Family-Friendly Adventures in Toronto
Toronto is a bustling metropolitan city with plenty to see and do for the whole family. Get ready to explore everything from Canada’s largest zoo and largest aquarium, to theme parks and museums. This city has so many family-friendly adventures that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few! Check out our kid-friendly guide to Toronto below!
No trip to Toronto is complete with a requisite trip to the Toronto Zoo! As Canada’s largest zoo, over 5000 animals call the zoo home. On your visit, you’ll see over 450 species! The zoo is split up into different regions and Pavilions based on geographical locations. Grab a map and navigate through the African Rainforest, The Malayan Woods, The Americas and many more. You’ll find animals that are native to those particular regions. Don’t forget to visit the Discovery Zone that houses the interactive Kids Zoo, as well as Splash Island which is a 2-acre splash pad. The kids will have a blast!
Canada’s Wonderland is Canada’s version of Disneyland! There are rides, attractions and fun for the whole family! The little ones will enjoy the age appropriate rides featured in KidZville and Planet Snoopy, such as the Pumpkin Patch and the Character Carousel. Let them marvel at meeting some of their favorite Peanuts characters! There’s also a waterpark featuring slides and a lazy river. Enjoy a full day of fun at this Toronto ‘wonderland’ for kids!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto
Ripley’s Aquarium is Canada’s largest indoor aquarium and boasts one of the world’s most extensive jellyfish exhibits! Check out the multitude of interactive exhibits in the Discovery Centre, where kiddos can slide down a clownfish themed slide. Check out the touch pool where kids get up close and personal with the feel and textures of marine life. With hundreds of interactive exhibits and 6 play zones, your little marine explorers will have hours of fun and education!
Toronto’s High Park
High Park, a 400-acre park on the west side of Toronto, has something for everyone and can take a whole day to explore. Pack a picnic lunch and check out some of the offerings! Take a family hike on one of the countless hiking trails, visit the small zoo (for free!), or let the kids loose on one of Ontario’s largest playgrounds. The Jamie Bell Adventure Park features a wooden fortress play structure that will have kids using their wildest imagination in this massive castle-like structure!
Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre has so many interactive activities for little ones to explore. It’s educational at same time so they’ll gain knowledge as well! Check out KidSpark, a learn-through-play space geared towards kids aged 8 and under. Kiddos can blow giant bubbles, dance to music and create innovative arts and crafts. Don’t miss the Planetarium, where a presenter will lead young ones on a tour of the planets, with a special tour geared especially towards kids age 5 and under. Step outside to experience the nature-driven Cohon Family Nature Escape. With all of these indoor and outdoor activities, there is no shortage of things to be explored at the Ontario Science Centre.
Canadian National Tower
Visit this iconic Toronto landmark that also has some interactive fun for kids. The CN Tower is super impressive and definitely worth a visit! Take the glass walled elevator to the LookOut Level where you will have unparalleled views of the city! Kids stay engaged watching videos that are shown in the Skyquest Cinema, and by a magician while they wait to board the elevator ride to the top. The LookOut Level has floor to ceiling windows so even the littlest children can take in the views that span all the way to New York State! Don’t forget to stop by the CN Tower KidZone, designed for kids 3-8 years of age, featuring slides and plays structures.
Royal Ontario Museum
At the Royal Ontario Museum, young kids are sure to love the CIBC Discovery Gallery. The gallery is divided into three themed activity areas: In the Earth, Around the World, and Close to Home, each which provides interactive learning experiences. Kids can dig for dinosaur bones, examine fossils as well as crawl inside tipis. The museum even dedicates an area for preschoolers where they can try on costumes, assemble puzzles and play with toys. It’s fun for all ages!
Tell us about some of your favorite Toronto family adventures in the comments below! If you need baby gear to make your visit to Toronto easier, contact a Quality Provider in the area and rent what you need!
Jennifer O’Neill is an Independent Quality Provider with BabyQuip, helping families travel lighter and happier. She is a mother of two boys and enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends and of course, traveling.