Let’s face it — as soon as the temperatures dip and the snow piles up, a lot of us fall into our wintertime hibernation mode. The short days and harsh weather are draining, making you wish you could stay inside and never leave until summer. While the upside is you’d get to miss out on the season’s worst, the downside is that it would be a boring way to spend half of the year. If you’re tired of binge watching family-friendly movies on Netflix, then you need to think about ways to spend time with the kids that don’t include the couch. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do this winter in the big city, no matter how cold it gets. All you need is the motivation to break through the wintertime blues. Keep reading to learn about the top family activities in Toronto.
For the musical family, there are plenty of shops, shows, and events worth braving the freezing temperatures for. If you’re looking for a simple way to spend a weekend afternoon, you can bring the family to a Long & McQuade music store in Toronto to explore the musical instruments and accessories available on sale. Just don’t forget to give everyone a budget! You may just find a stack of sheet music to keep you entertained once you get back to your home. There are also a variety of musicals and ballet productions on in the city during the 2016–2017 season. From classics such as The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah to performances like Matilda and Seussical, there’s something for the entire family.
For the family that would rather be out and about doing something, Toronto has an equal number of things to do outdoors. There are free skating rinks all over the city, including the rink located at city hall. If you prefer a more scenic background to your family skate, check out the newest rink at the Harbourfront Centre. Showing off Lake Ontario’s shoreline to the south and the downtown skylineto the north, it’s a beautiful setting for a family day or evening of fun.
It doesn’t matter if you don your skates or search through the musical instruments at Long & McQuade. The point is that you and your family get off the couch this season and have a type of fun that doesn’t rely on junk food and your Netflix subscription. Check in with your kids and figure out what everyone wants to do. It’s the easiest way to avoid hibernation and get moving this winter.