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How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?

Major department stores and large retail chains offer facilities for parents to change and feed their infants. Washroom facilities include a table for changing and, on occasion, chairs for feeding. Feeding rooms are designated places that offer a more intimate place for parents to feed and change their infants. Some feeding rooms offer soft music, rocking chairs, informative brochures and even a lactation consultant!

Shopping malls and some stores provide free strollers for you to use while shopping. This is a great service to take advantage of, especially if your toddler gets tired of toddling or if you simply forgot to bring the stroller.

The City of Toronto takes pride in offering superb parks and recreational services. Maintenance of the parks is funded by the City of Toronto and paid through local taxpayers. Toronto has also recently passed a by-law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, which is great news for everyone’s health - especially those still developing their precious lungs.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?

  • Toronto's phone book

  • Word of mouth - recommendations from friends and co-workers

  • Classified advertisements in local newspapers

  • Government publications of child care providers in your ward/community

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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.

There aren't any issues that are out of the ordinary. Basically, you can't go wrong with exercising caution around traffic and just being aware of what children are up to.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?

  • African Lion Safari - a wildlife park that houses over 1,000 exotic birds and animals.

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village - provides visitors with a living look at pre-Confederation rural Ontario, featuring period costumes, animals, gardens and more than 35 restored buildings.

  • Casa Loma - a medieval-style castle built between 1911 and 1914 by Sir Henry Hill Pellatt.

  • Centreville - located on Toronto’s Centre Island, this is a small family amusement park that is accessed by ferry.

  • Hockey Hall of Fame/ Sports Hall of Fame - showcases memorabilia of hockey stars and great moments in Canadian sport.

  • Ontario Place - offers a range of entertainment including a waterslide, rides, play area, films and live entertainment. Cinesphere features specially-produced films on a six-story screen.

  • Ontario Science Centre - features interactive exhibits, films and fascinating demonstrations.

  • Paramount Canada’s Wonderland - a popular amusement park with roller coasters, rides, games, theaters and a water park.

  • Toronto Zoo - a park with over 4,000 animals in their natural environments.

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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?

Kids in Toronto do basically the same things kids in other countries do, including:

  • Watching their favorite shows on the television

  • Playing sports in the neighborhood or on a local community team

  • Joining a varsity or after-school team (football, soccer, chess, o cheerleading, etc.)

  • Playing games on the computer and through games connected to the television

  • Visiting amusement parks (i.e. Paramount Canada’s Wonderland)

  • Visiting sports and game complexes (i.e. Sega City)

  • Talking on the telephone with friends

  • Taking music lessons

  • Going to the movies/ theatres

  • Babysitting younger siblings

  • Doing homework or household chores

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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?

Ontario’s legal drinking age is 19. Young adults must show proof of age at places that serve alcohol. There are however, some night bars/ clubs and raves that allow teenagers under the legal drinking age on designated nights called 'all ages.' These events give teenagers a non-alcoholic place to hang out, listen to music and dance. Cigarettes are not sold to minors under 19 years of age and gambling is prohibited for those under the age of 18.

The government has drug, alcohol, gambling, smoking and gang awareness programs available for teenagers - as well as informational brochures available for parents.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?

Schools in Toronto provide programs outside the normal school hours. Called extracurricular activities, these include cheerleading, chess club, band club, yearbook committee, debate club, athletic council, student council, drama club, fundraising committee and numerous sporting clubs. These activities are funded by taxpayers' dollars, and as such, most require no additional costs. However, some school clubs require parents to pay the cost of the uniforms.

In addition, the Toronto Youth Cabinet serves the population of Toronto by empowering youth to make a difference in the lives of others.

Ability OnLine is a computer network designed to enhance the lives of children and youth with disabilities or illness by providing an online community of friendship and support. The Study Plus Sport Summer program consists of a combination of general English instruction with an action-packed sport activities program. This program offers three hours of English language classes in morning, followed by a choice of tennis, golf, football or horseback riding. Students have the opportunity to mix with other students from many different nationalities in a truly 'Canadian' setting.
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I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?

Toronto’s tapestry of life is filled with so many cultures, food, entertainment, people, languages and events. There is always something happening in Toronto. If you immerse your children in some of the organizations, extra-curricular activities, festivals and events available to them, they will surely learn about Toronto's local culture(s)!
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