DOWN­TOWN EX­PLO­RATION

Where Toronto - - FAMILY FUN -

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.

TIFF’s digiPlayS­pace

Cu­tiePie Cup­cakes

Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket

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