10 Family-Friendly Things To Do in Toronto

10 Family-Friendly Things To Do in Toronto
05 Apr 2022

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Toronto is one amazing city! There is so much to see and do in the Megacity that you would need years to do it all. For families, it is a fantastic destination. This city breathes life and creativity. Stay, play, eat, and shop – Toronto has everything for a day full of activities, or a weekend getaway.

Today, we are concentrating on “play”, with 10 family-friendly things to do in Toronto.

CN Tower

Toronto’s CN Tower was the world’s tallest freestanding structure in the world for over 30 years! In 2007, it was surpassed in height by the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates. The CN Tower still remained the world’s tallest tower until 2009, when it was surpassed in height by the Canton Tower in China.

If you are looking to enjoy a meal with a view, the 360 Restaurant is where you want to dine. The restaurant rotates a full 360 degrees, giving patrons an unmatched view of the city below.

In 1994, a glass floor was installed, allowing visitors to look down from the observation deck to the area below the tower. In 2010, the EdgeWalk experience was introduced, allowing thrill-seekers strapped into a safety harness to take a walk on and around the roof of the main pod of the tower – 1,168 feet above the ground!

This concrete communications and observation tower attracts more than 2 million international visitors each year and remains an iconic staple in Toronto’s skyline.

Location

The CN Tower is located at 290 Bremner Blvd in Toronto, Ontario.

Ontario Science Centre

You don’t have to be a fan of the Big Bang Theory to visit the Ontario Science Centre. There is so much to do and see. I remember visiting the Ontario Science Centre on school trips and exploring new things with my classmates. From the large static ball that makes your hair stand up, to descending down the extended escalators to see the exhibits below.

There are three main buildings that are connected together by a series of bridges and escalators. The architecture of the Ontario Science Centre is quite unique, and follows the natural contours of the Don River ravine.

Current exhibits include:
• OMNIMAX® Theatre
• Canadarm
• Lotic Meander Art Installation
• TD Green Roof
• Green Terrace supported by TD
• KidSpark
• Space Hall
• A Question of Truth
• Whale Skeleton
• A Hair-Raising Experience
• TELUS Rain Forest
• The AstraZeneca Human Edge
• Weston Family Innovation Centre
• Science Arcade
• Papermaking Demonstration

Location

The Ontario Science Centre is located at 770 Don Mills Road in Toronto, Ontario.

Black Creek Pioneer Village

If you are looking to take a walk back in time to experience life in 1867, then Black Creek Pioneer Village is the place you want to visit. You’ll see costumed staff educators throughout the village, discover 40 heritage buildings, see the beauty of 10 gardens, and meet 70 farm animals.

You can explore the 50,000 artifacts and interactive offerings on your own, or take a guided family tour to fully experience this authentically re-created country village.

Location

Black Creek Pioneer Village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy in Toronto, Ontario.

Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America and is home to more than 90,000 pieces of art. You are guaranteed to find something that will interest you.

At AGO, you will find artwork from emerging Indigenous Canadian artists to a vast collection by the famed Canadian Group of Seven, but also takes special care to showcase underrepresented and diverse artists you may not see elsewhere. The exhibits rotate, so when you are in Toronto, you can come and see something new.

There are membership options available that will allow you to visit AGO as many times as you want. All AGO Members receive the following benefits:

• Free unlimited admission to the AGO Collection and all exhibitions for the cardholder
• Exclusive use of the Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge
• Discounts on AGO education programs including classes and talks
• Invitations to exclusive Members’ previews and special events
• 10% discounts at shopAGO, caféAGO, Espresso Bar in Galleria Italia, AGO Bistro, and additional seasonal offers
• Free Coat Check
• Free subscription to the AGO Members magazine and to our e-newsletters
• Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting

Location

Art Gallery of Ontario is located at 317 Dundas Street West in Toronto, Ontario.

Nathan Phillips Square

The home of the big Toronto sign, Nathan Phillips Square is a must visit when in The Six. Located right downtown in front of Toronto City Hall, this vibrant space offers seasonal activities and special events for the entire family to enjoy.

From Spring to Fall, the square hosts many outdoor events. Many people sit and enjoy the soothing sounds of the fountain while taking pictures in front of the Toronto sign. There is also a

In the winter, the large pond is transformed into a giant skating rink. Skate rentals and changing rooms are available on site.

Location

Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario.

