If you’re looking for a fun and easy day trip from Toronto, Ripley’s Believe It or Not should be at the top of your list. It’s entertaining, educational, and a perfect place for kids to blow off steam. They can touch pretty much everything, climb on things and even learn some stuff. For families with children who have special needs, the attraction is well-equipped to provide a great time. From wheelchair accessibility to extremely considerate staff, they’ve made sure that everyone can enjoy the adventure. My son, who has autism and is extremely sensory, had an absolute blast exploring the various exhibits and interactive displays. It took us a while before we even got past the pinwall in the front entrance!
As for the attractions themselves, they strike a perfect balance between entertainment and education. The exhibits are quirky and filled with fascinating fun facts. You’ll come across everything from optical illusions to bizarre artifacts from around the world. The collection of oddities from history was a reminder of how truly weird and resilient humans have always been!
There is even some fashion- dresses made of newsprint, and toilet paper.
This exhibit took me completely off guard and I screamed when I turned the corner and saw a little girl’s head inside this bubble. You couldn’t pay me to climb in there. But the kids of course were absolutely loving it.
This spinning bridge was also a hit.
All Ripley’s attractions accept the Access 2 pass. The Access 2 Program is a partnership between Easter Seals and over 500 venues in Canada. It’s for people with permanent disabilities who need a support person. With a valid Access 2 Card, the cardholder gets regular admission, and their support person gets in for free at participating venues. The goal is to offer access to entertainment and recreation without extra cost. In order to successfully apply for an Access 2 Card, you must have a permanent disability that necessitates the assistance of a support person.