Best of 2015




Each year, Toronto4Kids conducts an in-depth survey among our readers to find the absolute best family destinations, and kid-friendly products & services in Toronto and the GTA. Here are the results for 2015. Read on to see who our readers nominated and voted in!

Best Summer Attraction

 
Canada's Wonderland

Voted #1 - Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland is the home to the most exhilarating collection of rides, roller coasters and water park fun in Canada! It's really no wonder that Canada's Wonderland is Canada's premiere amusement park. It's where families come to spend quality time with each other and their good friends, g-forces. And for the kids, there’s Planet Snoopy and Dinosaurs Alive; Seven acres of Jurassic fun with over 40 life-sized dinos. If you like water park thrills, Canada's premier amusement park features Splash Works, a 20-acre water park featuring The Plunge, Super Soaker, the Lazy River and much more. More info

#2 - Centreville Amusement Park
Centreville is the ultimate summer destination for families with young children. With over 30 rides and attractions, this theme park offers up a full day of family fun and is just a short ferry ride across the Toronto Harbour. More info

#3 - Toronto Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo and the leading destination for adults with kids. Explore the Discovery Zone, featuring the Kids Zoo, Splash Island, an exciting two-acre water play area and the Waterside Theatre. More info

Best Winter Attraction


The Royal Winter Fair

Voted #1 - Royal Agricultural Fair
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is a unique event that takes place every November in the City of Toronto. The Royal is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world, where Canadian and International breeders, growers and exhibitors are declared champions and where hundreds of thousands of attendees come to learn, compete, shop and have a great time with friends and family. More info

#2 - Chicopee Tube Park
If you like to sled, you’ll love the snow tubing park at Chicopee Tube Park! Chicopee Tube Park boasts a magnificent 9,500 sq. ft. log chalet in addition to a raised 2,500 sq. ft. outdoor deck overlooking a multi-lane snow tube park and the picturesque Chicopee hills. Chicopee Tube & Adventure Park opens mid December until the end of March for Winter tubing. More info

#3 - Harbourfront Natrel Skating Rink
The Natrel Rink is a unique skating destination, nestled in the heart of Harbourfront Centre’s 10-acre site. Throughout the duration of the Winter season, the Natrel Rink will host DJ Skate Nights, the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, and Learn to Skate, and other events. Harbourfront Centre also offers affordable skate and helmet rentals on site in the Skate Change Room, located beside the Natrel Rink. Admission is free. More info

Best Year-Round Attraction


Ontario Science Centre

Voted #1 - Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre is one of Canada’s most visited attractions. Discover hundreds of interactive exhibits, daily demos and more! Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 47 million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology, aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better future for the planet. More info

#2 - Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the newest and most anticipated attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower. The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) thrilling interactive attraction is an immersive adventure showcases more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. More info

#3 - CN Tower
National icon, engineering wonder, Toronto must-see—CN Tower is an award-winning dining and entertainment destination. Spectacular views include world-famous Glass Floor, Sky Pod, and glass fronted elevators with glass floor panels. Three restaurants include award-winning 360 Restaurant. Plus there's a 3D theatre, ride, shopping, and thrilling new EdgeWalk—world’s highest 'hands-free' walk, 356 m/1168 ft (116 stories) above ground. More info

Best Fair/Festival


The CNE

Voted #1 - CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)
Taking place over the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, the CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, a dog show, a working farm, parades and a three-day Air Show, all of which are FREE with admission to the CNE. Midway rides and games, wacky fair food as well as international food and shopping are also popular highlights of this major Toronto event. Over the course of its 18 day run, the CNE attracts more than 1.3 million people each year. More info

#2 - Markham Fair
Markham Fair is one of Canada oldest country fairs. Since 1844 the fair has been providing the community with a showcase for talents and products in a friendly competitive spirit. As well as the competitive displays, the community is further brought together to enjoy various forms of entertainment such as horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides and displays of farm animals. More info

#3 - Taste of Danforth
Pilaros Taste of the Danforth is one of Toronto's signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer - from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children's games! Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination. More info

