The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show opens this weekend in Toronto.

Summer is in full swing and with Caribana, the BIG on Bloor Fest, free art in the parks and more, even with the possibility of rain in the forecast, this weekend in the city is shaping up to be hot, hot, hot!

Got wheels? Consider a drive outside the city limits to some of these fun things to do in the GTA!

Here’s our top 10 of what’s happening this week for kids and families in Toronto.

Centre Island Kidsfest

Centreville Amusement Park is hosting its annual KidsFest event with free family fun. Bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses, face painters, games, and much more! Get your ferry tickets in advance! July 18–20

BIG on Bloor Fest

This annual summer festival in Bloordale never disappoints. Tons of kid-friendly attractions pack a car-free stretch of Bloor Street (between Dufferin and Lansdown) from noon to midnight. Find live music, magic shows, food, participatory art for families in Dufferin Grove Park, and the kids’ Play Fair near Bloor and Lansdowne, with face painting, games, balloons and What A Ball “walk on water” fun. July 21

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Opening weekend! The classic Eric Carle tale moves from the page to the stage in this acclaimed production featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. Morning and afternoon shows at Miles Nadal JCC at Bloor and Spadina. July 21–September 30

Improv Showdown at Second City

In this high-energy show designed especially for kids, two hilarious teams of top-notch improvisers will face off in a winner takes-all-comedy showdown—with some assistance from the audience. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through August 30

The Main Ingredient Silent Disco

Bust a move to a live DJ spinning “fam-jam” hits via wireless headphones at this fun (and free!) afternoon/early evening event for all ages. Let loose in a silent atmosphere and remove your headphones to experience throngs of people dancing together silently. This event is part of the Harbourfront Centre’s new festival, Brave: The Festival of Risk and Failure. July 20–22 and 29–29

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival

This two-day annual celebrates the drum around the world. This year’s theme is Hello, Africa!/Bonjour, l’Afrique!—a drumming tribute to the music and cultures of Africa. Enjoy more than 30 local and internationally known master drummers and drum groups and try drumming yourself. Let the Children Play (Sunday 10 am–noon) is a special hands-on session just for kids. July 21–22

Willy Wonka The Musical

Enter a world of pure imagination at the Lower Ossington Theatre in this musical stage adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl tale. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tip: Buy tickets now for next weekend (July 27–29) and save up to 50% with code WONKAWEEKEND. Weekends through August 26

Arts in the Parks

The Toronto Arts Foundation’s free summer arts offerings continue this weekend with four events recommended for kids and families especially.

The Colours of China (Scarborough) is a performance of classical Chinese dance a blend of traditional and modern dance from Hong Kong. July 21

The Ironflower Korean Drumming (North York) performance and workshop showcases two Korean drum groups, who perform and interactive show and lead a 90-minute drumming workshop. July 21–22

The theatrical performance Tales Around the Baobob (Scarborough) is an African folk tale that incorporates call and response, song, dance, and live drumming. BYO blanket or chair. July 21–22

Porch View Dances (The Annex) is a unique community dance event where audience members travel to different houses to see new dance works created with professional choreographers and performed by local residents and families on their own front porches or yards. July 21–22

Youth Day Creative Arts Festival

In Yonge-Dundas Square, this festival celebrates young artists under age 30, showcasing their work in music, dance, art, photography, fashion, and film. Yonge Street will also be car-free from Dundas to Queen Street for a vibrant street market with food and artisan vendors. July 22

Caribana Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day

The highlight for kids and families of Canada’s largest Caribbean culture festival is the Junior Carnival Parade with costumed kids dancing in the parade along with band leaders and musicians and all-day activities at Neilson Park in Scarborough. Free!


For more upcoming events, search the full Toronto and GTA events calendar.

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