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While I've already been up for 6 hours and my husband has made his own father's day breakfast (crepes with whipped cream and fresh fruit - thanks hon!), some of you may have been lucky enough to sleep in on this gorgeous day and are wondering what to do to celebrate dad!  The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offers tonnes of (free) choices. And none of them start before noon - so you haven't missed a thing!  Here are my top 5 picks:

1.  Totstock: A celebration of tots complete with music, stories, food and games in Toronto's trendy Roncesvalles Village at Souraren Park from 2-5pm.  To help celebrate it's third year, the creator of the popular children's series, Franklin the Turtle will be in the Story Tent and rumor has it that Winnie the Pooh is going to make an appearance.  This community-driven event drew more than 3,000 people last year, so be sure to get there early!  Sponsored by Little Paper, you can get more information here: http://www.littlepaper.com/totstock

2. Beach BBQ & Brews Festival:  Over in the east end, the Beach BBQ & Brews Festival (formerly Beaches Ribfest) is the ultimate place for those carnivore dads.  Held in Woodbine Park, the festival sees more than 10,000 people licking their chops each year. This festival showcases the best in BBQ and has an amateur competition and a firefighter's cook off for the best ribs. With over a dozen food vendors to choose from, you made need to go back for seconds, so pack the sunscreen and come hungry!  12-8 pm http://beachbbqandbrews.com/

3. Sound of Music Festival: This 4-day festival closes today with a headlining act that is sure to excite all dads who remember Coleco Vision and You Can't Do That on Television with fondness:  Men Without Hats is playing on the mainstage at 5:15 pm.  Don't miss this opportunity to see a classic '80s band live (and for free!).  And for those die hard New Wave fans, Devo is playing at 3:30 pm.  http://www.soundofmusic.on.ca/

4. Steamwhistle Steam Brewery Tours:  This popular brewery is offering free tours from 1-4 pm and dads receive free samples and a bottle opener or souvenir cup.  And if your pop is tops and answers the skill-testing question correctly, he may even get to blow the famous whistle after which the brewery is named!  www.steamwhistle.ca

5. Movies in the Park:  What better way to wind down an action (and beer/meat-packed) day than chilling under the stars in Riverdale Park to watch a movie.  Movies in the Park and Art City host this summer tradition at Riverdale Park each summer and this year's series opens tonight with Edward Scissorhands.  Movie starts at dusk.  The event is free, but donations are appreciated and support local kids' organizations.  http://moviesinthepark.wordpress.com/about/

Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful dads and dads-to-be! 



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