One of my favourite places to take kids is the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. Kids are encouraged to touch and explore. Parents are inspired to read and learn. It's a win win family field trip because there is so much to see!
For kids 8 and under, Kidspark is the first place to go. It's a hands-on space where little fingers can explore with their 5 senses. Water play, building even playing in a rock band. All ages can enjoy the exhibits on SPACE, LIVING EARTH, HUMAN BODY and more. Daily live demonstrations of paper making and electricity are must-sees.
The IMAX movie theatre is additional admission fee, but well worth it if you are visiting with older kids. It should be noted that the IMAX show is not for babes in arms - though we did give it a try and I must say the Science Centre staff went above and beyond to help our experience - advising me the pre-show was loud and that I could wait outside with baby until it was over and they would let me in afterwards - that was much appreciated!.
The newest live performance “CSI: Live” is suited for older kids, teens and adults (scary situations, strobe lighting and loud sounds for little ears).
Our Science Centre family membership paid for itself in two visits and I get discounts on parking, food & gift shop...keep that in mind when you are visiting amusement centres this year...membership has its privileges!
It's air conditioned in the summer. Heated in the winter. And interesting all year round. And kudos for having healthy foods (at kid eye level) in addition to the regular cafeteria fare.
The Ontario Science Centre tops my Family Field Trip Friendly list!