Here are our Trip Picks for week of July 6…

Across the City: The Pan Am Games Flame has arrived. Celebrations are taking place across the GTA with music, performances and the lighting of the community cauldron. Follow the Torch Relay and find a party.

20140629_100027Downtown: The annual Toronto Fringe Festival kid series – FringeKIDS – has more than a dozen hour (or shorter) performances on daily and all day long for kids 3-12-years-old at the George Ignatieff Theatre on U of T campus. You can arrive early and stay late to play in their outdoor kid club (lego, bubble pool, costumes, and art) next to the venue. More into midday music? There is a family-friendly (kids 2 and older) free TSO concert at 12:30 on Tuesday, July 7.

On the Island: We say make Franklin’s Garden your   Centre Island destination. Starting in July there are free drop-in programs at the Kids Can Press Little Sprouts Garden. Franklin’s Garden is open 7 days a week, but on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while supplies last, you can get a free Discovery Backpack with a self-guided nature guide, magnifier field guide, nature walk scavenger hunt and junior binoculars.


Across Ontario: Ontarians can fish without buying a license during Family Fishing Week (on now until July 12.) There are a number of events across the province. The Urban Fishing Festival takes place in Etobicoke with rods, reels to borrow and bait available at no charge.

Rainy Day: We are in love with the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art’s Mini Mocca series. They are teaming up another one of our favourite creative programmers Action Potential Lab for Shaken Not Stirred, a fun food-inspired drop-in program on Sunday, July 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Stuck at Home: Only one week of summer vacation behind us, but is anyone else needing some extra calm already? Here are some yoga poses for kids (and adults in TOw.)

Keep Mom Sane: Gather some foodie friends and head downtown. Starting July 6, Union Station Plaza will be home to a daily culinary market with some of city’s best chefs, restaurants, bakers and food entrepreneurs. It will be open daily until 9 p.m. (except Sundays til 6:30 p.m.) PS – The Wednesday Farmers’ Market, originally held at Nathan Phillips Square, will also set up shop at Union Station plaza from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.