Winter Survival Guide: 25 Fun Things to Do Indoors




It's one of the coldest Winters on record. Being stuck inside on a cold, blustery day with your kids climbing the walls is far from our idea of a good time. Lucky for us, Toronto and the GTA have no shortage of ways to keep youngsters entertained and active this month. Bundle up your little ones and hit the road to check out these 25 fun ideas you can do this Winter to avoid the cold.

From museums to indoor play spaces, kid-friendly shows, drop-in arts & crafts, and sporty fun zones, you'll find indoor activities guaranteed to cure cabin fever. Stay warm, Toronto!

1. Go to an Indoor Skating Rink
Indoor ice skating is a fun way to take part in a winter activity without spending the day braving the elements. Fortunately, there are many indoor rinks throughout the city. Many of these rinks offer public skate sessions, but also offer skating lessons, hockey, birthday parties, and more. More

2. Go to Reptilia
​Reptilia is Canada’s largest fully indoor reptile zoo displaying over 250 reptiles, amphibians and even a few arachnids in spotless, naturalistic displays. Observe Cast Members at work in Venomous Workshops and the Creature Kitchen, and meet animals face to face in daily tours or shows. More

3. Go to an Indoor Amusement Space
When the weather is too cold, head to an indoor playground where kids can conquer multi-level mazes, swoosh down slides, climb up rock walls or fall in ball pits. It's good to know there are some fantastic indoor play place options where kids can keep warm all winter long! More

4. See the Vikings Exhibition at the ROM
Explore the myths and stereotypes of this ancient culture, in Vikings: The Exhibition. Offering a fresh and contemporary look into the Viking Age, Vikings is an extraordinary window into the lifestyle, religion, and daily lives of these legendary explorers, artisans, and craftspeople. Encounter objects rarely displayed outside of Scandinavia in this compelling exhibition that challenges the perceptions of the Viking Age through hundreds of objects, interactives, and immersive experiences. Until April 2, 2018. More

5. Go to Family Sundays at the AGO
Empower your kids through D.I.Y art! Families get together to design and make your own buttons, stickers and zines! Share and display what you made with others or trade your art in the D.I.Y zone! Activities take place from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM each Sunday. More

6. Go to Inventorium at the Ontario Science Centre
Inventorium offers something for aspiring innovators of all ages! This new hands-on learning space encourages participants to express their creativity and demonstrate their ingenuity by providing them with an opportunity to bring ideas to life. Kids and their families can put their creativity to the test through a variety of engaging, interactive experiences that will spark curiosity such as making tiny drawings using a stereoscopic microscope or designing an insect and have it laser cut before your very eyes, and much more. More

7. Go to the Hockey Hall of Fame
With over 65,000 square feet, the Hockey Hall of Fame has something for everyone: simulation games, theatres, the greatest collection of hockey artifacts anywhere in the world, and best of all, hands-on access to the Stanley Cup. The Hockey Hall of Fame features special promotions and programming throughout the year so visit their website for details! More

8. Go to Flight of White 
This unique 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. Until January 31. More

9. Go to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
Pretend it's summer and make a splash at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is “Simply Amazing” with 125,000 square feet of action-packed water fun. Featuring a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high waterslides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck, plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and a children’s play area. More

10. Go Rock Climbing at Of Rock and Chalk
Instead of climbing the walls at home, take the kids to do some rock climbing. Drop in any day of the week for a fun, exciting challenge! Of Rock and Chalk offers over 46 routes, with heights varying from 10 to 37 feet. There are six different bouldering areas, as well as simulated rock faces, chimney climbing, crack climbing, top rope and lead climbing areas. More

11. See Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live
DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. January 26 at Bluma Appel Theatre - St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. More

12. See Imax Movies at the Ontario Science Centre
See an IMAX movie at the Ontario Science Centre. With 13,000 watts of sound being delivered from 44 speakers, your senses will be overwhelmed by the biggest, most immersive film experience ever. The IMAX film experience takes about 1 hour. Playing this winter: A Beautiful Planet, Amazon Adventure, Dream Big and Under the Sea. Check website for schedules. More 

13. Go to Area51 Laser Tag
Area51 Laser Tag delivers the highest quality of entertainment for family, friends and colleagues of all ages. We specialize in an unparalleled laser tag experience! The 10,000 Sq.ft facility is located in the entertainment district of Vaughan, equipped with a 5,000 Sq.ft interactive state of the art laser tag arena. Offers two bases for various team games, weapon & defense power ups, light weight vests and a multitude of game variations. Serving Vaughan, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham and Newmarket. More

