July 2013

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Crafts

Cardboard Craze

Cardboard Craze

The original kid toy - cardboard - provides hours of fun, imaginative play. It’s easy to work with, sturdy, and best of all... free! Think outside the box with these 10 creative projects.

Family Activities

The Summer Bucket List

The Summer Bucket List

The long, lazy days of Summer are here. Beach weather, barbecues, flip flops, sand between your toes... There are a total of 65 days to fill so make the most of it! Here's a list of things you'll want to do.

Catch & Release Fireflies

Catch & Release Fireflies

On a warm Summer night, catch and release Fireflies also known as lightning bugs from dusk until bedtime… Find a mason jar with a lid that you carefully poked ice pick holes and be on the lookout for fireflies.

Take a Summer Hike with Your Kids

Take a Summer Hike with Your Kids

If you want your kids to enjoy hiking and the great outdoors, you need to “make it fun,” says Jeff Alt, renowned hiking expert and author of the new book Get Your Kids Hiking!

Family Fun on Canada Day!

Family Fun on Canada Day!

July 1st is Canada Day! Looking for some fun ways to celebrate Canada Day with your family this upcoming weekend?

 Here are some fun ideas to get your red and white on!

Canada Day

Canada Day-Inspired Treats

Canada Day-Inspired Treats

Canada Day is a time to embrace some of the wonderful things that make us uniquely Canadian. And no celebration is complete without just the right food, so dig into some of these tasty holiday-inspired treats.

10 Things to Do Canada Day 2013

10 Things to Do Canada Day 2013

Whether you choose to spend the day in the sun or you participate in your favourite Canadian event, plan some perfect activities for this Holiday!

Canada Day Events 2013

Canada Day Events 2013

For many people, Canada Day marks the official beginning of Summertime fun! This Canada Day, why not do some really cool things with your family to celebrate. Head out to one of these events!

Family Fun on Canada Day!

Family Fun on Canada Day!

July 1st is Canada Day! Looking for some fun ways to celebrate Canada Day with your family this upcoming weekend?

 Here are some fun ideas to get your red and white on!

Summer

The Summer Bucket List

The Summer Bucket List

The long, lazy days of Summer are here. Beach weather, barbecues, flip flops, sand between your toes... There are a total of 65 days to fill so make the most of it! Here's a list of things you'll want to do.

Really Awesome Floats

Really Awesome Floats

Dive into Summer with these really awesome floats that are guaranteed to make a splash with your kids! Who knew that floats came in the shape of donuts and rubber duckies?

Splash Pad Fun

Splash Pad Fun

Splash Pads are a fun aquatic addition to any neighbourhood park, and for parents with toddlers, this is great news! Splash Pads are the perfect place for toddlers, yet children of all ages will enjoy them!

Smart Tips for Moms at the Beach!

Smart Tips for Moms at the Beach!

Going to the beach for vacation or for a day trip can be a blast for the entire family providing you plan ahead and bring the right things. Here are smart tips for Moms!

Take a Summer Hike with Your Kids

Take a Summer Hike with Your Kids

If you want your kids to enjoy hiking and the great outdoors, you need to “make it fun,” says Jeff Alt, renowned hiking expert and author of the new book Get Your Kids Hiking!

Pick Your Own Raspberries

Pick Your Own Raspberries

Late July is when the Fall crop of raspberries are ready. Take the kids and go to a pick-your-own farm. It makes for a great activity and gets them out for a fun day.

Family Kitchen

Beat the Heat No-Bake Treats

Beat the Heat No-Bake Treats

Too hot to bake? Give your oven a break with these 14 recipes. From mini cheesecakes to cereal bars, root beer floats, and a mug cake, it's Summertime no-baking at its finest!

Ultimate Funnel Cake Recipes

Ultimate Funnel Cake Recipes

There is no more scrumptious treat this time of year than the old-fashioned crispness of a funnel cake. It’s a sugary celebration in itself! Here are 15 funnel cake recipes you can make at home.

Food on a Stick!

Food on a Stick!

Have fun with your food and eat it too, with these savoury and sweet recipes—no utensils required! From deep-fried ravioli to donuts, and even salad, we’re serving up 20 foods you can eat… on a stick!

