If you’re looking for creative ways to keep the young ones (and yourself) from going a little stir crazy while at home, Toronto’s museums, amusement parks and amazing attractions have pulled out all the virtual stops to keep the 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.
The ROM also holds a repertoire of online quests, brainteasers and crafts for all ages. Build a mummy sarcophagus together or have your kids learn to write their names in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Hot tip: peruse #ROMLearning on Instagram and have the kids share their own discoveries and creations.
Instead of regular ol’ Monopoly, imagine playing Van Gogh-themed Go Fish (Gogh Fish?) or stacking stylish Art Deco building blocks. Because adding artsy flair to family game night can’t hurt.
Recently launched, the AGO now brings their awesome museum to you and the at-home crew through creative experiences! Enjoy fascinating stories, DIY crafts and homeschool projects.
Take your kids through a pivotal moment of human history and learn about its impact on space exploration. Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre offers educational videos that lend to bigger conversations about space science.
Until June 15, the Ontario Science Centre in partnership with Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema, brings you and the kids some much-needed educational cinema. As an added bonus, each film comes with a downloadable educational guide.
Have a little ballet enthusiast in your clan? Between living room pirouettes and at-home tutu fashion shows, take them through Google Arts & Culture’s beautiful interpretations of the children’s classic, The Nutcracker, as expressed by different international artists.
Maybe your kids always wanted to try ballet or maybe they’ve already perfected their pointes. Regardless, the National Ballet of Canada is now offering live classes. And with enough practice, you and the family can finally re-enact The Nutcracker.
Nowadays, it’s easy to get creative with game night thanks to online tools at our disposal. Access the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Time Capsule to playfully hone your children’s hockey knowledge.
Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto’s go-to theme-park for adrenaline junkies, filmed an ultra-realistic video of their newest and wildest coaster: Yukon Striker. Adjust to full-screen, press play and get ready for some screaming.
Ok, so maybe you and your kids don’t like roller coasters. No worries. Canada’s Wonderland created a hub of virtual point of views from a whole collection of their rides (and, no lines!). After, the kids can get hands-on with fun, interactive activities.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada holds over 20,000 aquatic animals, including a shark tank (scary!). See them for yourselves, get inspired and draw your favourite fish friends!
Speaking of scary sharks – they’re actually not that scary – you and the kids can watch them live from Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s Shark Camera. What a unique alternative to the Fireplace Channel!
They’ve seen the Shark Cam and the fish feed, but now your kids want more! Engage their insatiable, curious minds with live events including piranha feedings, Marine Biologist Q & A’s and quirky experiments.
Conversation hits a lull? Wow even the smartest child with fascinating, scientific facts; like what happens when the CN Tower gets hit by lightning.
Hmm, what would Union Station look like if it were purple? Let your children’s imaginations run wild as they creatively reimagine the streets of Toronto with these colouring pages, courtesy of the CN Tower.
All kids love to colour. And if you’re lucky enough to have an at-home printer, print off these fun shoe-themed colouring stencils. Share your creations with #BSM.
Prince wasn’t the first to popularize men in heels. See where it all began with the Bata Shoe Museum’s educational exhibit, Standing TALL: The Curious History of Men in Heels.
Wildlife preservation is a hot topic and it’s important to keep your children informed. The Toronto Zoo offers great tips and research about fighting extinction, like adopting your very own zoo animal!
But first, try saying that ten times. The Toronto Zoo is full of educational gems for your little ones, including their online Zoo School with activities and resources that make homeschooling fun for them and easier for you.
Brush the family up on Canadian history with an online archive of Toronto’s Fort York. See the original site of Canada’s war of 1812, watch intriguing videos detailing the times and scour historical essays.
So what if you can’t visit Toronto’s LegoLand right now? Nothing’s stopping you and the little ones from creating your own at home. Explore their Lego Build Ideas stat.
Get comfy with the kids and explore yet another beautifully curated Toronto museum, from the comfort of your couch with #MuseumWithoutWalls. This extensive collection features historical artefacts from Muslim civilizations.
Do your kids love slaying imaginary dragons or being princess of the land? Rock their make-believe worlds with a virtual stroll through Canada’s only castle built in 1914.
You and the family won’t run out of virtual entertainment any time soon. The Toronto Public Library makes sure of that with their extensive database of archival images and historical offerings.
Social distancing hasn’t stopped Toronto’s passionate musicians from performing. For the little music aficionados in your clan, take a moment to appreciate Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s moving #SongOfComfort as they all play from their individual homes.
Set up your own comedy club in the living room and bring out the funny in you and the kids. The Second City now offers FamilyProv, as well as online improv camps for kids and teens.
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