Amp up the fun while physical distancing with kid-friendly activities from favourite Toronto attractions.
Looking for creative ways to keep the young ones (and yourself) from going stir crazy this summer? Toronto’s museums, amusement parks and attractions have pulled out all the safe stops to keep your family entertained.
Ever wondered what major attractions you and your little ones are? Maybe not, but now’s the time. Play memory games featuring Toronto celebrities, learn about zoo animals and discover sites around Canada’s biggest city with Yo Toronto’s playful quizzes, educational games and fun brainteasers.
Hooray! The Royal Ontario Museum’s welcoming back its guests. If you and the kiddos can’t make it over any time soon, the museum’s virtual offerings are still here to stay. Explore fascinating artefacts from the comfort of your screen with a selection of online exhibits.
Choose a gorgeous, sunny day to organize an outdoor playdate with mummies, wildlife and dinosaurs. The ROM holds a repertoire of online quests, brainteasers and crafts for all ages.
Hot tip: peruse #ROMLearning on Instagram and have the kids share their own discoveries and creations.
It’s official, you can now go to the AGO. If you haven’t purchased your timed-entry tickets yet, don’t fret. AGO from Home brings their museum to you and the crew through digital experiences that include engaging stories and DIY projects.
Jazz up your family game nights by browsing Shop AGO’s selection of stylish entertainment. Swap your regular ol’ Monopoly for Van Gogh-themed Go Fish (Gogh Fish?), chic Art Deco building blocks and more.
For child-friendly summer reads, add AGO’s latest recommendations to your kid’s list: Collection of Diverse Canadian Children’s Books With a Focus on Black-Canadian Authors and Characters.
Satiate your child’s endless curiosity with The Ontario Science Centre’s new program, Summer with the Science Centre.
Have them participate in virtual workshops, conduct experiments from home and engage with others through live trivia and events. Or for more hands-on entertainment, organize a craft night with these DIY science projects.
Have a little ballet enthusiast in your clan? Between living room pirouettes, ballet miming—yes, that’s a thing—and crafting in their tutu, Ballet Fun for Kids showcases the beauty of dance through creative projects and resources.
And if dancing isn’t their thing, get them baking with these delicious recipes from the National Ballet dancers: Waltz of the Flourless Chocolate Cake, South African Milk Tart and Roasted Cauliflower with Rice Pancakes.
With the city slowly returning back to its new normal, The Hockey Hall of Fame is now open with new safety measures in place. Break the exciting news to your family with a hockey-themed trivia night inspired by the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Time Capsule.
Canada’s Wonderland is a summer tradition for many. While your kids impatiently wait for it to open up again, stir their adrenal glands from home with the theme park’s hub of virtual rides (no lines!). Enhance the experience by making a Classic Canada’s Wonderland Funnel Cake, from scratch!
Don’t let the fun stop there. Try these interactive activities and games, if you’re not too full from the funnel cake.
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in the flesh—that’s right, they’re now open—or admire their sharks and jellyfish at a distance through live camera feeds. What a unique alternative to the Fireplace Channel!
Encourage your little one’s love of marine life even further with real-time events including piranha feedings, Marine Biologist Q & A’s and quirky experiments.
The CN Tower is officially granting access to its gorgeous aerial views again. If that’s not an option for your family right now, enjoy these playful at-home activities instead, including an interactive scavenger hunt with the CN Tower Earth Cam.
Here’s a creative outdoor challenge: how many different shots of the CN Tower can you and your kiddos capture? This detailed map points you to the best scenic backdrops featuring the photogenic landmark.
Hey fashion lovers, you can now sashay your way back into the Bata Shoe Museum. Shantay, you stay—as long as you keep your distance from others.
Since we’re talking footwear, is your little one’s birthday approaching? Make it all about shoes with these ingenious DIY party crafts. And even if a summer birthday isn’t on the horizon, plan a stylish shoe-themed party just because!
How can you visit the Toronto Zoo these days? Let’s count the ways. First, there’s the tried-and-true: see the animals by foot with pre-booked, timed tickets. Another viable option, cruise the Scenic Safari from the comfort of your car. Or simply explore the Toronto Zoo from home with its selection of virtual visits.
Looking for a campsite that the kiddos will love? Grab your gear and head over to Wild Tails, the Toronto Zoo’s new camping grounds that include after-hour access to select exhibits, kid-friendly meals and more.
Since the museum itself is still closed, brush the family up on Canadian history with an online archive of Toronto’s Fort York. Comb through fascinating footage about Canada’s War of 1812 before planning a picnic on its scenic, outdoor grounds which are currently accessible to the public.
Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery features some of Canada’s best contemporary pieces. Get inspired with a 360° virtual tour of the exhibit and create abstract art of your own!
So what if you can’t visit Toronto’s LegoLand right now? Nothing’s stopping you and the little ones from transforming your living room into a Lego funhouse. Explore their selection of Lego Build Ideas stat.
Visit the Aga Khan Museum in person or explore its beautifully curated exhibits from the comfort of your couch with #MuseumWithoutWalls. This extensive collection features historical artifacts from Muslim civilizations.
Aga Khan Museum Summer Camps are back with more than enough space for your little ones! From July 13 to August 21, kids of all ages can sign up for camp days filled with art, poetry, games and more. This summer’s camp theme is “What’s your sanctuary?” inspired by the museum’s Sanctuary exhibit.
Good news, the Gothic Revival-style castle is now open to the public. But don’t let that stop your kids from slaying imaginary dragons or being princess of the land (or the backyard). Rock their make-believe worlds with a virtual stroll through Canada’s only castle built in 1914.
The Toronto Public Library has yet to open, but their digital Library From Home allows you and the kids to easily access their online collections.
Another fantastic addition to TPL’s online hub is Summer Wonder. This virtual experience allows children to partake in programs and activities that help them build skills, develop new interests and meet friends.
This quarantine hasn’t stopped Toronto’s passionate musicians from sharing their love of the craft. Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s TSOUND KIDS is a comprehensive channel dedicated to musical activities for the whole family.
It includes music lessons, tips on how to make household items sing and ways to build your own instruments.
Who’s the true comedian of your family? We’re not talking dad jokes here, unless it’s a good one. The time is now for your witty child to hone their skills and make the world, or more likely your living room, their stage. Second City Toronto is offering online comedy camps for kids and teens.
Another great alternative to movie or game night is Summer Music in the Garden night. Organized by Harbourfront Centre, this new take on traditional concerts at Toronto’s Music Garden can happen right in your own garden, patio or backyard—while happily surrounded by your loved ones.
Just like the old days! Park the car, adjust your volume and enjoy a cinematic experience packed with nostalgia. Toronto Shines, a new drive-in venture by Ontario Place, showcases live music and feature films all summer long. And if you’re low on snacks, on-site food trucks deliver right to your car window.
See it. Snap it. Share it. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every door
there's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto.
See it. Snap it. Share it. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every door there's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto.#OPENYOURCURIOSITY
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