Toronto, Canada is a thoroughly modern city and fantastic one to experience with children. Experience some of the best Ontario has to offer families as you explore zoos and gardens. Don’t let the name of the distillery district fool you, as it is a very family-friendly area featuring rich history and terrific architecture.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3, Canada
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $22, Children – $13
Expand your mind with hundreds of interactive exhibits at the Ontario Science Center. The exhibits feature geology, astrology, human anatomy, physics, the science of nature and many other interesting topics. Explore all the wonders and possibilities of the human body at The Human Edge exhibit. Get physical with physics at the Science Arcade, where you can trigger bolts of light with your fingertips and discover the science of sound. Young visitors will have a blast at KidSpark, where they can build their own roller coaster, blow giant bubbles and splash around in the water play area. The Space exhibit has a state-of-the-art planetarium, meteorites from Mars and black holes. Touch a tornado, explore a cave and discover a coral reef ecosystem at the Living Earth exhibit. The whole family will enjoy this fascinating science center.
Address: 777 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C 1P2, Canada
Hours: Building: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Gardens: Dawn – Dusk
Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy a wide variety of native and exotic plants and flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden. The facility has 17 themed gardens, all providing a unique experience. The Kitchen Garden is filled with vegetables and herbs, letting visitors explore the possibilities of what can be grown in their home gardens. The Teaching Garden allows children to plant, cultivate and sow vegetables and flowers. Harvested vegetables are donated to a local food bank. Watch honeybees busy making honey at the Pollinator Garden with Urban Beehives, which showcases native and non native shrubs, perennials, annuals and flowering bulbs to provide a source of pollen and nectar. Take a stroll through Woodland Walk and Bird Habitat to see a prairie garden in a native woodland, providing a year-round habitat for birds and other Canadian wildlife. Make sure to stop by the Garden Cafe and Garden Shop for unique snacks and gifts.
Address: 55 Mill Street Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
With 13 acres of heritage buildings and streets, the Distillery District is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. This historic and entertainment precinct is filled with specialty shops, restaurants, galleries, studios, cafes, breweries, theaters and more. The brick-lined streets and restored Victorian Industrial buildings gives this village a European feel. Whether you spend the day or just an hour, the whole family will enjoy this charming neighborhood.