WHAT TO DO
The Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W.) has a wealth of family-friendly programming. There are creative play activities for little artists and storytellers from Tuesdays to Sundays, as well as a roving art cart on weekend afternoons with paint, puzzles and more. From March 9 to 18 the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W.) presents TIFF Kids, a festival for children ages 3 to 13 featuring interactive programing. TIFF’s digiPlaySpace (Feb. 16–Apr. 22) allows kids to discover technology through hands-on activities like playing with robots and learning to code. Afterwards, take a stroll through Chinatown— be sure to check out the red dragons on the lamp posts—to shop for inexpensive souvenirs and toys and sample authentic pho and dim sum from the plentiful restaurants. Steps away is the eclectic Kensington Market, where young explorers can try out global food, from tacos to jerk chicken, and take in the cool graffiti. Speaking of graffiti: explore the area between Queen Street West and Richmond Street (from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street) for colourful murals by talented local artists. Take a breather in Trinity Bellwoods Park (790 Queen St. W.). This expansive green space is the ideal place to run, play and meet the neighbourhood pug population.
WHERE TO EAT
Find miniature treats in fun flavours like confetti, cotton candy and cookie monster at Cutie Pie Cupcakes
(235 Spadina Ave.); don’t worry, grown-up sized versions are also available. While it’s hard to go wrong in Chinatown, Mother’s Dumplings has dozens of varieties of bite-sized eats and noodle dishes to satisfy every appetite. Terroni (57 Adelaide St. E.), a family-friendly mainstay, offers colouring activities and high chairs, in addition to some of the best pizza in town.