Best Farm


Riverdale Farm

Voted #1 - Riverdale Farm
Tour the Farm’s scenic 7.5 acres along pathways through wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens. Visit the farm animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores. Riverdale Farm is located in a park setting in the heart of the downtown community of Cabbagetown. The farm features a Historic working farm, scenic pathways, programs and seasonal events, pig and poultry barn, historic Francey Barn, Simpson House, Meeting House, the “Residence”, Old Zoo Ruins. The farm is open year-round. Admission is free. More info

#2 - Whittamore's Farm
Whittamore's Farm is a large 220 acre fruit and vegetable farm nestled beside the Rouge River Valley in Markham. A wide variety of activities occur on the farm during the year, including a summer and fall Pick-Your-Own. The farm also hosts birthday parties and school tours. The Farm Shop is one of the largest in Ontario featuring the freshest fruits and vegetables in season. More info

#3 - Springridge Farm
Springridge Farm located on Milton features a Fun Farm Yard, Birthday Parties, School Tours, Seasonal Festivals, and the Barn Market featuring gourmet products, a cafe/bakery and a gift boutique. Visit the farm for seasonal family events. More info

Best Day Trip


Niagara Falls

Voted #1 - Niagara Falls
An excursion to Niagara Falls Ontario Canada offers more than you could imagine. Niagara Falls Canada has often been called 'the world's most famous address'. While the falls is certainly the most visited natural attraction, the rest of Niagara offers a rich, varied, and rewarding experience, too. Niagara Falls, and the surrounding Niagara Region, have evolved and grown into one of the word's foremost travel destinations, with many family-friendly attractions. More info

#2 - Wasaga Beach
Wasaga Beach is hailed as one of the premier tourist destinations in Ontario with 14 kilometres of white sand beach, swim in warm, clean waters and enjoy the panoramic mountain views across the bay. Other amenities include: recreation trails for hiking and cycling. More info

#3 - Collingwood
Collingwood is the place to be in Southern Georgian Bay. Discover many attractions such as Blue Mountain Resort, Wasaga Beach, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, incredible Festivals and Events, and much more. More info

Best Park


High Park

Voted #1 - High Park
High Park is a popular Toronto destination. With over one million visitors annually, High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy. It also features the Jamie Bell Playground and a zoo. Admission is free. More info

#2 - Toronto Island Park
The Toronto Islands provide a great, refreshing escape from downtown with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario and the city skyline. There are many activities everyone can enjoy for a fun-filled day. The Islands area is a great place to bask on blue flag beaches, and offers other tourist features such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Franklin Children's Garden, Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm. More info

#3 - Bruce's Mill Park
Bruce’s Mill takes its name from a restored water-powered mill located in the conservation area, on a tributary of the Rouge River. In the spring, Bruce’s Mill is home to the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival. In the summer, visitors can hike through 10 km of trails that are both open and forested. In addition to hiking, Bruce’s Mill has picnic areas for families and large groups, barbeque rentals, baseball diamonds and soccer fields. More info

Best Waterpark


Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Voted #1 - Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark features Summer-like 84 degree temperatures year-round and has direct indoor connections to Falls Avenue Hotels, restaurants, and attractions. The Waterpark is the TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Award Winner as the #1 Amusement Park & Waterpark in Canada for the second consecutive year. Come experience the fun and excitement! With 3 acres of family fun with 16 slides, a wave pool, 1000 gallon tipping bucket, Tiny Tot Splash Park, "Beach House" play area, arcade, and more, it's the place to be! More info

#2 - Canada's Wonderland Splash Works
Over 7 million litres of heated water fun in the 20 acre water park. Check out The Plunge, Super Soaker, the Lazy River, Pump House and one of Canada's largest wave pools, White Water Bay. It's your Splash Headquarters for the summer! More info

#3 - Wild Water Kingdom
Wild Water Kingdom has a variety of attractions, including water slides, a wave pool, lazy rivers, and a variety of kids' pools. As well, non-swimming activities such as Face Drop and a climbing wall are available. There are also picnic areas. More info

Best Winter Resort


Blue Mountain Resort

Voted #1 - Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Blue Mountain has become the four-season destination of the North, visited by more than 1.5 million guests a year. Winter at the resort boasts 42 ski and snowboard trails enhanced by a world-class snowmaking system. Year-round, the resort attracts visitors to more than 950 luxury accommodation units and 45 unique concept restaurants, bars and retail stores in our pedestrian Village. More info

