Toronto's Kid-Friendly Activities That Will Make Parents Happy, Too

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.

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Toronto Islands
Centre Island
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Open from May to September, visiting the Toronto Islands is a must for a sunny day. Pack a picnic and an empty water bottle to fill up at one of the many fountains around the island. Once you take the ferry to Centre Island, play some frisbee or...  Read More


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West Toronto

High Park is Toronto's version of Central Park in New York. Toronto's largest 161 hectare public park has been the jewel in Toronto's park system with historical buildings, amazing hiking trails, a free zoo and playgrounds. A park highlight (for...  Read More

Toronto Zoo
Photo courtesy of The Toronto Zoo Facebook page

There are a lot of things that your kids may find overrated, but zoos are not one of them. Running from one group of animals to the next may just be their perfect day. Toronto Zoo impresses as one of the largest zoos in the world, with a...  Read More

Rogers Centre

Formerly the SkyDome, this breathtaking facility is home to the Toronto Blue Jays and right in the heart of downtown. The Rogers Centre has the world's fastest retractable dome, which can help keep unexpected rain from dampening your day....  Read More

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
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Admit it: ever since your kid saw Finding Nemo, life hasn't been the same. While we can't promise talking fish at this new attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, we can promise almost everything else. Feel like you are underwater in North...  Read More

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Royal Ontario Museum

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Canada's Wonderland
Photo courtesy of Canada's Wonderland Facebook page

Canada's Wonderland is wonderFUL, even if your kids are used to being unimpressed. From ferris wheels to roller coasters, entertainment shows to a water park, it will be difficult to fit the experience into a single day. Canada's Wonderland has...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney