There are a lot of recreational activities and programs throughout the GTA.  Yet, many of us may have a difficult time in regard to finding the desired programs due to lack of information and general knowledge.  We want to assist you and your children in discovering the various kinds of recreational activities, figuring out locations, prices, scheduling, and availability. 

Recreation can be defined as:  activities which include sports, fitness, camping and outdoor education, play groups, social recreation, arts and cultural activities, which all may fall under the terms of structured or unstructured. Recreational programs are available to families (adults, youth, and children) of various incomes and subsidy is accessible for families who otherwise might not have access due to cost. 


• They encourage diverse ethno-cultural participation.
• According to a study done by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, recreation reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in Canada.
• It can increase muscle strength, bone density and mass.
• Physical activity can help control childhood obesity.
• Life leadership skills.
• Sense of achievement.
• Fosters cross community and cultural exposure and understanding.
• Can develop positive and uplifting role models for children coming up.
• Good physical and emotional content provided for children.
• Stimulates motor skills.
• Space for intellectual and social growth.
• Enables children with disorders to achieve the same level of social/physical and academic competencies as their peers.
• Installs positive attitudes and understanding towards the importance of recreation and leisure.  In regards to living an active and healthy lifestyle.
• Fun and safe learning environments for children.

This page will provide you with some links of examples of institutions that encourage recreation just to make it easier for you.


Residents of Toronto have access to programs, which are open to children, youth and adults. They provide a place for people to come together and interact with one another. 

City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation

Information on every thing that has to do with parks and recreation.

A complete list of YMCA summer day camps.

A list of summer day camps in the Toronto area.

Family Care Office

A great site offering everything about any summer camp in or around Toronto.

Camp Page

Ontario summer camps for boys and girls.

My Summer

Camp search for Toronto.

Voyages Universite

Summer camp for kids and parents wanting to learn English and have a fun time doing it.

Harbourfront Centre

Activities and events that will be occurring at the Harbourfront Centre

Bad Dog Theatre Company

Where improv takes centre stage!


Places that appeal to people especially tourists.

The Centre Island

Centreville is an Amusement Park, just a short ferry ride from downtown.  It has over 30 rides and attractions and more than 14 eateries.  There's something for everyone at Centreville.  

The Riverdale Farm

A free, 7.5-acre farm  with pathways through wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-vegetable-flower gardens. You could see cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and cats in barns and outdoor paddocks.

The Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre mission is "To delight, inform and challenge visitors through engaging and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology. 

Ontario Place

A unique complex houses, located on the waterfront of Lake Ontario.  It has over 30 rides and attractions, a children’s play area, IMAX films on the largest screen in Ontario at Cinesphere, Mega Maze, miniature golf, a motion simulator ride and much more.

A 40,000 square foot indoor high-tech, interactive, virtual and physical entertainment complex with more than 200 attractions, video games, rides and simulators.

Opened June 3, 1989 this spectacular entertainment stadium known for holding events extrodinary to all, holds highest honours in the stadium entertainment industry. Formerly known as SkyDome, the stadium was renamed the Rogers Centre on February 2, 2005.

CN Tower

Toronto's most defining landmark stretches more than 550 metres into the sky.

The view from it’s remarkable rotating restaurant gives you birds eye view of Toronto’s lively city, In 2006 the freestanding structure will celebrate its 30th birthday.

Home of former Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, this Majestic Castle beautifully aged and maintained is complete with decorated suites, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, secret passages, and 5-acre lush estate gardens and stables  (open May through October). Also available are self-guided audio tours in 8 languages  (English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean). A fee of $2.00 will apply. * Not available during some special  events

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Wanting to journey back in time, want to discover life in early Ontario. This Village in Toronto is an example of a community founded in the 1800's. It will do much more than just teach about history, you’ll  taste it, smell it, touch it, hear it and walk alongside fellow pioneers (interpreters) exploring 40 carefully restored heritage homes, shops & gardens. Pioneer Village comes alive giving life to what once was.

Habourfront Centre

Open year-round Harbourfront Centre features concerts, dance performances, readings, films and kids' shows. The centre culturally diverse  draws the community's involvement and incredible talent. With 12 major venues for music, dance and cultural events, in and around two major multi-use buildings. The Queens Quay Terminal houses a wide variety of shops and services. The York Quay Centre houses an art gallery, installations, the Lakeside Terrace, a patio and an information booth. There is also a large pond that doubles as a seasonal, outdoor skating rink.


Various events within the city which provides entertainment and cultural history.

A family fun filled street festival with performers, musicians crafts people, restauranteurs and merchants.  It’s a trip to Italy without a plane.

CHIN International Picnic

A free weekend long international picnic with vendors and live entertainment which feature international stars. It takes place July 1st 3rd.

Pride Week

Pride week is a fun and fabulous arts and culture festival that’s happens on the last week of June, each year in Toronto.

Toronto International Circus Festival

The 3rd annual Toronto International Circus Festival is where the best circus acrobats and street performers from around the world transforms Toronto’s Distillary Historic District into a world of comic revelry and amazing sights and sounds.

The Distillary  Historic District  hold s the 4th annual Toronto PartiGras Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 21st, 22nd and 2rd of June 2006. PartiGras has all the great ingredients; music, dance, great food and a whole lotta fun to make you feel great!

An Ovation of Jazz

A gala event to kick off the 17th Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival, with live entertainment and gourmet cuisine. A ticketed event with all proceeds in support of Toronto’s East General Hospital.

