Fun for cheap

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.

• Toronto Zoo

  • Location: 361A Old Finch Ave.
  • Phone: 416-392-5929
  • Price: $23 (general admission)

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

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

Public relations supervisor Katie Gray says the Toronto Zoo is encouraging kids to get creative.

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 Ave. E.
  • 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.

• Scarborough Historical Museum

  • Location: 1007 Brimley Rd.
  • 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.