Whether visiting an amusement park or exploring a museum, local establishments provide a fun way to have an educational experience or to get outside for some fun.
With dozens of attractions available around Halton Region and Toronto there’s plenty to do to keep busy throughout the year.
By planning ahead some of these attractions can be a budget friendly alternative to the more expensive admission fees (close to $50) the most popular attractions can charge.
Where to Go
What to Pack
It’s important to come prepared when spending the day at a museum or amusement park. Apply sunscreen before leaving the house, while also packing it to apply later on in the day.
Snacks should also be packed, which will save money instead of purchasing food items on the go, which can make for healthier options. Pack snacks that do not need to be refrigerated, which include granola bars, apples, bananas, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, along with juice boxes. Bring a water bottle that can be refilled at drinking fountains to avoid weighing down a backpack or purse.
Score Deals and Discounts
Create your schedule around the discounts offered at local attractions to save money. Museums often have free entry on specific days of the week, particularly Tuesdays. The Bata Shoe Museum is always free to members, and has a “pay what you can” admission cost every Thursday from five to eight p.m. Purchase an entertainment guide each year, which includes coupons with half-off deals, as the books only cost $20 and can save hundreds throughout the year.
For a local water park like Splash Island, there are deals often available through different soda companies, requiring guests to bring a soda can to get free admission or buy one get one free deals. Several attractions also host days specifically for those in law enforcement, providing free admission for individuals and their families.
Take Advantage of Free Attractions
There are plenty of weekly attractions that do not require an entrance fee, making them even more fun to browse and explore. Kensington Market is full of quaint little shops and fun eateries for a bustling corner of Toronto. The community celebrates the arts and even has their own newsletter for upcoming events.
The Distillery Historic District is similar, located downtown with beautiful architecture and local businesses.
Downsview Park hosts several events throughout the year at no cost, including educational events and fundraisers for a fun outdoor experience.