Even in a pandemic, June is no joke. The countdown to the last day of school is officially on, but this month is usually bursting with year-end projects, school assemblies, recitals, fun fairs, and report cards. Summer sports would cross over with school extracurriculars, meaning our weeknights were twice as busy (and we thought it wasn’t possible to be any busier).
Now we have an overabundance of “quality” family time. But we’re finally allowed to leave the house…
What to do? What to do?
Here are a few fun kid-friendly options happening in and around Toronto in June…
**Events and attractions subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions**
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is re-opening June 4! Located near Collingwood, Ont., Scenic Caves dates back 450 million years and is set within one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves. Featuring the longest suspension bridge in Southern Ontario, 15 kilometers of trails throughout 370 acres, there’s plenty of room to experience the 200 year old forest and hikes varying from rolling slopes to steep climbs.
Park capacity is reduced and admission includes access to the hiking trail centre which offers 15km of one way, well-marked trails, the Suspension Bridge, the Caves/Crevasse trail network, Pathway of life-sized wooden animal carvings, the trout pond (feed the fish), picnic areas, ands Children’s Adventure Playground. The 18-hole mini-golf and gemstone mining adventure is available at an additional fee.
Park admission: Adults $28.50, Seniors $25.75, Youths 3-17 $25.75, Toddlers 2 and under FREE
Heading into its seventh year, due to COVID-19, Winter Stations has been reimagined as Spring Stations until June 30. Artworks featured from the winter display will be at two popular Toronto locations: The Distillery District and 33 Parliament Street. The event is scheduled in accordance to provincial COVID-19 guidelines and is subject to change. At The Distillery District, you’ll find the works ARc de Blob, From Small Beginnings, and The Epitonium. At 33 Parliament, you’ll find THROBBER.
Music on the River
Toronto Adventures’ Music on the River events kick off June 18. Embark on your journey at their Humber Paddling Centre located on the Humber River – just a 5-minute walk from Old Mill subway station. Get set up in your kayak or canoe and enjoy a scenic paddle of the Humber River before a 45-minute music show featuring a popular, local Toronto artist right on the river.
Boat(s), paddles, PFDs/life jackets, and glow stick included. Be sure to bring weather-appropriate clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, blanket, and snacks and drinks to enjoy during the show.
From $40+ tax for a single kayak to $90+ tax for a large canoe
Mega Wheels Drive Thru
From June 18 – 27 at Country Heritage Park in Milton, On., Mega Wheels is a custom, drive-thru experience featuring monster trucks, military vehicles, construction and farm vehicles, steam tractors, classic and custom cars, and more. Your experience starts at the “Car-be-que” food truck market to fuel up before the 2.5km trail that’s truly an auto enthusiast’s dream.
Tune in to the dedicated radio station for cruising tunes and facts about the vehicles on display.
$38+ tax per vehicle; tickets must be purchased online beforehand
Italian Contemporary Film Festival
The 10th anniversary of the ICFF kicks off their 3-week program June 27 at Ontario Place with drive-in screenings celebrating Italian culture and supporting Italian-Canadian artists and initiatives. The festival will open with Disney and Pixar’s upcoming original animated feature, Luca, directed by Oscar-nominated storyboard artist and film director Enrico Casarosa.
The special screening will feature a 3-course Luca-themed dinner prepared by Eataly Toronto delivered to your car, that includes a dessert, traditional popcorn, a specialty Lavazza brew, and more All portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Food Banks Canada.
from $250+ tax per vehicle
Family Pride 2021
Part of Toronto Pride’s Phygital Festival, the Family Pride event takes place on Sunday June 20 from 2:30-3:30pm.
Celebrating the strength and uniqueness of 2SLGBTQ+ families and children, Pride Toronto has been bringing community families together for 21 years! Although we’re still not able to gather in the school playground, join in online for a fun-packed hour of online entertainment.
Admission is free
A new kind of Covid-safe live theatre experience (with sold-out performances in London and Paris) hits Toronto starting June 25. Using headphones and their mobile app, C-O-N-T-A-C-T immerses you in a state-of-the-art 3D soundscape as you follow their actors through the downtown streets of Toronto.
In a world where social distancing is the norm, Sarah is approached in the street by a stranger passing by, who turns out to be much more than he seems. Over 45 minutes, Sarah’s life will be forever changed by this extraordinary moment of C-O-N-T-A-C-T. A beautiful story of love, loss, catharsis, and redemption. Children are welcome, but must be able to focus for the duration of the performance.
Tickets start at $49