Things to do in Scarborough for $25 or less

Scarborough is home to some beautiful parks, nice restaurants and numerous places to visit. With less than $25 in your hand, check out these three fun places to go to in the area.


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Toronto Zoo
Location: 361A Old Finch Avenue
Phone: 416-392-5929
Price: $23 (general admission)

A polar bear cub at the Toronto Zoo will soon have an identity.

The cub, born last October, has been without a name since its birth. Katie Gray, supervisor of public relations at the Toronto Zoo, says there is a naming contest for the polar bear cub running in March.

“People can come out, see our cub, be inspired and they can go on our website and enter a name suggestion,” she said.

The Toronto Zoo has been a staple in Scarborough for over 35 years. Open year round, the zoo is home to over 5,000 animals in seven zoogeographic regions.

Visitors are open to using the over 10 km of walking trails or the Zoomobile to navigate their way around the zoo.

Gray says the Toronto Zoo is encouraging kids to get creative.

“During March Break we’ll have an art station set up where kids can come and design their favourite animals,” she said. “Then the parents have an option to purchase gift cards that will be made from their child’s design.”

The zoo is open every day except for Christmas.

“We are quick to encourage people to come in the off-season because the on-site presence doesn’t tend to be as busy,” Gray said.

Laser Quest
Location: 1980 Eglinton Avenue East
Phone: 416-285-1333
Price: $9 (per person per game)

For the past 16 years, Laser Quest Toronto East, on Eglinton Avenue, has provided residents of Scarborough with laser tag fun.

General manager Paul Whittaker says anyone can play.

“The game is played in an 8,000 square foot multi-level fun-filled maze for (people) age five and up, and for families and friends,” he said.

On March 17, the Eglinton Avenue East Laser Quest will host its March Mystery Overnighter, which runs from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“The object is to find out who the mysterious tagger, so it’s kind of like a murder mystery, but we don’t say the words murder mystery. You find out who the mysterious tagger is,” Whittaker said. “We have clues that you’ll get and go through during the timeframe while you’re playing different kinds of games of Laser Quest.”

Whittaker says Laser Quest will have extended hours during March Break and recommends booking ahead, as it is their busiest time of year.

Scarborough Historical Museum
Location: 1007 Brimley Road
Phone: 416-338-8807
Price: Admission by donation

This year, the Scarborough Historical Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Elaine Savva, museum coordinator, says the Scarborough Historical Museum celebrations are going on all year long.

“On weekends we are presenting something called Cake of the Month. Every month we pick a different cake recipe from different decades from the 1800s up to the present,” Savva said. “People are able to come in and sample the cake of the month and guess what decade it came from and when it first appeared in recipe print.”

The Scarborough Historical Museum is located within Thomson Park and explores Scarborough’s immigration roots.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Destination Scarborough will be held on June 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“It’s an event celebrating a lot of things. It’s Canadian Multiculturalism Day, so we’re celebrating that,” Savva said. “We will have a variety of different types of suitcases showcased around the Museum and each suitcase will showcase an individual who immigrated to Canada and what they brought with them that was really important.”