Activities to enjoy during the summer

BRITTANY LAU

May 10, 2014

            The days are getting longer and the weather warmer as long-sleeved shirts turn into t-shirts. That’s right, school is almost out and summer vacation is fast approaching. But don’t waste this combination of both free time and wonderful weather just staying indoors all day, watching TV or browsing social media. For a kick-start on some ideas, here are 10 activities enjoy in and around Toronto during your summer break.

1. Get outside and be active. Go to the park, take a walk, or go play some sports! The beach is perfect for volleyball, and certain beaches like Woodbine Beach or Bluffer’s Park Beach are also excellent, safe areas for swimming. If venturing down to the lake sounds too tedious, opt for taking a jog around the park and enjoy the scenery. Summer is the best time to enjoy the outdoors and to stay active and healthy, especially up here in the Great White North.

2. Volunteer. If you have not completed your 40 community service hours or would like get more, there are plenty of opportunities to get them! Apply to help at a summer camp or help out at the library, teaching kids to read. More opportunities can be found on www.volunteertoronto.ca. Hours or not, volunteering and giving back to the community can prove to be a fulfilling experience.

3. Watch a movie at the theatre. Many exciting new movies debut in the summer, so grab a friend and watch one! A few releases to keep an eye out for this season are The Fault in Our Stars, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Giver. Don’t forget that tickets are half-price on Tuesdays!

4. Visit the Toronto Zoo. This is a great way to spend time outdoors, while reliving childhood field trips to the zoo. Go see the giraffes, lions, and even panda bears! The pandas will only be in Toronto for only 5 years and have just arrived last year. This is a great way to learn more about your favourite animals!

5. Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) or the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The AGO currently features works drawing on experiences of the iconic Francis Bacon and Henry Moore during times of conflict and violence in an exhibition entitled Terror and Beauty, which runs until July 20th. On the other hand, if you like ancient Chinese history, check out the Forbidden City exhibition at the ROM.

6. Catch up on your reading. If you have a pile of books sitting on your desk waiting to be read, summer is the perfect time to do it. Take a book outside to the park or to your backyard and just relax. Go to the library or to a bookstore to find more books to read!

7. Give Ribfest a try during June 27 to July 1 at Centennial Park. There are plenty of ribs to choose from and savour. Besides eating, the event also includes painting, music and fireworks to enjoy. All the money raised goes to humanitarian organizations!

8. Visit the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. If you’ve never been to this iconic tourist attraction, head up the tower to see an amazing view of Toronto from above. After visiting the CN Tower, you can head over to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada to interact with stingrays and sharks.

9. End off your summer by going to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). End your summer with their rides such as the zip line or watch the air show. Visit the food stands and try the unique dishes available exclusively at the CNE.

10. Enjoy lots of cold drinks and ice cream. Summer is the perfect time to indulge and many restaurants sell for a low price, too. McDonald’s has $1 drinks and some great soft serve ice cream. But for some retro soft serve ice cream, visit Tom’s Dairy Freeze for some authentic ice cream.