#2 - DeerHurst Resort
Embracing Peninsula Lake, Deerhurst Resort is a year-round retreat to Ontario's famous "cottage country" lifestyle in Muskoka. Perfect for everything from a winter or summer family vacation or a weekend break. More info

#3 - Horseshoe Resort
Horseshoe Resort is an inviting Ontario destination. Enjoy the crisp winter air on 29 ski runs with 5 chairlifts and 2 carpet lifts, take in the all thrill, no skill fun of snow tubing, glide across 45km of Cross Country trails, or go snowshoeing. More info

Best Summer Resort


Summer at Blue Mountain Resort

Voted #1 - Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Blue Mountain has become the four-season destination of the North, visited by more than 1.5 million guests a year. Summer months offer the largest downhill mountain biking facility in Ontario, Monterra Golf course, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Cascade Putting Course, Timber Challenge Ropes Course, Wind Rider Triple Zips, the new Apex Bagjump and a private beach property among other seasonal attractions. More info

#2 - Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is North America's Largest Family of indoor waterpark resorts and the ultimate destination for your next family getaway. It features a massive 84-degree indoor water park. More info

#3 - DeerHurst Resort
Embracing Peninsula Lake, Deerhurst Resort is a year-round retreat to Ontario's famous "cottage country" lifestyle in Muskoka. Perfect for everything from a winter or summer family vacation or a weekend break. More info

Best Zoo


The Toronto Zoo

Voted #1 - Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo and the leading destination for adults with kids. Open every day except Christmas, the Toronto Zoo attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year and welcomes an average of 1,000 to 10,000 visitors a day. During the warmer months, explore the Discovery Zone, featuring the Kids Zoo, Splash Island, an exciting two-acre water play area and the Waterside Theatre. More info

#2 - African Lion Safari
African Lion Safari is a drive-through wildlife park dedicated to the conservation of declining wildlife species. Get closer than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic bird and animals that roam freely throughout seven large Game Reserves. More info

#3 - Bowmanville Zoo
The Bowmanville Zoo is Canada's Oldest Private Zoo, established in 1919. Experience one-on-one Animal Encounters, take an Animal Ride, be amazed by the Animatheatre Show and witness the feeding of the Famous Carnivore. More info

Best Free Things to Do


Harbourfront Centre

Voted #1 - Harbourfront Centre
Whatever you’re looking for, Harbourfront Centre has it all: concerts, festivals, film screenings, outdoor dancing, food, and so much more. There’s a long list of family-friendly events and festivals to enjoy over the year. Best of all, most programming is free. The 10 acre site attracts over 12 million visits each year. This winter, enjoy free skating at the Natrel Rink! More info

#2 - Riverdale Farm
Riverdale Farm is located in a park setting in the heart of the downtown community of Cabbagetown. The farm features a Historic working farm, scenic pathways, programs and seasonal events, pig and poultry barn, historic Francey Barn, Simpson House, Meeting House, the “Residence”, Old Zoo Ruins. The farm is open year-round. Admission is free. More info

#3 - Kidsfest at Centreville
Taking place during the first full weekend of July, KidsFest welcomes the arrival of summer with kid-sized activities that are fun for the whole family! With face painting clowns, bouncing castles, a colouring station, live animal visits from Far Enough Farm, music and much more. Admission is free. More info

Best Indoor Amusement


Fantasy Fair

Voted #1 - Fantasy Fair
Fantasy Fair is Ontario's Largest Indoor Amusement Park. Located in Woodbine Shopping Centre, Fantasy Fair caters to children between the ages of 3 to 15. There over 12 full size rides and attractions with a rollercoaster, train, carousel, Play Village, arcade, midway games and more! Try the Rock'N'Climb Challenge! Or the Drop & Hop Tower that bounces you 30 feet in the air. The XD Simulator, with up to 2Gs of acceleration and effects, transports you directly into the 3D movie action! These rides are sure to thrill you! Fantasy Fair also offers birthday parties in one of 7 party rooms. Special events and free shows are held throughout the year. More info

