Keep the Kids Busy for the Holidays with these 6 Activities

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Keep the Kids Busy for the Holidays with these 6 Activities

While the holidays are full of fun, family, and festivities, they can also be a challenge for parents. In our last blog, Trade the Pokeball for a Volleyball!, we mentioned those two cringe-worthy words every parent dreads: I’M BORED! While the YMCA Youth Nights are great on Fridays, we still have 6 other days to fill.

It’s time to bust that boredom with some good old fashioned fun in and around our community! Keep it Local!


Midland has one of the best tobogganing hills around. Campbell’s hill, just in front of the Huronia Museum (another great place to go), is the perfect hill for kids of all ages to hop on their sled, toboggan or GT racer and zoom down with their friends.


The North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre offers FREE public skating during the Christmas break. Skating is a great way to stay fit and have fun. It also helps young children with their coordination. Find out the days and times on the website.

Wye Marsh

There’s always something fun going on at the Wye Marsh. Hiking the trails, snowshoeing, bird watching, cross-country skiing, workshops and even day camps.


Bayshore Lanes provides five-pin fun in the form of glow in the dark bowling! For the younger ones, you can request bumpers in the gutters to help keep the ball on the lane. They have snacks available and a nice assortment of adult beverages!

Castle Village123

Under new ownership, Castle Village offers different and unique adventures. Play over a dozen games on their Virtual 3D floor – ever play air hockey with your feet? You can now! For the teens, how about trying Dracula’s Dungeon Escape? Escape rooms are all the rage now. You go into a room and have to solve the clues as a team in order to escape – so cool!


Galaxy Cinemas have movies playing from early afternoon to late evening throughout the holidays. If your kids like animated films, “Sing” is a “G” rated movie about a bunch of animals trying out for a singing competition. For the older kids, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a “PG” rated movie that takes place in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling and has been nominated for many awards. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy the show!

We live in a winter wonderland here in Southern Georgian Bay. We’ve shared our top six activities for the kids during the holidays, but there are certainly more. We’d love to hear how you’re spending your days with the kids! Leave us a comment by clicking the “Leave a comment” link under the title.