Travel with Children
Toronto is a kid-friendly city with a wide range of options for children of all ages: museums and parks, sights and thrills. The TTC makes it easy – kids travel for free – and most places offer discounted admission rates.
- Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Over 16,000 sea creatures swimming past, around and overhead are sure to delight kids at the aquarium. The glass tunnel and horseshoe-crab touch tank are hits.
- Riverdale Farm
At this working urban farm, children enjoy learning about rural life through hands-on fun, such as milking goats and feeding chickens.
- Spadina Quay Wetlands
Explore these thriving wetlands and discover myriad birds, butterflies, turtles…even beavers!
- Royal Ontario Museum
Towering dinosaur skeletons, mummies, suits of armor, bat caves, hands-on exhibits and more – much more – keep kiddos engaged at this remarkable museum. Trained facilitators answer questions and provide suggestions on what to do next.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Younger kids with a penchant for Legos will be fascinated by the many building possibilities here. Master builders are on hand to help with projects big and small.
- Ontario Science Centre
Though this center is a bit dated, the hands-on science exhibits, live demonstrations and IMAX theatre are hits with children, especially those with lots of questions about how the world around them works.
- Art Gallery of Ontario
On weekends, activity stations are set up in different galleries of the AGO, keeping restless kids engaged. For those who need a break from the collections altogether, there’s a wonderful hands-on center for DIY art projects and imaginative play.
- Harbourfront Centre
Older kids and teens will enjoy watching artists-in-residence at work at the Harbourfront Centre – blowing glass, hand-building ceramics, creating textile art. Questions encouraged!
- Young People's Theatre
Catch a play created with kids in mind at this dedicated theater. Shows are aimed at different age groups, from children under a year old to the over 12s.
Park- & Beachgoers
- High Park
Older kids and teens will enjoy the trails, creeks and guided nature walks at this park, one of Toronto’s most beautiful green spaces, while the little ones will love the zoo and get a thrill out of the mini-train ride.
- Kew Beach
A sandy beach and shimmering lake make this east-side beach fun for kids of all ages. Teens will enjoy cruising the boardwalk, too.
- Centre Island Beach
The most popular of the Toronto Islands beaches, Centre Island Beach has a rocky outcrop that keeps its waters calm, which is especially nice with little ones. Nearby food stands and bathroom facilities make it easy to make a day of it.
- CN Tower
Teens can experience the ultimate thrill at the CN Tower: the EdgeWalk, a 116-story-high walk around the outer perimeter, with nothing between them and the city below. (A tether to a metal rail keeps them safe!)
- Canada's Wonderland
More than 60 rides, ranging from white-knuckle roller coasters to carousels, keep children of all ages happy at this amusement park. A water park seals the deal.
- Centreville Amusement Park
An antique carousel, rides and a miniature train are a thrill for little ones here. A petting zoo is a great backup if the rides prove too scary!
Need to Know
- Activities A great online resource for parents is www.helpwevegotkids.com, which lists everything child-related in metro Toronto, including activities and childcare.
- Transport Children aged 12 and under ride the TTC for free.
- Admission Most sights and performance spaces offer reduced prices, and sometimes even free admission, for kids.