Hockey Hall of Fame

It’s no secret that Canada loves hockey! But did you know that Toronto is home to the Hockey Hall of Fame? You can visit the world’s largest hockey collection, and view hockey artifacts dating back to the game’s origin. You can even get a glimpse at the Stanley Cup!

There are many interactive exhibits, and a theatre to view vintage footage from the Hockey Hall of Fame’s video vault.

As well as seeing the Stanley Cup, you can also see other NHL Trophies, Non-NHL Trophies, and Historic Trophies on the Silverware TrophY Tour.

Location

Hockey Hall of Fame is located at 30 Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario.

The Distillery District

Looking to spend a day walking through a historical venue where you can be immersed in art, dining, shops, and entertainment? The Distillery District is the place you want to be. If shopping is what you are looking for, you’ll find quaint little shops, crafters, vintage clothing stores, and art galleries.

Want to get a bite to eat? There are several restaurants that you can stop and get a bite at. Mill St. Brew Pub, and Archeo are two of my favourites.

They call it the Distillery District for a reason. The Spirit Of York Distillery Co., Spirithouse Toronto, and Mill St. Brewery, all call Toronto’s historic Distillery District home. I’ve taken the Small Batch Brewery Tour and the Ultimate Craft Beer Experience at Mill St. Brewery, and I can tell you, it is worth it!

There are also several places to take cool pictures that are truly Instagram-worthy, if that is your thing.

As well as being a lively marketplace and tourist destination, the Distillery District has been the backdrop for many movies. One of my all-time favourites was when they converted the Distillery District into the Callahan Auto Parts factory for the 1995 comedy “Tommy Boy” starring Chris Farley and David Spade.

Location

The Distillery Historic District is located in Toronto, Ontario, with Parliament Street to the west, Cherry Street to the east, Mill Street to the north, and Distillery Lane to the south.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

If you have never experienced Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, you are truly missing out. Or, you could watch The Cable Guy starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick for a glimpse at what to expect – except for the battle between Chip and Steven. Better yet, just visit the Toronto Castle and catch the show in-person.

By Royal Decree
The Queen of the Royal Court invites you to travel through the mists of time to a festive celebration where you’ll be in awe of gallant knights and majestic horses.

Summed up – there will be jousting, knights battling with swords, all to determine one victor to protect the throne.

Admission includes the popular Medieval Times show featuring the grand tournament of knights, and a four-course feast.

Location

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is located at 10 Dufferin Street in Toronto, Ontario.

Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is Islamic culture at its finest. The core of the museum’s permanent collection features selections from assembled by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933–2003), uncle of His Highness, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV.

The art pieces in this museum spans a geographic area from Spain and North Africa, across the Middle East, to South Asia and China.

”The aim of the Aga Khan Museum will be to offer unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together. My hope is that the Museum will also be a centre of education and of learning, and that it will act as a catalyst for mutual understanding and tolerance.” – His Highness the Aga Khan

Location

Aga Khan Museum is located at 77 Wynford Drive in Toronto, Ontario.

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum is a beautiful museum that holds a special place in my heart. It was the location of my first official date with my wife. We both figured it would be a great place to get to know each other, see new things together, and experience one of Toronto’s best attractions while spending quality time together. The building itself is a work of art – the uniquely shaped structure juts out over the sidewalk like no other building on Bloor street. Inside, you will find many rotating exhibitions and galleries that will warrant many return visits.

There are membership options available that will allow you to visit as many times as you want. All Membership levels include all core benefits:

• Free and unlimited admission to ROM galleries and exhibitions
• Free and unlimited admission to surcharged exhibitions (restrictions apply)
• Previews of select exhibition and gallery openings
• Free Coat Check for all Members (restrictions apply)
• Subscription to ROM magazine
• Member only events and reciprocal exchange weekends
• Discounts on select programs, lectures, and special events
• Advance booking opportunities for special ticketed programs and events (restrictions apply)
• Discounts at ROM Boutique and Druxy’s ROM Café (restrictions apply)
• Discounts on select Gift Membership Levels (restrictions apply)
• Special Member-only discounts at local cultural institutions
• Free general admission at select Canadian Museums (restrictions apply)
• Monthly eNewsletters to keep you up-to-date
• Travel opportunities to destinations around the world (restrictions apply)

Location

Royal Ontario Museum is located at 100 Queens Park in Toronto, Ontario.

Visit Toronto!

These are just ten examples of things to do in Toronto with your family. However, there is so much more to do and explore. Be sure to visit Destination Toronto for some additional ideas on things to do on your visit to The Six.

Cheers,
Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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