Dealing with another lockdown with kids this spring? Fortunately, Toronto offers a great mix of virtual and in-person (but safely remote) activities that range from museum visits to virtual dance lessons and more. Here are some of the best things to do with kids in Toronto this spring.
Explore the virtual treasures of the ROM
Although 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 Camp Coordinator and Director, Kiron Mukherjee, delighting kids with stories, immersive activities, and home crafts. The ROM also offers a selection of online quests, puzzles, and crafts for all ages.
Discover the city through games and puzzles at Yo Toronto
The Yo Toronto website features exciting Toronto-themed games and activities. You can test your memory with games featuring Toronto celebrities, learn about zoo animals, and see sights in Canada’s largest city.
Spring in art with the AGO school break program
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 covers your spring break plans. You can enjoy five days of free live virtual programming hosted by qualified educators and specialist artists who will provide you with fun and imaginative art activities for you and your family to perform from home.
Explore the illusionarium
Starting May 1, 2021, Illusionarium takes you and your family on an immersive journey using 3D projections, holograms, and living magicians to explore the evolution and history of magic and illusions. . Reserve your spot for this remote physical activity to wow even the most skeptical family members.
Explore Toronto’s arts scene on the beaches
Engage both your heart rate and your imagination as you stroll along Queen Street East. See if you can find the eight weird, wonderful, and wacky light art installations that are part of Luminosity. This is a great opportunity to explore Toronto’s beloved Beach District.
Ontario Science Center
Keep your child’s curiosity engaged with the Ontario Science Center’s online offering, Science at Home. Children can participate in virtual workshops, conduct experiments and even engage with other children through live events.
National Ballet of Canada
Why not combine your child’s love of dance with their cook and craftsman? Summer Dance Intensive by @ InStudioNBC goes virtual! From ballet to contemporary, hip-hop and more, check out a range of training sessions on Zoom in 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 you can’t keep your kids entertained from home. Turn your couch into a roller coaster with Wonderland’s Virtual Ride Center (no lines!). Really bring the experience to life by making a classic Canadian Wonderland funnel cake, from scratch. You can even get the whole family together for a virtual weekly Trivia Night every Thursday – there’s even a chance to win some exciting prizes! And if you’re not too full of the funnel cake, try these interactive games and activities.
Ripley Aquarium of Canada
Visit the Ripley Shark and Jellyfish Aquarium of Canada from a safe distance with live camera feeds. You can also discover its aquatic magic through virtual tours. Encourage your little one to love marine life even more with real-time online events including piranha meals, marine biologist questions and answers, and quirky experiences. For educational purposes, Ripley’s also offers a handful of tools such as virtual field trips, academic worksheets for all grade levels, and an informative blog.
Explore the zoo in your home with its selection of virtual resources, including educational tools for your little ones, live entertainment with zookeepers and even a fascinating educational podcast!
Learn about Toronto’s most historic site, Fort York
Do you have a history buff in the family? Discover Canadian history through the Fort York City Archives in Toronto online.
Explore contemporary art with the power station
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto showcases some of Canada’s finest contemporary works and you can now see them through an extensive 360 ° virtual tour of the museum. In collaboration with Field Trip: Art Across Canada, the Powerplant offers artistic experiences through this new online platform.
Virtual offers of the Aga Khan Museum
Explore the beautifully curated exhibits of the Aga Khan Museum from the comfort of your sofa with #MuseumWithoutWalls. This extensive collection includes historical artifacts from Muslim civilizations. Museum Play & Learn keeps your kids entertained with hands-on activities.