Build Your Own Sundae Bar

Build Your Own Sundae Bar

Fun for the guests and easy for the host, a self-serve ice cream bar is perfect for a crowd! Both kids and adults alike will have fun making their own frozen desserts.

Cool Frozen Treats

Cool Frozen Treats

Nothing beats the heat on a hot Summer day like a delicious frozen dessert! From frosty fruit pops to creamy ice cream delights, and delectable cones, your kids will be overjoyed with these tasty treats.

Canada Day-Inspired Treats

Canada Day-Inspired Treats

Canada Day is a time to embrace some of the wonderful things that make us uniquely Canadian. And no celebration is complete without just the right food, so dig into some of these tasty holiday-inspired treats.

At The Movies

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs.

Turbo

Turbo

DreamWorks' Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big - and fast! A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his dream: winning the Indy 500.

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 starring Steve Carell is back with more outrageous characters including the minions and the girls. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

Cool Kid Eateries

The City's Best Frozen Yogurt

The City's Best Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt is a hot trend right now, and growing as everyone is getting more health-conscious. Here are the best places in Toronto and surrounding areas, to indulge in the fat-free treat.

Food Truck Frenzy

Food Truck Frenzy

Over the past year, Toronto and the GTA’s booming food truck scene has exploded into a full-on food culture that has Torontonians salivating at street corners everywhere. Here's our food truck guide.

Events, Exhibits & Shows

Game On: A Video Game Paradise

Game On: A Video Game Paradise

GAME ON 2.0 currently on exhibit at the OSC explores gaming history, technology, and culture. It's the world's largest touring exhibition on the evolution of video games, making its first Canadian appearance.

The Giant Pandas at Toronto Zoo

The Giant Pandas at Toronto Zoo

What a thrilling experience to see the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo! The 'Giant Panda Experience' is the new home of Er Shun and Da Mao and the exhibit is now open.

Fun Places To Go

Pickering Village Museum

Pickering Village Museum

Travel back in time and experience live history at Pickering Museum Village! Think history is boring? This unique experience is brought to life by live pioneers in 19 heritage buildings.

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara, a 150-acre, privately-owned and operated nature park, invites you to spend the day with more than 750 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds. Adventures await the entire family.

Huronia Food Trail

Huronia Food Trail

There are many benefits to taking your children on the Huronia Food Trail. The local food culture is strong and many restaurants support the movement giving visitors the chance to try the local fare.

 Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst Resort is nestled on 760 acres of rolling, wooded countryside on the beautiful Peninsula Lake in Muskoka, Ontario. Discover breathtaking views, adventure, and unique activities for the entire family.

Franklin Children's Garden

Franklin Children's Garden

If you're visiting the Toronto Islands this Summer, be sure to stop by the Franklin Children's Garden. Follow the green turtles along the path and you will soon discover this exciting garden for kids and families!

Our Wild African Lion Safari Experience

Our Wild African Lion Safari Experience

At African Lion Safari, animals are exhibited in an entirely different way - the visitor is caged in their car or tour bus, and the animals are free to roam.

Pine Vista Resort

Pine Vista Resort

Located in the Kawarthas overlooking beautiful Stoney Lake, Pine Vista Resort offers luxury cottage rental vacations in the Kawartha region of Ontario, an ideal setting for family getaways.

Kids Zoo at Toronto Zoo

Kids Zoo at Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is a must see and do family attraction! But for younger kids who like their nature hands-on, the Zoo offers a great concept: a Kids Zoo uniquely designed for kids 9 and under.

Splash Pad Fun

Splash Pad Fun

Splash Pads are a fun aquatic addition to any neighbourhood park, and for parents with toddlers, this is great news! Splash Pads are the perfect place for toddlers, yet children of all ages will enjoy them!

10 Attractions to Visit in Toronto

10 Attractions to Visit in Toronto

Toronto is beaming with family-friendly attractions. Many people live in their cities for years without exploring all the exciting things to do. Here are 10 great attractions to visit before the Summer ends!

A Guide to July Festivals 2013

A Guide to July Festivals 2013

July brings many hot festivals to Toronto. Check out what’s on and enjoy some great family fun! You'll find music, dance, cuisine, workshops, and cultural activities. What’s best is that many are free!

