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  • Janeen Christoff | June 22, 2016 6:30 PM ET

    Tourism Toronto Lets Kids Plan Trips

    Tourism Toronto Lets Kids Plan Trips

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    Tourism Toronto has launched an innovative, unique online program aimed at kids, with the goal of helping families plan an upcoming trip to the city through an engaging, entertaining and interactive new website.

    Toronto is attempting to capture youngsters’ imaginations with must-see lists, scavenger hunt-style games and activities to take on the road. The new site,, will give kids a chance to learn about the city in a fun and exciting way and gives parents the tools to plan the ideal getaway. Colorful map navigation and quick, up-beat videos allow kids to explore more than 20 Toronto landmarks and attractions to shape their family trip – giving them insight into the city before they arrive.

    “Planning a trip can be such a powerful part of the learning process that many parents want to provide their kids through travel. Yo-Toronto is a kids-first site meant to give kids the opportunity to participate in the trip planning experience,” said Johanne Bélanger, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Toronto is truly Canada’s downtown, offering families the biggest and best attractions and a global diversity of food, festivals and culture. It’s an ideal combination of fun and learning and that should include the part of the trip that happens before the family even gets in to the car or boards the plane.”

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    Kids can explore a laundry list of attractions in the city through the website and through downloadable activities such as coloring a historic castle to testing wildlife knowledge, discovering a rollercoaster maze and telling jokes. They can get to know kid-friendly attractions such as Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Ontario Science Centre, Railway Museum, Toronto Islands, Fort York, Treetop Trekking, Fantasy Fair at Woodbine, Canada’s Wonderland, Legoland, Playdium and more.

    And they can also brush up on some fun facts about Toronto – did you know that the CN Tower has incredible 1,776 steps and six glass fronted elevators or that there is a secret underground tunnel that connects Casa Loma to its horse stables? Did you know that the Toronto Zoo is one of the world’s largest or that Canada’s Wonderland amusement park is home to the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada, the Leviathan? Kids can learn all of this and more on the new site.

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    The website is an important feature for tourism in Toronto. Family travel is a growing market for the city. It welcomed 14.3 million overnight visitors in 2015 and there was an increase in families in every season. Many of Toronto’s newest attractions are family-focused, including Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the addition of Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo. There are also special events throughout the year like TIFF Kids Film Festival, BuskerFest, the Canadian National Exhibition, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Toronto Christmas Market.

    Toronto also makes it easy for parents to expose their children to a variety of arts and culture attractions with special programming for kids at many of the cities institutions such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Harbourfront Centre and major theatrical productions.

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Janeen Christoff Are We There Yet: Tips For Family Trips

Janeen Christoff Janeen Christoff caught the travel bug while living in London, England. After two years on the road, she settled in Los Angeles and focused her writing on what she loved best — exploring the world. Today, she’s a well-traveled mother of two, an adventurer and a world wanderer who writes about destinations around the world for Want to know where she is headed next? Check out her blog at
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