Just like most major cities in Canada, Ontario bursts with fun and exciting things for families to do. A day out with your family can include anything from visiting major attractions, shopping, and dining in diverse markets, attending first-rate theatre performances, sporting events or browsing some of the best food markets in the world. If you are looking for fun things to do with your kids, here are our top 3 family activities in Ontario:
Explore Niagara Falls
While it is a lot of fun learning about the Niagara Falls in school, nothing beats seeing it up close and personal. The Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world that sits on the Niagara River. This touristic site provides a great educational outdoor activity for families. Parents can use this opportunity to show their kids where the bulk of Ontario’s electricity is produced. They can also take a trip down the falls on the iconic Maid of the Mist.
There are a lot of other fun things to do including getting on the Niagara SkyWheel for a safe and comfortable view of the falls, and dine at the Queen Victoria Place Restaurant as you catch the breathtaking views of the fall.
You and your family can also take an unguided tour through the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, which is located just a few miles from the falls. If you are up for it, you can take a Helicopter ride over the Niagara Falls with your entire family for a once in a lifetime experience.
Once done with the fall, head to the Clifton Hill for haunted houses, midways galore and wax museums. You can also visit the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark that features three acres of water slides, a massive tipping bucket, an outdoor activity pool, and a large wave pool.
The Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario is the largest museum in Canada that sits in a unique, jagged shaped structure. It is home to forty galleries and more than 6 million exhibits and artifacts. These galleries cover natural history (dinosaurs and meteorites), art (Canadian, Near East, European, South Asian and African styles) and Culture (historical exhibits). Its maze-like interior and wealth of offerings require a couple of hours to browse, which is why we recommend that you take some time to plan out activities based on your child’s age and interest. Here are 5 exciting galleries at the Royal Ontario Museum for kids that you should visit:
Dinosaur: Enthusiastic or not about dinosaurs, any child will stand in awe on the amazing specimens on display at this museum.
Life-size animals: This museum also boasts of a larger collection of imposing life-sized animals and aquatic creatures with some being real and others artist-made models.
The bat cave: This dramatic bat cave is home to over 20 bat specimens and more than 800 models in a realistic cavernous cave replica that is based on one in Central Jamaica.
Earths treasure: Here, children can explore colorful natural gems, meteorites, minerals, and rocks. This gallery also includes an interactive pure gold coin, a touchable wall of gold ore and more.
The Riverdale Farm
The Riverdale Farm is a 7.5-acre farm situated in the Old Cabbagetown. This farm is highly recommended for young families with children under the age of 10. The Riverdale Farmreplicates an early 20th century Ontario farm that makes a perfect afternoon outdoor activity for families. It allows young children to step into a world where TV, fast food and cell phones do not exist. This farm is available and free for everyone to visit. It is open all year round, from 9 am to 5 pm, including weekends and holidays.
This farm boast of a variety of farm animals, including horses, sheep, geese, pigs, donkeys, turkeys, ducks, and farm cats. During the visit, visitors get a chance to chat with the farmers as they carry on their daily chores like milking, animal feeding, egg collection, and horse grooming. It provides a fun and exciting way for kids to learn about what working on a farm. This farm also offers walking trails, historic building, and barns for children to explore.
Whatever the time of year, Ontario provides a fantastic destination for families to engage in a myriad of diverse activities.