There are many things to see and do in Toronto. You could start your research here at Tourism Toronto‘s site. They have also provided the following document which outlines a variety of things to do with children in Toronto.
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas Street West
Is art your thing? Check out the AGO with it’s galleries of painting, sculpture and installation art! Situated near Chinatown, the museum recently finished an expansion by famous Canadian architect Frank Gehry. A family center has hands on activities for kids, but don’t miss the Group of Seven Gallery, whose artists captured the rugged Canadian landscape at the turn of the century. Calum’s favourite? The giant Floor Burger, a huge hamburger sculpture by Claes Oldenburg.
While you’re there, check out the unusual OCAD Building just a bit south: It’s the giant box on colourful stilts.
10 am – 5:30 pm
Free Wednesday from 6-8:30pm
How to get there (15 minutes from site)
Take the TTC Yonge University Spadina line south to St. Patrick Station. Walk one block west on Dundas to the AGO. Another option is to walk south through the University campus, then down to Chinatown where the AGO is located.
Kid Friendly Restaurants nearby the AGO:
King Noodle 296 Spadina Avenue
Lee Garden 331 Spadina Avenue
Asian Legend 418 Dundas Avenue West
Village by the Grange 53 McCaul Street
9580 Jane Street
Sixteen exciting rollercoasters await visitors to Canada’s Wonderland, one of North America’s most attended amusement parks. You’ll want to budget a full day for a visit to the park, as it is north of Toronto. Calum’s favourite? The recent addition of Behemoth, a fast and smooth hypercoaster over two hundred feet tall–he was among the first to ride it on opening day! Don’t forget your bathing suits for the Splash Works Water Park.
There are lots of food options inside the park!
How to get there (90 minutes from U of T)
Take the TTC Yonge-University-Spadina subway line north to the Wilson Station. Get on the specially marked Canada’s Wonderland 165A Weston Road North bus, which will drop you off in front of the park.
Eaton Center/Yonge-Dundas Square
220 Yonge Street,
The Eaton Center is a shopping mall in the heart of downtown Toronto with two major department stores and many brand name shops. The now iconic flying Canadian geese sculpture graces the sunny atrium while two large food courts feature fast food options for a quick bite.
Yonge and Dundas Square has become a focal point for musical performances and public events since it’s opening ten years ago. Surrounded by huge neon signs, you’ll find buskers and performers playing between all the restaurants and shopping nearby.
Even if you don’t like shopping, a visit to this area is worth seeing the hustle and bustle of Canada’s largest city.
Kid Friendly Restaurants near by:
The Pickle Barrel
Ontario Science Center
The Ontario Science Centre is a great place for those who are curious! Here’s a brochure with more details and special pricing for FLL teams.
770 Don Mills Road
Perfect for FLL students, this wonderful hands-on science museum has hundreds of exhibits and experiments. Live demonstrations are presented by staff in cool lab coats, including papermaking, weaving, and static electricity. A local favourite? The Science Arcade of hands on science related games and activities.
How to get there (40 minutes from site)
Take the TTC Bloor-Danforth subway line east to the Pape Subway Station. Get on the Route 25 Don Mills bus. Get off at St. Dennis Drive, right in front of the Science Centre.
Family Friendly Restaurants near the OSC
There aren’t any restaurants easily accessible to the Ontario Science Centre. However from Pape Subway station there are many that are walkable:
The Friendly Greek, 551 Danforth Avenue
Il Fornello, 576 Danforth Avenue
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
The ROM is full of great exhibits that will be sure to entertain the young and, not-so-young alike.
How to get there (4 minutes from site – walking): simply head East on Bloor and turn south of Queen’s Park.
Toronto Island Parks
Take the ferry to the Toronto Islands and get the best view of the city. Onl
2000 Meadowvale Road,
Toronto’s Zoo is a bit far out of Toronto itself, but well worth the trip. Organized into domains which emulate the environments which animals live in, you’ll see bears, penguins, giraffes and many more. 450 different specials of animal inhabit the zoo. Recently, the Zoo received two giant pandas from China, which have delighted Torontonians since their arrival.
How to get there (60 minutes from site)
Take the TTC Bloor-Danforth subway line east to the Kennedy Station. Get on the Route 86A Scarborough bus, which ends at the Toronto Zoo.
Things to See Near the University of Toronto
Queens Park / Ontario Legislature
The government building at Queens Park is the seat of provincial legislature in the Ontario.
Canadians of Chinese background make up a significant portion of Toronto’s population. Chinatown is just south of the university campus and features exotic foods and unique shops. Take a walk down through Chinatown on the way to Queen Street or the Art Gallery of Ontario and see the bustling markets and interesting restaurants. Calum’s favourite? Grab a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich for a few dollars as a great snack.
The Banting and Best Buildings
These non descript buildings are where famous Canadian scientists Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best discovered life saving insulin at the University of Toronto. As active research laboratories for the university, you can’t go inside, but across the street is an interesting display about their Nobel Prize winning work inside the MaRS DD building next to the Mercatto restaurant.
Places to Eat Near Varsity Arena/Stadium
Calum often ate here during his years in engineering at the University of Toronto and his favourite slice of pizza was the Silician, a vegetarian one with onions, cheese and mushrooms. If you can, ask to see what is just hot out of the oven. There is but a single table with three chairs for seating, but you can always take your slice to go or take a seat outside on the bench and look at the controversial architecture of Graduate House across the street. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne, it was built in 2000. Next door is Papa Ceo’s, but Torontonians are divided–you either like Cora’s or Papa Ceo’s, not both.
Fresh on Bloor
A trendy casual restaurant, Fresh on Bloor features delicious vegetarian food, with noodle bowls, sandwiches and burgers.
Greg’s Ice Cream
This Toronto favourite features handpacked ice cream with unique flavours. In the summer, lines can stretch out the door, but the wait is well worth it, especially if you can score one of the few tables to sit in the cool air conditioning.
If someone had to devise a Canadian test, likely one of the questions would be if you had been to a Swiss Chalet and what you ordered there. We’ll help you out: The quarter chicken dinner features a spit roast chicken with french fries and comes with a tangy dipping sauce.
Named after a great Canadian hockey player, Tim Hortons coffee shops are nearly ubiquitous around the country, serving not only hot beverages but donuts, sandwiches, soups and bagels. A common treat is to get a pack of Timbits, an assortment of small donuts to share with friends.
College Park is a small retail shopping mall that has a food court downstairs with some quick options.