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Rainy Day Activities

HOME BASE Spend the day exploring the home of the Toronto Blue Jays with the Rogers Centre Tour Experience. Enjoy an inside look at the ultimate day at the park with interesting facts about the team as well as stops at the Blue Jays’ Hall of Fame, the press box and the luxury suite. Don’t forget to take out your camera while visiting the replica locker room. Adults $13.25, youth (12-17 years)/seniors $9.25, children (5-11 years) $7.75; call for tour dates and times. Pick up a souvenir at the Jays Shop—Stadium Edition (Gate 5, 416-341-2904), which stocks jerseys and other team memorabilia. The shop is open 30 minutes following each home game to ensure that you have a chance to grab that coveted keepsake. Open daily.

MID-DAY BREAK Try an English tradition with afternoon tea. Since 1927, the Windsor Arms Hotel (18 St. Thomas St., 416-971-9666) has been offering this refined experience with a full tea service ($30) consisting of tea, fresh scones and finger sandwiches. Daily sittings at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For a more contemporary twist, drop by the eclectic Red Tea Box, which is known for its single-estate teas and unique pastries. Come early to this small Asian-influenced shop—seating is limited. Wednesday to Sunday.

FLY TO FUN What used to be an airport hangar and military base is now a massive venue for family fun. Head to Downsview Park for adrenaline-boosting activities. Grand Prix Kartways is a state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly go-karting facility. Adults $25, juniors (between 50 and 54 inches tall) $20 per session, plus an annual $5 licensing fee. Basketball players can enjoy HoopDome (75 Carl Hall Rd., 416-633-HOOP), which provides professional-style courts for tournaments as well as casual pick-up play. Adults $10, youth (age 7-17) $7.50. Open daily. For a look into the past, explore the Toronto Aerospace Museum. It not only displays fascinating artifacts detailing Toronto’s aviation history but is itself a part of history – as the building is the original 1929 home of de Havilland Aircraft. Adults $8.50, seniors $6.50, students $5.50, children (age 6 and under) free. Wednesday to Sunday.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Make your next meal an intriguing spectacle with a dinner-theatre experience that transports you back to the Middle Ages. Chow down at the utensil-free Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, as gallant knights joust for the love of a princess. Adults $62.95, children (age 12 and under) $43.50; call to reserve. Or, try Mysteriously Yours, an interactive comedic mystery in which, following a three-course meal, guests become detectives to discover the identity of the murderer. Shows are Friday and Saturday, $40 and up; add dinner for $25; call for a schedule.

MALL HAUL Even the greyest day becomes brighter with new additions to your closet. Located in the heart of Yorkville, Hazelton Lanes is the perfect place to shop for coveted designer goods from Browns, Hugo Nicholson, and Pellini Milano Paris. Take a break from carrying those goody-laden shopping bags with an exquisite meal at Greg Couillard’s Spice Room and Chutney Bar. You’ll need more than one rainy day at the Toronto Eaton Centre, where there are more than 285 stores and services such as Birks, Banana Republic and Harry Rosen. Bayview Village is another shop-till-you-drop destination where upscale boutiques such as Brian Bailey, Basler and Strada provide chic looks from world class Canadian, American and European designers.

MARKET FRESH There’s no need to leave the city for the freshest produce, meats and fish. At the St. Lawrence Market, you’ll find more than 120 vendors of delicacies such as caviar, cheese and honey. Buy some to sample on the spot or to take home as gifts—or for yourself. Hungry? Cuisine of the world is here, from Chinese to Italian to Greek, so pull up a seat and embark on a culinary tour for your tastebuds. Tuesday to Saturday.

HOLE IN ONE Golf is always a possibility at Polson Pier’s Waterfront Golf Driving Range (176 Cherry St., 416-465-4653). The 300-yard outdoor practice facility is fully lit and consists of two tiers, including a heated and covered lower level. A professional instructor is on hand to offer tips on your swing. A bucket of balls is $13, two buckets is $22. Open daily.

INNOVATE THIS At the Ontario Science Centre, feel what it’s like to be a scientist, musician, astronomer or biologist as you play and learn at the hands-on exhibits. At the award-winning Kidspark, pint-sized visitors (up to age eight) can discover things like the importance of nutrition – through such activities as grocery shopping at the Centre’s own Market. Teens can tackle real-world issues and technology in the Weston Family Innovation Centre with activities like mixing music and designing footwear. Open daily. Adults $18, seniors/youth (13-17 years) $13.50, children (4-12 years) $11, children 3 years and under are free.

PLAY TIME Eat, drink and be merry at Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate playground for adults. Fuel up on the menu options in the dining room or at the two fully stocked bars before hitting the Million Dollar Midway, where some of the hottest games such as Daytona 500 Virtual Car Race and Deal or No Deal await. Take advantage of the Eat & Play Combo (available most days) for a $10 game card along with select entree options. Open daily.

ON THE WATERFRONT From souvenir shopping to Inuit art, the unique stores and galleries at the Queen’s Quay Terminal deliver true Canadian memories. Take a break from all that Canadian content at Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Restaurant, which serves more than 60 dishes at its daily dim sum. Savoury and sweet choices include steamed spinach and shrimp dumplings, barbeque pork pie, and the pan-fried “hockey puck”, a popular culinary ode to Canadian culture.

—Tessie Sanci

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