BLOOR STREET BONANZA
WHAT TO DO
One of the most interesting (and educational!) ways to spend an afternoon is at the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park). Here, you can peruse ancient Egyptian artifacts, dinosaurs, gemstones and more, explore the hands-on galleries and even sign up for a special ROMkids Sleepover, which includes activities, museum access, a movie screening and breakfast. Crafty kids can partake in the family programming at the Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park), which includes clay-making or tile-painting workshops
(check gardinermuseum.on.ca for details). Afterwards, little mountaineers can burn off excess energy at the nearby Village of Yorkville Park (115 Cumberland St.) clambering around on a 650-ton piece of the Canadian Shield. Finish off the day with a visit to the majestic Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace) to tour the decorated rooms and carefully landscaped grounds. Don’t miss the Casa Loma Escape Series (escapecasaloma.com) where the whole family can work together to solve a mystery.
WHERE TO EAT
Travel west on Bloor to reach Snakes and Lattes (600 Bloor St. W.), a board game-lover’s paradise that also serves up meal-sized dishes and snacks. In addition to the menu of hearty Italian entrees for adults, Piano Piano (88 Harbord St.) has a nutritionist-designed kid’s menu, plus a playroom and family seating area.
Royal Ontario Museum