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30+ Things to Do In Toronto With Kids

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Toronto, Canada’s largest city, has so much to offer families. It’s easy to navigate, friendly, safe and has loads of fun options for kids of all ages. Here, we list our 30+ favorite family spots in and around Toronto.
 

MUSEUMS

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

The AGO is Toronto’s largest art gallery, redesigned by Frank Gehry (with a can’t miss staircase!). There is the Weston Family Learning Centre, where you’ll find lots to keep kids engaged, a hands-on centre for little ones plus scheduled classes and experiences for families. Try to visit on Family Sundays too if you can, the last Sunday of every month from October to March.

 

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The ROM is a great museum for families – perfect for exploring natural history and world cultures. It is a world-class museum with over 6 million artifacts. Kids love the dinosaur exhibit, the Egyptian mummies and much more. There is a fantastic  area for kids too where they can play dress up, dig for dinosaur bones and work with fossils.

Royal Museum of Ontario for kdis

 

Ontario Science Centre

Fab science museum in Canada! Kids love the hands-on exhibits and the IMAX theatre.  KidSpark is their area designed especially for kids 8 and under. Take part in their science experiments, scavenger hunts or their animal encounters.

 

Bata Shoe Museum

What toddler doesn’t love shoes? The Bata Shoe Museum is an interesting, eclectic stop in Toronto. Kids will learn about the history of footwear. There are drop in activities for kids on weekends so try to schedule a visit for Saturday or Sunday. Kids will love trying on shoes, doing crafts and the museum’s I Spy games.


 

SPORTS

Hockey Hall of Fame

Do you have a hockey enthusiast in your family? If so, then this is the place! There is loads to keep your sports fan engaged. Don’t miss a photo op with the Stanley Cup!


Rogers Centre Tour Experience

Baseball fans, this is the tour for you! The Rogers Centre is the home of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays. Get the behind-the-scenes experience: visit the press box, see the luxury suites and learn about the workings of a major sports and concert venue.

rogers centre

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ARTS

The National Ballet of Canada

The National Ballet of Canada has matinee performances that are perfect for your aspiring ballerina. The world-renowned ballet company performs at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Check their schedule to see what is on while you are in town.

 

Young People’s Theatre

A local family must-do, Young People’s Theatre is the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto. From children’s literature come to life to contemporary works, you’ll find engaging and well-performed plays focused on entertaining families. All ages are welcome. Babies get in free!

 

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Canada’s Wonderland

Visit Canada’s largest amusement park! Kids will love the day out. And if it is a hot summer day, don’t miss SplashWorks water park for some wet fun. There are roller coasters and larger rides for the more daring in your family (height requirements are around 44 inches or 112 cm), but also plenty to keep the younger set happy: smaller rides, carousels and mini-trains. The park is only open from May to October.
 

Centreville Amusement Park

On Centre Island (see Toronto Islands section), this amusement park is great for small kids. Don’t miss the 1904 antique carousel. There are also mini-roller coasters, fun rides, paddle boats, mini-golf and tons more. It is a great outing for families visiting the Toronto Islands.

Centreville Amusement Park

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ANIMALS

High Park Zoo

Free zoo in one of Toronto’s biggest parks!  Check out the peacocks, bison, llamas and other animals. The zoo dates back to the early 1900s when deer were kept in High Park. Open year round, from 7 a.m. to dusk.

 

Toronto Zoo

World-class zoo with panda bears, polar bears, gorillas, tigers, rhino, hippos, white lions and so much more! There are even rides for kids and Splash Island, a 2-acre water play area for kids. Don’t miss Discovery Zone for an interactive wildlife experience for the little ones.

Toronto Zoo white lions

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Canada's largest aquarium features sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish and more. Ages 6 and up can take part in the stingray experience (make reservations ahead of time, they book out months in advance). The aquarium is a busy spot on weekends, so plan a weekday if you can. And it is right by the CN Tower. You can even buy a combo ticket and save a little money.

 

Riverdale Farm

This small, urban farm in central Cabbagetown is a great day out with kids.  Roam the 7.5 acres, visit the butterfly and veggie patches, bond with the farm animals. Entry is free and it is open year round but leave the wheels behind, no bikes, skates or scooters allowed.


