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10 fun things Toronto kids did in the 1990s

Toronto kids had more fun in the 1990s than they do today. While the free-for-all of the '80s had gone by the wayside, I still recall a prevailing openness to things that would these days be considered dangerous. There was less supervision and regulation, which allowed for the possibility to explore the city just for the sake of it.

Here are 10 fun things Toronto kids did in the 1990s.

1. You rode the Monorail at the Toronto Zoo, even though it was widely considered dangerous after two trains collided in 1991.

2. Your first Imax experience came at Ontario Place's Cinesphere, which was just about the coolest building in the city.

3. Along with watching it on TV, at one point or another you actually recorded yourself acting like an idiot at Speaker's Corner.

4. Despite the small screens and crappy sound, you loved hitting up toonie flicks at the Eaton Centre Cineplex.

5. You made fun of kids from the 905, an area code that was brand new back then and seemed the perfect way to ostracize suburbanite posers.

6. You legitimately marvelled at the SkyDome and its moving roof. The fact that it also served McDonald's was also mind-blowing.

7. You missed the Mad Hatter, but birthday parties at the Organ Grinder were still pretty great.

8. You actually watched music videos on MuchMusic - and a lot of them. Shows like Rap City and the Wedge became must-watch TV and broadened your musical horizons.

9. Even if it was meant to be educational, you listened to the Sunday Night Sex Show with Sue Johanson because you found such straight talk hilarious (and at times arousing).

10. You derived endless pleasure from making fun of the kid in the acne PSA, even though you had plenty of zits yourself.

What did I miss? Share your memories in the comments.

Photo by Stephen Gardiner in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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