Summer FUN Guide: Summer Family Attractions
Toronto and surrounding areas attractions offer tons of family-friendly activities.
Summer is the perfect time to explore museums, galleries, the science centre, and nifty historical sites for some educational fun. Whether you need to beat school-break boredom or find something new and inspiring, Toronto and surrounding areas attractions offer tons of family-friendly activities.
African Lion Safari
1386 Cooper Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 8B2
1-800-461-WILD (9453) | www.lionsafari.com
Your day of family adventure at African Lion Safari begins as you set out on a “trek” along 9 km of safari trail in your own vehicle or aboard a Safari Tour Bus. Visitors get closer than they ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic bird and animals that roam freely throughout seven large Game Reserves. Explore thrilling bird and animal performances, take a cruise aboard the "African Queen" boat, or come and see our daily elephant swim. Visit the Pets' Corner and see a variety of animals and birds. Monkey around in the Jungle Playground featuring the Safari Venture, and Toddlers' Play. Then cool down in the Misumu Bay Wet Play splash pad area. We'll Drive Your Family WILD!
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
416-979-6608 | www.ago.net
The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a physical facility of 583,000 sq. ft. The AGO holds more than 80,000 works in
its collection, which spans from 100 A.D. to the present. There are lots of Family-friendly activities! Come visit the Kids Gallery at the AGO, a space created especially for children and you. Together you can experience art first-hand, learn and have fun. Enjoy our current exhibition, Pets & Me, with a fun interactive game, touchables and kids your age talking about art! You can draw your favorite pet and hang it up on our kids gallery wall, read a book or put on a costume and instagram your silly look! Make your mark and share stories in creative discovery zones found throughout the Gallery.
Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
416-979-7799 | www.batashoemuseum.ca
Discover the treasures of North America's charming and surprising shoe museum. Hundreds of shoes (from a collection numbering over 13,000) are on exhibit in architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning four-storey structure. If you're looking for something unique and different to do with your family, daycare or day camp group, we offer activities with a flavour all their own! Who says you can't touch at a Museum! Now's your chance to see that ballet slipper, feel that sealskin boot and wear the clown shoe.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON M3J 2Z3
416-736-1733 | www.blackcreek.ca
Black Creek Pioneer Village is more than a collection of buildings and artifacts. Here, you will become immersed in the lifestyles, customs, and surroundings of early residents who built the foundations for modern Toronto and Ontario. Spanning more than 30 acres of pristine country landscapes, the Village is a living history experience featuring heritage buildings originating in communities across south central Ontario that have been faithfully furnished with original furniture and artifacts. In the buildings, and surrounding gardens and farmyards you will find historical interpreters and trades people in authentic period dress who will demonstrate and explain for you how people lived, worked and played in mid 19th century rural Ontario.
1 Canadas Wonderland Drive, Maple, ON L6A 1S6
905-832-7000 | www.canadaswonderland.com
Canada’s Wonderland offers thrills and family fun with 200 world-class attractions. Experience 69 rides including 16 roller coasters, highlighted by Leviathan, Canada’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Ride Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, an interactive 4D ride. Spend family time in KidZville and Planet Snoopy, discover Dinosaurs Alive!, and get soaked in Splash Works. New this year: Prepare to Take Flight with Skyhawk & Flying Eagles. It's really no wonder that Canada's Wonderland is Canada's premiere amusement park.
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Exhibition Place - 210 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest annual community event. 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, an aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, 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 1.5 million people each year. 2016 CNE Dates: August 19 to September 5.
Centreville Amusement Park
Centre Island, Toronto Islands, ON
416-203-0405 | www.centreisland.ca
Centreville is a 14-acre, turn-of-the-century Ontario village theme park located just minutes from the downtown core on Toronto’s Centre Island. 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. Getting to Centreville is almost as exciting as the park itself – everyone will enjoy the scenic ride on the Centre Island ferry! Whle you're there, drop in at Farm Enough Farm to make a new friend!
Chicopee Tube Park
1600 River Road East, Kitchener, ON N2A 4K8
519-895-2322 | www.chicopeetubepark.com
Guests will continue to enjoy the excitement of tubing rides all through the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. Our unique Italian manufactured Summer Tubing system offers waterless tubing on special gliding mats, providing the same stimulating sensation of snow tubing, without the snow! Enjoy other attractions such as Ziplining, Eurobungy Trampoline, Horizontal Ropes, and The Spiderweb - an amazing new type of climbing tower!
301 Front St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 2T6
416-868-6937 | www.cntower.ca
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 3D theatre, ride, hopping, and thrilling new EdgeWalk—world’s highest 'hands-free' walk, 356 m/1168 ft (116 stories) above ground. Get the CN Tower Family Pass - An Adventure at Every Level.
Fantasy Fair at Woodbine Shopping Centre
500 Rexdale Blvd., Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K5
416-674-5200 | www.fantasyfair.ca
Fantasy Fair is Ontario's Largest Indoor Amusement Park located inside Woodbine Centre with over 150 shops and services. Situated in a Victorian turn of the Century Village, the park features 12 full size rides and attractions. There are 3 new attractions: Rock'n'Climb is a new, themed, 4-sided climbing wall. The Drop & Hop Tower, a drop tower-style spring ride, will bounce you over 30 feet in the air. The XD Simulator creates unforgettable experiences. With up to 2 Gs of acceleration, it transports you directly into the movie action. Countless thrills await you at Fantasy Fair!
Halton County Radial Railway
13629 Guelph Line, Milton, ON L9T 5A2
519-856-9802 | www.hcry.org
Halton County Radial Railway is a full-size operating electric railway and museum, featuring historic electric railcars operating on two kilometers of scenic track. The museum offers a fun day out for everyone of all ages, featuring unlimited rides, access to two display barns, historic railway station, and gift shop. Look for many special events that take place throughout the season. The Halton County Radial Railway is a unique and fun experience kids won’t soon forget.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
416-360-7735 | HHOF.com
With over 65,000 square feet, the Hockey Hall of Fame has something for everyone! Try your hand at goaltending, shooting, play-by-play calling, and even hosting your own sports broadcast. Revel in the world’s greatest collection of hockey artifacts and get hands-on access to the coveted Stanley Cup. Opening July 1 for a limited time – the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, an immersive tribute paying homage to a century of iconic players and moments. Check HHOF.com for extended Summer Hours of Operation.
LEGOLand Discovery Centre Toronto
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan, ON L4K 5W4
855-356-2150 | www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/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! See Toronto’s iconic attractions made out of LEGO in MINILAND®. We also offer bbirthday parties for kids, school field trip workshops to support the Toronto curriculum, a café, shop, and more! Join us at one of the top things to do in Toronto with children at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. What will you discover?
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3
416-696-1000 | www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
The Science Centre is home to fascinating interactive experiences. There are over 500 engaging exhibits, live demonstrations, and IMAX® films. It features Toronto’s only public planetarium. The Weston Family Innovation Centre is packed with hands-on experiences that challenge all ages. Bring your little ones to KidSpark, a unique discovery playground and learning space for children. See the new exhibition: The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Go places you’ve never imagined and explore the real science behind the unbelievable!
Avenue of the Island, Toronto Islands, ON M5E 1B2
416-476-3836 | www.piratelife.ca
Join the crew of Pirate Life and search for a sunken treasure! Sail aboard the 45 foot Island Rogue from Centre Island. Come dressed in a pirate costume or use ours. Receive face paint tattoos and new pirate nick names. Aboard the vessel, learn the ropes at Pirate School, encounter treasure map, cross sword with a illain
and fire the water cannons. Fun for families, birthday parties, and private events.
99 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga, ON L5B 4C1
905-273-9000 | www.playdium.com
Playdium is the ultimate interactive, virtual and physical entertainment centre for energetic families. The 40,000 sq. ft. indoor complex features more than 200 high-tech attractions, rides and simulators. During your next visit check out our MaxFlight Roller Coaster Simulator or Laser Maze. Also check out dozens of NEW video and redemption games including SnoCross, Dark Escape 4D, Connect 4 and Big Buck Hunter HD! Playdium has an 11-acre out-door park featuring one of Canada’s longest Go-Kart tracks. Other outdoor attractions include mini golf, bungee trampoline and Water Wars where you catapult water balloons and try to soak your opponents. Our Baseball Dome features 9 variable-speed Batting Cages and is open year round.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queen's Park Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
416-586-8000 | www.rom.on.ca
Discover the natural and cultural world at the Royal Ontario Museum. The Royal Ontario Museum is one of Canada’s largest museums with eight Centres of Discovery to connect you to vibrant communities, and access our extensive collections and curatorial expertise. There are tons of family-friendly experiences for kids of all ages. This Summer, see the new exhibition, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Come face to face with a T. Rex and much more!
