Four Must-Do Activities In and Around Liberty VillageFun | Written on July 21, 2015
In our blogs, we often outline the myriad reasons that Liberty Village is the neighborhood to live in. Today, we give you another. Actually, make that four others: The Children’s Discover Centre, Medieval Times, The Fort York Visitors Centre and the BMO Field. We profile these particular venues to show the diversity of interests and age groups that Liberty Village caters to as well as the range of options available to have a fun time in our area.
The Children’s Discovery Centre
The Children’s Discovery Centre is the newest of the four venues profiled in this blog — it opened in May, 2015— and it really is a whole lot of kiddie amazement and awesomeness. It is Toronto’s first children’s museum and is open to kids aged 6 and under. If you’re looking to spend a fun day with your kids, niece/nephew or even a fun school outing, it really doesn’t get cooler than this. There are several “discovery zones” where children can explore, play and create. Some of these zones include:
The Art Hive: A large playground where kids can learn the magic of creativity
Imagination Station: An interactive construction system set on the moon’s surface/
Campground: A campsite that features activities ranging from canoeing to pitching a tent
Storyland: A reading room where kids can learn about letters, hear stories and read books
Boom Room: A space that allows kids to make music using a range of instruments and tools
And those are just a few of the incredible spaces that the Children’s Discovery Centre offers! The Centre also welcomes bookings for birthday parties and other events and is open every day from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Children’s Discovery Centre is located at 45 Strachan Avenue (a location that’s really easy to get to from anywhere in Liberty Village) so visit their website and book your visit to go ASAP!
From kids and present day to a place that caters to both kids and adults and is based in a time long, long ago. The next site on our list is Medieval Times and it is, exactly as the name suggests, all about the medieval era. Oh yes, this show will take you back to a time when chivalry involved more than opening a car door for your partner and jostling was an everyday word. The show features a tournament, dinner, an amazing display of horsemanship and oh so much more. You really will feel like you stepped back in time. Dinner involves a four-course meal that’s medieval-themed while the show includes knights, falconry and lots of jaw-dropping action. You’ll want to reserve a whole day to enjoy Medieval Times.
There are several package offerings, with lower rates for kids 12 and under. Medieval Times also offers lots of options to keep all the memories from this amazing show, including DVD recordings and photos. That makes it a really great place to celebrate a special event like a birthday or a fun activity to do with a bunch of friends.
To reserve your “castle,” learn more about packages, get directions to Medieval Times (at 10 Dufferin Street) or to learn more about the Medieval Times show, visit their website. We assure you though, this is one event in our area that’s unlike any other and that you won’t soon forget.
The Fort York Visitors Centre
Next we head over to the Fort York Visitors Centre. This venue also offers something for kids and adults alike. There is a lot to learn and explore at this Fort York Visitors Centre, including museum exhibitions, kids programs and talks. Located on the south side of Garrison Common at 250 Fort York Boulevard, this historic site is an architectural marvel that acquaints visitors with its incredible history from the moment they step on the grounds. The inaugural exhibits include a 2900 square foot Exhibit Gallery, a 480 square foot vault for iconic and light-sensitive displays, an Orientation Theatre and an “Immersive Experience” Exhibit. Each exhibit is different and runs for a select length of time. For a list of current exhibits, for more information, bookings or for a glimpse of this amazing space, visit their website.
The last item on our list is family-friendly and promises a fun time for all attending. We’re talking of course about supporting Toronto’s major league soccer team at the BMO field where they play home games.
The stadium was erected in 2007 and has been home to Toronto FC games since. It features a natural grass pitch, lots of seating and a host of amenities that make watching a live game there as comfortable as watching from your living room (but with ten times the excitement). What’s more, when you live in Liberty Village, getting to the stadium’s location in Old Toronto is a breeze.
We’d be remiss to mention that international rugby games are also held at the BMO Field and, starting in 2016, it will also accommodate the Toronto Argonauts. Oh yes, the proximity of this stadium to Liberty Village makes living in our neighborhood a sports fan’s dream! View the full schedule of Toronto FC games here or head over to the website for general information and updates.