Visit these Canadian gems the next time you’re in Toronto, for an experience the whole family will enjoy!
Whether you have a sneaker-obsessed fashion fan or the next Carrie Bradshaw on your hands, the Bata Shoe Museum caters to every taste. With 4,500 years of shoe history behind its doors, there’s so much to see and do, plus kid-friendly activities on the weekends. Open every day other than Good Friday and Christmas, admission is $14 for adults, $5 for children 5-17 and free for children under 5.
The ROM is chock-full of artifacts nearly as old as time. Whatever period of history fascinates your little learner most, the museum has something to satisfy. Dinosaurs, mummies and more can all be found. Plus, the Discovery Gallery provides plenty of hands-on fun. You can even plan your visit around a ROMKids sleepover for a true night at the museum!
The Aga Khan provides the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the wide world of Islamic culture and history. Any time you stop in, you can get a free family exploration kit to help you make the most out of your visit, but Sundays are family day, with free classes, games and more.
KidSpark at the Ontario Science Centre gives kids ages 8 and younger plenty of space to learn through play. Sing, dance, explore, build and create, all with activities and tools made for young, inquisitive minds.
The living heritage museum gives you a glance at 35 restored buildings from the 1860s. Just a short drive out of Toronto, get up close and personal with various activities and industries most likely unfamiliar to young children, such as milling, candlestick-making, quilting and more. Check the schedule for children’s activities.
Does your little princess dream of her own castle? Or do you have a young adventurer always on the hunt for somewhere new to explore? Case Loma may fit them both perfectly. The relatively new (1914) castle/chateau is filled with interesting, architectural touches that set the stage for plenty of imaginary play. Think towers, tunnels, stables and fancy gardens. On the third floor is the Queen’s Own Rifles Museum.
For budding journalists, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Museum is the place to go. Canada’s public broadcaster displays its 70-plus years of history. Plus, admission is free!
Don’t expect Turin to fit your image of Italy. It’s Italian, all right — the evening passeggiata and a love of good food and wine are alive and well. But you’ll look in vain for medieval cobbled streets, crumbling castles and works by Michelangelo (who never set foot here). Instead, although you’ll find some Roman ruins, you’ll also find a faux medieval village, a world-class film museum and a café life that rivals Vienna’s. You and your family will have fun here.
Time is running out if you’re gift gathering for the travelers on your holiday shopping list. If you still have stockings to fill, here are some fun picks:
Are your kids astronaut wannabes? Or maybe a holiday tradition in your family is to re-watch Macauley Culkin’s Home Alone every year. Either way, the brand new, dual-branded 342-room Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop and the historic 1928 Whitehall Hotel have packages designed for the little ones in your family.
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The Grinch reimaged in intricate ice carvings, superfast indoor snow tubing and a Ferris wheel ride with Santa high above the D.C. area. Sound like fun? You and your family can experience all this and lots more this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.