Soon the kids will be at home, enjoying their summer break. If you’re like us, we’re always looking for something different to do that’ll interest kids in the tween years (and to get them off the couch and devices). We’ve got a terrific roundup of summer activities that families can do together that are in and near the Greater Toronto Area.
The kartSTART program presented by Toyota puts kids ages 10-16 behind the wheel of a professional go-kart. The aim is to start building a solid foundation of responsible and safe driving habits from a young age. The half-day program teaches kids about driving awareness and skills training in a fun and safe environment. Families will also learn the latest safety developments in cars (trust us if you’re driving an older vehicle, the developments have come a long way). This unique family education program is truly a win-win for everyone in the family. The Toyota kartSTART experience includes:
- Professional racing kart
- Qualified instructors
- Use of Snell approved helmet
- Use of CIK racing suit
- Safety driving exercise for the family
- Catered lunch
2016 dates run from June to August in cities across Canada (including Toronto area) at a cost of $79 per participant ($250 value).
Register here and SAVE $20 with the code KSTweenhood for a total cost of only $59!
Slide the City
Remember the old slip ‘n’ slides as a kid? Now imagine a 1,000 foot slide that winds through Toronto streets complete with live music, entertainment and local vendors. Slide the City takes place on July 16, 2016. Sliders must be 5 ages and over 46 inches tall.
5K Foam Fest
Get ready to be foamed, wet and muddied as you tackle the 5K Foam Fest obstacles such as mud pits, cargo climbs and inflatables at Dagmar Resort in Uxbridge on July 16, 2016. This is a untimed event, as the focus is strictly fun. Kids ages 8-12 must run with an adult.
Paddleboarding is something families with older tweens and teens can do together and offers a complete body workout. Supgirlz offers group and private paddleboarding lessons without having to leave the city. Kids must be 8+ weighing at least 100 lbs.
Mud Hero Kids
What kid doesn’t love to jump and climb, especially when there’s mud involved? Mud Hero Kids offers smaller sized versions of adult obstacles including cargo climb, teeter-totters, walls and a mud pit that will have the kids wanting more. Family friendly fun for kids ages 4-13 taking place August 27-28, 2016 in Toronto North.
Kids and adults can channel their inner Tarzan or Jane ziplining and climbing on logs and wooden bridges. Treetop Trekking has 5 locations in Ontario, including Barrie, Brampton and Stouffville.
Relive the good “old” days by taking the kids to a drive-in and enjoy a double feature from the comforts of your car. The Docks Drive-In is located right in the city along Lake Ontario.
If it’s the Pirate’s Life you seek, then look to Centre Island and board the Island Rogue. Pirates ages 2-12 can join in the search for sunken treasure.
Honda Super Camp with the Blue Jays
With the huge success of Toronto Blue Jays last season, Toronto kids (and parents) have baseball fever. What better way to learn the game but from the best of the best? Tackle drills with former Major League All-Stars like Roberto Alomar, Lloyd Moseby and Duane Ward. Although the Toronto camp is now sold out, spots are still available for the August 2-4, 2016 Honda Blue Jays Super Camp in Ajax for players ages 9-16 (as of writing). Check out our review of the Honda Blue Jays Super Camp.
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