Black Creek Pioneer Village presents Toronto’s only festival of traditional and contemporary Métis arts. Watch artisans at work, taste traditional foods, hear toe-tapping fiddle music and enjoy dance and song performances by Métis, First Nations and Inuit artists.

18th Annual Beaches International Jazz festival

Now celebrating its 17th year, the 2005 Streetfest is a Beaches International Jazz Festival original event that showcases some of the finest Jazz, Latin, R&B and Samba bands and singers from Canada and beyond.

The Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood is re-routing the Molson Indy north of the Lakeshore this year, when it hosts the Bloor-Yorkville Molson Indy Street Party. The street party will feature everything from an awards ceremony to a display of vintage racecars.

This is a celebration of not only Chinese culture and heritage, but also including other Asian communities that are thriving as part of the Dundas - Spadina Chinatown. This is like taking a Magical Tour to the Orient.

The distillery district rocks with an outdoor summer Atlantic lobster bash sponsored by the Distillery District's own Mill Street Brewery! The best of the East coast meets the best of Ontario in a culinary and craft pairing destined to delight both the avid beer and seafood connoisseur.


It's always nice to go somewhere to see the artistic visions of people in the world. Below is a list of where you can go and widen your horizons.

Royal Ontario Museum

Experience ROM’s impressive new galleries featuring the art and archaeology of China, Japan, Korea and Canada’s First Peoples.

Bata Shoe Museum

Shoes and stories from many lands….always something new to see.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Shows events that going to go on at The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

A museum that’s just for children which makes learning fun.

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is Canadas premier zoo,  known for its interactive education and conservation activities, kids will love seeing the different kinds of aninals.

Information not available.

Toronto Aerospace Museum

The Toronto Aerospace Museum (TAM) is dedicated to developing an exciting educational, heritage and tourist attraction at Parc Downsview Park, in Toronto. Founded in 1997, we are an important year-round attraction within Parc Downsview Park, Canada’s first urban national park.

The Tree Museum

A museum dedicated to providing information on the enviroment while showcasing innovative art iun a fully integrated outdorr enviroment.

Shows performing arts and visual arts that are kid-friendly. 

Information not available. 

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African Lion Safari

A Canadian owned conservation family business.  Animals are exhibited differently where visitors are caged in the car, and the animals roam in 2 to 20 hectare (5 to 50 acre) reserves.

A Children’s indoor playground that is designed for children up to 8yrs of age they will accept up to 12 yrs.  Their climber has extra wide tubes so that adults and big kids can climb in too.  Features include:  A large monkey head swing, slides, stage & costumes, ball pit, and more.

Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre

Looking for a great way to exercise have fun and strengthen those muscles this is the spot. With free admission this indoor swimming pool centre is also child friendly with a water slide, swing, sauna and whirlpool.

Fantasy Fair

This indoor amusement park for kids is the way to go for anytime of the year.  It has nine full-size rides, a ferris wheel and an antique carousel that everyone will enjoy, for those who like games the midway and arcades are the place to be. Fun for the whole family it is a sight to see and experience, located In Woodbine Mall address 500 Rexdale Blvd. North west corner of Hwy#27 & Rexdale Blvd.


An amusement park with live entertaining animal shows, rides for all ages rollercoasters as: trivoli, dragon mountain, wave swinger, sky screamer a 450 foot ride giving you a sensational view of the park just to name a few.

Featuring the Killer whales and an under water viewing area, not to mention a range of different underwater animals.

This amazing amusement park draws thousands, also known for their cartoons on television they also appear in the park welcoming everyone. Thrill seekers are you, well don’t look any further as all who visit will get to ride some of the best rides there are.  Rides that have been made after movies they will amuse and boggle your mind there’s something for everyone, an area for children (Hanna Barbara Land) with it’s cute characters also known for their cartoons on television and rides that they will love. With a large assortment of foods all over the park and famous for it’s shows this place is the place be in the summer.

An indoor entertainment facility also equipped for parties these rooms can also be booked for  conferences in advance. For fun Laser Runner, Cosmic Golf, Inline Skating, Whirl Ball, Billiards Lounge and great music.                                                                            

Wasaga Beach

Wasaga beach perfect for a family outing, Bar-B-Q’s, hiking, swimming, boating, and camping or even just a walk along the boardwalk. It’s relaxing it’s nature isn’t it time for that trip to the beach, check out the website and make some plans today.

Wild Water Kingdom

Known for all it’s water attractions, this entertaining water kingdom known for it’s lazy river which takes you around the whole area is just one of the fun and cooling attractions to enjoy.   Water slides, wading pools and the ever popular wave pool which you can’t get enough from. 


Bad Dog Theatre Company

Acting and Improvisation

WHERE:  138 Danforth Avenue Toronto, Ontario

WHAT: Improvisation workshops, classes and plays

FOR WHO: Children and Family friendly

WHEN: Wednesdays and Thursdays for workshops,

Saturdays and Sundays for most live shows and plays


Improvisation theatre can stimulate the mind by teaching and conditioning an individual to be free flowing.  Improvisation frees the mind of excessive thinking and worrying.  The analytical thoughts that consume our daily lives concerning what others think of us, our performances at work and school, will gradually subside through improvisational play and exercises.

In short improvisation is a positive and healthy art that can teach young minds (as well as old) to embrace making mistakes, forgiving one self and moving forward.

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