Unlike winter festivals, summer festivals encourage families to venture out of the house without fear of being stalked by packs of feral snow blowers. Indulge in summer’s carefree pleasures with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get two admissions to Capital EX at Northlands on Sunday, July 31 (a $19 value in advance, or a $24 value at the gate). Gates are open from noon to 11 p.m., and children under 6 years old receive free admission.
The 2011 Capital EX wraps up 10 consecutive days of unabashed family fun on July 31 with a joyful mélange of entertainment, cuisine, and excitement. The panoply of rides and games along the midway includes the Zipper, which subjects weekend thrill-seekers to G-force spins much like those experienced by astronauts swing dancing on the moon. The interactive Family Fun Town allows toddlers to chase their rebar-laced dreams with a Construction Zone, and Max & Ruby, television’s adorably polite porcelain rodents, celebrate siblinghood with a Musical Playdate at the massive Telus stage at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Ears can shimmy to the dulcetory pop of Ace of Base, and eyeballs can feast on their favourite food, lasers, in striking salutes to Michael Jackson (at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) and Pink Floyd (at 8 p.m.).