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elizabeth

Toronto

Are there things that a family with an infant can do for fun while here?

Going to Toronto in late May for meeting.  Trying to decide if we should stay extra days.  Challenge is that we have an infant with us.


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answered by
Paul from Toronto

Depending on the age of the infant I suggest you check out the Toronto Zoo and the new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada downtown. A day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake (about 1.5 hours from Toronto) would also be worthwhile.   


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answered first by
Kim from Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a great place to visit with kids (though a pricey entrance fee) and downtown, a better alternative to the previous option of the Toronto Zoo which is just as pricey but far from the downtown core. A cost alternative option is the Riverdale Farm a 7 acre farm complete with a barnyard of animals right downtown great for families.

Another option is to check out weekend markets and street festivals happening at that time. Kensington Market is a great neighbourhood for walking exploring food and culture and on the last Sunday of every month they close down the streets for pedestrians and have buskers and parades. A great place to visit is the Distillery District and St. Lawrence Market for good eats, buskers, galleries and patios. 

If decides to rain that weekend take it inside to TIFF Bell Lightbox where they have great family and kids movies from around the world OR if you're into sports hit up the Hockey Hall of Fame and get baby's first photo with the Stanley Cup :)


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  6. St. Lawrence Market (restaurant)
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answered by
Carolann from Around The World

This would depend on where you are staying and whether you've got access to transportation to travel outside of the city as well as how old the infant is.

Within the city there is, as mentioned, the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, as well as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum which often host children's areas and activities, Harbourfront Centre also frequently has festivals and events and May is usually the time they start up with the good weather. Fort York is a historical attraction that might be good for a day out with the little one. You can also head to Centre Island and the Centreville Amusement Park. There are also lots of parks and playgrounds.

If you've got transportation to get outside of the main subway and transit lines, there are quite a few more options.

TheToronto Zoo, African Lion Safari, and Ontario Science Centre are easier to access via car. You'll find more activities as well if you are able to venture into the suburbs and surrounding areas - let us know if this is the case and we can provide more suggestions!

If you're looking to do multiple activities in the GTA - a City Pass may be a good idea - http://www.citypass.com/toronto - For one price it provides admission to 5 attractions (CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo, and the Science Centre). It's a much cheaper option but must be used in 9 days - I'm not too sure what the policy is for admission for infants however, i'd imagine it would probably be free.

If you're looking for events and activities that are going on during your visit that are good for children, you may also want to check out - http://www.toronto4kids.com/. They've got a calendar, several good listings and some posts about various things around the city.


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  3. Royal Ontario Museum (attraction)
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  5. Centreville Amusement Park (attraction)
  6. Toronto Zoo (attraction)
  7. African Lion Safari (attraction)
  8. Ontario Science Centre (attraction)


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l from Toronto

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