50 Things To Do in Toronto with Kids

50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids

If you are taking a trip to Toronto with kids or live in the city, here’s some great ideas and attractions for kids in Toronto.

    1. Go to Jr. Jays Saturday with the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Whether are not you are going to the game, the free baseball themed bouncy houses, Ace the Blue Jay and the cheerleaders will keep your kids entertained.  50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    2. See the baby pandas, baby polar and baby rhino at the Toronto Zoo.50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    3. Check out one of Toronto’s newest attractions, the Children’s Discover Centre.
    4. Bounce their sillies out by playing heading to SkyZone in Toronto. Kids will literally jump for joy at the huge trampolines and dodgeball games.
    5. Check out the incredible Out of the Depths: A Blue Whale Story at the Royal Ontario Museum. See how the ROM retrieved the full-scale whale skeleton after two whales perished and play with interactive and fun exhibits. 50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    6. Enjoy a day of free fun in High Park.  A giant park in a great neighborhood with a brand new playground, outdoor pool and tons of space to just be a kid. Perfect for picnics.
    7. Test your skills at Toronto’s BMX bike course, Sunnyside Bike Park, or just marvel at the talent of some of the young riders. 50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    8. Walk through the Financial District during the weekend and find the Urban Cows.
    9. Check out the smash hit Matilda at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
    10. Go to Chinatown and find loads of Pokemon and Hello Kitty toys plus some great food.
    11. Ride the new and improved  TTC Subways and Streetcars with kids. All kids under 12 ride for free.
    12. Go on a Pirate Adventure with the Crew of Pirate Life, an all-new family adventure on Centre Island;50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    13. Read books, play and explore one of the Indigo Kids at one of two Indigo stores in downtown Toronto. Great for an air-conditioned break and you’ll love exploring the bookstore too.
    14. Try Toronto’s best ice cream at Ed’s Real Scoop in Leslieville.
    15. Swim in an outdoor public pool on Toronto’s waterfront. Nothing says summer like visiting D.D. Summerville in the Beaches or Sunnyside on Toronto’s West side.
    16. Become a Master Builder at Legoland Discover Centre Vaughn Mills.
    17. Head to the Toronto Beaches and check out the many parks, clean public beach, and walking trails.
    18. Go back in time and learn how the city of Toronto came to be at Black Creek Village.
    19. Try out the new Muskoka Plunge attraction at Splash Works at Canada’s Wonderland. The 60ft tall waterslide complex features four slides, high-speed free falls and 360° loops at speeds of approximately 40 km/h.50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    20. Cycle the Toronto Islands, the largest car-free urban area in North America. No cars and wide paths make for great family cycling expeditions.
    21. Go to Little India. Once you’ve conquered China Town head east on Gerrard to Little India technically the Gerrard India  Bazaar. Kids love walking through the shops looking at the fabrics and jewels and will work up an appetite. Even if they don’t like the Indian Food, you can fill their tummies with delicious Naan.
    22. Take a stroll at Kensington Market during Pedestrian Sundays. Food, music, art and tons of people watching.
    23. Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Leslieville Market. Located across from a McDonalds your kids won’t even notice because they are having so much fun. A big park, live music, baked goods and gourmet popsicles are only part of the draw. Lots to see and do.
    24. Pet a shark at Ripley’s Aquarium. Once you get to see the large sharks in Dangerous Lagoon, your kids will have the opportunity to pet a small shark. Ripley’s is open at night for the summer and I would recommend only visiting after 6 pm. You’ll avoid the crowds.
    25. Stand on the CN Tower glass floor or for very brave families try the Edge Walk (must be 13+).50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    26. Explore Toronto’s only castle, Casa Loma.
    27. Try indoor skydiving with iFly Toronto. Kids as young as 4 are able to participate. More info here.
    28. See the stars.  Spend a day hanging out in Yorkville where celebrity sightings are a dime a dozen. The lobby bar of the Four Seasons Hotel is a good place to have a snack and teach your kids to look important.
    29. Go to one of only three American Girl locations in Canada at Indigo Chapters. Located in the uber swank Yorkdale Mall or at the downtown Eaton Centre, Toronto girls can now take their dolls for haircuts, buy a new friend or simply stroll through the collection.
    30. Go to a Toronto FC Game.
    31. Watch the 2016 Pride Parade, one of the best in the world.
    32. Check out the Hockey Hall of Fame and take a selfie with the Stanley Cup.
    33. Eat a Beavertail. Don’t look at the calories. Don’t. Seriously.
    34. 50 Things to Do in Toronto With KidsTake a cruise on a pirate ship. Set sail on the tall ship Kajama where they don’t care if you dress like a pirate and sort of like it. Admit it, you and your kids really wish you were pirates. Arrrrr.
    35. Have dinner in Dufferin Grove Park on a Thursday night. This is the definition of Toronto community. A farmer’s market located in a great park with a wading pool and hot outdoor oven. Go early in the summer as you and your kids will want to go back.
    36. Go hiking in the Rouge Valley. Explore on your own or take a free guided tour. Always a good chance that you will see some local wildlife including birds, snakes, frogs and deer.
    37. Try the Time Tremors app at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Basically, an awesome indoor treasure hunt that helps you spend more time in the AGO playing an interactive game with your kids.
    38. See a pig, a goat, a cow or a horse at one of Toronto’s city farms. My favorite is still Riverdale Farm located on the site of the original Toronto Zoo and right in downtown Toronto.
    39. Ride in a swan. You can do this either at Centreville on Toronto Island or Canada’s Wonderland. You must do this every summer until your kids are so big the swan nearly sinks.
    40. Eat at Toronto Food Trucks for some of the best food in the city.50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    41. Let your kids get dirty at the Evergreen Brick Works. Kids can explore the Children’s Garden and play with wheelbarrows and water. They won’t want to leave. You won’t want to let them in your car. Total summer.
    42. Kick a soccer ball, fly a kite, play in a pirate ship park or just watch airplanes fly over your heads. You can do all this and more at one of Toronto’s best-kept secrets, Cherry Beach Sports Fields. Often empty early in the morning, during the week and even on weekends. Huge open space. Decent washrooms.
    43. Go shopping at an Asian grocery store. T & T Supermarket is as authentic as it gets in North America. Your kids will be blown away by the food packages, dim sum section and general sights and smells.
    44. Spend a day at Canada’s Wonderland and try the new daring Soaring Timbers Ride50 Things to Do in Toronto With Kids
    45. Get a buzz. Check out the Canadian International Air Show taking place the September long weekend directly above the Toronto Island. The best seats for kids are found by taking the ferry to Hanlan’s point and sitting close to the fence on the west side of the Island. You can actually see the landing strip at Billy Bishop Airport. While you are waiting for the show, you can watch the goings-on at Porter Airlines.
    46. Have an awesome sleepover at the Toronto Zoo Serengeti Bush Camp;
    47. Or sleep amongst the dinosaurs at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM);
    48. Or camp out at a local KOA;
    49. Or even sleep under the Dangerous Lagoon at Ripley’s Aquarium;
    50. Try out the rides and food at the EX (CNE).

