Below is a list of top attractions (outdoor and indoor options – for when it gets too hot) All attractions are approximately within a one hour drive from Oakville.
Safari Niagara is a much smaller zoo than the Toronto Zoo, which makes it a lot more of a doable hike on foot with wee ones under 5! However, with over 750 mammals, reptiles and birds there is plenty to see. It boasts a fantastic splash pad, ropes course, bungee, safari rides, playground and a tram ride around the park (all included in admission). Also no restrictions on bringing own food and drink into park. Open daily from 9am -6pm. Free Parking. Kids under 3 are free.
Location: Stevensville, Ontario (10 minutes from Niagara Falls)
Come ride the rails on The Halton County Radial Railway (HCRR). Featuring full size (historic) electric railcars that will take you on a scenic adventure. Admission includes: unlimited rides (on 2km of track),display barns, railway station, picnic areas (bring your lunch) and gift/ice cream shop. Open weekdays: 11am- 4:30pm, weekends: 11am-5pm. Free Parking. Kids 3 and under are free.
Location: Milton, Ontario
There is a full days worth of entertainment for every age. Visit Planet Snoopy, kidZville, Splash Works Water Park, an interactive animatronic dinosaur park, tons of thrill/ family rides and plenty of live entertainment. No outside food or drinks allowed (there is a public picnic pavilion located outside the front gates if you bring your own), July/ August open 10am-10pm. Parking: $20 per day. Kids 2 and under are free.
Location: Vaughan, Ontario
This amusement park has more than 30 rides for kids. There is no general admission fee to Centreville; to enjoy rides and attractions please purchase an All Day Ride Pass or ride tickets. Centreville Amusement Park opens at 10:30 AM and closes at 8:00 PM until Monday, September 1st. You may bring your own food with you. Discounts available if you pre-purchase ride passes online.
Location: Centre Island, Toronto. You must take the Toronto Island Ferry to access this attraction.
This year marks the first annual Oakville Children’s Festival — This free event will have numerous live performances throughout the day, tons of arts and event activities for the kiddies and much more. Momstown Oakville will of course be there too! This event is sponsored by the Town of Oakville and Tim Horton’s. This is a FREE event. Visit the website for shuttle information as there will be no parking at the park.
Date/Time/ Location: Sunday, July 19 at Coronation Park in Oakville.
Offers a huge variety of midway games, musical entertainment, a real farm, Kids World, a massive international food pavilion and a 3-day Air Show. You are also allowed to bring your own food/drink. Open daily from 10am-Midnight (closes 9pm on Labour Day). Parking: $25-$30. GO train is recommended and will take you right to the gate. Kids 4 and under are free.
Date: Aug 21 – Sept 7, 2015
Location: the CNE Grounds, Toronto
The aquarium offers aquatic life from all over the world. Visit Ray Bay, Planet Jellies, Rainbow Reef, The Dangerous Lagoon and more! Open daily from 9am to 11pm. Click here for some tips about visiting this attraction with your family. Kids 2 and under are free.
Location: Downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower
This interactive attraction offers simulation games, the world’s biggest hockey artifact collection, hockey legend statues and you get to touch the Stanley Cup with your bare hands! Summer hours: 9:30am-6pm except Sunday 10am -6pm. Please visit website for parking and transit info. Kids 3 and under are free.
Location: Downtown Toronto, Corner of Yonge St and Front St.
KidSpark is an excellent exhibit for young children (18 months and up) and the science centre also offers many other interactive and educational exhibits this summer. Open week days from 10am- 4pm and weekends till 5pm. Parking: $10. Outside food and drink permitted. Kids 2 and under are free.
Location: East Toronto (Don Mills Rd and Eglinton Ave East)
The LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is ideal for kids aged 3 to 10. Open Monday to Thursday: 10am-7:30pm, Friday/ Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 10am -7pm. Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside. Free Parking. Kids under 2 years of age are free. It is recommended that you purchase tickets one or more days in advance to get the online discount and to guarantee entry.
Location: Vaughan, ON (Vaughan Mills Centre)
There is countless exhibits that children of all ages will love: visit The Forbidden City, Dinosaurs, The Bat Cave and the Discovery Gallery just for kids. These exihibits are intearactive. Open Monday to Thursday: 10am to 5:30pm, Friday open till 6:30pm, Sat/Sun open till 5:30pm. Parking between $6 and $11. You may bring your own food/ drink (designated areas only). Kids 3 and under are free.
Location: Toronto, ON (Bloor and Queen’s Park)
Opened in May 2015, the Children's Discovery Centre is for kids 6 and under and is located in the Liberty Village neighbourhood in Toronto. The centre is open until September 30,2015 and admission is $13 (kids under 1 are free). There are 10 different discovery zones to explore, you can read more about them here.
Location: 45 Strachan Avenue, Toronto (Just north of CNE & Fort York, between Lakeshore Blvd. and King St. West in Downtown Toronto)