#2 - Playdium
Playdium, located in Mississauga, is the ultimate interactive, virtual and physical Family Entertainment Centre. The 40,000 sq ft indoor complex features more than 200 high-tech attractions, rides and simulators. More info

#3 - Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Toronto is an indoor, family experience with over 3 million bricks under one roof. There are Rides, a 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and more! Also features a Café, Shop and more! More info

Best Beach


Wasaga Beach

Voted #1 - Wasaga Beach
Hailed as one of the premier tourist destinations with its white sand beach, Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world with 14 km of safe, sandy shore. Swim in warm, clean waters and enjoy the panoramic mountain views across the bay. Other amenities include: recreation trails for hiking and cycling. More info

#2 - Centre Island Beach
Centre Island Beach is a short walk from the Centre Island ferry docks. It's an oasis away from the downtown while still boasting an amazing view of the city skyline. The family-friendly beach stretches across the island. More info

#3 - Sauble Beach
Sauble beach is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. Sauble has the beach, shopping, entertainment, camping, accommodations, and sunsets for a perfect weekend with the kids. Activities include biking, boating and more. More info

Best Dance Lessons

Voted #1 - L'Arabesque Ballet
L'Arabesque Ballet offers excellence in ballet training while respecting the age and the physical development of the student. Classes are taught by former principal dancer Laetitia Clement, (American Ballet Theatre certified, RAD certified, Advanced Cechetti, French School trained, George Brown College Dance Faculty Member) and follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi. All levels are offered, from Primary to Advanced. More info

#2 - PSB Dance
PSB Dance provides exceptional dance education delivered by highly trained faculty that nurture every person's dance potential. Founded in 1989 by Karen Davies Thomas, PSB is a premier technical dance studio offering professional-level training, Ballet exams, performance opportunities (Nutcracker, Elite Competitions) and recreational programs. 2 locations in Toronto. More info

#3 - Dance Kids Canada
Dance Kids Canada are successful dance educators that will show you the many benefits of studying dance. DKC has a variety of dance styles to choose from. Levels for children ages 3 to teens are offered. More info

Best Swimming Lessons

Voted #1 - Felix's Swim School
Felix's has been teaching swimming to children of all ages and abilities for over 25 years. They offer a unique style of teaching based on three guiding principles: water safety, progressive learning, and an individualized approach to instructing. More info

#2 - Making Waves
Making Waves Swim School has been providing award winning water safety programs for children and adults of all ages since 1994. The teaching method at Making Waves is unique in its ‘hand-on’ approach at every level. Swim classes are both fun and challenging and the caring, animated staff will keep your child smiling and safe! More info

#3 - Davina's Swim House
Davina’s Swim House teaches swimming and water safety to all ages. Davina’s Swim House has a low 3:1 ratio for all classes up to the leadership levels. More info

Best Art School

Voted #1 - Avenue Road Arts School
A leader in arts education, the Avenue Road Arts School has been providing innovative and high-quality arts classes in visual and performing arts since 1993. Programs engage young and old in creative, exciting ways and to draw out artistic talent in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere. Classes are taught by professional artists/educators, and small class sizes allow for individual guidance to students at all levels. More info

#2 - AGO
AGO (Ontario Art Gallery) programs are offered in an environment that is creative, non-competitive and open-ended, allowing young artist’s the freedom to explore their own potential and nurture their self-esteem, while building a strong repertoire of techniques and skills. More info

#3 - Art N Smart
Art N Smart is a place children can experience high quality visual and performing arts instruction in our inspiring, relaxing and encouraging environment. Classes are designed to provide children with skill level and age appropriate artistic experiences, while developing imagination and critical thinking. More info

Best Drama Classes

Voted #1 - Young People's Theatre
At the YPT Drama School, students are front and centre, from weekly drama classes to intensive advanced training workshops. Led by professional theatre artists with extensive teaching experience, YPT offers innovative programming that provides a safe and fun environment in which students can express themselves creatively. Students will discover the wonder and excitement of the theatre! More info

#2 - CATS Drama School
Children's Arts Theatre School is Toronto's leader in professional theatre training for young people of all ages! They offer fantastic Family Rates and Junior programs for kids 3-6 too. Multiple locations in Toronto. More info

