25 Fun Things to Do over Winter Break

There's no need to leave town! We’ve rounded up 25 fun Winter Break activities the entire family will enjoy! Fill your vacation schedule with awesome museum outings, live stage shows, magical holiday experiences and winter sports.

1 Go to the Pop-Up Planetarium at the Art Gallery of Ontario
​Families visiting the AGO this holiday season are invited to explore the cosmos in a unique pop-up planetarium. Presented in partnership with the University of Toronto and designed for children of all ages, the planetarium allows discovery of the many awe-inspiring landscapes found within our solar system and throughout the universe. The interactive presentations are led by members of U of T’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and will be accompanied by hands-on art making activities in the Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School. More info

2 Sign the kids up for Winter Camps
Need a camp? The GTA has many fantastic options, including sports & fitness camps, creative art camps, and even rock climbing adventures. We've rounded up some of our favourite camps to cover your winter break childcare needs. Many camps are also offered by the day. More info

3 Spend a day Dagmar Ski Resort
Just minutes east of Toronto, North of Pickering and Ajax, Dagmar Resort is located in the beautiful Oak Ridge’s Moraine. As the number one family resort, Dagmar provides a fun and friendly skiing experience for the whole family. Sign up for Winter Break camps or just go for a day of winter fun on the slopes. More info

4 Check out Holiday Programming at the Ontario Science Centre
During the Holiday Break, visit the Ontario Science Centre for lots of science FUN, special programs, IMAX films and more! Celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with the newest installation Canada 150: Discovery Way. Fly through the eye of a hurricane, create a mini-tornado and dance up a storm at Wild Weather. See Dream Machines, the annual exhibition of artist Rowland Emett's whimsical mechanical inventions and more! More info

5 Get away to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
​Make the most of a family getaway by choosing the Falls Avenue Resort- Niagara’s premier one-stop family destination. The inter-connected 20 acre Resort is home to first rate hotels, exciting attractions and numerous restaurants – all under one roof, and directly across from the Falls! Take advantage of a Holiday Package which includes $300 in attractions, dining and entertainment. More info

6 Go to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the newest and most anticipated attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower. The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) thrilling interactive attraction is an immersive adventure showcases more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. Get tickets online and skip the line! More info

7 Go to Looking Glass Adventures
See what all the hype is about! Participate in the growing trend of immersive and interactive games. Embark on your mission to unravel a story, explore, solve puzzles and experience a real live escape game challenge. Whether it's your first escape game or if you're a seasoned enthusiast, you'll find our game unique and entertaining. Assemble your team and book your adventure now. More info

8 Get an Area51 LaserTag Winter Break Pass
Planet Play allows you to enjoy the ultimate in Laser tag action! Starting December 27 until January 8, Area51 LaserTag – Planet Play will be selling the Epic Pass for 20 bucks + tax! This exclusive special is good for any one day from December 27 – January 8. Included are unlimited LaserTag missions and all day access into Orion’s Playground. Venture through Area 51 LaserTag arena as many times as you want, and play as long as you want on this multi-level indoor playground! This pass even allows you in and out privileges for the whole day! More info

9 Go to Chicopee Tube Park
Chicopee Tube Park is now open!  There's no better place to experience the great outdoors with your family and friends than at Chicopee Tube Park. Tubing is one winter attraction you don’t want to miss! This recreational sport is suitable for all ages and has become a favourite winter activity for families. More info

10 See Ross Petty's Sleeping Beauty
There's still time to catch this hilarious Holiday Panto. SLEEPING BEAUTY celebrates the 21st year of Ross Petty Productions’ fractured fairy tales at the Elgin Theatre. It's Ontario’s favourite family holiday entertainment! Guest starring HILARY FARR from HGTV’s Love it or List It, who makes her Toronto theatrical debut as Petty’s evil successor. More info

11 See a New Family Movie
Take your pick from our list of the new winter family movies coming to a theatre near you. Catch one of the big Hollywood holiday movie releases, such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sing, or Moana. More info

