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.