Here are the most popular children’s attractions in Toronto:
Centreville Amusement Park
Summer Fun Line: (416) 203-0405
Located on Toronto’s Centre Island, Centreville Amusement Park is nestled in over 600 acres of parkland y. Centreville Amusement Park is reminiscent of simpler times and features With over 30 rides and attractions like pony rides, an antique ferris wheel, and carousel. This park is ideal for children younger than 12 as it has many rides that entertain but don’t scare, as well as over 14 food outlets. The ferry ride to get to the island adds to the fun.Centreville opens daily at 10:30am from June 1st to September 3rd and all weekends in May and September, weather permitting. Hours subject to change without notice. Ride Pass $$.
100 Garrison Road, Toronto, M5V 3K9
(off Fleet Street, east of Strachan Avenue, west of Bathurst Street)
416-392-6907 Fax: 416-392-6917 Event Hotline: 416-338-3888
Historic Fort York was the 1793 birthplace of modern Toronto and the location of the Battle of York, during the War of 1812. It has Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and is a National Historic site. Explore the fort, learn about its military history. Historic Fort York has guided tours, musket drill, and music demonstrations. Special events: Canada Day, Victoria Day, and Doors Open Toronto. Open year-round: Labour Day to Victoria Day, Monday to Friday: 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm; Victoria Day to Labour Day, Monday to Sunday: 10 am-5 pm, Closed: Last two weeks in December. Regular Admission $$
TTC:Bathurst station (Bloor-Danforth subway line) then the 511 streetcar south.
Take the pedestrian walkway off the Bathurst/Front Street bridge or by walking up Garrison Road off Fleet Street. NOTE: Garrison Road follows a steep hill, and is a challenging walking route for small children, elderly or special needs patrons.
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1873 Bloor St W, Toronto,
This large urban park is a focal point for leisure and cultural activities in Toronto. Set on a former estate, the park covers 161 hectares (398 acres) and is the largest park in Toronto. 1/3 of which is in a natural state. The park has sporting facilities for 2 soccer fields, 3 baseball diamonds, outdoor skating rink, outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and fields for football and lawn bowling. The landscaping in High Park includes sunken gardens, greenhouses and perennials, and a garden created out of hanging baskets. There is also an outdoor theatre that holds an annual Shakespeare festival, a trackless train (Adults-$4.00 per person, Children & Older Adults over 60 yrs -$3.00 each, fishing on Grenadier Pond (no boats allowed), and a zoo dating back to 1890 that is open year round to visitors from 7:00 am to dusk .
Hockey Hall of Fame
30 Yonge Street, Toronto, M5E 1X8
Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place)
416-360-7765 fax: 416-360-1501
This museum, housed in the former Bank of Montreal heritage building, is the place for both hockey fanatics and younger players to experience the game. Although jerseys, sticks, and other memorabilia may adorn the walls, many of the interactive exhibits are designed with entertainment-value in mind. When not traveling with the winning team, the Stanley Cup can be found at this site. Available for facility rentals. Open Mon-Fri-10 am-5 pm; Sat-9:30 am-6 pm; Sun-10:30 am-5 pm. Admission: $$.
955 Lakeshore Blvd. West Toronto
Ontario Place opened in May 1971 and featured a five pod pavilion complex, The Forum (since replaced by the 16,000 set Molson Amphitheatre), pedal boats, a marina, restaurants and the world’s first permanent IMAX® theatre (and still the largest IMAX screen in Toronto), and the Cinesphere. It was built as a showcase for the Province of Ontario adjacent to the CNE. It has the largest outdoor soft play climbing structure in the country, and Soak City is Toronto’s only downtown water park, with a raft ride, pink twister, purple pipeline, a hydrofuge and plenty of waterplay. Open May 20-Labour Day, 10am – Midnight. Admission charge varies. An all summer pass (ages 4 and up) is available.
Throughout the summer, Ontario Place offers various events and special entertainers including live children’s performers, major touring pop/rock acts, the annual Symphony of Fire International Fireworks competition, the annual Air Show each Labor Day. There is a separate cost for these shows, and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (416-870-8000).
From downtown Toronto, exit on Spadina Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard and follow Lakeshore Boulevard west until you see the Ontario Place signs.
