2020/21 Winter Break Family Fun
A list of suggestions for family Christmas holidays/winter break activities and events to attend with kids in Toronto and GTA.
December 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021
**Ontario has implemented strict guidelines during the provincewide lockdown. Drive-in/Drive-through events are not allowed. Ski Hills also have to close.**
See Christmas / Holiday Lights
- Go for a winter wonderland drive and enjoy great Christmas displays in Toronto & GTA.
- Go on a day trip to see the best lights in Ontario!
- If you are interested only in drive-thru events, there are plenty of those too.
Go on nature walk
Enjoy a winter walk at the many parks across GTA.
If it is snowing, strap on a snowshoe and try snowshoeing.
Stackt is bringing back Toronto’s first ever Crokicurl rink. This outdoor + distanced game is perfect for you + your bubble to enjoy this winter! Crokicurl is a relatively new ice game that combines elements of curling and the board game crokinole.
See a Holiday Family theatre performance Online
There are no in-person theatre performances this year, but there are plenty of online performances which you can watch for free/or for a nominal sum.
Holiday performances include Rose Petty’s Lil’ Home for the Holidays, Goh Ballet’s – The Nutcracker: Beyond the Stage, Pia Bouman’s 35th Annual Nutcracker and more.
Gogh By Car Drive In: Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition
From the originators of the Parisian Atelier des Lumières exhibition that has been seen by more than two million visitors worldwide and has inspired the global trendsetting phenomenon of immersive digital art experiences, comes an all-new visually striking achievement that invites audiences to step inside Vincent van Gogh’s most incredible works of art. @ Toronto Star Building, 1 Yonge St
Have a private visit with Alpacas
- In this exclusive private tour for up to 4 guests, you will get close and personal to Champion alpacas as you walk through their paddocks and home. Hand feeding these majestic creatures is an intimate experience that will leave you in awe. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about alpacas such as the sounds they make and why. @ Brae Ridge Farm & Sanctuary, 7667 Maltby Road East, Puslinch
- Alpaca Walk: You can also go on an Alpaca walk at Triple C Farm in Ancaster
Watch Dogs: Legion
Play this geo caching game that takes you to various locations in Toronto. Mission: Welcome to the Resistance. London is in dire need of your help. It’s time to get recruiting but choose your recruits carefully. Looks can be deceiving, and the dystopian streets of London are full of deception.
Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive Thru
This holiday season, visit Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru for a family-friendly and COVID safe experience! See the beauty of winter at The Toronto Zoo as you and your family drive through our special holiday route from the safety and warmth of your own vehicle.
Movies at the Drive-In
Movies include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone and more!
You may like:
Watch The Great Conjunction
Go Bird Watching
Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. What are the popular winter birds that you can spot? Can you notice any winter adaptation changes in them? Grab a pair of binoculars, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot. Do a Christmas Bird Count. If you don’t want to venture outside, do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.
Go Snow tubing
With absolutely no skills necessary, snow tubing is a great winter family fun activity to get your heart pumping with all the thrill that the winter season brings. Weather dependent.
Explore Canada or the World From Home
Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks, andmany more places from Home. Travel tointernational or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries, or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.
With the advent of technology and widespread availability of the internet, the world is now at your fingertips. You can travel to distant lands, tour famous museums, all from the comfort of your home.
Science Experiments to Do at Home with Kids
Here are a few easy fun science activities/experimentsthat are easy and super fun in addition to being educational.
Experience the thrill of tobogganing
Lace up for a twirl on the ice – Outdoor skating in GTA
Visit a provincial park
Most people think to visit a provincial park in the summer. But what might not so apparent is that most provincial parks in Ontario remain open in the winter months and offer several winter activities, nature programs and unique nature sightings.More fun things to do: