Best Play Dates for Toddlers
Toddlers... They have endless energy. They need to be amused. If you're looking to spend your days toddling around the city with your little tyke, we've found some perfect places to let them explore.
Best play dates for the 5 and under crowd...
1515A Bayview Avenue - Suite 200W, Toronto
Bamboo Bay located in the heart of Leaside on Bayview Avenue offers a 60 minute crafting session/ play-date for kids of all ages. Book your very own 60-minute drop-in crafting session by pre-paying for 6 crafts in advance - $7 per craft (all ages). Your child can choose from over 20 different crafts such as animal masks, beaded key chains, wooden animal puzzles, wooden wind chimes and rainbow beaded bracelets. Attend with your child or have a play-date with your friends. All accompanying caregivers are offered complimentary coffee, tea and Wi-Fi.
122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
Brooks Farm offers 10 acres of outdoor fun; perfect for toddlers! With so much to do, wee ones are guaranteed to have a blast! Kids can visit with the farm animals and in addition to that, there are many attractions to enjoy: Train Rides, Tire Horse Swings, Sandbox Fun, Bouncing Ponies, Playhouse & Slide, Pirate Ship, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Rusty's Forest, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Spider Mountain Look Out, Duck Races, Chip Truck and more! The Barnyard Playland opens early May. Admission is $8 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
Centreville Amusement Park
Centre Island, Toronto
There is truly no better place in the city to spend a day than on the Toronto Islands. There's always plenty to see and do at Centreville and Far Enough Farm. The amusement park rides cater especially to the younger crowd. The Wading Pool is also the perfect place to cool off during a busy day on the island. Take a break from the buzz of Centreville to play in the sand and surf at Chelsea Beach! So, gather up the tots and ferry over to the island for an unforgettable day of island fun. All day-ride-passes or seasons passes are available online. Admission to Far Enough Farm is free.
1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill
Dune Kids' Stay & Play Program caters to toddlers from ages 6 months to children of 9 years. Create, Play & Explore in a beautifully designed space featuring a playhouse, soft play area, train table, educational toys and a dedicated art area. Each month, a craft and activities are based on a different country of the world (included with the entrance fee) so kids get to “travel” and learn through art. 10.00 first hour, $3.00 each additional half hour. Unlimited: $15.00 (all day with in and out privilege) on a pre-purchase basis only. 10 Pack Pass: $130.00 (all day with in and out privilege and 1 free visit). Monthly passes are also available.
1659 Bayview Avenue - Unit 200, Toronto
Located in the Bayview Business Centre
Gymkats offers a Playdate Paradise program (for walking toddlers up to 5 years old). Toddlers have the the freedom to explore: Different patterns of movement, Creativity, Problem-solving, Social relationships and Being active. Meet other parents! A parent/caregiver must be present in the gym for the entirety of the drop-in class. Program is offered on a drop-in basis, during scheduled times. Drop-In is provided on a first-come, first serve basis - a maximum of 12 children are permitted in the GymKats Jungle at one time. Drop-in rate is $15, plus a $25 annual GymKats Membership Fee at first visit.
Kidspark at the Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
Packed with family-friendly experiments and plenty of stuff to touch, KidSpark at the Ontario Science Centre caters precisely to the younger crowd. KidSpark is a learn-through-play space that offer so many interactive exhibits for kids eight and under and their caregivers. The quality of the exhibits is unmatched. In the toddler area, kids can have fun exploring shapes, sounds, and textures. This space, designed for the youngest of KidSpark visitors, promotes active play and develops motor skills. KidSpark is located on Level 4. All activities are free with Ontario Science Centre admission and are based on a first-come, first-served basis. All KidSpark activities are for children 8 years of age and younger with their caregivers.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan
Toronto4Kids readers voted Legoland Discovery Centre as the #2 spot for best playdates in our Best of 2014 Survey. Toddlers can visit the DUPLO Village. Big bricks mean big ideas, so let children's imaginations soar with DUPLO bricks or larger soft bricks. Toddlers can also listen to DUPLO Jams. Excellent for children aged 1 – 5 years, LEGO® DUPLO Jams are catchy songs to feed children's imagination and a great way to get kids excited about their trip to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre. Booking online is the only way to guarantee entry (tickets are limited)! Children 2 and under visit for Free.
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