When does the holiday season officially begin? For retail stores it seems to be the day after Halloween, for social butterflies it’s the first party of the season, and for school-aged children it’s the last day of school before the winter break! This year the last day of school lands on December 23rd, so you can expect your little ones to be absolutely bursting with holiday joy for that entire week. The holidays continue until January 9th, so there’s lots of time for family fun. Here are some ideas to help you fill the holiday itinerary with your kids! 

ROM for the Holidays

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Image via the ROM

The Royal Ontario Museum has lots of family-friendly fun over the holidays. Stop by the Chihuly exhibit and take in the bright and colourful glass sculptures. The ROM will also be offering activities like digital spray painting on massive colouring pages, exploring fire and ice in nature, and helping create incredible balloon sculptures to name just a few!

Science Centre

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Image via @ontariosciencecentre on Instagram

This year at the Science Centre there are lots of activities offered over the holidays. You and your kids can learn all about storm chasers and wild weather, enjoy the whimsical exhibit of Rowland Emett’s incredible dream machine inventions, or take in a film at the IMAX Theatre!

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

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Image via Cambridge Butterly Conservatory 

The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has their ‘Flight of White’ exhibit running until January 29th, so you have lots of time to bring your children to see the beautiful display. Flight of White will feature rare rice paper butterflies, a white relative of the Monarch with a 14 cm wingspan! The conservatory will be decorated with beautiful white poinsettia flowers, lots of glimmering white lights, while classical music plays the the butterflies soar all around you.

Skating at Gage Park in Brampton

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Image via @wannabe.sam on Instagram

Come and skate through the trees and trails at Gage Park, decorated with twinkling lights for the festive season. Enjoy the DJ’s music while you skate, warm up at the fire pit, or grab a snack from the food trailer! A perfect holiday activity for you and the kids!

Casa Loma Winterland Nights

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Image via @casalomatoronto on Instagram

Visit Toronto’s magical castle, Casa Loma, over the holidays in all its twinkling glory. This year Casa Loma will have ‘Winterland Nights’ on select evenings over the holiday season. Explore the castle at night and enjoy the spectacular light display throughout the gardens. Families can visit Santa in the workshop, sing along with carollers, or snack on some s’mores and hot cocoa!

See a local show!

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Image via Diversified Theatre

There are lots of shows to take in over the holidays, but why not see something that a local theatre is putting on? Oakville Centre will be putting on a spin of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast with their Holiday Pantomime version! You could also enjoy the magical story of Cinderella brought to life in Whitby!