#3 - The Second City Training Centre
Youth or Teen students can take a class with The Second City! All experience levels are welcome. Classes are led by performers/instructors who are experienced working with young students. More info

Best Music Lessons

Voted #1 - Long & McQuade
Long & McQuade offers private music lessons with skilled professional instructors making learning easier. Kids learn to play in a supportive and creative environment that makes learning fun! Convenient lesson times accommodate even the busiest schedules. RCM examination preparation, student recitals and group performance opportunities for interested students. More info

#2 - The Royal Conservatory of Music
The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world, providing the definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, teacher certification, and arts-based social programs. More info

#3 - Gymboree Play & Music
A Global Leader in Classes for Kids. At Gymboree Play & Music, you and your child will build creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships. Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. More info

Best Gymnastics Classes

Voted #1 - Gymalaya
Gymalaya with locations in Vaughan and Newmarket, York Region's newest gymnastics club, offers recreational gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for young children. The kid size proportions of the equipment help motivate the children, enhance their performance and increase safety. Each week the configuration and setting of the equipment is modified to provide a new and stimulating experience. They offer a professionally developed, non-competitive curriculum, designed to build physical, mental and social skills while having fun. More info

#2 - East York Gymnastics
The East York Gymnastics Club offers recreational gymnastics and trampoline programs for boys and girls from 6 months to adult. Competitive program includes Interclub, Provincial and National training opportunities for boys and girls. More info

#3 - Planet Gymnastics
Planet Gymnastics is Durham's largest provider of quality recreational gymnastics programs, we pride ourselves on our high quality, fully certified staff who all have a love for working with children. More info

Best Martial Arts School

Voted #1 - Northern Karate
Leaders in the field of martial arts education and personal development for more than three decade. At 12 locations in the GTA, thousands of men, women and children enjoy the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of NKS’ programs. More info

#2 - Port Credit Martial Arts Academy
The Academy Of Martial Arts is a professional Martial Arts Academy serving Mississauga South for 28 years. They teach students all ages in Goju Karate, Tai Chi, Cardio Kickboxing, and MMA Conditioning. They've been voted Best in Mississauga during many of their 28 years teaching in the city.  More info

#3 - Master Kang's Black Belt Martial Arts
Master Kang`s Black Belt Martial Arts provides advanced and modern Taekwondo training and teaching methods coupled with a focus on traditional martial arts values. Classes are led by World Taekwondo Federation Masters and assisted by highly qualified black belts, focus on technique and allow students to see immediate success. More info

Best Sports Programs

Voted #1 - Sportplay
Sportplay provides Multi-sport Programs for kids. Their child-centered, play-based programs are designed to develop Gross Motor and Athletic Skills in a positive, supportive, non-competitive environment. Multi-sport means children learn the skills and concepts of a variety of sports. At Sportplay kids will learn the skills of Basketball, Baseball, Football, Ball Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball. More info

#2 - Little Kickers
At Little Kickers the focus is very much on fun – an international network of informal yet professionally run soccer classes where enthusiastic boys & girls (18 months – 7th birthday) are given a head start in sport. More info

#3 - Sportball
Sportball offers fun, high-energy sports programs and parties that support the social and physical development of kids ages 16 months to 12 years. More info

Best Cooking School for Kids

Voted #1 - PC Cooking Schools
PC Cooking Schools provide a valuable learning experience to the community's children within a fun environment. Children have fun and learn a useful life skill as they create a healthy meal and enjoy the fruits of their labour. More info

#2 - Chocolate Tales
Chocolate Tales' chocolate making workshops for all ages takes participants on a sweet trip from bean to bar to finished product. Participants roll up their sleeves and get hands-on creating a range of Belgian, truffles, molded chocolates, chocolate fondant, chocolate-dipped marshmallows and more! More info

#3 - The Chef Upstairs
The Kids Cooking Class programs at The Chef Upstairs are all about fun. Children will learn the basics of food preparation, knife skills, cooking & baking techniques, healthy eating – but most of all, they'll learn how to create and enjoy great food. More info

Best Pottery or Clay Painting School

Voted #1 - The Clay Room
The Clay Room is an interactive ceramics studio where customers of all ages can buy an inexpensive piece of functional ceramic ware and decorate it themselves using paints, tools and materials provided. This concept gives the customer complete creative control in making a gift or accessorizing the home. The Clay Room also offers Parties and Camps for kids. More info

