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5 things to do this long weekend: Drive in, go green, paddle hard

If you find yourself without a cottage – or a friend with a cottage – there are lots of fun things to do in town this long weekend. Aside from the mammoth Caribbean Carnival Toronto happening downtown, here are some of our picks.

July 30 to Aug. 1, 2011

1. For families: Children play witness, suspect or investigator in the Ontario Science Centre’s CSI Live!, an interactive show that draws on logic and forensics to solve a crime. Saturday to Monday. Various times. Free with admission. ontariosciencecentre.ca

2. For visitors: Inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s show Totem, the Toronto Botanical Garden has transformed a green space at the base of the CN Tower into a lush, living billboard. If you’re there Monday, check out the new EdgeWalk attraction too. Garden open Saturday to Monday. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. cntower.ca

3. For singles: See Annie (Kristen Wiig) bluff her way through expensive and bizarre pre-wedding rituals in the runaway hit Bridesmaids, screening at the Polson Pier drive-in. Saturday and Sunday. 11 p.m. $15 per person (Saturday) or $25 per car (Sunday). polsonpier.com

4. For charity: A summer tradition, the Canadian Stage Dream in High Park presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale – a classic play about two fairytale worlds brought to life with magic, mystery and music. Saturday and Sunday. 8 p.m., gate opens at 6 p.m. Pay what you can; $20 suggested donation. High Park Amphitheatre. canadianstage.com

5. For kicks: Paddle to the Toronto Islands in a historic voyageur canoe. The guided three-hour tour takes participants through a bird sanctuary, allows for a one-hour break on the island and loops back to the mainland through the Inner Harbour. Monday. 11:30 a.m. $30. Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre, 283A Queens Quay West. canoetoronto.com

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