Facing down another lockdown with kids this spring? Luckily, Toronto has a great mix of virtual and in-person (but safely distanced) activities that range from museum visits, to virtual dance classes and more. Here are some of the best things to do with kids in Toronto this spring.
Explore The ROM’s Virtual Treasures
Though the Royal Ontario Museum is temporarily closed, you can explore fascinating finds from the comfort of your home with a selection of online exhibits. Every Tuesday, ROMKids is live on Instagram with Coordinator and Camp Director, Kiron Mukherjee who delights kids with storytelling, immersive activities and at-home crafts. The ROM also has a selection of online quests, brainteasers and crafts for all ages.
Experience The City Through Games And Brain Teasers At Yo Toronto
The Yo Toronto website offers enthralling Toronto-themed games and activities. You can test your memory out with games featuring Toronto celebrities, learn about zoo animals and discover sites around Canada’s biggest city.
Spring Into Art With The AGO’s April Break Programming
AGO from Home brings the museum to you and your family with online experiences that include entertaining stories and DIY projects. The Art Gallery of Ontario also has your April Break plans covered. You can take advantage of five days of free, live virtual programming hosted by trained educators and specialist artists who will offer fun and imaginative art activities for you and your family to make from home.
Explore the Illusionarium
Beginning May 1, 2021, Illusionarium takes you and your family on an immersive journey using 3D projections, holograms and live magicians to explore the evolution and history of magic and illusions. Book your spot for this physically-distanced activity to wow even the most skeptical of family members.
Explore Toronto’s Art Scene At The Beaches
Get both your heart rate and your imagination engaged by going for a walk along Queen Street East. See if you can find all eight of the weird, wonderful and wacky light art installations that are part of Luminosity. It’s a great opportunity to explore Toronto’s beloved Beaches neighbourhood.
The Ontario Science Centre
Keeps your child’s curiosity engaged with The Ontario Science Centre’s online offering, Science at Home. Kids can participate in virtual workshops, conduct experiments and even engage with other kids through live events.
National Ballet of Canada
Why not combine your child’s love of dance with their inner cook and crafter? @InStudioNBC’s Summer Dance Intensive is going virtual! From ballet to contemporary, hip hop and more, experience a range of training over Zoom this August. Ballet Fun for Kids showcases the beauty of dance through creative projects and resources.
Canada’s Wonderland may still be closed but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your kids amused from home. Turn your sofa into a rollercoaster with Wonderland’s hub of virtual rides (no lines!). Really bring the experience to life by making a Classic Canada’s Wonderland Funnel Cake, from scratch. You can even get the family together for a weekly virtual Trivia Night each Thursday—there’s even a chance to win some exciting prizes! And if you’re not too full from the funnel cake, try these interactive activities and games.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s sharks and jellyfish at a safe distance through live camera feeds. You can also still experience its aquatic magic through virtual tours. Encourage your little one’s love of marine life even further with online real-time events including piranha feedings, Marine Biologist Q & A’s and quirky experiments. For educational purposes, Ripley’s also offers a handful of tools like virtual field trips, academic worksheets for all grade levels and an informative blog.
The Toronto Zoo
Explore the zoo from home with its selection of virtual resources, including educational tools for your little ones, live entertainment featuring the zookeepers and even a fascinating educational podcast!
Learn About Toronto’s Most Historical Site, Fort York
Have a history buff in the family? Discover Canadian history with an online archive of Toronto’s Fort York.
Explore Contemporary Art With The Power Plant
Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery showcases some of Canada’s best contemporary pieces and now you can see them thanks to an extensive 360° virtual tour of the museum. In collaboration with Field Trip: Art Across Canada, the Powerplant delivers artsy experiences through this new online platform.
Aga Khan Museum’s Virtual Offerings
Explore Aga Khan Museum’s beautifully curated exhibits from the comfort of your couch with #MuseumWithoutWalls. This extensive collection features historical artifacts from Muslim civilizations. The museum’s Play & Learn keeps your kids entertained through hands-on activities.