Toronto has a well-established reputation for being interesting, cultural, vibrant and downright beautiful. It’s no surprise that people move here, fall in love with the area, and want to stay near the city even when starting families.
That’s part of the reason neighborhoods like Leslieville are flourishing today. Not only is Leslieville family-friendly, it’s location makes it a perfect place for families to both visit and establish roots.
Many home buyers ask us about activities in the city and which neighborhoods are best for their families. Here are just a few of the activities that families in Leslieville love.
Many families in Leslieville enjoy outdoor recreation and there are four great parks around this neighborhood.
Jimmie Simpson is perhaps the most well known as the area’s go-to for sports. There are opportunities for hockey, baseball, tennis, soccer and basketball thanks to the generous amenities.
Greenwood park also has a swimming pool, outdoor skating track, sports fields, dog park and the city’s only covered outdoor rink.
Hideaway Park and Matty Eckler are smaller parks with splash pads, playgrounds and enough green space for kids and dogs to run free.
Another local favorite is the Martin Goodman Bike Trail, which many families use to access The Beach on the weekends.
Once it gets cold, families often head over to the Jimmie Simpson Community Centre on Queen Street, where families enjoy a wide variety of indoor activities such as swimming or access to the indoor gym. Other inside play opportunities are at Sprouts, an indoor play space known for its kids programs and Rock Oasis, the family friendly climbing gym.
Whether it’s brunch, lunch, dinner or just a mid-day treat you are looking for, Leslieville caters to families. Businesses like the The Sidekick Comic Bookstore and Cafe provide both tasty treats and entertainment options for kids. There are a number of cafes, pizzarias, coffee shops and ice cream parlors all ready to serve up delicious food and drinks in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Locals in Leslieville love to support small businesses, and there are plenty of shopping opportunities in various boutiques and hip stores catering to modern moms and dads. The Farmer’s Market at Jonathan Ashbridges Park runs each Sunday from May to October and is a standard outing for families during those months.
Festivals, Art and Culture
Leslieville has a number of murals along Jones Avenue and Boston Avenue at Queens Street so family photo shoots are frequent events. There is even more street art along Dundas East and along Dinosaur Alley on Sears Street.
The Blue Crow Gallery is a gorgeous space for viewing art, but also hosts art classes for both kids and adults to enjoy. Other galleries include Parts Gallery, Project Gallery and Gerrard Art Space.
Streetcar Crows Nest and The Opera House have live music, variety acts and performances that have kid-friendly events as well as much-needed date night options for parents.
There’s also the annual events like the Leslieville Food and Drink Festival, Leslieville Beer Festival and Feast In The East where the neighborhood comes together and feels like one big community celebrating together.
Toronto is truly an amazing place to raise a family and with neighborhoods like Leslieville catering to them, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do.
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