#2 - Mess For Fun
Mess For Fun is the only Ceramic Studio with an Indoor Playground equipped with slides, bouncy castle, lots of toys, costume closet and more. They offer the best of both worlds! You can enjoy a fun pottery painting session in a big and bright studio. No reservations required and no studio fees! More info

#3 - All Fired Up Paintable Ceramics
At All FIred Up, you can paint some ceramics or try your hand at glass fusing, both are so much fun and easy to do! No appointment, talent or experience is required. They stock a wide variety of ceramic pieces available to paint from animal collectibles to mugs, bowls, plates, platters, and more! More info

Best Summer Day Camp

Voted #1 - Ontario Science Centre
The Science Centre offers an immersive Summer camp for kids 5 to 12 years, designed to introduce them to a wide variety of science disciplines. Campers are invited to discover and explore the Science Centre through hands-on science, an IMAX® Film, exclusive access to the exhibit halls, as well as outdoor activities. More info

#2 - Adventure Valley
Adventure Valley Day Camp is Toronto’s Premier Summer Day Camp. Located in a private, secluded oasis just north of the city, Adventure Valley has 20 acres of lush property including 9 tennis courts, soccer, pools, sports fields and more. More info

#3 - Camp Tournesol
Camp Tournesol provides superior French summer camp experiences in the GTA by creating a nurturing environment for both French Immersion and Francophone students to enrich their lives through the beauty of language. Camp is offered throughout the GTA. More info

Best Overnight Camp

Voted #1 - Ontario Pioneer Camp
Ontario Pioneer Camp is a high energy and adventure filled Christian summer camp & retreat centre. Kids are invited into new experiences where they will grow in their skills, confidence, teamwork, faith, and leadership. More info

#2 - Muskoka Woods
Muskoka Woods is a Christian Youth Resort that welcomes all young people to life changing experiences. Camp guests choose from water sports and athletics, media and arts, leadership and team building programs . More info

#3 - Camp Tournesol
Camp Tournesol offers exciting travel adventures for French-speaking students who want to engage in a truly memorable French Immersion experience. Campers ages 8-15 have an exciting selection of overnight camps to choose from including expeditions to Quebec and more! More info

Best Ski School

Voted #1 - Blue Mountain
The Blue Mountain snow school has a program, lesson and pro that’s suited to your skill level. Innovative and comprehensive programs make Blue Mountain the perfect place to nurture lifelong skiers and riders. More info

#2 - Dagmar Ski Resort
Located minutes east of Toronto, North of Pickering and Ajax, Dagmar Resort is located in the beautiful Oak Ridge’s Moraine. As the Number 1 Family Resort, Dagmar provides a fun and friendly skiing experience for the whole family. More info

#3 - Glen Eden
Glen Eden is a great place to learn snow sports with its beginner terrain and highly popular lesson programs offered to children beginning at age 4 (Kinder Ski), to adults. Junior Programs are offered for kids ages 7 and up. More info

Best Academic Enrichment Program or Tutoring Program

Voted #1 - Spirit of Math Schools
Spirit of Math Schools is an “after-school school” program, unique to the education system. SMS offers so much more than tutoring, supplemental work for the students, or even what standard enrichment classes can offer. Through the interaction with others in the classroom, there is greater opportunity for learning. More info

#2 - Kumon
Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading program. The Kumon Method has helped millions of children achieve more than they ever thought they could. Kumon helps children learn how to learn on their own. More info

#3 - JEI Learning Centres
JEI believes that all children have unlimited learning potential. JEI's scientific, effective education system provides an individualized learning program based on needs and ability. More

Best Place for a Birthday Party

Voted #1 - Chuck E Cheese
When you have a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's, you always party like a rock star. Celebrate with a special birthday show with Chuck E. himself. Guests will eat pizza, play games, and take home great rock star souvenirs. More info

#2 - Kidnetix
Kidnetix offers a memorable, exciting and unique birthday experience for children ages 1 to 12; in a fun, safe, clean, and relaxing environment for parents. Parents can relax and leave the stress of birthday parties up to them! They provide private and shared grounds parties. Brampton and Yorkdale locations. More info