Multiple Locations in the GTA
Spend an unforgettable day at one of Treetop Trekking's five Ontario zip line and aerial game parks, 2 of which are only 20 minutes from downtown Toronto! Feel the rush as you fly across ziplines, and climb like a monkey on balance logs, cable traverses, hammock nets, wooden bridges, and Tarzan swings suspended high in the forest canopy. Other adventure filled activities include Treetop Trekking’s Night Treks, Teambuilding Programs, Big Zips, and more.
3291 Stouffville Rd, Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5
844-369-0009 | www.treewalkvillage.com
This brand new adventure park at Treetop Trekking Stouffville is sure to be your new favourite destination for family fun and is only 20 minutes from Toronto! Children and the young at heart can let their imaginations lead the way while exploring our tree house village at Bruce's Mill Conservation Area. Totally enclosed in 8 foot tall hammock nets, there is no need to wear safety harnesses while climbing from tree to tree! Descend to the ground on slides, crawl through a network of tunnels, and play on our Treewee Walk obstacle course! This activity is perfect for ages 2 and up!
York-Durham Heritage Railway
19 Railway St., Uxbridge, ON L9P 1E5
905-852-3696 | www.ydhr.ca
The YDHR is a heritage non-profit passenger railway and museum serving the communities of Uxbridge and Stouffville. From June to October, we offer regular Sunday trips between Uxbridge and Stouffville. Experience nature at its best, while travelling over the Oak Ridges Moraine, a unique geological feature less than 1 hour from Toronto. Our train is equipped with a wheelchair accessible washroom, snack bar and souvenir stand. Throughout the year, check for special train rides during the year! In August we host DAY OUT WITH THOMAS - The Ready, Set, Go Tour.
More to explore...
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
Visit Canada's Majestic Castle, Casa Loma and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendour. More info
250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto, ON M5V 3K9
Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle of York came to its violent climax in 1813 during the War of 1812. Today, its defensive walls enclose Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. More info
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
From cutting-edge music to international culinary experiences, and festivals, Harbourfront Centre is Toronto’s Summer destination. More info
Kortright Centre for Conservation
9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1A6
Discover beautiful trails, great for hiking. This breathtaking piece of property is located just north of Toronto. Enjoy some of the best picnic sites. Kids up to 15 years old are free with families. More info
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Exhibition Place, 10 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is an exciting evening of family entertainment based upon the glory of the Middle Ages. Guests experience spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, swordplay, sorcery, and romance while feasting on a four-course medieval banquet. More info
11 Polson St., Toronto, ON M5A 1A4
The 23-acre waterfront destination has a mini-putt course, drive-in movie theatre, swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, and more. More info
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the newest attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower. The 135,000 sq. ft. thrilling interactive attraction is an immersive adventure showcases more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. More info
One Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J1
Rogers Centre is one of the most dynamic and versatile entertainment centres in the world. Home to the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts. More info
South Simcoe Railway
Mill Street West, Tottenham, ON L0G 1W0
All aboard for an exciting journey through the scenic Beeton Creek valley aboard South Simcoe Railway's historic excursion train. More info
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support, and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world. Movie screenings for kids. More info
Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club
Rogers Centre, One Blue Jays, Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J3
Bring your family to the ballpark every Saturday home game for Jr. Jays Saturdays presented by Boston Pizza! Kids can take part take part in many fun activities. More info
361A Old Finch Avenue, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7
The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo known for its interactive education and conservation activities. There are over 6,000 animals representing over 500 species set on 710 acres, It's the only Zoo in Canada where you can see Giant Pandas! More info