Free Summer Movies for Kids 2013

Free Summer Movies for Kids 2013

Each Summer, there are tons of free outdoor movies the entire family can enjoy. The Free Summer Movies Series is your chance to get out to a park and see a popular movie at dusk, without spending any money.

Make a Splash!

Make a Splash!

You don't have to trek far to make a splash. If your kids are looking for fun ways to beat the heat, head over to some of the "coolest" places in the city. These family spots are turbo Summer fun!

Canada's Parks Day 2013

Canada's Parks Day 2013

Canada's Parks Day 2013 takes place on Saturday, July 20. Canada’s Parks Day is a national event, showcasing parks and historic sites, in every province and territory in Canada.

Pick Your Own Raspberries

Pick Your Own Raspberries

Late July is when the Fall crop of raspberries are ready. Take the kids and go to a pick-your-own farm. It makes for a great activity and gets them out for a fun day.

July on the Cheap! 2013

July on the Cheap! 2013

Now that school is officially out, it’s really starting to feel like Summer! If you’re planning to stick around town, the GTA is full of warm weather fun and plenty to do. Here's what's free and cheap this July!

Canada Day Events 2013

Canada Day Events 2013

For many people, Canada Day marks the official beginning of Summertime fun! This Canada Day, why not do some really cool things with your family to celebrate. Head out to one of these events!

Kids Entertainment News

CNE’s HorseCapades

CNE’s HorseCapades

Discover the Magical World of the Horse at CNE’s HorseCapades. This free event gives you the experience of the country just outside Toronto’s downtown core.

Travel

New LEGOLAND Hotel

New LEGOLAND Hotel

LEGOLAND the LEGO-themed amusement park in California has a new hotel! The three-story, 250-room hotel immerses guests in the creative world of LEGO, designed to bring children’s imaginations to life.

Free & Cheap Outings

Franklin Children's Garden

Franklin Children's Garden

If you're visiting the Toronto Islands this Summer, be sure to stop by the Franklin Children's Garden. Follow the green turtles along the path and you will soon discover this exciting garden for kids and families!

Splash Pad Fun

Splash Pad Fun

Splash Pads are a fun aquatic addition to any neighbourhood park, and for parents with toddlers, this is great news! Splash Pads are the perfect place for toddlers, yet children of all ages will enjoy them!

A Guide to July Festivals 2013

A Guide to July Festivals 2013

July brings many hot festivals to Toronto. Check out what’s on and enjoy some great family fun! You'll find music, dance, cuisine, workshops, and cultural activities. What’s best is that many are free!

Free Summer Movies for Kids 2013

Free Summer Movies for Kids 2013

Each Summer, there are tons of free outdoor movies the entire family can enjoy. The Free Summer Movies Series is your chance to get out to a park and see a popular movie at dusk, without spending any money.

Pick Your Own Raspberries

Pick Your Own Raspberries

Late July is when the Fall crop of raspberries are ready. Take the kids and go to a pick-your-own farm. It makes for a great activity and gets them out for a fun day.

July on the Cheap! 2013

July on the Cheap! 2013

Now that school is officially out, it’s really starting to feel like Summer! If you’re planning to stick around town, the GTA is full of warm weather fun and plenty to do. Here's what's free and cheap this July!

Canada Day Events 2013

Canada Day Events 2013

For many people, Canada Day marks the official beginning of Summertime fun! This Canada Day, why not do some really cool things with your family to celebrate. Head out to one of these events!

Day Trips

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara, a 150-acre, privately-owned and operated nature park, invites you to spend the day with more than 750 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds. Adventures await the entire family.

Huronia Food Trail

Huronia Food Trail

There are many benefits to taking your children on the Huronia Food Trail. The local food culture is strong and many restaurants support the movement giving visitors the chance to try the local fare.

Our Wild African Lion Safari Experience

Our Wild African Lion Safari Experience

At African Lion Safari, animals are exhibited in an entirely different way - the visitor is caged in their car or tour bus, and the animals are free to roam.

Resorts & Getaways

 Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst Resort is nestled on 760 acres of rolling, wooded countryside on the beautiful Peninsula Lake in Muskoka, Ontario. Discover breathtaking views, adventure, and unique activities for the entire family.

