Toronto has many world-class activities for children to enjoy. Below are my favourite places to visit with my husband and son when we visit Toronto.
The ROM (Royal Ontario Musuem) is an excellent museum to explore with your children. My son’s favourite exhibits are the dinosaurs, biodiversity area and the ancient Egyptian area. http://www.rom.on.ca/en
The CN Tower used to be the world’s tallest building. It has since been surpassed, but it is still an exciting place to visit. Going up the huge elevator to get a birds-eye view of the city is fun. All the people, cars and other “big” objects look as tiny as ants from the top. You can even test out your child’s fear of heights by seeing if they are okay walking on the glass floor. http://www.cntower.ca/intro.html
Close to the CN Tower is Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. I’ve taken my son J twice before and he’s enjoyed it both times. The aquarium is relatively new and you can spend the morning or afternoon admiring the colourful fish, stingrays, turtles and sharks. https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/
Depending on the time of year that you go to Toronto, you may want to watch a professional sports game. Are you a fan of the Leafs, Raptors or Jays?
The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) is a perfect gallery for art lovers young and old. The AGO has a large collection of Canadian and international works. https://ago.net/
Casa Loma, Toronto’s majestic castle, is an interesting place to visit. If you go make sure that you watch the fascinating short documentary on the life of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellayt, the man who built Casa Loma. http://www.casaloma.org/
Centreville Theme Park on Centre Island has received rave reviews, especially from parents with toddlers and young children. I’ve personally never been, but hope to visit this summer. To get there you need to take a ferry to Toronto Island. There are rides for little ones and a small farmyard. http://www.centreisland.ca/
The Ontario Science Centre is a fantastic place to the entire family to explore and discover. There are many fun, hands-on educational exhibits. There is also an IMAX cinema located inside the Science Centre. https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/
The Toronto Zoo is one of North America’s most highly recognized zoos. You and your family could easily spend an entire day walking around the large zoo watching all of the exotic and local animals. http://www.torontozoo.com/
Medieval Times is your family’s chance to travel and dine back in time. Every dinner and show comes complete with knights, horses, falconry, and jousting. http://www.medievaltimes.com/
If you plan on visiting a few of Toronto’s attractions you may want to consider buying an Official Toronto CityPASS.
Some other great places to visit in Toronto include the Bata Shoe Musuem, Canada’s Wonderland (seasonal), the CNE (seasonal, open at the end of summer), Fort York, and the Black Creek Pioneer Village.