 

WARM WEATHER FUN

Toronto Islands

Take the ferry to the islands for some slow living family day out. There is lots of space here for family picnics and bike rides. Don’t miss Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island! Photo ops not to be missed: antique carousel and pony rides! All in all, it is a great family day out on a glorious Toronto summer’s day.

Toronto islands

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Toronto Botanical Gardens

Escape the busy-ness of city life for a while with a visit to Toronto’s Botanical Gardens. There is even a Teaching Garden for the kids. It’s a 3-4 km stroll from the Ontario Science Centre if you want to make a day of it.


 

COLD WEATHER FUN

Harbourfront Centre Skating Rink

Great views at this Toronto classic rink… ice skate with the family on the shore of Lake Ontario, looking over to the Toronto Islands. Rink admission is free and there are skate and helmet rentals for a fee. Get the grandparents back home to check out the live webcam while you are there!

 

Nathan Phillips Square

Another popular Toronto skating rink spot, with the added bonus of tons of holiday lighting. This is right in front of Toronto’s City Hall.


skating nathan phillips square

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HISTORY

Black Creek Pioneer Village

19th century Toronto comes to life at this open-air historical museum. Kids will have great fun exploring the grounds and listening to the guides in period costumes. Lots of hands-on activities too! Don’t miss dressing up and posing for photos!

 

Casa Loma

Yes, Toronto has a castle! Ok, it isn’t a medieval castle, only built in 1914, but elementary kids and up love exploring its turreted towers, stables and secret passages. In summer, the gardens are in their full glory.
 

Casa Loma

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Fort York

Fort York is a 19th century military base and the site of a major battle during the War of 1812. In the summer, see the impressive Fort York Guard. History buff families won’t want to miss.



 

CITY ATTRACTIONS

CN Tower

The CN Tower is an iconic Toronto sight, built in 1976 and was the tallest building in the world at the time. The trip to the top gets you views of the entire city and region, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Niagara Falls.

CN tower view

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Yonge-Dundas Square

THE square in Toronto, with loads of shopping (Toronto Eaton Centre), restaurants, cinemas and more. Always something happening here, especially in the spring, summer and fall. Get info on what is going on during your stay on the website.
 

Toronto’s Waterfront

Totally redeveloped with piers, boardwalks, beaches, gardens, amphitheatre, restaurants… the Waterfront has lots to keep a family busy. Take the ferry to the islands, Take a boat cruise, even on a tall ship! Visit the Music Garden designed with the help of famous cellist Yo Yo Ma.

 

St. Lawrence Market

Foodie families, go here! The covered market is in a fun area called the Distillery District with quaint cobblestone streets.

st lawrence market

 

Toronto’s Chinatown

Near the AGO is Toronto’s Chinatown, with shops and restaurants for all ages. Kids love exploring here!

 

Kensington Market

A few blocks away from Chinatown is the Kensington Market neighborhood, a great place for vintage shops and good restaurants. Walkable, neighborhood-y Toronto, great for exploring with strollers!



 

PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS

High Park

Home of the zoo but also lots of other fun stuff for families… hiking trails, picnic areas and a great playground for the kids. The Jamie Bell Adventure Park at High Park was designed with the help of children. It is a fairytale themed village with towers and a tall, curly slide. There is even a fenced-in area for little ones.

high park

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Trinity Bellwoods

The trendy Queen West park is a popular spot for picnics and family outings. A great playground too with age-appropriate climbing structures, monkey bars, spider web-like rope fun and a splash pad. Trinity Bellwoods is famous for its white squirrels so keep on the lookout!

 

Dufferin Grove Park

Fun, shaded play area for kids and also a wading pool and sandboxes. This park is a magnet for Toronto families. There is also a basketball court, a skateboard area and a sports field.

 

Corktown Common

Near the Waterfront is a newly-developed park with an urban forest and a cool, modern natural playground. Great slides built into the hills! Parent bonus: Great view of the Toronto skyline from here too.

 

There is so much for families to see and do in Toronto, and at any time of year. This welcoming city gets our vote for one of the most family-friendly cities around!

 

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