Check out festivals going on in Toronto, Markham, Mississauga and Richmond Hill, the Rouge BioBlitz, free admission at the Metro Toronto Zoo on Saturday for kids up to 12 years, and special programming on at the Toronto NFB Mediatheque and Black Creek Pioneer Village.
What do you have planned for Father’s Day?
1. Luminato Festival in Downtown Toronto
June 8- 17 | Various locations in Downtown Toronto
2. Markham Village Music Festival
June 15 & 16, 2012 | Markham
Join the festivities at the Markham Village Music Festival (Markham Main Street & Morgan Park)!
From rock and roll to classical, from country to hip hop, you’ll find a sound to please your ears. As well as music, the Markham Village Music Festival features amateur and professional entertainers from Markham, York Region and the GTA. See dancers, jugglers, clowns and much more!
Bring the kids to the Children’s Village in Morgan Park! The fun begins on Thursday with carnival rides in the park, provided by Townsend Amusements, from 6 pm until 10 pm. Rides will continue Friday from 6 – 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am until 9 pm and Sunday from 12 pm until 6 pm. There will be over a dozen rides, as well as food and refreshments, games and prizes galore. It will be fun for the whole family!
3. Rouge BioBlitz in Scarborough & Markham
June 15 at 3pm to June 16 at 3pm | Scarborough and Markham
2012 Rouge BioBlitz (Rouge Park)
Something exciting is coming to Rouge Park this spring and we hope you’ll join us. The Rouge BioBlitz will bring together expert biologists, ecologists and naturalists with the public to list and identify all the plants and animals they can spot within a 24-hr period in Rouge Park. There will be a variety of experts working to identify all types of life in the park. It’s a community based volunteer initiative linking science, education and public participation.
4. Beach, BBQ & Brews Festival in Toronto’s East End
Friday June 15- Sunday June 17 | Toronto’s East End
Beach, BBQ & Brews Festival at Woodbine Park (Lake Shore Blvd E & Coxwell)
The Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is scheduled to take place June 15th – 17th, 2012, Father’s Day weekend at Woodbine Park. An incredible venue located at Woodbine Park in the “Beach” in the east end of Toronto. Supported by the City of Toronto and buoyed by a large consumer base this event is family friendly, active and the place to be! Come out to this FREE RIBFEST to enjoy great BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, Grilling Demonstrations, Craft Vendors and of course the Beer Garden. It’s a community favourite and has something for everyone!
5. Mississauga Waterfront Festival in Mississauga
Friday June 15- Sunday June 17 | Mississauga
Mississauga Waterfront Festival at Memorial Park (Lakeshore Road & between Hurontario and Mississauga Road)
Lots going on at this festival! Performances by the GiGi Sisters, Monster Rock Orchestra with a backdrop of a laser light show and water feature, Broken Dance – Canada’s Got Talent semi-finalists & more! Magic, Mad Science, and Puppet Shows on the Kids Stage. In the park there’s Enersource Interactive Sandbox with sand toys, World Renowned Sand Sculptor – Nick Blandin, Tennis Smash Cage, GTA Inflatables, Bowmanville Petting Zoo – Pony and Camel rides, Home Depot Kids Workshop, Professional Face Painting/Balloon Tricks, Craft Tent – Free Instrument making workshop. *Check the schedule before coming. Some activities will only be available on certain days and times.
On Saturday and Sunday check out the Family Fishing Expo. Free Casting Contest, Fun Photos – with the big catch of the day, Fishing tips – for Lake Ontario and the Credit River, FREE Kids Fish Pond – Prizes for everyone, Lure making workshop – Kids can learn to make a fishing lure, Try your luck at the Trout Pond – Fishing for Real fish.
6. Oak Ridges Fair in Richmond Hill
Friday June 15- Sunday June 17 | Richmond Hill
Oak Ridges Fair at Sunset Park (Bayview & N Lake Road)
Midway rides, clowns, airbrush tattoo artist, lollipop lady, pony rides, petting zoo, dunk tank, magic, circus show and more!
7. Coca Cola Fun Day at the Metro Toronto Zoo
Saturday June 16 | Scarborough
Metro Toronto Zoo (Hwy 401 & Meadowvale Road)
It’s the Coca-Cola® Fun Day! Bring a product label from any Coca-Cola® products and get one FREE admission for kids of up to 12 years.
8. Battle of Black Creek at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17 | North York
Battle of Black Creek - Revolutionary War Re-enactment at Black Creek Pioneer Village (1000 Murray Ross Parkway)
More than 200 soldiers set up camp for this colourful Revolutionary War re-enactment. Enjoy a special Father’s Day BBQ lunch, as well!
The following events will be showcased: Full Scale Battle on the North Property (Schmidt-Dalziel), Musket & Canon Demonstrations, Kid’s Spy Games and Animal Programs
9. Making Waves at the Toronto NFB Mediatheque
June 16- August 31 | Downtown Toronto
Making Waves at Toronto NFB Mediatheque
The NFB Mediatheque will be offering a number of undersea adventures in animation over the summer months inspired by the NFB’s latest achievement in stop-motion animation: A Sea Turtle Story, Official Selection, TIFF Kids 2012. A moving and exquisite stop-motion animated film that chronicles the life cycle of this critically endangered species.
Interactive Aquarium Exhibit: Immerse yourself in our free interactive aquarium with your own journey into the depths of mysterious water-worlds. With experienced NFB animators to help keep you afloat, you’ll be sure to make a splash! Drop-in anytime we are open! No registration required. All ages welcome.
Weekends in July & August: Animation workshops and screenings allow children ages 3-13 to explore the process of animation with their bare hands, and learn about the history of different techniques at the NFB. Each workshop offers a new theme, and the opportunity to create an original short film that they can keep! Be sure to register ahead of time by calling 416-973-3012. $5/child; free for accompanying adults.
10. Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Nathan Phillips Square
Sunday June 17: 8:30am- 12pm | Downtown Toronto
Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Nathan Phillips Square, Queen St West & Bay).
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a family-friendly FUNdraising event for the entire community!
Come out and enjoy a playland of activities for children of all ages. Slides and bouncy houses, sand/water/bubble stations, crafts and face painting, mascots, music and other entertainment, special guests and more!
Registration & All Activity Opens: 8:30 am at Nathan Phillip’s Square
Opening Ceremonies: 9:45 am
Walk Starts: 10:00 am (short 3 km walk on flat route)
Closing Ceremonies: 11:30 am
Event Close: 12:00 Noon
Keep checking back for announcements on what is happening on Walk Day!