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Best Museums for Kids in Toronto

by Holly Riddle

Feb 22, 2018

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Age Specific / Kids

Visit these Canadian gems the next time you’re in Toronto, for an experience the whole family will enjoy!

 

Bata Shoe Museum

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.

 

 

Royal Ontario Museum

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!

Entrance Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

Entrance Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Photo: Yelena Rodriguez | Dreamstime.com

 

Aga Khan 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.

 

The Ontario Science Centre

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.

 

Black Creek Pioneer Village

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.

 

The battle of Black Creek. Enactment, reenactment.

Reenactment of The Battle of Black Creek. Photo: Photokvu | Dreamstime.com

Casa Loma

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.

 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 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!

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