Summer To Do List: COVID EDITION

Now that ‘school” is out for the summer, we’ve got a whole summer of entertaining our kids – for some of us basically nothing has changed, for others daycares and summer camp are an option but for those that need summer ideas in and around Toronto, check out our list!

As you know things are always evolving with the current climate we live in, so it’s always best to double check with an organization before visiting.

Berry Picking near toronto

Pick your Own Berries…

Luckily for us the farms are open through with some restrictions and new procedures in place from time limits, staying in your designate row for picking, no tracker rides and attractions for the kids, but berry picking is fun its own!  Make sure to check with each farm before you go as not all farms are always open and they have nothing for you to pick on any given day.

Andrew Scenic Farms in Milton lets you pick your own berries, cost is $6 per person for entry plus cost of berries you pick

Brooks Farms in Mount Albert (North of Newmarket) is about 1 hour outside midtown Toronto. It’s a must visit during non-covid times for their incredible play area, during these COVID times, the play area is closed but they are open for picking starting at $5 per quart.  No entry fee.

Robintide Farms in Maple have fruits and vegetables for picking 7 days a week. No entry fees, just pay for your berries.

Thames River Melons in Innerkip (near Woodstock) is about 1:30min outside of Toronto. They have fruits and vegetables for picking 7 days a week. No entry fees, just pay for your berries.  Must use their containers.

Rose Family Farm in Mount Albert (North of Newmarket) is about 1 hour outside midtown Toronto. Pick your own fruit for $5 per quart for participants 5 years and older. They only have strawberries for picking, so they’ll be closed for picking once the season is over.

Strawberry Creek Farms in Markham is welcoming families and I hear they have great pie!

Reesor’s Market & Bakery in Stouffville has adult entry for $12.95 but includes a 3L basket and the child entry is $6.50 which includes 1.5 litre basket. You must prepaid and prebook your time slot.

Organics Farm in Markham costs $12 per person (3 years old and up) which includes a 2L basket. No reservations in advance, so you do take your chance if they are too busy. They have strawberries and apples for picking pending the season.

Brantwood Farms in Brantford costs $14 for a booking of up to 5 people.  Each booking is required to buy a minimum of a 4L basket.

Downey’s Farm in Caledon is open 7 days a week.  Entry is $5/person and you may bring your own containers. They have strawberries, raspberries and apples for picking,

Carl Laidlaw farms in Brampton doesn’t open until September for Apple and Pears. It’s one of our family’s favourite spots and I hope come September we’ll be able to go.  The cost to enter is $5.75 for kids and $7.75 for adults. You can bring your own bags.  Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.

Animal Adventures (beyond the Toronto Zoo)

Lionel’s Farm in Stouffville – known for their pony rides and petting zoo.  You need to reserve a spot for the petting zoo which costs $28.25 for up to 5 people for 40 mins. You can also enjoy a private pony ride for up to 5 people for $56.25 for 30min. Currently no outside food is allowed.

Riverdale Farm in Cabbagetown (Toronto) is now open! One League of Moms team member visited and confirmed that it wasn’t crowed during the day and social distancing measures were in place thought it was self monitored (ie no staff is there monitoring everyone). There is street parking and a large park to enjoy lunch afterwards. It’s perfect for the younger crowd and it’s free!

High Park Zoo in High Park (Toronto) is also now open. It’s always a hit with younger kids. Arrive as early as you can as parking is very limited, and if you need to park far away then a stroller is a must, even for your older toddlers. It’s free!

Jungle Cat world is about 1 hours outside of Toronto. Tickets range from $10 – $20 and you must purchase in advance.

Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park in Peterborough is actually an animal saving sanctuary, drive through a dinosaur park and dare to do the croc-walk.  $20 a carload. Book in advance!  

Backyard Camps…

Many parents are coming together to create their own summer camp for their kids…want to create your own? Here are some options…

Post in your neighbourhood Facebook group looking for an energetic teenager

Hire a summer counsellor through one of these newly formed businesses rentacouncillor.com

Create your own camp programming with a little help from Kiwico, Backyard Camp newsletters.

Host a socially distance class with Smartie-Pants, Jack of Sports or JStixx

Plenty of virtual camps to try and out Music with Drew, Smartie-Pants, Helm Life and Ridley Orchard

GTA Attractions

Attractions are slowly starting to open up…

Ripley’s Aquarium has timed entrances and you have to grab a ticket in advance.

You can take the ferry to Centre Island, you must wear a mask and capacity is at 50% on ferry.  No word yet on if Centreville is opening up and when!

ROM has reopened, visitors must purchase timed tickets in advance and visits will be limited. Visitors are required to wear masks, no food and drink can be brought in and the bat cave will be closed so not really ideal for kids

Casa Loma is reopening with limited number of people allowed in at once. They will only be open from Wednesday to Sunday.

The Toronto Zoo is open again for visitors. You are required to wear a mask in indoor spaces and in certain animal exhibts. Important to note that the zoo will remain closed on Mondays for deep cleaning. Check this cool opportunity out, a chance to sleepover at the zoo, who’s in?

A little Adventurous

Treewalk Village has several locations outside Toronto ready for fun, adventure and some heights! There are options for all ages (pending location). Best suited for the 5 years old and up crowd, but you can get away with bringing some kids a little younger. Prices are in the $20 range per guest.

Movie Nights

You can try a movie night at a drive in or get cozy in your backyard with projector and a white sheet

Camp Outs

Most of the League of Moms team prefer their beds, but for the more adventurous of you, you can try camping in your own backyard. Make sure to include a Do Not Enter sign if you are in Toronto for the racoons.

Beach Visits

Head to the beaches, or Cherry Beach or Toronto Islands for some fun the sand.

League of Moms / 07/10/2020

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