Toronto is a fantastic place to visit or to live, with no shortage of things to do. Luckily, Toronto has something for everyone, and that includes families, with heaps of activities and days out aimed at kids. This is excellent news for parents who are tired of being stressed about how to entertain their children. Visitors can become overwhelmed by the many options, so here’s our list of the ten best family-friendly things to do in Toronto, which are sure to entertain children and parents alike.
1. The Toronto Zoo is a full day out to be enjoyed by the whole family. Wander the ten kilometers of walking trails and see over 5,000 animals, from the familiar to the exotic. Bring your swimsuits to enjoy the 2-acre splash park.
2. The Ontario Science Center brings science to life for kids. Almost all exhibitions are hands-on, and feature topics such as geology, music, human anatomy and more. Kidspark is a learn-through-play area that your little ones will love, and the planetarium and IMAX theatre are not to be missed.
3. High Park is one of the largest parks in Toronto, spanning 399 acres and providing plenty of free things to do. Kids will love the large playground, partly designed by children, and the zoo where they can interact with bison, llamas, deer and other animals. There are also hiking trails, greenhouses and picnic areas.
4. The nation’s largest amusement park, Canada’s Wonderland, offers fun for all ages. Planet Snoopy and Kidzville feature smaller rides for your little ones, and there’s also a water park, a dinosaur park, live entertainment and plenty of places to grab some lunch.
5. The Art Gallery of Ontario will allow the whole family to soak up some culture while keeping the kids entertained. The hands-on center lets children make art of their own in a variety of exciting ways.
6. The Waterfront offers plenty of activities for families to enjoy. Spend an afternoon on the beach, wander up the boardwalks and piers, stroll through the gardens, and gaze upon public art installations. You can also take island and tour ferries from here to explore further afield.
7. Centreville offers lots of rides suitable for younger ages, such as carousels and teacups, and you can also enjoy mini golf and paddleboats as a family.
8. The Harbourfront Center is fun for all ages with concerts, dance performances and appearances from children’s authors. In winter families love to make use of the large ice skating rink.
9. The Bata Shoe Museum showcases footwear from the last 4,500 years and has a fairytale-themed kids section in the permanent ‘All About Shoes’ exhibition. If you visit on the weekend, your kids can enjoy treasure hunts, interactive activities, and arts and crafts with a shoe-theme.
10. If your children love animals, then Riverdale Farm in Cabbagetown is not to be missed. Children can play with sheep, chickens, and goats in the quaint surroundings.