Amp up the fun while physical distancing with kid-friendly activities from favourite Toronto attractions.
COVID-19 Disclaimer: Toronto follows public health measures enacted by the Ontario government to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Your access to shops, restaurants and attractions may be impacted in 2021. Call venues or check their websites for updates before visiting.
Looking for creative ways to keep the young ones (and yourself) from going stir crazy this spring? 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.
While the Royal Ontario Museum is temporarily closed, explore fascinating artefacts from the comfort of your screen with a selection of online exhibits. Also, every Tuesday, ROMKids is live on Instagram with Coordinator and Camp Director, Kiron Mukherjee. Kiron entertains with passionate storytelling, immersive activities and at-home crafts.
The ROM also 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.
The AGO also has your April Break plans covered. Tune in to five days of free, live virtual programming hosted by trained educators and specialist artists who will offer fun and imaginative art activities for you and your family to make from home.
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 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.
Beginning May 1, 2021, Illusionarium takes you and your family on an immersive journey using 3D projections, holograms and live magicians to explore the evolution and history of magic and illusions. Book your spot for this physically-distanced activity to wow even the most skeptical of family members.
Take the whole family on an adventure along Queen Street East and see if you can find all eight of the weird, wonderful and wacky light art installations as part of Luminosity. While you’re at it, take the opportunity to make an evening of exploring Toronto’s charming Beaches neighbourhood.
Satiate your child’s endless curiosity with The Ontario Science Centre’s online offering, Science at Home. Have them participate in virtual workshops, conduct experiments, 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 in a Grey-Lockdown stage of quarantine, it’s time to get creative with your family game nights. Luckily, The Hockey Hall of Fame is here to help! Test your family’s knowledge on Canada’s favourite sport 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. Get the family together for a weekly virtual Trivia Night each Thursday—you’ll even have the chance to win some exciting prizes! And if you’re not too full from the funnel cake, try these interactive activities and games.
If you’re missing Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada as much as we are, you can still experience its aquatic magic through virtual tours. Encourage your little one’s love of marine life even further with online real-time events including piranha feedings, Marine Biologist Q & A’s and quirky experiments.
Cook up a storm with the kiddos, aka your little sous-chefs, with these delicious recipes courtesy of 360 Restaurant.
Here’s a creative outdoor challenge to take in the fresh, spring air: 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, sadly the Bata Shoe Museum is closed for now, but you can still enjoy it from your screens.
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.
Is your little one’s birthday approaching? Make it all about shoes with these ingenious DIY party crafts. And even if a birthday celebration isn’t on the horizon, plan a stylish shoe-themed party just because.
How can you visit the Toronto Zoo these days? Virtually, for now. Explore the Zoo from home with its selection of virtual resources, including educational tools for your little ones, live entertainment featuring the zookeepers and even a fascinating educational podcast!
Surprise the kiddos with adorable wildlife swag from the online Zootique.
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 educational footage about Canada’s war of 1812.
In collaboration with Field Trip: Art Across Canada, the Powerplant delivers artsy experiences through this new online platform that likewise includes children’s programs and activities.
Bring Toronto’s LegoLand right to your living room! 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.
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 currently closed, but you can still inspire your kids to slay imaginary dragons or play princess of the land. Rock their make-believe worlds with a virtual stroll through Canada’s only castle, built in 1914.
Good news! The Toronto Public Library is open for contactless, curbside pick-ups and drop-offs. And on another positive note, their digital Library From Home is here to stay, allowing you and the kids to easily access their online collections.
Finally, stay tuned for upcoming programs which include virtual storytimes and educational activities, like coding camps!
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.
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.
Take the family on a fantastical adventure through Van Gogh’s creative mind. The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is still in town (for a limited time, so hurry!) with drive-through options available. The experience features moving projections of Van Gogh’s art, in sync with music and lighting.
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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