Winter Break Fun

Keeping the kids busy over mid-winter break can be a challenge. That's why we've put together a list of the best fun things to do in Toronto and the GTA with kids over the Holiday recess.

Here are 20 fun things to do this Winter Break...

1. See Ross Petty's Peter Pan at the Elgin Theatre
An annual holiday panto that is both entertaining for kids and adults alike! This high-flying new version of the boy who wouldn’t grow up and his evil nemesis Hook is a cross between Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Don't miss Ross Petty Productions’ 20th Anniversary presentation of PETER PAN. It's also the last time you'll see Ross Petty perform as he hangs up his Spanx and takes his final boo as Captain Hook. Until January 3 at the Elgin Theatre. More info

2. Boredom Busters: 10 Fun Indoor Activities
Whether it’s a snow storm or frigid temperatures, that darn weather can keep us cooped up inside for days. Here are 10 fun indoor activities for cooped-up kids! More info

3. Winter Break Movies for Kids at TIFF
TIFF is currently running a film programme on stop-motion animation until January 3. It features films with stop-motion animation like The Boxtrolls, Beetlejuice, Coraline, ParaNorman and The Adventures of Wallace and Gromit, as well as some of the NFB's award-winning shorts. Drop by TIFF to see some favourtie children's films playing at the Lightbox during the Holiday Break! More info

4. Tis the season to enjoy Hot Cocoa
Get the kids in the kitchen and come up with fun and delicious ways to serve up this family favourite treat. Need some inspiration? Here are 10 of the most stunning, craving-inducing hot cocoa recipes around! More info

5. Drop by the Hockey Hall of Fame
The HHOF has extended hours during the Winter Break! Toronto's premier hockey attraction is home of the Stanley Cup and the best of hockey, you can DO IT ALL...AT THE HALL. Guests can go one-on-one against life-size, animated versions of today's greatest goalies and shooters, including Carey Price and Sidney Crosby; call the play-by-play of some of hockey's greatest goals; view hockey flicks like Stanley's Game Seven, hockey's first 3D film, in one of our two theatres; get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup; explore the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world - A museum and entertainment destination like no other, the Hockey Hall of Fame is fun for the whole family and kids of all ages! Christmas Break Extended Hours are Saturday, December 26, 2015 to Sunday, Januray 3, 2016 - Monday-Saturday: 9:30am to 6:00pm and Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm. More info

6.  Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt
Young and old will love the thrill of discovery in the great outdoors. A winter scavenger hunt can include: animal tracks in the snow, pine cones, twigs, icicles, a tunnel made in the snow by animals, a frozen waterfall, cocoons, nests, or identifying various pine trees.

7. Get the family outdoors to enjoy a Winter Sport
If the weather is cooperating, try ice skating, tobogganing, hockey, snow tubing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, downhill or cross-country skiing.

8. Go to the ROM for the Holidays
Come along on a planetary odyssey! Escape to Planet ROM for an epic adventure as cosmic wonder and intergalactic activities fill the Museum's galleries. From a Mars rover prototype, courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency, to a Space Arcade featuring new solar system-inspired video games, to real Mars meteorites you can touch, you won't want to miss these close encounters of the hands-on kind! December 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016. More info

9. Get Fit as a Family
Check out your local recreation centre for some inexpensive (even free) activities. Your city website will post admission rates and activities during the Winter Break. Find
out which pools are open for free family swims, and which arenas have free family-skating days.

10. Make a snow sculpture
If there's snow in your area, make a snow sculpture for some creative outdoor fun. Use your imagination to carve a form such as an animal, a snowman, Santa, or anything with a Winter theme. Add colour to your snow sculpture by dissolving food coloring in water and painting it on the sculpture or mixing it with the snow. 

11. See Fancy Nancy The Musical at Lower Ossington Theatre
From Toronto's producers of Pinkalicious The Musical and Dora The Explorer Live, Fancy Nancy The Musical is a charming adaptation of the picture book Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. With millions of copies in print translated into multiple languages, the best-selling Fancy Nancy children’s books by author Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser have entertained young readers around the world! Weekends, until January 31, 2016. More info

12. See Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream at Rogers Centre
Get ready to experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream returns to Rogers Centre this December! Join your favourite Disney Princesses when classic meets contemporary in a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories, including two-modern day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana; the always elegant Cinderella; and the princess who started it all, Snow White. Until December 27, 2015. More info

13. Host a Family Game Night
Bring out the board games... It's a fun-filled way to spend quality time with your family and spark a little friendly competition. The Winter Break is the perfect time to start this exciting tradition in your family.

14. Holiday Scrapbook
Have your kids work on a Holiday scrapbook or keepsake. Pics with Santa, Christmas and Holiday shots, or seasonal outings are a must!

15. See 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. Until January 30, 2016. More info

16. Make a time capsule to send off the year.
Time capsules are a fun way to record the present and remember the past. Have your kids stash favourite moments, photos, and memorabilia from everything they did in 2015.

17. Fun with Foam Dough
Here's a fun indoor activity! If you looking to make a colourful, fun and sensory play material, make some foam dough. It's a super fun craft made from 3 simple ingredients: shaving foam, corn starch, and food colouring. More info

18. Holiday Programming at the Ontario Science Centre
Go to the Ontario Science Centre during the HOLIDAYS for lots of science FUN - special programs, IMAX films and more! Hightlights include Dream Machines: The Art of Rowland Emett - Roland Emett's Dream MachinesAn annual favourite, Dream Machines is the world’s largest display of Rowland Emett's whimsical mechanical inventions including the "Humbug Major Sweet Machine" made famous in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Enjoy special rates for IMAX movies and much more! From December 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016. More info

19. Drop by Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto
Little elves can experience themed decor, building challenges, scavenger hunts and much more at the Holiday Bricktacular event! Jump inside the World's Most Festive Box of LEGO® Bricks! This event takes place until December 27, 2015. Between December 18th and January 3rd, Legoland will be extremely busy due to the holiday break. You MUST pre-purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Walk-up tickets are not guaranteed. More info

20. Have your kids plan a New Years Eve Party
Put them in charge of how your family will spend this last night of the year! Let them decide on food, snacks, drinks, games, activities, and decorations.

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