender-jammer S. Bear Bergman.
July 1. 598 Yonge St., 416-961-4161. Free.
2. Canada Day festivities don’t get much better than a maple syrup–themed walking tour. Tap into the history of our national sweet and munch on the city’s best butter tarts.
July 1. Kensington Market, 416-871-7133. Adults $30, kids $10, kids under 7 free.
3. Get ready to rumba at Lula Lounge’s Sunday Salsa Family Brunch. Beginner salsa lessons and live Cuban music are the perfect way to work up an appetite.
July 1. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., 416-588-0307. Adults $15, kids $7.
4. Applefun Puppetry updates the tale of the noble outlaw in Robin Hood and the Dragon, with a surprisingly cuddly beast.
July 4. Toronto Public Library, Locke Branch, 3083 Yonge St., 416-393-7730. Free.
5. Get your family roots rocking at Afrofest, a music festival packed with performances—complete with a samba squad, an African guitar summit, and a drum stage.
July 7 and 8. Woodbine Park, Lake Shore Blvd. E., 416-469-5336. Free.
6. Something from Nothing is a heartwarming play based on Phoebe Gilman’s classic story about the evolution of a baby blanket.
July 7–15. Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave., 416-469-2878. Adults $10, kids $6.
7. Mini treasure hunters will love the open-air scavenger hunt at Queen’s Park. Turn them loose on the historic grounds of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and see what bounty they uncover.
Wednesdays in July and August. Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St. W., 416-325-7500. Free.
8. Have an MC wannabe? Bring ’em to the Unity Concert to see the best in urban performance art: beatboxing, breakdancing, and an all-styles dance battle.
July 14. Yonge-Dundas Square. Free.
9. LEGO fans unite! Brickfête, the LEGO Fan Festival and Expo, takes show-and-tell to the next level with 10,000 square feet of the coolest LEGO creations in North America.
July 14 and 15. Hilton Hotel, 5875 Airport Rd., Mississauga. Adults $10, kids $5.
10. Caribana’s mini-masqueraders are big on glamour. Watch the parade’s junior enthusiasts strut in jaw-dropping costumes as part of the festival’s Junior Carnival and Family Day.
July 21. Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd. Free.
11. Enjoy a car-free Bloor West for a weekend and revel in circus acts, storytelling events, artist performances, and a flat-out awesome pancake-eating contest at the BIG on Bloor Festival.
July 21 and July 22. Bloor St. from Dufferin to Landsdowne. Free.