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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.

1. The 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.

Visit our CN Tower visitors guide for details.

2. Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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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.

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

3. Centre Island / Centreville Amusement Park

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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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. The 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.

8. 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. 

9. Paramount Canada's Wonderland

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.

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

10. Stay at the Delta Chelsea

Toronto's Delta Chelsea Hotel features family-friendly accomodation, including a separate indoor family pool with 130-foot corkscrew waterslide. Toronto's Delta Chelsea Hotelalso offers theatre babysitting, a creative kids' corner, and Camp Chelsea -- a free service that gives parents a little time off.

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