BLOOR STREET BO­NANZA

Where Toronto - - FAMILY FUN -

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

Casa Loma

Pi­ano Pi­ano

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