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 fall? 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.
Experience the magic of the Royal Ontario Museum’s latest Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, among other fascinating exhibits. If you and the kiddos still 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.
Spend family time among 9,000 works of art at the AGO. Haven’t purchased your timed-entry tickets yet? Don’t fret. AGO from Home brings the museum to you and your 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 back-to-school 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 online offering, Science at Home. Have them participate in virtual workshops, conduct experiments from home, engage with others through live events and even add to their curriculum with resources for students from Grade 9 to 12.
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 still navigating a modified Stage 2 of reopening, The Hockey Hall of Fame is open with added 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 may still be closed but that doesn’t mean that you can’t stir your kids’ adrenal glands from home. Turn your sofa into a rollercoaster with Wonderland’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.
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 Aquarium also now offers a handful of educational tools like Family Homeschool Days (limited space and must be booked in advance), virtual field trips, academic worksheets for all grade levels and an informative blog.
Here’s a creative outdoor challenge, while the weather’s still warm-ish: 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, sashay your way 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 an autumn birthday isn’t on the horizon, plan a stylish shoe-themed party just because (just be sure to stick to gathering limits).
If you’ve got a printer on hand, print off fashionable colouring sheets for your kids to enjoy. Tag their masterpieces with #BSM25 and share online.
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 is to explore the Zoo from home with its selection of virtual resources, including educational tools for your little ones.
In other zoo-related news, Terra Lumina is back for another year! The enchanted and magical night walk is as luminous as ever, with safety restrictions in place. Grab your tickets online while you still can and wear extra layers—admission is free for children under two.
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. The City of Toronto’s program, HistoricTO, also offers free tours of Fort York, including other historical Toronto buildings, until October 18. Book your time slot online.
Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery showcases some of Canada’s best contemporary pieces, with new exhibits on display. If you and the kiddos would rather explore from home, browse a 360° virtual tour of the museum instead.
As of this fall, Power Kids is back on a digital platform. Children ages 7-12 can partake in free art workshops through Zoom. Workshops are one-hour long and registration takes place online.
Toronto’s LegoLand has reopened, hurray! But, before you go make sure to purchase your tickets online and brush up on their new health and safety protocols. If you can’t yet make it over, nothing’s stopping you and the little ones from transforming your space into your own Lego funhouse. Explore their selection of Lego Build Ideas stat.
Visit the Aga Khan Museum in person (Sundays are Family Days) or explore its beautifully curated exhibits from the comfort of your couch with #MuseumWithoutWalls. This extensive collection features historical artifacts from Muslim civilizations.
Additionally, the museum offers an abundance of learning resources for all ages, to keep your little one’s mind engaged.
The Gothic Revival-style castle is open to the public with historical exhibits on hand. But don’t let that stop your kids from slaying imaginary dragons or playing princess of the land. Rock their make-believe worlds with a virtual stroll through Canada’s only castle, built in 1914.
On an artistic front, TPL’s Design-a-Bookmark contest is back again for another year. Children ages 13 and under are encouraged to submit their creative bookmark designs to open library branches or bookmobiles by October 31. Sharpen their crayons and start designing!
This quarantine hasn’t stopped Toronto’s passionate musicians from sharing their love of the craft—you can now tune in with your loved ones to TSO On Demand and enjoy.
Alternatively, 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 (now open!) is offering online comedy camps for kids and teens.
Another great alternative to movie or game night is Music in the Garden night. Organized by Harbourfront Centre, stream past performances from Toronto’s Music Garden right in your own home—while happily surrounded by your loved ones.
Drive-in, open-air or Cinesphere? The choice is yours. Ontario Place’s iconic Cinesphere Theatre is back in operation, with tickets sold online. You can also park the car and enjoy a cinematic experience packed with nostalgia at Ontario Place’s drive-in theatre. Or, if the weather permits, opt for Open Air Cinema, complete with Muskoka chairs and plenty of distance from other families. Bring blankets.
Take the kiddos on a fantastical adventure through Van Gogh’s creative mind. The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is in town for the next few months with both walk-through and drive-through options. The experience features moving projections of Van Gogh’s art, in sync with music and lighting. If opting for the walk-through, you’ll easily be able to stay in your bubble with social distancing circles throughout.
For the rest of 2020 the City of Toronto is highlighting public art throughout the city with BigArtTO, a new city program part of ShowLoveTO. This city-wide celebration features free access to temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and takes place in each of Toronto’s 25 wards—there might be one happening near you! Grab the fam and check it out. Each artistic projection is created by a local artist.
If trick-or-treating isn’t in the cards but you still want to celebrate one of the best holidays of the year, opt for Halloween Nights of Lights instead. Get into the spooky spirit while also playing it safe with this immersive drive-through that features over 700,000 LED lights synchronized to Halloween music. Happening throughout all of October, buy your tickets online and keep the ghostly spirits alive for the little ones (and yourself!).
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
More Insights & Ideas from Locals