Can you feel it? The shift in the seasons. The kids are back at school, the days are getting a little bit shorter and the leaves are thinking about changing colours. Right now is the perfect time to pull out your calendar and make some plans for the fall. There are plenty of fun family friendly things to do in Toronto this fall…I’ve put together my favourite kid-friendly Toronto activities.
Kid-Friendly Toronto Fall Fun
Visit the Royal
If summer is all about the Canadian National Exhibition then autumn is all about the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Royal brings the farm to the big city and it is an amazing way to spend the day with kids. Where else can you get up close with horses, cows, goats, sheep and chickens…in downtown Toronto? Be sure to explore all the incredibly gigantic vegetables, you won’t believe how tall a sunflower can grow. New this year is the President’s Choice Animal Theatre, a place where you can grab a seat and watch sheep herding, rabbit races, horse demonstrations and more. While I love all the animals at the Royal I also love learning about how our food makes it from the farm to our table. (November 1 – 10, 2013)
Okay, for this one you are going to have to head outside of the city. That’s okay…nothing like a little road trip. There are plenty of farms where families can pick their own apples, pears and even pumpkins. Check out the Pick Your Own site to find a location near to you. If a road trip isn’t what you are looking for, then head to your local farmers’ market.
Enjoy the Colours
There is nothing quite like the fall in Canada. We are so fortunate to experience the glorious colours of fall foliage. There are plenty of spots to head to enjoy a kid-friendly Toronto hike through the trees. Take a ferry over to the Toronto Islands, ride the TTC over to High Park or the Evergreen Brickworks, or make the trip to the soon-to-be Canada’s newest National Park, Rouge Park.
Remember pulling an all-nighter before a big exam in University? Well, Nuit Blanche is an opportunity to pull an all-nighter for a much better reason…art. Bundle up the kids and wander the streets from sunset to sunrise. Okay, maybe the kids won’t make it all night, but you can put in a couple of hours before bedtime. Nuit Blanche will have you looking at the city in an entirely new light. (October 5, 2013)
Be sure to hit the Children’s Activity Tent at the Word on the Street festival this fall. Kids (and parents) can craft, cartoon, read and be read at this fabulous literary celebration. Be prepared to do some shopping. Canada’s top children’s book publishers will be on hand, it’s the perfect spot to pick up the latest and greatest books for kids. (September 22, 2013)
Do you know another kid-friendly Toronto fall activity or outing?
Word on the Street image sourced from wordonthestreet.ca