Berries: Get picking. We’ve raved about strawberries. Next up, raspberries and blueberries. West, there is Andrews’ Scenic Acres near Milton. East, Wilmot Blueberries in Newcastle is road-trip worthy. (PS – plan your harvest for next year. LEAF has some Edible Garden Kits.)
Boo: Vampire Campfire by Second City is a kid-friendly show filled singing, dancing and lots of interaction. The hour-long summer matinées (Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.) tells the story about a silly gang of ghosts forced to spend a summer at a monster camp. Recommended for 4 to 13 years old, on til September 3.
Rainy Day: Still along the sporty Pan Am and Parapan Am theme, kids can get active indoors and test their skills at the Ontario Science Centre’s Sports Science Arena. You can also spend the day experimenting like a MythBuster, the feature exhibition based on the Discovery Channel show of the same name. There are live demos, interactive learning opportunities and lots of explosions. Best not to try this at home.
Stuck at home: I loved doodling. If you got some young artists at home, join Toronto author and illustrator Debbie Ohi for her summer Look Again contest. Kids 12-and-older can enter (deadline is August 14), but kids any can have fun turning found objects into art.
Keep Mom Sane: Need a dose of hipness, or at least spend an evening with adults? All August head west to the Drake One Fifty for their Twilight Tuesdays. You can add some urban to your weekends too. This summer, there are free graffiti public tours on Saturdays 1-3 p.m. (Usually $30 per person.) The two-hour tour takes you down Toronto’s back alleys and laneways with an expert local tour guide to learn about the history of graffiti, its forms and styles and how it fits in our urban landscape.