201 Winchester St, Toronto, M4X 1B8
(Located 3 blocks east of Parliament Street along Winchester Street
Located 3 blocks north of Gerrard Street East along Sumach Street)
416-392-0329 fax: 416-392-0329
In the heart of downtown Cabbagetown, this 7.5acre working historical farm, is based on Ontario farms from the 1860s through until the 1920s. The barns and outdoor paddocks showcase rare breeds of livestock commonplace during this time, and hosts many different crafts programs are held including weaving, quilting, pottery and spinning. Other skills like cream and butter making, sheep shearing and gardening are demonstrated. Walk along the pathways through wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens.
On Tuesday mornings to watch volunteers preparing and baking bread in the Simpson House wood-fired brick oven. The Farm Kitchen prepares hot and cold refreshments and homemade goodies. The Shop at the Farm (416-961-8787) carries fine gifts, books, and keepsakes. The FRF Farmers’ Market is held every Tuesday (May to Oct, 3 pm to 7 pm). Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm Lower East Gate closed, December 1st to February 28th. Admission is free. Parking on neighbouring city streets only.
Sorry-dogs, bicycles, in-line skates, foot scooters, ride toys, and vehicles are not permitted on the Farm’s property. Please do not feed the farm animals, poultry, and waterfowl.
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park, Toronto, M5S 2C6
Explore an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. With six million objects in the ROM’s collections, the Museum’s diverse collections of world cultures and natural history make the ROM one of the largest museums in North America. The new Bloor Street Plaza and Bennett Music Court (now the main entrance) provides dramatic views into the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal through large planes of glass, and elegant landscaping and lighting. School groups may use the Loblaws School Entrance, located at the south end of the building on Queen’s Park.
Open Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am-5:30 pm, Friday: 10:00 am-9:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am-5:30 pm. Admission $$. Members free, Persons with disabilities full admission, with 1 attendant free. Admission is free 45 minutes before closing (except for specially ticketed exhibitions).
Bay Street and Queens Quay, west of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel Toronto, ON
Set on the harbour islands directly opposite the downtown area, the Toronto Islands consists of three connected islands, Ward, Centre and Hanlan’s Point, and can be reached by a 10-minutes ferry from behind the Harbour Castle Hotel. The islands have great beaches, beachfront boardwalks, and lagoons with wildlife and leisure facilities. There is the Centreville amusement park, softball diamonds, wading pools, a Frisbee golf course and 2.5 km of bicycle trails. There is also a small airport on the west end of the islands (with its own access from downtown). Over 1,225,000 people visit this 230 acre 388 hectare park each year.
The Toronto Islands began as sand-bars originating from the Scarborough Bluffs slowly carried westward by Lake Ontario currents. By the early 1800s, the longest of these bars reached past the marshes of the lower Don River, forming a natural harbour between the lake and the mainland, as well as a sanctuary for migratory birds. Dredging projects in the early 1900s have stabilized shorelines, reduced sand-bar movement, deepened boating channels, and raised land levels.
The Hanlan family was among the first year-round inhabitants on Toronto Island, settling at Gibraltar Point in 1862. After the islands were transferred from the federal government to the City of Toronto in 1867, the land was subdivided for cottages, and the west side of the island, rapidly became a resort destination for the citizens of Toronto; the first summer cottage community was found here. In 1878, a hotel was built by John Hanlan (related to famous rower Edward “Ned” Hanlan) and the area became known as Hanlan’s Point. An 1894 lakefill project added space for an amusement park, a roller-coaster, and in 1909 a baseball stadium. In the 1930s the stadium was closed, and the amusement park was demolished in 1937 to build Toronto Island Airport. Hanlan’s Point has two beaches, one of them”clothing optional”.
Centre Island is between Hanlan’s Point and Ward’s Island. By the late 1800’s, many of Toronto’s wealthiest families built beautiful Victorian summer homes along the Lake Shore Avenue carriage route. In 1888, Island Park was established to offer an impressive panoramic view of downtown Toronto. Two distinctive bridges, still in use today, were built to handle traffic at the Centre Island Ferry, including the 1912 Manitou Road bridge and the 1914 Olympic Island bridge. Centre Island today, has an amusement park, several sailing clubs and a popular beach.
Ward’s Island, which used to be the east section of the old sandbank peninsula, was named David Ward a fisherman who first settled there in 1834. An 1858 storm dug a channel separating the island from the mainland. In 1882, his son William Ward built the landmark Ward’s Hotel by the ferry docks (it was demolished in 1966). Ward’s Island has a popular beach with a view of the shipping channel into the Toronto Harbour.