#3 - Laserquest
Laser Quest provides the best laser tag birthday for kids. If you're turning 5, 85 or anywhere in between, celebrate at Laser Quest where all your friends and family can join in the excitement! Get ready for an unforgettable event! More info

Best At-Home Birthday Party Provider

Voted #1 - Reptilia
In addition to parties at the zoo, Reptilia also comes to you! Their parties also go on the road. One of their hosts and amazing reptiles come to your home or party for a thrilling and educational hour of fun! With opportunities to touch and interact with incredible creatures and an entertaining and enthusiastic host, a Reptilia Party is always a party you and your guests will never forget! More info

#2 - Mad Science
Mad Science Birthday Parties are a unique experience not only for children but also for parents. Your child will enjoy being amazed by the fast-paced and high energy presentation, along with the cool take-home activities such as Slime and Mad Science Putty. Parents will be impressed with the quality of presenter that comes to your home anywhere in the GTA to engage your birthday child and your guests. More info

#3 - Whimz Animals
Whimz Live Animal Programs is a hands-on, interactive, fun, and educational experience for kids of all ages! Invite some real live party animals to your next party, event, or program. More info

Best Birthday Party Planner

Voted #1 - Fiesta4Kids
Fiesta4kids is a one stop shop for all your party equipment rental needs. Fiesta4Kids is about more than just renting an inflatable castle or popcorn machine from an impersonal business. They know that each customer is different, and will work closely with everyone who hires them to make sure they get the party they’ve envisioned. More info

#2 - Kids Parties 2 Go
Kids Party 2 Go is an innovative company that offers a unique and creative approach to children’s entertainment. At Kids Party 2 Go, they deliver an unforgettable birthday party experience directly to you, whether it’s your home, indoor playground, daycare, school or park. More info

#3 - KRM Children's Entertainment Company
KRM stands for being the King of Remarkable and Marvelous Children's Entertainment all across Canada. Some of the events that we plan: birthday parties, new year eve/day parties, corporate events, grand openings, Christmas parties, street festivals, parades, BBQs, party planning and so much more. More info

Best Ice Cream

Voted #1 - Baskin & Robbins
For over 65 years Baskin Robbins has been delighting customers with irresistible treats and is now the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, offering more than 31 flavours. They now have over 2000 ice cream recipes. More info

#2 - Marble Slab
Marble Slab offers  ice cream favourites, such as ice cream cakes, sundaes, banana splits, shakes & more! They also offer a great selection of scoopable low-fat frozen yogurts and lactose free flavours, as well as ice cream cakes for all occasions. More info

#3 - Menchies
Menchies Frozen Yogurt is yogurt your way. You pick the flavors, you pick the toppings. It's as simple as mix, weigh and pay! Menchie's yogurt is made exclusively with their own custom blend of flavours that you won't find anywhere else. More info

Best Bakery

Voted #1 - San Remo's Bakey and Café
Located in Old Mimico, SanRemo Bakery has been serving the community and the GTA since 1969. Specialty items includes, fresh breads, fresh baked goods, including doughnuts, danish, croissants, muffins; gourmet pizzas and veal sandwiches; one-of-a-kind cakes for those special occasions, homemade Italian-style cookies, pastries and gelato. More info

#2 - Cobb's
COBS Bread specializes in individually handcrafted breads in a variety of flavours and textures. Bread is freshly baked and sold each day in each bakery using scratch baking techniques. They also offer traditional breads, specialty loaves, artisan breads as well as sweet and savoury treats. More info

#3 - It's the Icing on the Cake
It's the Icing on the Cake is bakery on Queen Street in Toronto. This nut-free facility crafts custom wedding and ceremonial cakes, birthday cakes for kids, cookies, tarts and flavoured cupcakes. More

Best Clothing Store

Voted #1 - Carters Osh Kosh
Carter's | OshKosh is a specialty retailer of baby and children’s clothing, sleepwear and accessories at everyday value pricing throughout Canada. The most trusted name's in baby, kids and toddler clothing. More info

#2 - The Children's Place
The Children's Place is a specialty retailer of clothing and accessories for children ages newborn to 12 years. A one-stop shopping experience grows with the kids, offering a wide assortment of quality clothing, shoes and accessories. More info

