Toronto is home to a lot of fun outdoor skating rinks and tobogganing hills, but we also happen to have plenty of unique indoor gems hidden throughout the city and amazing events like the Toronto International Boat Show. If you’re looking to take a break from the cold while still keeping things interesting, this list’s for you.
Here are 11 indoor activities that are sure to add some spice to a cold winter day.
Drink Wine and Learn to Paint
Paint Nite hosts a ton of one-night group painting classes around the GTA. Locations this month include Jack Astor’s at St Lawrence Market, the Hard Rock Cafe at Yonge and Dundas, Mullin’s Pub on College, and the Danforth’s Kalyvia. Check their website for a full list of dates and locations. Every night has a different theme, from owl paintings to water lilies to portraits of Toronto.
Be Under the Sea at Ripley’s Aquarium
Saying that it’s cold outside is an understatement. It’s cold, it’s dark, and summer is nowhere in sight BUT who’s stopping you from pretending to swim with the fish at Ripley’s? Not only can you play pretend, but you can also see some really neat sea creatures and learn about the Earth’s mysterious and beautiful underwater world.
Take an Airbnb Staycation
Looking to get away for the weekend but not wanting to venture out of the city? There are a ton of really cool Airbnb listings in Toronto that would make for a fun getaway. Find out what it’s like to live in a fancy downtown condo for a few nights, or checkout what’s available on the Toronto Islands for more of a cottage feel. Regardless of what suits your fancy, an in-city Airbnb stay can be as fun as you make it.
Blow Off Some Steam with Axe Throwing
The Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) offers a safe place to acquire axe-throwing lessons in the city. There are three locations in Toronto (Port Lands, Galleria, and Yorkedale) and each one offers “casual” walk-ins, group bookings, or, if you’re really into it, league registration. For the walk-ins and group events, no experience is necessary. Another option is Bad Axe Throwing, located near The Junction.
Get Your Hands Dirty With Pottery Classes
Located at 170 Brunswick Ave, Clay Design offers a variety of lessons, including three-hour group lessons, lessons for two, and a full 10-week course to learn the basics of pottery making.
Feel Like a Kid Again at Pursuit OCR
Itching to stretch your legs during a cold few months? Take your shoes off at Pursuit OCR‘s indoor obstacle course (that looks like an adult-sized jungle gym). With 10,000 square feet of space, this place has a giant ball pit, rope ladders, monkey bars, and Tarzan ropes. With a fitness-based playground, you’re bound to have a blast channeling your inner child.
Challenge Yourself with Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a great form of exercise both mentally and physically. It also happens to be a super fun thing to do with a friend when you’re stuck inside in the middle of winter. There are multiple locations that offer rock climbing in Toronto, including Boulderz Climbing Centre, located in The Junction, and Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing.
Book a Court for Some Beach Volleyball
Stick your toes in the sand by booking an indoor beach volleyball court with a group of friends. There are two solid beach volleyball locations located in the north end of the City. North Beach Volleyball offers drop in play, court rentals, and leagues (just be sure to call ahead to see if a court is available before dropping in.) Beach Blast is also another option and offers similar services.
Learn to Knit at a Knit Cafe
For all you DIY-ers, there is actually a place in Toronto where you can learn to knit over a coffee with friends (or strangers) and it’s called the Knit Cafe. Located in Roncesvalles, this knitting location offers classes, a mini-store that sells yarn and other knitting essentials, and a place to sit down and knit with friends. A mix of beginner and intermediate knitters hangout here, so it could be a great opportunity to learn a few techniques without paying for a class.
Channel Your Inner Extremist at iFLY Toronto
Okay, so iFLY Toronto is actually located in Oakville just off the QEW, but aside from its deceiving name, there aren’t many places where you can dip your toes in skydiving without jumping out of a plane. It’s also not as pricey as you may think — you can do an intro session for under 100 bucks.