Summer is beginning to wind down as parents and children prepare to return to the books come September. With only 2 weeks until school starts, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the summer weather, the time off from work and the company of family and friends by checking out the many events taking place throughout the city. Here’s how you can make the most of the last few weeks of the summer break.

City Beaches
There are plenty of beaches across the city for you to enjoy the warm summer weather. A great place to take in some sunlight, read a good book or cool off in the water.  Spending a day at the beach with family or friends offers something for everyone to enjoy.  If you plan on going swimming, make sure to keep an eye on young children and those who are not strong swimmers.  Also, if you do plan on spending the day at the beach under the sun, make sure you wear sunscreen. Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays can either cause a bad sunburn, a heat rash or can lead to damaging skin affects.

The perfect end of summer event is the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) running from August 15-September 2, 2013. Currently in its 135th year, the CNE is the perfect family outing, offering something for everybody. From the rides to the games to the shopping to the food, there’s something for everyone.  This year at the CNE, you catch the flying Wallendas, a circus family dating back to the 18th century, as they perform various circus type acts or experience one of the new rides to join the CNE, such as the Mach 3 and the Zipline.  If you do plan on indulging on anyone of the CNE’s high calerie food items, make sure you have the stomach for it as they aren’t for everybody.

Labour Day Long Weekend
The last long weekend of the summer is less than two weeks away. It’s the perfect time to do anything before the kids head back to school. You can plan a last summer trip, go to the cottage or maybe take in some shopping or sightseeing across the border. If you don’t want to travel this long weekend, spend time with family and enjoy a family picnic or a backyard BBQ.  Whatever the activity, make sure to have a safe and funfilled long weekend.

Go Somewhere New
If you haven’t travelled this summer, try planning a trip to somewhere new. It could be to a different city, sightseeing destination or a just as a long drive in the country. Trips like these allow you to reflect back on your summer and will give you something to talk about when returning to work or school. If you do plan to go somewhere new, make sure you’ve made the proper preparations. You should have a back-up plan ready just in case you get lost or your car breaks down.

City Events
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there is always something that is happening in the city of Toronto.  From the VELD Music Festival to the Taste of the Danforth there are an abundant of city events to attend and take in throughout the summer months. These various events help to bring life into the city and keep it alive and moving. The next big event to hit Toronto is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) running from September 5-15, 2013. With various movies being screen and several stars walking the red carpet, it is definitely going to be a must see event this September.

The best way to prepare ourselves for a funfilled summer is to plan ahead.  Note down a few events or activities that you plan to do over the summer.  This way, you’ll have an idea of what your summer is going to be like.

Whatever the event or activty, it’s important to make the most of the summer.  It only comes around once a year and lasts just a few short months.  Before you know it, we’ll be in winter and shovelling snow.  So enjoy the weather and the company because it won’t be here for long.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.