Friday, 16 August 2013


The Ex is a must-do end-of-summer tradition for anyone living in Toronto. Nothing screams family fun in the city like a long day of midway rides and games and oversized prizes, cotton candy and caramel corn and slushies, flashing lights and throbbing music in the blistering sun of a summer day.

We love the Ex, and have gone every year for as long as I can remember. Carnival rides, a sports area, a music area, the farm building, a petting zoo, a reptile exhibit, character appearances and shows and games and giveaways keep the kids entertained and excited all day long, and the beer garden next to the jazz stage is a little mid-afternoon treat for Mom and Dad.

Ice shows, dance shows, music shows, magic shows, acrobatics and animal shows are running all day long in the buildings and bandshells and there are street performers all up and down the midway. The Mardi Gras parade is a circus on wheels when it rolls by tossing plastic beads to everyone lining the streets and the Air show is the the highlight of the day for the whole family.

Where else can you walk the streets in dollar-store bling, eat deep-fried macaroni and cheese, try on a flak jacket and ride in an army tank, milk a cow and pet an alligator, ride a roller coaster and learn to play lacrosse, see a life-sized Yoda carved out of butter and meet a robot and an Olympic champion while a guys walks past on stilts and fighter jets perform stunts overhead, all in the same place on the same day?

The Ex is a gong show. And it's an absolute blast!

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