14. Go to The Story of Babar the Elephant
Get ready for the classic tale of Babar the Elephant with narrator Jacques Arsenault and live music by Francis Poulenc performed by Quintroversy Woodwind Quintet! Quintroversy Woodwind Quintet was formed with the mission to introduce classical music to young people in a fun atmosphere! January 20 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. More

15. Looking Glass Adventures
Looking Glass Adventures hosts family friendly escape room adventures, with 2 locations along the Danforth. 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 escape room challenge. Take on challenging adventures which offer something for any age and any level of experience. More 

16. See a Cineplex Family Favourite
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. January Movies are: Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Emoji Movie and the The Lego Ninjago Movie. More

17. Go to Playdium
Playdium is the ultimate interactive, virtual and physical entertainment centre for energetic families. The 40,000 sq. ft. indoor complex features more than 200 high-tech attractions, rides and simulators. During your next visit check out the MaxFlight Roller Coaster Simulator or Laser Maze. Also check out dozens of NEW video and redemption games including SnoCross, Dark Escape 4D, Connect 4 and Big Buck Hunter HD.​ More 

18. Go to The Year of the Dog: A Chinese New Year Celebration at TSO
Celebrate the Year of the Dog with the TSO! This amazing event, hosted by “Dashan”, features fun-filled music from both Chinese and Western origins, plus lion dancers and more. You won’t want to miss the festivities! Young People's Concerts have a runtime of approximately 60 minutes and are performed without intermission. Drop-in in the lobby before the concert for a performance by Xiaoqiu Lin, erhu! February 24, 2018. More

19. Go to the CN Tower
The CN Tower is a National icon, engineering Wonder, a Toronto must-see attraction and award winning dining and entertainment destination. Rocket to the top aboard the world’s No. 1 Elevator Ride*. The Tower’s glass fronted elevators also feature glass floor panels and take only 58 seconds to get to the top. Take in spectacular views of up to 160km (100 miles) away from four observation areas on three levels, including the LookOut, world famous Glass Floor with outdoor SkyTerrace and the SkyPod*, the highest of them all. And new - get an eye-opening, mind-blowing new perspective on the most spectacular views in Toronto with two new floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls! More

20. See The Secret Garden at YPT
The Secret Garden, adapted from the beloved children's book by author Frances Hodgson Burnett comes to life onstage next month at Young People's Theatre under the direction of YPT's Artistic Director, Allen MacInnis. This classic story will be presented on the Mainstage from February 5 to March 17, with extra performances added for March Break week. More

21. Go Indoor Sky Diving at iFly Toronto
iFLY Toronto is an indoor skydiving wind tunnel which simulates the free fall portion of an actual skydive in a safe and controlled environment. Indoor skydiving is a unique and thrilling experience unlike anything you’ve tried before! People of all ages, as young as 4 years old, can enjoy this incredible experience. More

22. Jump Off the Walls at Aerosports Trampoline Parks
​Aerosoports are trampoline parks located in Oakville and Brampton, dedicated to providing communities with high-quality indoor bounce experiences. These family-friendly facilities take jumpers of all ages to new heights while also bringing back the good ole’ days of aerobic, get-your-blood-pumping fun. Park amenities include: Trampoline Arenas, Sport + Fitness, a Small Kids Arena, and Free WiFi + Lounge. More

23. Go to the Toronto International Boat Show
The 60th Annual Toronto International Boat Show returns from January 12 – 21, 2018, just in time to chase away those mid-winter blues! The Toronto Boat Show hosts over 550 exhibitors, 250 seminars, workshops, and more features than any other boat show in North America. Home to the world’s largest indoor lake, the 10-day event is filled with unique in-water attractions including FREE boat rides, canoeing and kayaking, and awe-inspiring wakeboard and waterski shows. More

24. Unravel a Mystery at Mysterious Minds
Mysterious Minds Escape Rooms provides a fun and entertaining adventure for participants of all ages. We have three uniquely themed escape rooms, in which you have sixty minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, and complete the required task before time runs out! Each of our rooms is family-rated and guaranteed to be a blast! And, Mysterious Mind's new escape adventure is now open! "The Hidden Treasure of the Grand Carnival" is a puzzle-packed fun-filled hour of entertainment for all ages! More

25. Celebrate Literacy this January at your Public Library
Celebrate Family Literacy Day throughout the entire month at Toronto Public Libraries! From puppet show to reading groups, family bingo, board games, special shows and activities, you'll find tons of activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day ... all for Free. More

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