Family friendly activities do not have to be events that involve ridiculous cartoon characters singing songs that you can't, for the life of you, get out of your head. It doesn't have to be finger painting followed by loads of laundry. No, Toronto has the whole "kid-friendly" umbrella extended to "people friendly" (collective sigh of relief).
If your kids are young, try to peel them away from the over 5000 animals at the Toronto Zoo. With lots of available walking and animal gazing excitement, you are guaranteed to be rewarded with an exhausted kid come day end.
If your kids are a little older and are more attached to technology than their friends, give them a break from screen time without hearing the "I'm bored" whine. Seasonally permitting, bring them to Canada's Wonderland, which is Toronto's version of Disney. From a water park to thrill seeking rides, even the most stoic tween won't be able to help a smile from hitting his or her face. Mission accomplished.
From ball games with the Blue Jays to sleepovers with the dinosaurs, our activities will easily make you the coolest parent on the block. Who knows, maybe you might even get a "thank you." Here's hoping.