For those travelling with their families (especially with small children), consider going to one of Toronto’s many board game cafes.
Snakes & Lattes is located at 600 Bloor St. West in the heart of the Annex neighbourhood. This spot has over 1,000 board games to choose from, and has a very helpful staff to help explain rules and goals of some of the more complex games. They also have a great tea and coffee menu.
Alternatively, if you’d like to enjoy some beer or wine while playing, Snakes & Lagers is located 488 College Street (just on the edge of Little Italy neighbourhood). This place is owned and operated by the same folks who run Snakes & Lattes (mentioned above), but includes a beer, wine, and spirits menu, and also has a back patio for playing board games outside (weather permitting).
Castle Board Game Cafe is located at 454 Spadina Ave. in Chinatown neighbourhood. This spot is a bit smaller than the other two, but it’s also closer to Ryerson’s campus for those not wanting to travel too far from the conference area.