Summer Fun at the CNE

This weekend we visited the CNE at Exhibition Place. The CNE is a really special place for my family – my dad visited for the first time in 1957, with his parents and sisters, shortly after immigrating from Italy. The tradition continues, and 65 years later, I walked though the Princes’ Gates with my little boy and husband.

This was our day along the Kiddie Midway:

Circus fun under the Little Top in Kids’ World Park:

Inspiration in the Art Studio along Kidstreet Interactive Zone:

Exploring the Animal Farm in Kids’ World Park:

At the end of the night, we hopped on the new Sky Ride. This was our view riding over the midway at dusk:


The CNE is located at Toronto’s Exhibition Place north of Lakeshore Boulevard West between Strachan & Dufferin Streets. Directions, TTC, and parking information is available here. Parking is available on site and nearby, but be prepared to pay at least $20.00.

General Admission is $16.00 and children under 4 are free. A Family Pass is also available.

Browse the online CNE Guidebook and CNE Family Fun Guide before heading out to the Fair. This will help plan your day and determine must-see attractions. There are many family friendly activities happening all over the grounds, for example, the Aerial Acrobatic and Ice Skating shows, the Mardi Gras Parade, as well as The Farm inside the Better Living Centre, and much more!

The Food Building is part of the fun, but it is often busy and difficult to navigate with a stroller. Plan ahead, bring snacks, and water bottles (there are free water refill stations around the grounds).

There is a Baby Care Centre along the Kidstreet Interactive Zone (right next to the Kiddie Midway). The area is air-conditioned and provides an area to feed and change babies and toddlers.

Remember to bring outdoor fun essentials like sunscreen, hats, and comfortable clothing. There is very little shade along the Kiddie (and Adult) Midway.

Do you plan to visit the CNE this summer? Is the outing part of a family tradition?

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