What do magical kingdoms, celebrity kicks, and giant octupuses have in common? Kids can find out in a new Toronto family travel site made just for kids.
Yo-Toronto.com, a fun interactive website from Tourism Toronto, gets the whole family involved in dreaming up a great vacation. “Planning a trip can be such a powerful part of the learning process that many parents want to provide their kids through travel. Yo-Toronto is a kids-first site meant to give kids the opportunity to participate in the trip planning experience,” said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Toronto is truly Canada’s downtown, offering families the biggest and best attractions and a global diversity of food, festivals and culture. It’s an ideal combination of fun and learning and that should include the part of the trip that happens before the family even gets in to the car or boards the plane.”
The colorful site is filled with games, activities, videos, and fun facts. Kids learn that CN Tower has an incredible 1,776 steps and six glass fronted elevators in case that climb is a bit much; there’s a secret underground tunnel that connects Casa Loma to its horse stables; the Toronto Zoo is one of the world’s largest with more than 5,000 animals representing over 500 species; and the ROM only recently found out the name of its Egyptian mummy, known as Nefret-Mut, meaning “beautiful one of the goddess Mut.”
Quick, up-beat videos let kids to explore over 20 Toronto landmarks and attractions making it easy to select itinerary stops. And while kids are entertained with downloadable activities, the grownups can take care of the nuts and bolts planning on an expanded SeeTorontoNow.com covering hotels, neighborhoods, events and practical tips like transportation options.
It’s a win-win when kids get to be a part of designing a perfect family vacation.
Sandra Foyt | Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @SandraFoyt.