Best Things to Do with Kids in Toronto

Toronto is chock full of family friendly attractions to visit.

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There are so many things to do with kids in Toronto, from kid-friendly museums, galleries and Toronto attractions to amusement parks. If you are bringing children to Toronto, here are some tried and true ways to keep them entertained.

  • 01 of 09
    Skyline of Toronto with CN Tower
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    Humans like to climb to the top of tall things - it's in our nature.

    So humans visiting Toronto may like to get a bird's eye view of the city and surrounding area from the top of the CN Tower. At 1,815 feet, the CN Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the world and located in downtown Toronto.

    Kids will be awed by the ride up in a glass elevator and enjoy giving their parents heart attacks by jumping up and down on the glass floor at the top.

    If you would like to skip the line up to get in, consider making reservations at the 360 Restaurant. Meals include the price of admission, so though dining there is relatively expensive, when you take into consideration all the cost benefit (admission, snacks, your time in line), it's worth it. 

    Visit our CN Tower visitors guide for details.

  • 02 of 09
    Royal Ontario Museum
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    A discovery gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum and other interactive exhibits mean everyone's senses get a workout and kids stay interested.

    Renovated into a unique, jagged looming structure, the ROM building is a sensation in itself. But beyond the bizarre exterior is an incredible dinosaur skeleton collection, a bat cave simulation and oodles of other displays of the world's most incredible natural and cultural highlights.

    Families should allow at least two hours to spend at the ROM and may want to consider purchasing a Toronto CityPass, which gives you entrance to five citywide attractions, including the ROM, CN Tower and more. 

    The ROM's central location makes it an easy trek for the family.

  • 03 of 09
    Centre Island toronto
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    Located on Toronto’s Centre Island, Centreville Amusement Park is reminiscent of simpler times and features pony rides, antique ferris wheel and carousel. The short ferry ride to get to the island is an adventure for children in itself. This park is ideal for children younger than 12 as it has many rides that entertain but don’t scare.

    Centre Island has loads of green space and bicycle paths plus wading pools for little ones to burn off energy.

  • 04 of 09

    Ontario Science Centre

    Ontario Science Centre
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    Learning can be fun, and the first step to convincing your kids of this may be a trip to the Ontario Science Centre. They can touch a tornado, listen to a heart murmur or crawl through a cave in this educational and interactive facility. It's a little out of the centre of town but worth the trip. Find out the latest exhibits at the Ontario Science Centre.

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  • 05 of 09
    Riverdale Farm
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    Especially suitable for kids under 10, the Riverdale Farm is 7.5 acres of greenland set in the heart of Toronto. This replica of early 20th century Ontario farm life lets kids step inside a world where cell phones, fast food and TV do not exist. Riverdale Farm is in Old Cabbagetown, a beautifully gentrified and historic part of town, well worth visiting afterward.

  • 06 of 09

    Hockey Hall of Fame

    Hockey Hall of Fame
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    Though it's hard for we Canadians to believe, not everyone is a hockey fan. Nevertheless, the Hockey Hall of Fame is an outstanding facility, full of interactive exhibits that put kids or adults in the heat of NHL action.

    Broadcast Pods let you call the action of some of the most famous hockey games, including the 1972 Canada / Russia series: "Henderson shoots, he scores." Also featured is a replica NHL dressing room, a trophy room, and of course a gift shop.

  • 07 of 09

    The Toronto Zoo

    Toronto Zoo
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    See more than 5000 animals from all over the world on 710 acres of the beautiful Rouge Valley in Toronto. The Toronto Zoo is well laid out with six different zoological zones each filled with animals from a particular area of the world. There can be a lot of walking, so bring comfortable shoes and don’t miss the award winning African Safari, the Gorillia Rainforest and the Interactive Kids Zoo.

  • 08 of 09
    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
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     Canada's largest aquarium opened in 2013 in Toronto next to the CN Tower.

    The aquarium is a 12,500 square-metre (135,000 square-foot) boasting more than 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of water home to 15,000 animals, including sharks, jellies, rays, and green sea turtles.

    The aquarium will not be home to dolphins, seals or other mammals. No doubt some lesson has been learned by the Marineland scandal in which the Niagara Falls family attraction was called out publicly for its inhumane treatment of its animals - namely the marine mammals. 

    Ripley's Aquarium gets very busy, especially on weekends and days when school is out. 

    If you can take public transit, you will save a bundle. Closest parking is more than $20. 

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  • 09 of 09
    Canada Wonderland ontario
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    Canada's Wonderland is a bit of a trek out of town but if you're into theme parks, it's a sure-fire way to amuse kids for a day. Canada's Wonderland is big, has loads of thrill rides, family rides, live shows, and a water park - like a mini-Disneyland. One admission gets you onto all the rides.

    At Halloween, Canada's Wonderland stages an impressive haunted house. 

    Canada's Wonderland is a twenty minute drive from downtown Toronto and about an hour by public transport.