Kid-Friendly Kingston

By Lexy Correa

It’s no surprise Kingston is a kid-friendly city; tons of museums to explore, waterfront trails to roam, delicious eats, and shops that spark the imagination. We’ve pulled together the perfect family itinerary for your trip to our Limestone City.

5 Stores to Visit

The Rocking Horse

193 Princess Street

Known for their selection of classic and retro toys, board games, wooden toys, and stuffed animals, The Rocking Horse is a kids dream come true. If you’re ever looking for that must-get toy, this shop should be the first place to look.

Minotaur Games and Gifts

78 Princess Street

If you’re new to Minotaur, get ready to be impressed with a large selection ranging from games, quirky toys and gadgets, crafting supplies, finger puppets, and everything in between. Kids will love the bright atmosphere and fun shelves to explore.

Hip Kids

233 Princess Street

For the parents that have newborns and littles, this store is for you! Hip Kids provides everything from quality strollers, clothing, bath products and nursery items. Perfect for parents and families getting ready for a new baby.

Waterfront Gifts & Apparel

248 Ontario Street

Located steps away from City Hall and market square, Waterfront Gifts & Apparel is the place to pick up souvenirs and memorabilia to remember your trip to Kingston. Every surface in the store features something unique and locally-minded, with almost every product sourced from a Canadian merchant or artisan.

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General Brock’s Commissary

86 Brock Street

General Brock’s Commissary is the local, wholesome store you can always count on. Steeped in tradition (it’s named after General Sir Isaac Brock and is located just seconds from the original commissary of Upper Canada from the war of 1812), they are known for their amazing curated selection of specialty foods. Kids will love the choices of flavoured hot chocolates, ciders and fudge!

Eats + Lunch

Harper’s Burger Bar

93 Princess Street

The next time the kids are craving something delicious, take them to this awesome local burger joint. Featuring fresh, handcrafted Enright Cattle Co. beef and kids’ movies routinely playing on their TVs, Harper’s is a must-try for any young burger lover while in Kingston.

Score Pizza

91 Princess Street

Score Pizza is a great spot for picky eaters – think build your own sandwich, but pizzas! You’ll love the healthy, fresh ingredients and kids will love watching their creations cook in a stone-fired oven.

Mio Gelato

178 Ontario Street

Kids and gelato – the perfect match! If you’re both craving a sweet treat after dinner, stop by Mio Gelato. Some kid favourite flavours include Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Worms n’ Dirt, and Cheesecake (sampling is encouraged!)

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3 Family-Fun Activities

Escape Rooms

Did you know Kingston has two escape room locations? Test your patience and problem solving skills with fun-themed rooms! The only way out is to work with one’s team to find clues and solve puzzles before the buzzer goes off after 60 minutes. Check out Improbable Escapes or Sherlock’s Escapes for family-friendly rooms.

The Boiler Room Climbing Gym

4 Cataraqui Street

For the family with kids that can’t settle down – this activity is perfect for you. Get that energy out with rock climbing at the Boiler Room. What was once the boiler room for a 19th-century woolen mill is now a state-of-the-art climbing gym with Canada’s highest indoor ascent – a 100-foot chimney climb! If the 100-foot climb is a bit too much, there are over 80 climbs to choose from and a fun cave-like bouldering structure.

Explore the Waterfront

With Kingston being situated on Lake Ontario, there are tons of waterfront trails and scenic views to explore with kids. Start at Confederation Basin and take a photo with our #IinKingston sign. Kids will love the Spirit of Sir John A. train and views of the harbor. Another great waterfront park to wander is Breakwater Park – in the summer, you’ll find swimmers at the pier and kids enjoying the shallow beach.

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