Discover the incredible network of free drop-ins in for parents/caregivers and kids (from birth to age six) in west-end Toronto. Where To Go Kiddo is essential for Toronto moms on mat leave and just as useful for working parents looking for a Saturday kindergym or evening story at the library.
Drop-ins are free, child-friendly places to play and hang out with your baby or kid(s). They are welcoming, fun, very user friendly and holy smokes: there are a LOT of them in Toronto. Developed by a west-end mom on mat leave, Where To Go Kiddo can tell you exactly what's open in your neighbourhood every day of the week (there's more than you think!), which drop-ins are closest to you and what to expect when you get there.
The website was an instant hit, and the app is bigger, faster and smarter. It will open up your world, with:
* Daily calendars for more than 50 OEYC (Ontario Early Years Centres), TDSB/TCDSB, Toronto Public Library, Mothercraft and more drop-ins from Bathurst to St. Clair to the Humber River
* Detailed search results including interactive maps and program descriptions
* Star ratings for every drop-in to help you choose your best option
* Smart searches to narrow down your results (e.g. "Babies only," "Indoor park/gym" and summertime "Outdoor drop-ins")
* Neighbourhood searches to show you what's happening nearby (e.g. Junction, Hillcrest/Wychwood, Parkdale, etc.)
* Accurate results - all calendars are updated monthly to alert users of new events, closures/cancellations and timing changes
All drop-ins listed in the app are free to visit and no pre-registration is required. Show up and leave anytime during drop-in hours.
Where To Go Kiddo is not affiliated with the drop-ins listed. It's one mom's labour of love - created to help other moms and families get out and take advantage of all that our amazing neighbourhood has to offer. :)
- Removed some of the unnecessary permission requests.
Ratings and Reviews
Wish I hadn't Spent the Money
This app is nothing more than an amalgamation of things you can easily Google. It isn't updated with one off events in the neighborhood or special additions to library schedules (like the stories in the park series). The app has never been helpful to me in finding things to do.
Yes, the app is here to make it easier to find open drop-ins without Googling and reading through every calendar individually - but it sounds like that wasn’t what you were looking for. If you’re not interested in drop-ins, the Little Paper is a good place to find one-off events like festivals etc, perhaps give that a try.
Amazing app, a bit slow
I love this app! It tells you where all of the free drop-ins are in the West End. I can search my preferred locations, which is really convenient. Yes it is a little slow loading pages, but still well worth the small fee.
Thank you :) I’ve made some improvements re the loading speed - it should be working even better for you now!
Content vs Medium
I love the content - great descriptions and compilation of details. But the app itself is slow to navigate, glitchy, and doesn't have some key features (ie share event, add to calendar). Updates would be helpful!
Hi! A few reviews have mentioned the loading speed. Since then, I’ve switched hosts and the app is much faster! It can still take a second to load searches sometimes, but it is much improved. It’s a work in progress!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.