Toronto For Families
All year long, indoors and out, Toronto is teeming with endless opportunities to make a perfect family getaway.
Kid-Sized Fun and Adventure
- Explore how things work at the Ontario Science Centre with areas for all ages from toddlers to teens.
- Come nose- to-nose with thousands of animals at the Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Riverdale Farm and the dog-lover’s PawsWay Toronto.
- Become cultural immersed at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum; both feature special children’s areas and lots of hands-on activities.
- Walk through history and around the world in somebody else’s shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum.
- Get a new perspective of the city from high above at the CN Tower.
- Play prince and princess at Casa Loma, a real 98-room castle complete with climbable turrets, private stables and secret passageways, or build your own castle at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.
- Step into history at Fort York National Historic Site and Black Creek Pioneer Village.
- Cheer on the Canadian game at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Hike, bike and wander through the outdoor conservation areas and parks of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Botanical Garden and the Allen Garden Conservatory.
- Root for a Toronto sports team with the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts in the summer, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors in the winter, and Toronto FC through the fall.
- Ride the roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland, the ferris wheel in August at the Canadian National Exhibition, the carousel at the indoor Fantasy Fair, the raging rivers at Wild Water Kingdom, or maybe just the simulators at Playdium.
- Bounce off the walls at the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park.
Parks, Beaches and Squares
- A short ferry-ride away lie the Toronto Islands, a perfect spot for leisurely picnics, bike-rides, and beaches. Interact with Franklin the turtle at The Franklin Children’s Garden on Centre Island. Slightly west in the city sits High Park featuring gardens, a petting zoo and acres of open space to play.
- Birdwatch, walk, cycle and smell the wildflowers in the five-kilometre, urban wilderness peninsula of The Leslie Street Spit.
- Discover the water’s edge at Harbourfront Centre where kids love the sweeping wavedecks and signature yellow umbrellas, or opt for pink umbrellas and sand across from a working sugar refinery at Sugar Beach. The Beaches neighbourhood on the east side offer Toronto’s best and most popular sandy beaches for swimming and walking or biking the boardwalk.
- For big-city energy, Yonge-Dundas Square teems with people, lights, shows and a low-rise, runthrough fountain. Nathan Phillips Square, just in front of City Hall, hosts events and concerts; in the winter, it’s home to Toronto’s most famous outdoor skating rink.
- The Toronto Railway Museum and Roundhouse Park at the base of the CN Tower offers a good place to rest with the skyline in view while kids ride the miniature railroad.
Arts and Storytelling
- Young People’s Theatre produces year-round live theatre for children. Famous PEOPLE Players deliver black-light theatre in a dinner theatre for all ages.
- The world’s largest public film festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, also offers a dedicated kids festival called Sprockets: TIFF Kids in April.
- Gather under a tent at Artscape Wychwood Barns for an adventurous tale with Storytelling Toronto.
On weekends and holidays, a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) day pass provides unlimited travel for two adults and up to four kids for $11.00.