Family Friendly Events in the City
‘Tis the season for Dads and Grads, but everyone can get in on the action this month! Expect sunny skies and some excited kids to start their summer vacation! As the city comes alive with the sights and sounds of summer, here are some great ideas for fun things to do with your family this June. Time to enter summer mode!
And of course, don’t forget to book a babysitter for the outings that you want to enjoy without the children – brewery tours, concerts, festivals etc. – don’t stay home and let the summer pass you by!
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Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
June 27 -29 7:30pm
Featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Women’s Chorus from Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers
Conducted by Justin Freer. The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The tour will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film on a high-definition screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
June 18 9am- 10:30am
Registration Fees: May 2- Jun 15 $45; Jun 16- Jun 19 $100 (Kids free)
Register for The Journey to Conquer Cancer Run or Walk on June 18th (Father’s Day). Support any area of cancer research with no fundraising minimum! With 5K, 3K or 1K options available, everyone can join in the fight to conquer cancer in our lifetime. Fundraisers will walk by The Princess Margaret and historic Queen’s Park; add in a hot breakfast, lots of entertainment, and a post-race celebration, and the Journey truly has something for everyone! Bring the family and support our community in raising funds for lifesaving cancer research- kids are free!
Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
June 3 (Yankees) & June 17 (White Sox) 1:07pm
Ages: 14 and under
Cost: Special priced kids ticket $11.50- $28.25. Adult tickets $23- $47
Every Saturday Home Game at the Ballpark is a Jr. Jays Saturday presented by Boston Pizza. Kids 14 and under can visit Jr. Jays zones on the 100, 200 and 500 levels to take part in many fun activities that will keep them entertained up until the eighth inning! Don’t forget- kids can run the bases just like the pros after the game. The outdoor program will run pregame beginning at 11am up until first pitch- kids can play on inflatables, get their faces painted and play different games. (Weather permitting.) Be sure to dress up in your Blue Jays gear for a chance to win prizes and be seen on the large video board!
The Garrison Common at Fort York
June 15 -18
Thursday, 5:30pm – 10:00pm,
Friday, 11:30am – 4:00pm; 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, 11:30am – 4:00pm; 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
$13.00 plus service charges. Food & drink costs vary.
With 25,000 food-loving visitors in attendance, this is the highlight of the summer foodie calendar. Toronto’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants will serve taster size signature dishes, world-class chefs will appear in live cooking demonstrations and, as always, there will be many opportunities to get hands-on with interactive Metro Master Classes and shop from an array of over 60 food and drink exhibitors.
Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Avenue
June 9- August 27
Ages 4+ $54.99-74.99.
Experience the beloved family tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home! This classic story has entertained audiences for generations, and now you can share the magic with your family! The well-known score includes all your favourite songs: Over the Rainbow, Munchkinland, We’re Off to See the Wizard, The Merry Old Land of Oz, If I Were King of the Forest, and more! This is a faithful adaptation of the classic family film, and appropriate for ages 4+.
Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie Street
June 4 8:45am- 1pm
Join Chrone’s & Colitis Canada for the 22nd annual Gutsy Walk and become part of Canada’s largest community event committed to raising funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Show loved ones living with Crohn’s and colitis they are not alone. Fundraise and walk as a team to help improve the lives of children and adults affected by Crohn’s and colitis. With your fundraising efforts, together we can “Make it stop. For life.”
Jimmie Simpson Park and Community Centre, 870 Queen St. E.
June 3 & 4, 11am-6pm
Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a great place to connect with artists and buy that perfect piece for your home!
June 3 & June 4 1pm-4pm
FREE. Food costs vary.
Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Riverside! Spanning 10 vibrant blocks between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street on historic Queen Street East.This year, the festival is celebrating Ontario and Canada’s 150th anniversary and Indigenous roots with special events and festivities! During the festival, local eateries open their doors serving tasting plates and musical entertainment. The festival includes a variety of destination points at four street closures with live music, entertainment and, of course, mouthwatering Riverside tasters. Fresh music along Riverside’s streetscape with sounds ranging from Samba, Indigenous music, New Orleans-style Jazz, Roots/Rock and Children’s music.
725 Logan Ave
June 3- Oct 14 9am-1pm rain or shine.
The Withrow Park Farmers Market has the goal of engaging families in local food with a full schedule of crafts, guest presentations and other activities for children of all ages to enjoy. Their crafts foster learning and creativity and are made with, whenever possible, recycled materials which are simple, safe, and healthy for children to use. The interactive guest presentations will promote the children’s understanding of the links between their environment, health, and community. Participation in crafts is free. They are always happy to accept donations of lightly used or surplus craft supplies.
Bloor Street from Spadina to Bathurst
Sunday, June 11 10am-6pm. Free.
This year is the 21st Anniversary year for this fantastic street festival! Presented by the Miles Nadal JCC and the Bloor Annex BIA, the party animates a six block stretch of Bloor Street – from Spadina to Bathurst – with musicians, food vendors, buskers, health and fitness demos, children’s activities and rides, as well as special theatre and performance acts.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
Saturday, June 3
Ages: Recommended for kids 8+
Kids 16 and under FREE. Adults pay $6 admission for Toronto Coin Expo
10:15am- Coin Collecting for kids. A workshop for the young (and young at heart!) who want to learn more about what beginners can collect. We will also see how chocolate coins are made, which are “strikingly” similar to how the Mint makes coins! Chocolate coins (as well as real ones) will be available to sort into your collection. Free to young collectors in attendance at the Coin Expo! (Reserve your spot online).