12 Find the Missing List at Mysterious Minds Escape Rooms
Try a fun, family-friendly, interactive activity that is sure to have you talking for weeks to come! Available only until January 31st, 2017, the Missing List, is a Christmas themed Escape room suitable for people of all ages. More info

13 Go to Flight of White at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
This truly unique holiday exhibit transforms the tropical butterfly conservatory into a magical oasis featuring 1000's of additional Rice Paper butterflies flying freely through the Conservatory. With a wingspan of up to 14cm, the Rice Paper Butterfly, a large white relative of the Monarch, is impossible to miss as it floats through the air moving gently from flower to flower. The Flight of White experience also includes lush white poinsettia flowers, 1000's of sparking white lights, and soft strains of classical music playing in the background. More info

14 See What The Elf?!? At The Second City
This December, WHAT THE ELF?!? is a hilarious, musical holiday extravaganza for kids, parents, grandparents, siblings and reindeer of all ages! On stage for matinee performances until January 1, 2017. Bring all your little elves & Elsas down to the Second City Mainstage for a fun & interactive afternoon at our legendary mainstage theatre, where laughing, dancing and singing along is highly encouraged! More info

15 See the Hockey Hall Of Fame Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit
The limited-time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion. The exhibit pays homage to those who have worn the blue and white and highlights some of the most iconic moments in franchise history. Check out the exhibit during the break as it closes in March. More info

16 Celebrate the Holiday Season At Toronto's Historic Sites
Looking for an adventure in the City? From family-friendly activities, to engaging exhibits and tours, to outdoor walks and evening entertainment, you'll find fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites! It's the Festive Season! For family fun events and kids' day camps. More info

17 See E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert at the Sony Centre
Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync with the film projected on a huge HD screen! December 29 & 30. Take advantage for a special family 4-pack. More info

18 Go to the Natrel® Rink At Harbourfront
​Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE!  More info

19 Go to Disney On Ice: Dream Big
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big glides into Rogers Centre until January 1st for 15 performances. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures. More info

20 Go to the Bata Shoe Museum
Wondering what to do with the kids during the winter break? Bring them down to the coolest shoebox in town where kids can enjoy trying on the funkiest footwear around. Be sure to take a picture and tweet it using #BSMfamilyfun for your chance to win a complimentary family pass for your next visit! Kids will also receive an activity bag full of goodies, including a special craft, an I Spy game for our galleries and a colourful tattoo. More info

21 Go on a Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Experience beautiful trails that wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees, sparkling views of the countryside at the Suspension Bridge and breathtaking lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. No experience is required and the pace is moderate. Recommended for ages 8-10 and older. More info

22 Go to a Winter Holidays Princess Tea at Petite And Posh
Meet your favourite princess at Petite and Posh. Includes photo with character, Cupcake Decorating, Princess Treat Scavenger Hunt, Princess Sing A Long and Dance Party, DIY Magical Wand Craft and Special Princess Certificate. Tea Time includes: Snow Dusted Belgian Waffles, Sweet Fancies, Cookies, Juice & Milk. December 27 to January 6. More info

23 Go to the ROM
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will offer a full schedule of ROM for the Holidays family programs for the festive season, including extended hours of operation and programming until January 8, 2017 See creative sculptures made by World Champion Balloon Artist “Jungle Jack”. Close and personal encounters with wildlife and animal facts with Hands on Exotics. ROM experts demonstrate how fire and ice impacts our natural world. Explore a historical mystery with the Franklin Exploration exhibition. Enjoy the ROM Early Learner’s Lounge - a quiet space for families to play and rest. Plus, be inspired by the mesmerizing CHIHULY exhibition, closing on January 8, 2017. More info

24 Be a Tourist in the City
Toronto and the GTA area are beaming with family-friendly attractions. Many people live in their cities for years without exploring all the exciting things to do. Here are 10 great attractions to visit during the Winter break and a chance to look at your city with tourists' eyes! More info

25 Enjoy Winter Adventures
Embrace winter during the Holiday Break in Toronto and the GTA. Skiing, snowtubing, sledding, snowshoeing, and skating are just a few of the winter family adventures awaiting you. 

Have a great Winter Break!

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