Toronto is a fun place to visit with children. When it comes to cities in Canada with lots to see and do with kids, Toronto is one of the best. You can easily keep the little ones and teenagers entertained rain or shine in Canada’s most highly populated metropolis.
Here are some of the most popular things to do with kids during your vacation in Toronto.
Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada and home to animals from all over the world. Since the zoo is so big with over 5,000 animals, it is separated into seven zoogeographic areas: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia, and Canada. Kids love seeing animals roam around in their natural environment and get super excited to see any animal action or exciting times like feeding. It is also a very educational zoo with plenty of signage, interactive displays, and helpful zoo staff to answer all their questions – and you know kids always have a lot of those! The Toronto Zoo also has a Kids Zoo, Waterside Theatre and Splash Island, so you can easily stay entertained for the whole day.
CN Tower is one of the city’s top tourist attractions and a fun time for all the family. Kids are fearless, so the 553.3 m-high concrete communications and observation tower probably won’t even daunt them. Rather they will be thrilled and excited as you reach the top and see the amazing views of the city. Brave teens (minimum age is 13 years old) will love the edge walk, an exciting hands-free walk along a platform that goes around the outside of the tower.
Take the kids for a shopping spree on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. With over 600 shops, there are many specialty stores for kids, including toy shops, book stores, art and craft suppliers, fashion and games. Stock up on supplies to entertain them and head back to the hotel for a relaxed afternoon on the sofa while they play with their new things.
Get outdoors and have a great day at Treetop Trekking. The adventure zip-lining park takes the whole family on an adventure through the forest. Zooming through nature, landing on platforms, walking across suspended wooden bridges and observing nature from an up-high vantage point are all highlights of the experience. There are specialized kids courses for ages five and up.
The young ones love wearing a helmet and harness as they navigate the obstacle courses and gain confidence with parents cheering them on from the ground. There is even night trekking if you are looking for an added element of adventure. Tree Walk Village is a collection of funky tree houses with hammocks, nets, and bridges for kids to explore and is ideal for ages three to seven years. You can be sure the kids will be begging to go again on another day because it’s such epic fun for them.
What do kids love more than chocolate or candy? Not much except perhaps a great theme park. Toronto has heaps to choose from.
- Centreville Amusement Park has over 30 rides, including twirling teacups, bumper boats, an antique merry-go-round and a fun log flume set inside a massive scenic park. It is a popular place so get there early to avoid the crowds.
- Fantasy Fair is the largest indoor amusement park in Ontario with a Ferris wheel, balloon tower ride and kids express train.
- Splash Island is a huge water park with pools, water slides, fountains, activities, shopping, and restaurants.
- Kidstown Water Park is free (even car parking). Splash around with spray rings, tipping buckets, a wading pool, a splash pad, squirting aquatic animal sculptures, slides, then relax at a picnic area. There are also barbecue areas, a basketball court and a soccer area.
- Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto is as crazy as it sounds. The huge water slides are impressive, and there is a lazy river to relax in when the kids have had their fix of water slide rides.
- Canada’s Wonderland features heaps of cool rides, including thrill rides, family rides and splash rides. There is also a skate park and several theaters so you can hang out and enjoy the whole day with plenty to see and do for all age groups and adults.
Rock Climbing Gyms
There are many kid-friendly rock climbing gyms in Toronto, and if you have a rainy day, this can be ideal for keeping the little ones entertained. Much better they climb the walls of the gym than the hotel walls! Hub Climbing has gyms in Mississauga and Markham with beginner walls for the youngest family members to more challenging walks for the older or more experienced kids.
Safety is always a priority with having fun coming close behind. Joe Rockheads in Liberty Village and Boulderz Climbing Centre are also great rock climbing gyms that are set up to cater for the young adventurers.
Ice Skating Rinks
If you and the family are in Toronto during winter, you can enjoy ice skating rinks that appear in parks and public areas all around the city. The fabulous rink in Nathan Phillips Square, in the downtown zone, is always busy with families having wintery fun. You can rent skates at most rinks and warm up on delicious hot chocolate whenever you need to take a break.
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