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16 Comments on this post

  1. If I may add… the new Children’s Discovery Centre opening later this month! http://www.childrensdiscoverycentre.com/

    Kathryn / Reply
  2. Yarrgh the crew made it to top 10!
    Tis the seas to be… piraty! fa la la la, la la la arrrrrgggghh


    Signed, Captain and crew of the Island Rogue.

    Captain M / Reply
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  4. Great list! I’ll have to make sure to pin it for when we’re visiting 🙂

    Jolanta / Reply
  5. […] of taking a family trip to Toronto, Canada? Solo Mom Takes Flight has a outstanding list of “50 Things To Do In Toronto With Kids“. These suggestions make me want to pack our bags and hop on a plane to […]

  6. Oh how I would’ve enjoyed being a young kid in Toronto! As a “big kid”, I spent too much time at the music bars along Queen West 🙂

    Oh hey how about tickets to a CFL Argonauts game? Is there anything for kids out at St. Lawrence (Market)? Anything like daycamps at Downsview Park or at the Ontario Science Centre?

    Henry (fotoeins) / Reply
  7. What a wonderful list. I am sure you haven’t anything left out. I will keep this in mind for my next Canadian adventure. Thanks

    Marc / Reply
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  10. Or visit Brickfete Toronto 2016

    Does your child love LEGO?

    Enjoy our LEGO Fan Festival, fun for the whole family.

    July 9 & 10, 2016
    10 – 3 pm

    Delta Toronto East

    What will we see at the event?

    Amazing, jaw dropping, outstanding LEGO creations built by hobbyist.
    These unique and detailed builds include…

    LEGO Robots & Mindstorms Creations
    City Layouts with powered Trains
    Space, Star Wars & Scifi Creations
    Art, Architecture & Design
    Planes, Trains & Automobiles
    Historical Buildings and Castles
    Pirates, Steampunk and Vikings
    Mosaics & Sculptures and more…

    All made with millions of LEGO bricks by hobbyists from across Canada and parts of USA, Europe and Australia.

    What can we do at the event?

    Enjoy the amazing exhibit at your own pace.
    You and/or your child can build in the “Look What I MADE” area.
    Visit our vendors for unique LEGO or LEGO related purchase, including custom pieces, minifigures, old and new sets.
    Speak with the builders of these wonderful creations, many of them will be onsite to answer your questions.
    Learn about the fun hobby of collecting, creating, discovering and building with LEGO.
    Enter the “Design a Minifigure” Contest

    Want to see our event but you dislike crowds? Visit us during our exclusive VIP Access.

    There are no strollers allowed in the venue, but the venue is 100% wheelchair accessible.
    There is no food, drink or smoking allowed in the venue.

    Michael Shiels / Reply
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  12. Lots to do! I would love to go to the Toronto Zoo but don’t think we will make it there this summer.

    Judy Cowan / Reply
  13. We had so much fun in Toronto last summer thanks to your recommendations! Can’t wait to return and try more!!

    Sarah Hirsch / Reply
  14. Great list! I’ll have to make sure to pin it for when we’re visiting

    MARRI / Reply
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