We made it to week four of summer! Out of ideas? No way. If you’re sticking around the city this week, try some of these activities.

Watch movies, outdoors: If your kids can stay up late, there are lots of family-friendly flicks in parks across the city. On the east side, Kew Gardens is home to free Movie Nights in the Beach Village. Big Hero 6 is on Wednesday, July 22 at dusk and the playground at Kew Gardens is one of our favourites. On Thursday, July 23, TIFF in Your Park presents HUGO at Union Station at 9:15 p.m. Both series are on all summer long.


Stroll(er)ing along the Boardwalk.

Walk the Boardwalk, or Queen Street: A 2.5 km stretch of Queen Street East (between Woodbine and Beech Avenues) is closed to traffic starting at 6 p.m. for StreetFest, a line up of live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Or hit the Boardwalk.

Play along the water: Harbourfront Centre is home to a great big party throughout the Pan Am Games. It’s called the Ontario Celebration Zone and it’s super kid-friendly. There are activities and concerts every day, plus extra programming that changes daily. (The weekly line ups are posted on the right-hand side of their website.) While The Waterfront is the best when sunny, these activities are mostly covered and indoors so you don’t have to wait for the perfect weather to have fun. And it’s free.


Maker Fun! at Toronto Public Library with the Toronto Tool Library.

Rainy Day: Get reading. The Toronto Public Library is once again hosting the TD Summer Reading Club. Kids can get a free club notebook and fill it with stickers as they read throughout the summer. Be sure to browse your local branches for some special activities. 

Stuck at Home: Put a tent up in the basement or in the backyard and bake some Skillet S’Mores by Sweet Potato Chronicles. And if the kids are behaving, share it with them.

Keep Mom Sane: All mamas need an extra dose of calm. Find yours outside at Yoga in the Park. There are sessions across the city. It’s pay as you wish with part of the proceeds going to a local shelter.