Spot the CN Tower has become one of our favourite go-to distractions (turned competition) between our kids when we’re out and about in the city. Given their fascination with this iconic landmark, we decided to stop staring and take them to the top of one of the world’s tallest towers.

We planned it around the opening of the new KidZone, a 1,500 sq-ft indoor play space for the eight-and-unders located on the main level. Perfect timing. We arrived at opening, took the 58-second elevator journey to play some new “spot the ___” at the LookOut level and bravely stepped on the Glass Floor. And just as the crowds thickened, we headed back down for some mom down time while the kids burned off extra energy in the new play space.


Getting there: Lots of parking options if you’re willing to pay $20. By TTC, check out these directions. Stroller-friendly.

Low down: Admission. Save 10 % if you buy online. Other discount tips. Family Pass ($99) is for two adults and two kids. Three-and-under are free. It’s a tourist hotspot, so be prepared for people and line ups. General admission takes you to the LookOut at 1,136 ft with access to the Glass Floor where you can see 1,122 ft down to the ground. Another elevator to the SkyPod climbs another 33 storeys to 1,465 ft for a 350 degree view (access is an extra $12 for all ages.) Make sure to get the free kids brochure with fun facts and activities for your visit. Extra info with this CN Tower App.

Little ones in TOw: View aside, the experience could be a bit overwhelming for some smaller kids.who end up below waist-level of adults who looking out not down. Plus, you may find yourself having to up kids to see out the windows. Older children may appreciate the SkyPod, but my five-and-unders really didn’t notice the difference and were quite ready to head back down after the Glass Floor experience.

Kid Zone: The new hands-on play space is situated next to the eating area (in the former arcade area), so after the line-ups and elevators, it was so nice to stop for a snack and have a kids-only place to keep them busy.

Food: Three restaurants. Yes to kid-options. Children’s menu available in the rotating 360 Restaurant.

Ride the Rocket: Our kids love videos and streetcars, so it wasn’t a hard sell to get them to this 14-minute film. It’s included with general admission and with continual screenings, we ended up having the theatre to ourselves.

In the hood: Next door to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. On our to-do list Railway Museum across the street.

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