5 Fun Toronto Drop-In Programs During the Winter Break .

“I’m bored” are the two words a parent fears over the winter break. While we can fantasize all we want about our kids being enthralled with their new toys and books that they would never utter those two words, that’s very unlikely. Thankfully however, the city of Toronto is home to plenty of drop-in programs that are sure to entertain our kids and  family alike this winter break. 

The 12 Days of Enrichment
Toronto Zoo
December 26, 2018 – January 6, 2019

The Toronto Zoo isn’t just for the warmer summer months – join the animals this holiday season and watch polar bears, lemurs, and giraffes get special treats and take part in activities while learning more about how the Toronto Zoo’s Behavioural Husbandry Program engages the 5000+ creatures that call the zoo home. Each day is different, so be sure to check the calendar to see what’s happening when!

Ice Skating
The Bentway
December 21 – January 6

Grab the family and head down to the Bentway – Toronto’s coolest figure-eight skate trail under the expressway! Find an expanded winter village full of snacks and beverages, snuggly blankets, warming lounges, and even fire pits. 

Ontario Place Winter Light Exhibition
Ontario Place
Every evening until March 17

So many exhibits, so little time! 18 visual artists got together to transform Ontario Place into a stunning winter wonderland with hundreds of dazzling lights and many ice sculptures. The event starts at 4pm every day until March 17th. While here, you can also go for a quick spin on the skating rink or warm up by the bonfire! 

ROM for the Holidays
Royal Ontario Museum
December 26 – January 6

For 12 exciting days, the ROM will be transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland with three amazing exhibitions that will transport you to different worlds: Spiders – Fear and Fascination, Zuul – Life of an Armoured Dinosaur, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. There will also be activities and live performances taking place every day from 10:30am until the end of day, including getting up close and personal with wildlife, playing animal themed dance dance evolution, taking snowglobe selfies, and much more!

Wishes for the Earth
Art Gallery of Ontario
Sundays from December 23 – December 30

Make art with your kids to celebrate the earth at AGO every Sunday until the 30th of December. Brighten up the dark colours of the city as the days grow shorter by helping put green back into winter through a collaborative paper window garden full of leaves, flowers, and cheery art. Celebrate the earth as you make a wish to hang on AGO’s tree full of wishes!