With fresh snowflakes falling on city streets, the sparkle of holiday lights, and rosy cheeks all around, Jack Frost’s favourite season is a magical time for a winter vacation in Toronto. Bundle the family up in their toastiest gear and head out to enjoy some wintery fun with these winter activities for kids in Toronto.
Ontario Science Centre
Have you ever noticed how the stars seem to twinkle more brightly in winter? With nighttime falling early, even the littlest ones in your family won’t need to stay up past bedtime to see the North Star shining high in the sky. But if you can’t tell the difference between Orion and Andromeda, then it’s time to head to the Ontario Science Centre for a crash course on constellations. Cozy up on the beanbag chairs under the dome of the Planetarium and you’ll gaze in wonder as the Milky Way appears on Toronto’s virtual skyline. Amid hushed whispers, an astronomer will unravel the mysteries of the universe explaining about solar systems, galaxies, and black holes. You might be so fired up by the presentation’s inspiring mix of mythology and science, you’ll be tempted to rush outdoors with a telescope of your own. But stick around because the Ontario Science Centre’s special winter exhibit about skydiver Felix Baumgartner is certain to fascinate budding astronauts in the family. You can see his space suit up close and imagine what it would feel like to jump to earth from a helium balloon floating in the stratosphere.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
More winter activities for kids await at Black Creek Pioneer Village, an outdoor heritage museum that recreates life in Ontario during the 1800s. Crisp cool air will fill your lungs as you stroll along the Country Kid’s Trail, listening to Clydesdale horses stamp their big hooves within the stables and watching the sparks fly in the blacksmith’s shop. You’ll want to follow the scent of cinnamon into the kitchen at Half Way House Inn, and along the way, your kids will be having so much fun trying on pioneer clothing and meeting residents, like the snorting Berkshire pigs at The Piggery, they won’t even notice they’re soaking up tons of historical facts about Toronto. If you start to get chilly, warm up inside the gift shop and, while you’re there, stock up on chewy taffy, locally crafted fudge and old-fashioned candy from your own favourite childhood memories.
Another family favourite when it comes to winter activities for kids is exploring Casa Loma, Toronto’s real-life fairytale castle. It’s ideal for a winter vacation in Toronto. With its medieval Gothic turrets set among snow-topped trees, your little ones will feel as though they’ve stepped inside a fairytale storybook. Behind the castle’s massive doors is the jaw-dropping Great Hall complete with palatial ceilings, shiny marble floors, and walnut woodwork glowing in burnished glory. Explore the castle’s maze of secret passageways, underground tunnels, and soaring battlements perfect for knights in shining armour. Climb to the tower for a family photo-op and soak up the stunning views of Toronto’s skyline in its snowy wintertime glory.