Pine Vista Resort

Pine Vista Resort

Located in the Kawarthas overlooking beautiful Stoney Lake, Pine Vista Resort offers luxury cottage rental vacations in the Kawartha region of Ontario, an ideal setting for family getaways.

Education

German International School of Toronto

German International School of Toronto

Explore why a German education, based in Canada can offer a child a brilliant future.

Life With Kids

Smart Tips for Moms at the Beach!

Smart Tips for Moms at the Beach!

Going to the beach for vacation or for a day trip can be a blast for the entire family providing you plan ahead and bring the right things. Here are smart tips for Moms!

Products & Services Reviews

ACU-LIFE True Easy Syringe

ACU-LIFE True Easy Syringe

The ACU-LIFE True Easy Syringe is a dosing device that delivers an accurate, stress-free dose of medicine every time. This is the only syringe that features a colour-coded dial to select the dosage amount.

Violin Lullabies CD

Violin Lullabies CD

Violin Lullabies features 25 lullabies by some of the world’s greatest composers: Schubert, Fauré, Strauss and Ravel, including George Gershwin’s "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess.

Lullaby Renditions of Jay-Z

Lullaby Renditions of Jay-Z

Jay-Z’s greatest hits are making their newest debut, remastered and remixed as baby lullabies. Rockabye Baby! takes the rock music parents love and transforms it into soothing instrumental lullabies.

Kids Gear

Really Awesome Floats

Really Awesome Floats

Dive into Summer with these really awesome floats that are guaranteed to make a splash with your kids! Who knew that floats came in the shape of donuts and rubber duckies?

Spotlight On...

Dynamix Birthday Adventure

Dynamix Birthday Adventure

Learn, build, and play, all while celebrating a birthday... that’s the party that Dynamix delivers! The Dynamix Birthday Adventure is designed to engage, unite, enable, and empower kids and teens through teambuilding.

Pine Vista Resort

Pine Vista Resort

Located in the Kawarthas overlooking beautiful Stoney Lake, Pine Vista Resort offers luxury cottage rental vacations in the Kawartha region of Ontario, an ideal setting for family getaways.

Mess for Fun

Mess for Fun

Kids love to get their hands messy and make unique creations. Mess for Fun is Toronto’s premier indoor kids playground and birthday party centre with a one of a kind ceramic and art studio.

Best of Toronto4Kids

Best of Toronto 2013: Summer Camps

Best of Toronto 2013: Summer Camps

Our readers have spoken! After receiving over 14,000 votes in this category, we have our winners for the Best Summer Camps... with some close honourable mentions. Thank you to everyone who voted!

Health & Safety

Helping Kids During a Heat Alert

Helping Kids During a Heat Alert

The city of Toronto has issued a heat alert with temperatures forecast to reach a high of 33°C while a humidex advisory remains in effect. Keeping your kids safe and comfortable during extreme temperatures.

New Packaging for Tide Pods Detergent

New Packaging for Tide Pods Detergent

In Spring 2012, an alert was issued by Poison Control Centres across the US about a new laundry product that comes in small pods. Children are mistaking the brightly coloured pods for candy and eating them.

Product Recalls

Baby Einstein Activity Jumper Recall

Baby Einstein Activity Jumper Recall

This recall is for the sun toy on the Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper. The sun toy attachment on the activity jumper can rebound with force and injure the infant, posing an impact hazard.

Nap Nanny Recall

Nap Nanny Recall

Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny® even while the harness is in use. In addition, if the Nap Nanny® is placed inside a crib, play yard, or other confined area, the infant can fall.

Top Picks

Beat the Heat No-Bake Treats

Beat the Heat No-Bake Treats

Too hot to bake? Give your oven a break with these 14 recipes. From mini cheesecakes to cereal bars, root beer floats, and a mug cake, it's Summertime no-baking at its finest!

Ultimate Funnel Cake Recipes

Ultimate Funnel Cake Recipes

There is no more scrumptious treat this time of year than the old-fashioned crispness of a funnel cake. It’s a sugary celebration in itself! Here are 15 funnel cake recipes you can make at home.