#3 - Joe Fresh
Founded in 2006, Joe Fresh is one of Canada’s leading sources for modern style and accessible design, offering comprehensive lifestyle collections for women, men and children. More info

Best Gently-Used Clothing Store

Voted #1 - Once Upon A Child
At Once Upon A Child you’ll find a huge selection of gently used kids clothing, toys, furniture and equipment at up to 70% off retail! Items bought and sold are next to new, good quality, clean and have been checked for safety standards. More info

#2 - Value Village
An incredible inventory with unique, quality used goods as well as new merchandise, including closeouts on great items not found at other thrift stores. Multiple locations in the GTA. More info

#3 - Bumbleberry Kids
Bumbleberry Kids is a second hand used children's clothing, accessories and furnishings located in the Beach. Kid's clothing gently used including shoes, furniture, toys, books and more. They also sell maternity clothing. More info

Best Toy Store

Voted #1 - Toys R Us
As Canada's Greatest Toy Store, Toys"R"Us offers hundreds of unique and exclusive products not available anywhere else. From classic favorites to options for technology-driven entertainment on-the-go, Toys "R" Us shelves are stocked with the hottest toys year-round. More info

#2 - Treasure Island
Treasure Island Toys an independent, specialty toy store on Danforth in Toronto. Trendy, unique, wood, eco-friendly toys, playmobile, Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego and more. It's the perfect place to shop for kids. More info

#3 - Mastermind Toys
Mastermind Toys is Canada's Premier (and most fun!) Toy Retailer. They first opened 30 Years ago and have since then expanded to more than 31 stores across Ontario. More info

Best Childcare

Voted #1 - All About Kids
All About Kids is a licensed childcare from infant to 12 yrs with locations across the GTA. Caregivers are warm and responsive to the needs of children. They are passionate about the development and well-being of each and every child. More info

#2 - Nannies on Call
Nannies on Call recruits only the most devoted, experienced childcare professionals who take pride in nurturing and inspiring your little ones. On Call Babysitting services and Full-Time, Part-Time and Short-Term Placements are available. More info

#3 - Wee Watch
Wee Watch is a professional child care organization with over 25 years’ experience providing expert quality home child care to families across Ontario. Safe, Educational, Reliable Child Care in a Private Home Setting. More info

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Voted #1 - Boston Pizza
Boston Pizza, a family favourite, is there to make your mini-me’s happy too. They offer menu items in pint-sized portions. The new BP Kids Fun Pack comes free with every kids meal. The restaurant offers Pizza, Pasta, Ribs, Wings and more. Many locations now offer a KIDS CORNER where kids can play with arts and crafts, watch some of their favourite movies on their very own TV screen, and play with the most exciting games found on the Kids Corner tablets. More info

#2 - East Side Marios
East Side Mario's is everything you like about Italian restaurants. Enjoy a warm welcome, and the relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. East Side Mario's offers a kids' menu and you can sign up your kids for the Mini Mario Club. More info

#3 - Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill
Since their doors first opened in 1954, families have been coming back to Swiss Chalet generation after generation. Swiss Chalet offers kid-sized entrées that come with a choice of side, drink, dessert and a treasure that will turn every meal into an adventure! And kids eat free on their birthday. More info

Hidden Gems

And here are 3 Businesses that made our top 2015 list, voted in by our Readers as Hidden Gems!

Best Café - Snakes and Lattes
Snakes & Lattes is North America's premiere board game café. Each Snakes & Lattes venue offers food and drinks alongside libraries of board games to play. Various locations in Toronto. More info

Best Online Store - Dana Banana's
Danna Banana’s is a Canadian online gift store located in the Greater Toronto Area that also ships to the United States and other countries worldwide. They tirelessly scour the world, seeking out faraway gift cultures to provide you with unique and fun games, gag and cool gifts, toys, novelties, kitschy home decor & curiosities. More info

Best Pizza - Slice 'n Bites
This Toronto Pizza restaurant offers a lot of ambiance. Slice N Bites Inc. features a complete Pizza inspired menu, and much more in a relaxing setting. They offer great food at reasonable prices. Some call it a 'little slice of heaven'. More info

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