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Published on July 17th, 2018 | by Jordan Shifman

Toronto Blue Jays Game Day: What to Do Before and After the Big Game.

With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to plan a weekend trip to Toronto. And nothing says summer quite like the boys of summer – the Toronto Blue Jays.

If you’re travelling into the city to catch a game, why not make a weekend of it and check out some of the other fun things to do with the family before or after the game.

This weekend, Canada’s team takes on the Baltimore Orioles for a 3-game series at the Rogers Centre. What makes this weekend special, aside from the fact that the Blue Jays and Orioles have a healthy rivalry in the American League East Division, is that it’s a Jr. Jays Weekend – meaning kids 14 years old and under have the chance to take part in fun activities across the Rogers Centre until the eighth inning. Then after the game, they get to run the bases on the field just like the pros! Head to the game early because (weather permitting) there will be inflatable outdoor games, face painting and much more. Oh, and did we mention that the CAA Rewards® Street Squad will be there too? Visit the Street Squad van to play games and you might even win some great prizes.

For those early risers and for families that love to jam-pack a whole lot of fun into a road trip, here are the top five family-friendly attractions for a weekend visit to Toronto to see the Blue Jays.

It’s extra fun for the kids on Jr. Jays Weekend! Photo courtesy of The Toronto Blue Jays™.

The Hockey Hall of Fame.

If you’re planning on making your trip a bona fide sports weekend, the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) is a must-visit location. Just up the street from the Rogers Centre, the HHOF is a hockey lover’s paradise. Fans can call the play-by-play of some of hockey’s greatest games, test their skills against life-sized, animated National Hockey League (NHL) players, check out hockey’s greatest artifacts and get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup. Pre-purchase your tickets online to save 20% as a CAA Member.1

‘Our Game’ sculpture by Edie Parker just outside of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

A short walk from the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium is the perfect destination for the whole family. With over 20,000 aquatic animals to discover, North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, daily dive shows every two hours and over 100 interactive opportunities, including exhibits where you can touch horseshoe crabs, sharks and stingrays, the aquarium has something for all ages. As a CAA Member, you’ll save 20% at the gate.2

Up close with a (possibly smiling) rough-tail ray and Ripley’s Aquarium.

CAA Theatre.

For the arts lovers in your family, take in a Mirvish production at the CAA Theatre during your visit. From Potted Potter to Wicked, there are matinee and evening shows the whole family can enjoy. CAA Members get exclusive deals on Canada’s best live theatre, including up to 25% off select shows.3 Don’t forget to bring your CAA Membership card with you to get instant perks, like complimentary coat check and free coffee.

Running from now through July 22, it’s ‘Potted Potter’ at the conveniently located CAA Theatre!

Toronto Argonauts.

If you’re packing up the family to see one great sporting event in Toronto, why not make it two? The Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts are in town hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on July 21 at BMO Field. Game time is 4:00 p.m., so either Saturday will be an all-sports, all-the-time type of day (if your kids are old enough for back-to-back sporting events) or you can enjoy football on Saturday and baseball on Sunday. While the defending Grey Cup champion Argos may be off to a bit of a slow start to the season, nothing beats the live action of CFL football.

“Let’s Go, Argos!”

Centre Island.

A family weekend wouldn’t be complete without a theme park. Heading to Canada’s Wonderland from downtown Toronto is a bit of a trek, so take the ferry over to Centre Island instead and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Toronto skyline in the process. Centre Island’s iconic Centreville Theme Park features more than 30 rides, including bumper boats, the pony express and the Centreville train. There’s also a petting farm with over 40 different animals, species and birds. Plus, if you head into Toronto early (yes, there’s a Jays game on Friday night too), Centreville is celebrating KidsFest 2018 from July 18-20, featuring free activities for kids like bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses and face painting.

Take advantage of the ton of kid friendly rides at Centreville.

If you’re looking to pack up the family for a road trip to Toronto to see a Blue Jays game, there’s plenty to do in the city before and after the baseball game. From live theatre to an amusement park and more live sports action, there are so many options to keep the whole family entertained this weekend. And for meals during your unforgettable road trip, CAA Members get great discounts at popular restaurants downtown, including Bier Markt, Fionn MacCool’s and East Side Mario’s.

Looking for more family fun ideas? Check out the Royal Ontario Museum, the 2018 Toronto Summer Music Festival or head north to the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget your baseball glove!

Main image: Photo courtesy of The Toronto Blue Jays™.

+ Terms and Conditions

1 Offer only available to Members of CAA South Central Ontario. Offer only available online through CAA Tickets Online, discount not applicable on location at the respective attraction.

2 Promo valid until April 30, 2019, onsite only. CAA Membership card and a piece of valid photo ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Discount redeemable on up to four tickets per membership at Guest Services. Limit of one transaction per member per day. Tickets must be used at the time of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Subject to change or end at any time without notice.

3 The discount percentage will vary by individual show and date of performance. Restrictions will apply. Not valid on previously purchased seats and cannot be combined with other offers. A valid membership card is required at the time of purchase. Standard ticketing services fees will apply. 

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