Popular Toronto Attractions

Happy Place | Harbourfront Centre

Happy Place has arrived and it's just what we needed on a grey and drizzly November morning. This bright and beautiful art exhibit is my favourite type... you can touch everything as much as you like. The massive installations from seven-foot stilettos to the world's largest indoor confetti dome is room after room of colour and joy. Everyone is smiling and taking fun pics and it's really just what creator Jared Paul envisioned... a place to walk in where you are surrounded by all things happy.

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Toronto is the third stop for Happy Place after Los Angeles and Chicago and runs until January 1st 2019 at the Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto. Check out @wearehappyplace on Twitter and Instagram for updates and promo codes. Kids four and under are free of charge. Rosie :)

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Manolo Blahnik Exhibit: The Art of Shoes | Bata Shoe Museum

One of my fave Carrie moments on Sex and the City is her delight when she finds what she thought was an "urban shoe legend" -the Manolo Mary Janes- in the fashion cupboard at Vogue. Carrie's love of Manolos and the spectacular styling on that show made me fall in love with the artistry that is a Manolo Blahnik shoe. The Art of Shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum is a shoe-lover's dream; an ethereal exhibit of Manolos that will have you wanting to commit museum theft. Here are some shots of my faves:

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Nearly cracked the glass here... guess that's why they only display one...

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Inspired by nature:

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Manolo Blahnik designed the shoes for Sophia Coppola's movie Marie Antoinette:

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Timeless sandals...

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The Art of Shoes runs until January 6th, 2019 at the Bata Shoe Museum in downtown Toronto. Rosie :)

The Art of Banksy Exhibition

There is still time to see this terrific exhibit which was even better than I was expecting. The Art of Banksy had it's North American premiere here in Toronto and was extended a couple of times this summer because it was incredibly popular. I loved it. It wraps up September 16th and then off to other cities. It takes about an hour and a half to get through and I would love to see it again. Here are some of my fave pieces.

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You can purchase tickets at www.theartofbanksy.com. Follow the Twitter feed @banksyexhibit because you can often find a promo code for discounts. Rosie :)

Ripley's Aquarium | Downtown Toronto

Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto is one of those attractions that is truly fun for people of all ages. We've been several times now and have seen babies in strollers and teenagers on Saturday night dates. Even The Weeknd and Selena Gomez while they were still together enjoyed a date night at Ripley's. This is because everyone- little ones, grown-ups and globally famous pop stars- loves pretty fishes. I also love how this $130-million facility has livened up what was for years a real dead zone in the downtown core. We recently became members because with the winter we have been having, it's a great place to take my little guy so he can burn off all that little-boy-energy. He just tears through the place and the interactive kid's area where they can actually touch the fish is amazing. This is really an attraction where the pictures speak louder than words, so, enjoy! Rosie :)

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Sesame Street Presents: The Body at the Ontario Science Centre

This interactive exhibition all about the human body is so much fun for little ones. The whole Science Centre is great, but this exhibit particularly is geared to toddlers. From noses to toes to what happens after you eat food (yup, the whole process) everything is hands-on and there is lots of space to let them run loose.

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I've always wanted sit on the Sesame Street steps at the Sesame Street front door!

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Sesame Street Presents: The Body runs until May 5th, 2014. It is included with your general admission to the Ontario Science Centre. Rosie :)

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