Photograph: Mark Blinch/AP
How can you not be excited about visiting a city which is 51% foreign-born, with people from over 230 countries, making it by many assessments, the most diverse city in the world.Surely anywhere with that may influences and cultures will be a feast for eyes, ears, and bellies.
Throw in the fact that it seems home to several of the things I truly love, after intrepid bebe and intrepid papa. These include art which I can enjoy outdoors, whilst intrepid bebe runs n circles and climbs over said art, tacos, good coffee, views, water, good friends. Easter can’t come around quick enough.
So what else should one do on the supposedly most depressing day of the year (who makes this shit up? Or should I take that as a guarantee that only good things are to come?), but daydream/plan my next trip.
I will revisit this post and let you know if things were as good as they looked, and all the additional finds we uncover.
photo by: Nicole Egan
Primary objectives are, keep her engaged, not too confined, ideally outdoors, find things we can all enjoy, including the friends we will be staying with, and get a real taste for the city.
As I mentioned before, street art, and general public installation pieces are a great way to enjoy some culture whilst away (or at home), without confirming your kids to a silent gallery where you can’t touch anything, and every noise echoes. I still remember going to a Rothko exhibition at the Tate when I was YFS (young free and single) and being amazed by obedient little tots wandering round. I would be all the more mazed these days, or perhaps suspicious that they were being drugged.
I am keen to take this: street art tour another great thing about them is you get a real local insight, history, architecture, art, and often some great tips on where to eat. Bit of a side note, but if you’re on London, I love tour alternative london’s tours
Photo by Brittany Devenyi
I also plan on heading to Canoe landing, so the intrepid family can hop inside this canoe and look out on the water.
More examples of beautiful public art, via this link Ontario science centre
Whilst one soft play hell is not too unlike another (regardless of a change in continent) in my experience. And you probably aren’t planning to sit of a plane for half a day to spend your trip n a windowless room surrounded by kamikaze kids and stale sandwiches (true story-we once found one in the ball pit in Melbourne!). Weather is unpredictable, as is jet lag, as are toddlers. So having the draw card of knowing where your nearest play centre is never hurts, this article may be helpful
playtown looks fantastic, a spot we will definitely be checking out, as much for us as the bebe
I think intrepid bebe is probably still a little young for most theme parks, but here are a couple incase you’re catering for older children. Both canadas wonderland theme park
and high park adventure playground look like they deliver the goods.
Having openly shared my trepidation of small people and galleries, I take it all back when it comes to art gallery of ontario family stuff . They have a great program of events from weekly family sundays, to mindfulness movement classes.
Is it legitimate to judge a cafes coffee by how instagram worthy their interior decor? If so I will be mostly be found posing via the following locations- wall-a-gram
Seeing a baseball game has been long standing on my bucket list. Combined with the amazing aligning of stars that intrepid papas true love the Boston Red Sox happen to be in town when we are… well we will be making a trip to the Rodgers Centre for sure.
Whilst we may no be signing up for the Edge walk (although no doubt the two year old dare devil would love it), we are keen to check out the CN Tower, high points like this are such a great way to get your bearings quickly in a City. Intrepid Papa took me to the Eureka Sky deck, Melbourne on one of my first trips there.
Fika cafe has a beautiful menu, and possibly more gorgeous interiors, so we will definitely be taking a trip to check it out
And being a taco fiend, intrepid papa is already excited for the menu at el catrin mexican
There was a time when intrepid bebe would eat pretty much anything put in front of her, from sardines, to green curry, to raw broccoli. These days? a lot more hit and miss, parents a lot less smug. So being realistic, knowing where to get the best place of chips might come in handy best fries in toronoto so we can dutifully dip them in a glass of water (does anyone else do this?) to speed cool them, and then try not to drink said oily starch vomit water.
village juicery looks like a good stop off when we require a recharge, but Toronto seems to have no shortage of juice bars so I will let you know where we end up.
nutbar looks equally tempting
Allan Gardens is 16,000 sq feet of botanical loveliness here
Toronto Aquarium has come highly recommended, as has the Zoo. I’m apprehensive to promote visiting animal attractions unless I feel comfortable with the conditions of the animals, so if we do go to the Zoo, I will blog about it.
One lessons I have found really useful for traveling since becoming parents, is try not to be too ambitious, keep plans flexible, and to keep an open mind, sometimes derailed plans end up making the best memories.
Hopefully this give you a taste of what the city has to offer, and I will be sure to report back on how we get on!