Cardboard Craze

Cardboard Craze

The original kid toy - cardboard - provides hours of fun, imaginative play. It’s easy to work with, sturdy, and best of all... free! Think outside the box with these 10 creative projects.

Really Awesome Floats

Really Awesome Floats

Dive into Summer with these really awesome floats that are guaranteed to make a splash with your kids! Who knew that floats came in the shape of donuts and rubber duckies?

Food on a Stick!

Food on a Stick!

Have fun with your food and eat it too, with these savoury and sweet recipes—no utensils required! From deep-fried ravioli to donuts, and even salad, we’re serving up 20 foods you can eat… on a stick!

Cool Frozen Treats

Cool Frozen Treats

Nothing beats the heat on a hot Summer day like a delicious frozen dessert! From frosty fruit pops to creamy ice cream delights, and delectable cones, your kids will be overjoyed with these tasty treats.

10 Attractions to Visit in Toronto

10 Attractions to Visit in Toronto

Toronto is beaming with family-friendly attractions. Many people live in their cities for years without exploring all the exciting things to do. Here are 10 great attractions to visit before the Summer ends!

Food Truck Frenzy

Food Truck Frenzy

Over the past year, Toronto and the GTA’s booming food truck scene has exploded into a full-on food culture that has Torontonians salivating at street corners everywhere. Here's our food truck guide.

10 Things to Do July 2013

10 Things to Do July 2013

School's out! From summer festivals to raspberry picking, water fun, and sandcastles... make a splash this Summer in Toronto and surrounding areas. Here are our top 10 picks of fun things to do this July!

Canada Day-Inspired Treats

Canada Day-Inspired Treats

Canada Day is a time to embrace some of the wonderful things that make us uniquely Canadian. And no celebration is complete without just the right food, so dig into some of these tasty holiday-inspired treats.

10 Things to Do Canada Day 2013

10 Things to Do Canada Day 2013

Whether you choose to spend the day in the sun or you participate in your favourite Canadian event, plan some perfect activities for this Holiday!

Contests

Ice Cream Photo Contest

Ice Cream Photo Contest

We want your most hilarious 'Kids Eating Ice Cream' photos! Nothing brings a smile (or a mess) to a kid's face like ice scream! You could win a family 4 packs to Centreville! Contest closed. See the winning photos!

Canadian National Exhibition 2013 Contest

Canadian National Exhibition 2013 Contest

We're giving away 42 Ride-All-Day passes to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Taking place over the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, the CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events. Contest closed. See winners.

Horseshoe Adventure Park Contest

Horseshoe Adventure Park Contest

Enter to win a Horseshoe Resort Adventure Park Prize Package with a 2 night stay. With a wealth of family-friendly activities, the Adventure Park is an interactive experience that promotes learning and discovery, skill development, and most importantly, fun. Contest closed. See winner.

Centreville July Contest

Centreville July Contest

Enter our July Centreville Contest for a chance to win 1 of 4 family 4-packs to go to Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island. This fun place will delight both children and adults with more than 600 acres of parkland surrounded by rides and attractions. Contest closed. See winners.

Playdium Summer Contest

Playdium Summer Contest

Enter to win a Playdium Certificate! Each is valid for 4 x $25 (160 credits) Playcards. Playdium is the ultimate interactive, virtual, and physical Family Entertainment Centre. Contest Closed. See winner.

Planet Play Contest

Planet Play Contest

Enter to win 1 of 4 family packs to Planet Play! Vaughan's Planet Play is a 10,000 Sq.Ft multi-purpose family entertainment venue which caters to children and adults of all ages! Contest closed. See winners.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark July Contest

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark July Contest

Enter our July Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Contest for a chance to win a Fallsview Waterpark Getaway. With 3 Acres of family fun, it's the place to be. Includes an overnight stay at the Sheraton on the Falls. Contest closed. See winner.

bINK'd Temporary Earring Tattoos Contest

bINK'd Temporary Earring Tattoos Contest

Enter to win 1 of 2 bINK'd Temporary Earring Tattoos prize packs. bINK'd are temporary tattoo earrings for kids made from non-toxic and FDA approved vegetable based inks. Contest closed. See winners.