It’s hockey season, but not everyone in my house is into it.

I grew up at the hockey rink. And even though I didn’t play (girls didn’t have the choice back then in my small town), hockey was at the heart of my childhood. My guys, however, could care less.

I took them to the Hockey Hall of Fame anyway – and learned that you don’t need to be a die-hard hockey fan to have fun there. If your kids love to run, play, swing sticks and watch videos – then this place is for you.

Here’s why:

Dress up: This real-life to-scale replica of the Montreal Canadiens Dressing Room celebrates the greatest Habs but also shows the evolution of the equipment and protective gear. Some of it the kids’ can touch and try on.


Play time: Swinging sticks and shooting pucks seem to come naturally for most kids. You and your little ones can square up against life-sized versions of the greatest goalies and shooters in two interactive virtual games: Shoot Out and Pepsi Shut Out. (Like in the top photo.)

Watch a video: The TSN Theatre presents the 3D film Stanley’s Game Seven. You’re in and out in 30 minutes.

Trophies: There is something about medals and trophies that gets kids excited. The Hockey Hall of Fame has a room full of of it. The Esso Great Hall of Trophies is home to the Stanley Cup (not the real one as its often on tour), every major NHL trophy as well as portraits and biographical sketches of each Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Member. You can snap your own pics or have the professional capture The Cup moment with your kid in TOw.

There is just tons and tons of stuff: No doubt die-hard hockey fans will love the collections of hockey memorabilia and all the stats and historical facts. Here is where you can share your love for your favourite team and talk about your hockey memories with your kids.

Maples Leafs: The only thing my guys do recognize about hockey is the Maple Leaf. So Leafs fans are in luck – the Centennial Exhibit is on display until March 6, 2017.


Getting there: The Hockey Hall of Fame is on the corner of Yonge and Front Street in Brookfield Place. Closest TTC stop is Union Station or King Station. If you’re driving, here are the directions and parking info.

Low-down: Admission — Adults $18; Seniors $14; Youth (4-13 years) $12; Kids 3 & under free. Buy online and get 10 % off. They also host birthday parties. Here is the floor plan. The Hockey Hall of Fame is open every day of the year except: Induction Day (Mon. 14 Nov. 2016); Christmas Day (Mon. 25 Dec. 2016); New Year’s Day (Mon. 1 Jan. 2017).

Food: We recommend The Works (on Wellington at Front St), Marché (in Brookfield Place – it has a play space with a slide) and The Loaded Perogi (on Church Street south of Front St.)

In the hood: In walking distance St. Lawrence Market and the Ferry Terminal for the Toronto Islands.



Phone: 416.360.7735
Brookfield Place
30 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1X8