When winter is in full swing, it’s easy to close the curtains, turn up the heat, and become a recluse. Instead, why don’t you bundle up the family and explore these family activities to dial up your winter fun in Toronto?
Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is a great place for family activities. This vibrant, innovative, and interactive destination has levels of interest for all ages. The kids can try their hand at slap shots or play the hockey-themed video games. Take the kids to the dressing room, where they can put on the equipment (which usually dwarfs them) and then head to the Stanley Cup for the ultimate fun. Have your photo taken with the Cup by a professional photographer or snap your own selfie. For a special, but wholesome treat, take the kids to Marche for dinner. With its lively atmosphere and various food stations, each of the kiddos can choose what they want to eat and be entertained by the food cooked right in front of them. The dessert station, most patrons’ favourite, has an expansive selection of ice creams, cakes, pies, waffles, and crepes that’ll be sure to have your mouth watering. Finish the day with a blast by surprising the kids with tickets to a real Maple Leafs hockey game.
Evergreen Brick Works Winter Village
Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best, so, for skating, hiking and enjoying nature in the city, take a trip to Evergreen Winter Village with your family. Partake in a workshop or a yoga class, browse the farmers’ market, or take a history tour, then stop by Café Belong for hot chocolate and a blueberry scone. For a real fun treat, grab the family’s hockey sticks, head to the Welcome Centre to rent nets and a ball and drop in for a round of casual, all-ages, family-friendly ball hockey. Activities and events for people of all ages are available daily or you can just listen to live music and go shopping. Finish the family day at the Distillery District just six kilometres away, which turns into a unique magical wonderland in the winter. Light up your inner child as you walk along the pretty cobblestone lanes to find some of the best cafes, restaurants and sophisticated boutiques in the city. It’s a top spot and hip destination for winter fun in Toronto. There’s nothing better than the smell of wood smoke in the crisp fresh air, so before the night is through be sure to take the family over to huddle around the outdoor fireplace.
With a number of fascinating animals that stay outside all year, the Toronto Zoo still buzzes with excitement during the winter, making it a great place for fun family activities. Observe the camels and Siberian tigers in amazement, watch the sheep and reindeer cuddle up to keep warm and giggle at the snow leopards as they play in the snow. When the family needs a chance to warm up, they can visit the tropical animals, as they stay indoors year-round in large exhibits full of lush trees and foliage. After a busy day at the zoo, head downtown during Winterlicious to introduce your family to creative cuisine from around the world in prix-fixe menus. This mouth-watering culinary event of the season, hosted by more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants, offers everything from new, exotic, traditional and luxurious food options and is sure to keep your winter fun in Toronto at its peak.