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Loonie for Toronto

PREHISTORIC FUN The dinosaurs have returned and they’re putting the “roar” back into the Royal Ontario Museum.

DETOUR: PALATIAL ABODE Get the royal treatment at Casa Loma. Perched atop a hill, the stately castle has secret passageways and tunnels.

TALES FROM THE BARD Get a dose of nature and culture at Dream in High Park with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a hip-hop interpretation of Shakespeare’s comical play at High Park’s outdoor amphitheatre.

PLAY WITH CLAY Tap into your artistic side at the clay studios of the Gardiner Museum, where you can shape ceramics with your own hands on Fridays (6-8 p.m.) and Sundays (1-3 p.m.).

DETOUR: POWER HOUSE At the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, see the provincial government in action from the galleries or with a guided tour.

IF THE SHOE FITS Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes: kids can try on crazy footwear at the Bata Shoe Museum during Saturday Shenanigans.

HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES Strap on some imaginary skates for a virtual shoot out against Ed Belfour at the Hockey Hall of Fame or pose with the coveted Stanley Cup.

BE YOUR OWN GUIDE Be the master of your own itinerary with the Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour aboard a red double-decker trolley bus.

DETOUR: STAGE STEPS Feel like you’re walking on air with a visit to the world’s longest glass staircase at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, home to the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada.

CALL OF THE MALL It’s a shopping bonanza at the Toronto Eaton Centre, where more than 250 top retailers carry the latest trends.

ROAD TRIP Launch a rocket and explore another planet in the Facing Mars exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre.

WATERSIDE FUN Cool off at Ontario Place, home to the only downtown water park with slides and tubes.

ISLAND IDYLL Ferry over to the Toronto Islands and Centreville Amusement Park for a spin on an antique carousel and the log flume ride.

DETOUR: SWORD FIGHT Take a bite out of history at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, where knights gallantly joust for the love of a princess.

WET ‘N’ WILD Embark on an urban safari with Toronto Hippo Tours, which travels by land and water.

SHORE GALORE Hightail it to the shores of Lake Ontario for some cultural enlightenment at Harbourfront Centre.

DETOUR: FUN IN THE SUN Grab some sun, sand and surf at The Beach or stroll along the historic boardwalk with an ice cream cone.

ROAD TRIP Get up close and personal at the Toronto Zoo with Stingray Bay—A Touching Experience, where visitors can feel the slimy backs of these marine fishes.

TOP OF THE TOWN Look down to the ground below at the CN Tower as you ascend in the new glass-floored elevator—it’s the world’s highest!

BATTER UP! Watch the Toronto Blue Jays hit a home run, or try your hand at the batting cage in the Kids Zone at the Rogers Centre.

DETOUR: BATTLE CRY Visit Fort York National Historic Site, complete with barracks and musket-and-drill demonstrations, where a bloody battle was fought during the War of 1812.

SPORTS CENTRAL Tour the Rogers Centre—home to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts—for a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s first stadium with a fully retractable roof.

ROAD TRIP Catch a ride on the Behemoth, the country’s biggest, tallest and fastest roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland.

See the following links for family-friendly ideas:
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—Linda Luong

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