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Things To Do With Kids in Ontario

The most populous province of Canada, Ontario is home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, the provincial capital, Toronto, and many other exciting places for your family to explore. From urban centers to vast natural wonders, your family is sure to love adventuring across the fourth-largest province of Canada. Read more to learn about some of the most popular attractions and things to do with kids in Ontario.

Ontario is home to some of Canada’s most beloved attractions and natural wonders. Stroll the streets of Ottawa and Toronto, visit six diverse National Parks and experience living history in many museums and sites across the province. Check out some of the best things to do with kids in Ontario including:

  • Take a walking or cycling tour of Canada’s capital, Ottawa
  • Marvel at the majesty of Niagara Falls or one of the other six national parks
  • Adventure along Ontario’s most renowned hiking trail, the Niagara Escarpment
  • View the Group of Seven’s amazing landscape paintings at the National Gallery
  • Experience the lives of early settlers at the Lang Pioneer Village Museum

Your whole family will find a wide variety of things to explore during your stay in Ontario. With renowned art galleries, sporting events and live performances, make some unforgettable memories during your stay in Ontario:

  • Peruse regional and international art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Cheer on the home team at a Ottawa Senators or Toronto Raptors game
  • Enjoy family-friendly dining at Pure Kitchen
  • Watch live music, theater and dance at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Grab some popcorn and catch a movie at the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

From sprawling urban areas to vast natural wonders, Ontario is the perfect destination for everyone. Check out some of the best places to sightsee and the most popular free activities like:

  • Spend an afternoon relaxing in the sand on the Blue Flag Beaches
  • Learn about native culture at one of the many annual Pow Wows
  • Admire the great stone halls of Toronto’s Casa Loma castle
  • Explore the spooky side of Ottawa with Haunted Walks
  • Take a horse and buggy ride through Black Creek Pioneer Village
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From waterparks and zoos to playgrounds and paddle boats, your kids will adore their adventures across Ontario. Learn more about the most fun things to do with kids in Ontario including:

  • Splash in the pools at the Calypso Theme Waterpark
  • Meet over 5,000 different animals at the Toronto Zoo
  • Spend an afternoon playing on the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground
  • Ride the paddle boats at Eco-Odyssee
  • Save room for sweets at Beaver Tails Pastries

Whether you are touring the province with your extended family or a few friends, large groups have no problem finding fun in Ontario. From zoos and animal parks to science centers, there are plenty of things to do with family in Ontario. Enjoy exciting games, amusement parks and even the chance to live like a pirate at attractions like:

  • Meet all of the furry friends at the Valleyview Little Animal Farm
  • Have an unforgettable afternoons swashbuckling at Pirate Adventures
  • Ride the roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland
  • Grab your putter for an exciting round of mini golf at Timber Creek Golf
  • Figure out the puzzles before time runs out at Trapped! Escape Room

Fun and learning meet in Ontario at a variety of educational attractions across the province. From interactive museum exhibits to nature preserves, explore some of the most exciting and education activities for kids in Ontario including:

  • Play in the interactive exhibits at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology
  • Learn about local animals and plants at the Museum of Nature
  • View the world’s most vast canoe collections at the Canadian Canoe Museum
  • Admire the renowned footwear at the Bata Shoe Museum
  • The sky's the limit at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

People in Ontario take great pride in local art, and there are a wide variety of kid-friendly fine and performing arts programs across the province. Why not learn something new during your stay in classes like:

  • Learn some new dance moves at Front and Centre Dance
  • Try a new musical instrument during a class at Music Together
  • Take a painting or drawing class at the Children’s Art Studio
  • Paint an unforgettable keepsake at Mid Shack
  • Try your hand at acting on the main stage at Theatre Ontario

All year there is a diverse selection of indoor fun to be had in Ontario. From go-karts and bowling to action sports and kickboxing, find the perfect indoor activity for your family:

  • Explore the variety of ball pits and play areas at Flying Squirrel Sports
  • Race to the finish line in go-karts at F1 Speed
  • Compete in a classic game of laser tag at Laser Island
  • Rent a lane and bowl your new high score at Big Al’s Ontario
  • Enroll in a family class at Family Kickboxing