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Guide to Toronto for Families

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Toronto is a brilliant location for families. The laid back and friendly nature of the local Canadians, together with a variety of different family-friendly activities, make Toronto a real pleasure to visit. This guide will give you ideas on where to eat, which local sights to see, and what other things to do while you are in town with your family - there's bound to be something for everyone!

Good for
  • Family
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

18 Places

3 City Tips

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18 Places

Fran's Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

St. Lawrence Market

Architectural Buildings, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mill Street Brewery

Distilleries, Other Food & Drink, Breweries, Bars & Clubs, Brewery Tours

CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Shopping Malls

CN Tower

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casa Loma

Castles, Speciality Museums

Toronto Zoo

Zoos

Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada

Aquariums, Educational sites

Riverdale Farm

Farms

Lake Ontario

Bodies of Water

Toronto Islands

Islands, Parks

Ontario Science Centre

Science Museums

Hockey Hall of Fame

Speciality Museums

Rogers Centre

Arenas & Stadiums, Sports Complexes

The Air Canada Centre

Civic Centres, Arenas & Stadiums

Treetop Trekking Brampton

Hiking & Camping Tours

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Game & Entertainment Centres

Playdium

Theme Parks

Dayna J's City Tips

  • Toronto can get extremely cold in the winter, despite it being in the south of Canada.
  • Getting around Toronto with kids is easy. Many sights are within easy walking distance, or you can cycle, drive, or catch public transport between activities.
  • If you wish to visit multiple attractions in Toronto, consider buying a City Pass. This may save you a few dollars overall.
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    Fran's Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (American, International, Diner, Canadian)
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    Dayna J Says:

    Fran's is a perfect way to start the day for any family. The diner environment gives this cafe a relaxed feel, with plenty of space to accommodate all family members. Whenever I eat here, the staff are always very friendly, and more than happy to tailor my order as requested, which may be helpful for any picky eaters! The food is also affordable as well as delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the porridge! It is delicious.
    • The portions at Fran's are large! Come with an empty stomach.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 5,802 restaurants in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Taste of Toronto 15/01/2017
    • Just a good old diner 13/01/2017
    • Fran's Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    20 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5G 1K2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-923-9867
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$19
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    St. Lawrence Market
    Architectural Buildings, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Dayna J Says:

    If you need to go food shopping or pick up supplies for a family picnic, stop by the St. Lawrence Market. This roomy, covered market is a pleasure to walk through, and has a great selection of fruit, vegetables, meats, and bakery items.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are in need of a coffee, stop by Luba's Coffee Boutique and choose from the range of different coffees to go. And don't forget to say hello to the sweet lady who works here!
    • Spend a little time walking around the market to find the best priced foods items, before you buy anything.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Food market galore 16/01/2017
    • St. Lawrence Market 15/01/2017
    • St. Lawrence Market
    Address:
    92-95 Front St. E.
    Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-7219
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    08:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    05:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Mill Street Brewery
    Distilleries, Other Food & Drink, Breweries, Bars & Clubs, Brewery Tours
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    Dayna J Says:

    In the heart of the Distillery Historic District is Mill Street Brewpub. With plenty of space for children to work off any excess energy and for adults to enjoy a quiet, locally brewed drink, this pub caters for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take some time to walk around the Distillery Historic District, as the buildings have much to offer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 265 Nightlife in Toronto
    • Oh Canada 14/01/2017
    • Passing ny 31/12/2016
    • Mill Street Brewery
    Address:
    21 Mill St
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 3R6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-681-0338
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 22:00
    Mon - Tue
    11:00 - 23:00
    Wed
    11:00 - 00:00
    Thu
    11:00 - 01:00
    Fri
    11:00 - 02:00
    Sat
    10:30 - 02:00
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    CF Toronto Eaton Centre
    Shopping Malls
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    Dayna J Says:

    Toronto Eaton Centre is a great retail spot, and its wide variety of stores makes it the perfect one-stop-shop for any family necessities that you may have forgotten to bring with you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you like Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop, there's one just across the street from the Eaton Centre!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of options 14/01/2017
    • Christmas Tree and New Store additions being atmosphere 13/01/2017
    • CF Toronto Eaton Centre
    Address:
    Toronto Eaton Centre Gallery 220 Yonge St Suite 110
    Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1
    Canada
    Phone:
    14165988560
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 21:30
    Sat
    09:30 - 21:30
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    CN Tower
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Dayna J Says:

    Standing at over 550 meters tall, the CN tower has magnificent views of Toronto and the surrounding areas. Taking the different elevators up is fun for the kids, as is the revolving observation deck, and there's even the chance to do an EdgeWalk if your family is a little more daring!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Arrive before 11am or after 5pm to beat the crowds.
    • Book your tickets in advance online to skip the lines.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful view 16/01/2017
    • Amazing view 15/01/2017
    • CN Tower
    Address:
    301 Front St W
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-868-6937
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Casa Loma
    Castles, Speciality Museums
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    Dayna J Says:

    Casa Loma is a Toronto landmark, built in the Gothic Revival style between 1911-1914. With 250 rooms, beautiful grounds, and a vintage car collection, this castle is sure to have any little girl or boy feeling like a princess or prince for the day!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a walk to the Baldwin steps. The view from there is beautiful.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 16/01/2017
    • Very charming 15/01/2017
    • Casa Loma
    Address:
    1 Austin Terrace
    at Spadina Ave
    Toronto, Ontario M5R 1X8
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-923-1171
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Tue
    09:30 - 22:00
    Wed - Mon
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Toronto Zoo
    Zoos
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    Dayna J Says:

    Toronto Zoo is home to over 500 species of animals, including a baby gorilla (born in 2014), giant pandas, giraffes, and many more. In addition to the 5000-plus animals that can be seen at the zoo, a discovery zone including Splash Island may also be open when you visit — always a big hit with the kids!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The City Pass gives holders a great discount at the Toronto Zoo.
    • Check the Toronto Zoo website for information about about what exhibits and discovery zones are open when you plan to visit.
    • The zoo is located within the beautiful Rogue Valley.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best zoo 16/01/2017
    • Toronto Zoo 15/01/2017
    • Toronto Zoo
    Address:
    2000 Meadowvale Rd
    Toronto, Ontario M1B 5K7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-5929
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:30 - 16:30
    Sat - Sun
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada
    Aquariums, Educational sites
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    Dayna J Says:

    Take a trip along Northern America's longest underwater viewing tunnel, which holds over 5.7 million liters of water and is home to many underwater creatures. Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto is home to 16,000 animals which are sure to keep your whole family mesmerized for hours!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can save a few dollars on entry by purchasing your tickets online.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice but packed 16/01/2017
    • A very nice place to visit with your kids 15/01/2017
    • Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada
    Address:
    288 Bremner Boulevard
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 647-351-3474
    Price range:
    US$26 - US$26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Riverdale Farm
    Farms
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    Dayna J Says:

    Set on over 7.5 acres of land, Riverdale Farm has a variety of rare breed farm animals, butterflies, ponds, plus herb, flowers, and vegetable gardens to explore. Located in the township of Cabbagetown — just outside of Toronto — kids will love following the pathways through wooded areas and around ponds, discovering the various plants that grow here, chatting to the farmer, and peeking into the historic farm buildings onsite.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The easiest way to get here is by car. Parking is available on nearby streets.
    • Admission is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Family Activity in the middle of the city 25/12/2016
    • Cows! Horses! Pigs! 27/11/2016
    • Riverdale Farm
    Address:
    201 Winchester St
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-6794
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
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    Lake Ontario
    Bodies of Water
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    Dayna J Says:

    A family visit to Toronto should always include photos with the backdrop of Lake Ontario, and time spent soaking up the views of this vast body of water. Whether you admire the lake from the Toronto Island Park or from Woodbine Beach, the scenery is unlikely to disappoint!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Woodbine Beach can be easily accessed by public transport. Check the Toronto Transit Commision website for more details.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Or hometown waterfront. To enjoy. 11/01/2017
    • Clear water, blue skies and nature. 02/01/2017
    • Lake Ontario
    Phone:
    18006682746
    Other:
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    Toronto Islands
    Islands, Parks
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    Dayna J Says:

    Take a short ferry ride to the Toronto Island Park, where you can enjoy the most stunning views over Lake Ontario and Toronto City. On the island, there is plenty to do for the entire family. From amusement parks to a farm that houses over 40 species of farm animals and exotic birds, make sure you leave an entire day free to explore this place properly!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take plenty of warm clothing on cold days, as there are few places to shelter on the island.
    • Consider hiring bikes to explore the island. The island is large and you may not be able to explore it all by foot.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great island of fun!! 15/01/2017
    • Great visit to Getaway 14/01/2017
    • Toronto Islands
    Address:
    9 Queens Quay West, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 2V3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-555-8987
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    Ontario Science Centre
    Science Museums
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    Dayna J Says:

    Ontario Science Centre has a variety of interactive science exhibitions that are well suited to families with young teens, and children that are keen to explore the science world. Lots of hands-on fun!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Use your Toronto City Pass to get cheaper entry.
    • Visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ontario Science Centre 15/01/2017
    • An amazing place 14/01/2017
    • Ontario Science Centre
    Address:
    770 Don Mills Rd
    Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-696-1000
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Hockey Hall of Fame
    Speciality Museums
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    Dayna J Says:

    Canadians love hockey, and if your family does too, don't miss out on seeing the Hockey Hall of Fame. This place has the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world, is home to the Stanley Cup (the oldest trophy competed for in professional hockey in North America), and has several interactive hockey games to keep your sports-loving family entertained!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Purchase your tickets online and you'll get a discount at the onsite store!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What an amazing Hockey Hall of fame 15/01/2017
    • Very interesting time at the Hockey Hall of fame, lots of old memorys 13/01/2017
    • Hockey Hall of Fame
    Address:
    Brookfield Place - Concourse Level
    30 Yonge Street (at Yonge & Front Sts.)
    Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-360-7765
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 17:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
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    Rogers Centre
    Arenas & Stadiums, Sports Complexes
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    Dayna J Says:

    Enjoy a family evening out at the Rogers Centre where you can watch a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game! Join the local fans, and be entertained by both the game and the crowds as you munch on typical ballpark treats.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Seating on levels 1, 2 and 3 all have brilliant views of the pitch!
    • Make sure you have a hotdog while at the game.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Home of the Blue Jays 15/01/2017
    • Great Place to Catch a Game 10/01/2017
    • Rogers Centre
    Address:
    3200-1 Blue Jays Way
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-341-3663
    Other:
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    The Air Canada Centre
    Civic Centres, Arenas & Stadiums
    See more photos
    Dayna J Says:

    If baseball is not your family's style, visit the Air Canada Centre for a game of ice hockey! Watch as the teams go head to head on the ice — great entertainment for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check the Air Canada website to see if there are any games playing during your stay, and buy tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
    • The centre is home to Toronto's basketball team (Toronto Raptors) as well as its hockey team, so you can also catch basketball games here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Air Canada Centre 15/01/2017
    • Great NBA experience 15/01/2017
    • The Air Canada Centre
    Address:
    40 Bay St
    (at Lakeshore Blvd.)
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 2X2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-815-5500
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    Treetop Trekking Brampton
    Hiking & Camping Tours
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    Dayna J Says:

    If your family is ready for a big adventure, why not take a 45 km drive from Toronto to Bramptons Treetop Trekking centre. This centre has a variety of activities to suit all ages — from zip-lining and treetop walking to night time walks and team building. You and your family are sure to leave Treetop Trekking Brampton with great big smiles on your faces!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Treetop Trekking Brampton is suitable for anyone aged 9 years and over, and has a minimum height of 4'7".
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Brampton
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Treetop Trekking Brampton was a blast 28/10/2016
    • A great experience 12/10/2016
    • Treetop Trekking Brampton
    Address:
    10818 Heart Lake Rd
    Brampton, Ontario L6Z 0B3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 855-552-0090
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
    Game & Entertainment Centres
    See more photos
    Dayna J Says:

    Trampolining can be fun for any age (yes, including adults!), and as the world's first indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone has several different fun-filled areas to explore. Try your hand at everything from free jumping to dodge ball to Sky Slam, where you can shoot balls into hoops!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The price of tickets varies according to how long you spend in the center — prices increase per half an hour.
    • Be aware that you will need to purchase Sky Zone Indoors Trampolining Park's special socks too.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 38 Fun & Games in Mississauga
    • Great location to burn off some Christmas break energy 30/12/2016
    • A great way to burn energy 30/11/2016
    • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
    Address:
    3636 Hawkestone Rd
    Mississauga, Ontario L5C 2V2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 905-306-9898
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Tue - Thu
    16:00 - 21:00
    Fri
    15:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
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    Playdium
    Theme Parks
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    Dayna J Says:

    If your children are bursting with energy and need somewhere to let it all out, take a trip to the 11-acre Playdium. The Playdium outdoor park is home to a variety of entertainment options designed especially for families — which range from virtual to physical to interactive — and its activities include mini golf, trampoline bungee, go karting, laser maze, and much more!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Check out Playdium's website for pricing details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 118 things to do in Mississauga
    • Great place for adults and kidds 13/01/2017
    • Upgraded, Fun, Noisy and busy 11/01/2017
    • Playdium
    Address:
    99 Rathburn Rd W
    Mississauga, Ontario L5B 4C1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 905-273-9000
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 - 23:00
    Fri
    12:00 - 01:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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