When it comes to finding fun family hot spots in and around the GTA, I’ve probably been to all! I love the idea of exploring all the gems in and around your city and especially when it means quality time and more memories with the family. This Family Day, if you’re wondering where to go and what to do, I’ve got you covered! These five family-friendly attractions will be sure to provide endless amounts of fun for the entire family.
1. Ripley’s Aquarium
Whether you’ve got a marine biology fan or just intrigued by all life under water, this is one place in Toronto that you must visit! On top of seeing over 13,500 underwater creatures from around the globe on display, there are tons of educational and interactive exhibits tailored to meet the enjoyment of kids, big and small. A food court is available where you can sit down and enjoy some grub, conveniently situated next to a play area for the little ones. You can learn more about Ripley’s Aquarium by checking out our experience here.
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada online at http://www.ripleyaquariums.com.
2. Legoland Discovery Centre
If if you’ve ever touched a Lego piece in your life, or stepped on one (ouch! I know you feel me here, fellow parents…), Legoland Discovery Centre is like falling into the rabbit hole.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto is a 34,000 square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO® bricks, geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families. Its range of interactive attractions include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO rides, special party rooms and MINILAND® — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Toronto and the GTA, made entirely out of LEGO® bricks. They also now have a special area strictly for all things Star Wars!
My children enjoyed themselves and never did I have to deal with a “I’m bored, mommy.” Plus knowing that they are working their creative juices while playing is a big win!
I found myself enthralled by the awesomeness that is MINILAND®. I mean, how cool is this?
Learn more by visiting them online at http://www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.
3. ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
What is better than your kids having fun yet learning at the same time? The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) is the perfect spot to take the family because there is a plethora of well laid out and absolutely stunning exhibits and displays and also an interactive CIBC Discovery Gallery for the kids, all filled with rich history and culture. The gallery is divided into three themed activity areas: In the Earth, Around the World, and Close to Home, each offering activities to engage children based on ROM collections and research. There is a spacious area for eating, and a well-stocked shop at the end.
Learn more by visiting ROM online at http://www.rom.on.ca.
4. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
Okay, so this isn’t within the GTA but it’s only a couple hours drive from Toronto and well worth the trip, especially if making a little staycation out of it by staying at the adjacent and lovely Sheraton on the Falls.
3 acres of waterpark fun for the entire family, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is North America’s largest indoor waterpark and has been voted #1 Amusement park & Waterpark in Canada on TripAdvisor and for good reason!
It features 16 slides, from mild to extreme for the more adventurous, a giant wave pool, mammoth “Beach House” Play area, Tiny Tots Splash Park (which was perfect for my son), year round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, Planet Hollywood Beach Club and so much more!
This is easily one of me and my family’s favourite staycation spots because not only do you have this amazing and massive indoor waterpark fit for kids of all ages, but you also have the comfy and beautiful accommodations of Falls Avenue Resort hotels and Niagara Falls and Lundy’s Lane is all within walking distance making for more to see and do!
Learn more about Fallsview Indoor Waterpark at http://www.fallsviewwaterpark.com.
5. Ontario Science Centre
Discover, learn, play! Children are curious and want answers to so many things. At the Ontario Science Centre, not only will they get them answered but they will also leave with a new wealth of information (and exhausted from all the fun!).
The Ontario Science Centre has been a favourite of mine since I was a child. I remember fondly a class trip when I was in elementary school and my father was also there as a parent volunteer. Good times!
The Ontario Science Centre features a variety of experiences for all ages like the a cool IMAX® Dome Film or KidSpark — where you can build your own roller coaster, rock out in a music studio, and blow giant bubbles. KidSpark is the learn-through-play space for kids eight and under and their caregivers. On top of these two, they’ve got so much more, and all mostly interactive and visually engaging.
Learn more about Ontario Science Centre at http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
If you’re still hungry for more fun stuff to do with the kids this Family Day weekend, or looking to stay more local, check out this great list of Family Attractions for every area throughout the GTA.
Here’s to an amazing weekend making new memories with the family!