10:45am- Kids Coin Auction. As a new addition this year, there will be a fun-filled auction for the younger numismatics. The numismatic auction is only for young collectors using school play money to buy real items!
Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Avenue
$15/family for non-members. $5/family members.
Join us at the first annual Healthy Moms Toronto Marketplace. This fun family event will feature healthy and delicious food, family activities, great prizes, and an amazing shopping experience with tons of special offers and natural products for you to check out. The show will include outdoor activities for the whole family, healthy and delicious food vendors, great prizes to be won and an amazing indoor shopping experience including a mini-farmers’ market with organic produce from Fresh City Farms. Free on-site childcare will be available c/o Westside Montessori School, in case you need a little solo shopping time.
(Various neighbourhoods throughout Toronto)
Walking tours of Toronto. ROMWalks encompass the diverse aspects of Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods including history, architecture, arts of all varieties, education and more. Most tours are free and require no registration unless otherwise noted. Look for the purple RomWalks umbrella. Tours are approximately 90 minutes-2 hours.
- June 4th: Citadels of Wealth (meet at northwest corner of Front & Yonge) 2pm
- June 7th: Waterfront (meet at southeast corner of queens quay west and Bathurst st.) 6pm
- June 11th: RomWalks Plus: 150 Years of King Street. (Meet at Southeast corner of King St E. and Berkeley.) 2-3:30pm. $10. Pre-register.
- June 14th: Heart of Toronto. (Meet at front doors of new city hall.) 6pm.
- June 18th: St. James Cemetery. (Meet at the cemetery entrance on east side of Parliament Street, north of Wellesley Street). 2pm.
- June 21st: The Annex. (Meet at the west corner of the ROM on Bloor, in front of the window.) 6pm.
- June 25th: Whiskey, Wharf & Windmill. (Meet at St. Paul’s Basilica, southeast corner of Power & Queen Streets). 2pm.
- June 28th: Arts & Entertainment. (Meet at Southwest corner of Queen & University.) 6pm.
Sunday, June 11 11am- 3pm
Come out and Play!
Set your kids free in Earth Day Canada’s Adventure Playground – full of loose parts and a kid-play-paradise. The last one at Trinity Bellwoods was a huge success! Then sit back and take a break while you’re doing it – that’s the whole point! To let kids get into some serious play with other kids with some interesting materials.
Saturday, June 24 10 am-3pm
Are you tired of reading the same books over and over?? Looking to purge some of those toys?! Want to find some NEW fun things to play with? Join us at Jill and the Beanstalk for our annual Toy and Book Swap!! For ages 0-6 years.
Eglinton from Dufferin to Ronald Streets
June 17 12pm- 11pm. June 18 12pm- 9pm
Free admission & rides
Free rides, kids’ activities and games, FREE music & entertainment and food & sidewalk sales from some of Eglinton’s fabulous vendors! Enter for a chance to win a 55-inch TV. They’ll be giving away one TV each day. Enjoy the flavours of life—family, food, music, culture, shopping and entertainment–in our diverse community, Fairbank Village. Free live music and cultural acts at our main stage.
Dufferin Mall, 900 Dufferin Street
June 25th 12pm-4pm.
$15-youths / adults; $30 for a family pack; $5 (2-12); FREE for kids under 2
You’re invited to Toronto Life’s first-ever Doughnut Festival in partnership with Dufferin Mall, celebrating some of the city’s top makers of doughnuts, crullers and other sweet, colourful rounds. Prepare for the sugar rush on Sunday, June 25, when many of the doughnuts featured in the magazine’s June doughnut ranking will be fresh and ready under one roof. It promises to be an afternoon of frosted and glazed goodness. Purchase tickets online.
Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr.
June 1 (The Karate Kid), June 8 (Ghostbusters), June 15 (Sing), June 22 (The Jungle Book)
Movie starts 8pm. Pre-show starts 7:30pm.
Free. No registration required.
Let’s stargaze! Grab a blanket and your friends and neighbours under the night sky at the City’s biggest outdoor theatre. From throwbacks to blockbuster hits, this year’s movie nights line-up includes Storm Troopers, Wizards, and Lego Superheroes. Get a taste of the action with their pre-show LIVE with Khalad I. at 7:30pm.
Erindale Secondary School. 2021 Dundas Street W.
June 2nd 6pm-12am
$15 registration fee. Register online.
Whether you are cheering on survivors, walking the track, passing the baton to your teammate or joining in exciting trackside activities, Relay for Life is more than just a cancer walk- it’s a journey.
Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr.
June 4 12pm-5pm
With every $5 donation, participants receive a festivities wristband that includes a BBQ lunch and a chance to win great prizes! Park admission is FREE. All ages.
Join this community event supporting Trillium Health Partners’ My Hospital Fund. There’s tons of fun for the whole family! Cheer on your favourite team at the bed races, enjoy live music, kids stroller derby, games, prizes, and so much more.There’s something for everyone. As a community, we make our three hospitals strong. We are Better Together!
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