Winter Activities

Easy Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids in Brampton, Mississauga and Georgetown

The warm weather is unfortunately behind us but we still find outselves searching for family entertainment, and with the Winter Weather starting to begin, we will need to think outside of the box how to keep the kids busy, healthy and active this winter. Instead of just hiding indoors all winter at home waiting for the snow to melt and the beach weather to return, strap on your snow boots, put on some gloves, and take advantage of the change of season by creating a Winter Bucket List filled with cold-weather activities and Fun Activities to do When its Cold. The best part about winter is that many of these activities are very low cost, and time spent outdoors during the winter can actually help build your immune system, get you active and help you gather essential nutrients like Vitamin D. It is important for kids to spend time outside in the winter despite the cold weather which is why we schedule atleast an hour outside a day for Thumper including weekends.Sometimes finding things to do in the cold winter months can be tough which is why I have created a list of Fun Activities for Kids this Winter. I am always looking for new ideas to keep us active, having fun and playing outdoors.  I have put together this comprehensive guide of Winter Activities for Kids, some are location specific.

Fun Winter Activities for Kids in the Greater Toronto Area: Peel Region and Halton Region

These amazing winter activities are guaranteed to keep your kids and you entertained, learning all active all winter long! These activities have been tried, tested and kid-approved! 

Kids Ice Skating

Things To Do This Winter In Brampton, Mississauga and Georgetown

1. ✧ Go Ice Skating

Ice Skating in BRAMPTON: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Under current provincial lockdown measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, capacity limits and a reservation system has been implemented at outdoor ice rinks.  

HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION

1. Online by visiting cityofbrampton.perfectmind.com​ or by selecting your preferred timeslot at the bottom of this page.
2. 
By phone by dialing 905.791.2240 or 311 (within city limits)
View a step-by-step PDF how-to guide​ on how to reserve your outdoor skating spot here​.

Please note that reservations are required for all patrons (including parents/guardians or others accompanying skaters).

Locations:

  • Gage Park – artificial ice 
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm

    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.​

  • Gore Meadows Community Centre
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm

    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates

  • Chinguacousy Park
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm

    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.

  • Valleybrook Park Skating Trail – synthetic ice pilot
    Location: Centre Street North, North of Williams Parkway

    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 12 pm – 10 pm.

    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.​

  • Earnscliffe Park Outdoor Skating Rink – artificial ice
    Location44 Eastbourne Drive​ (Clark Boulevard and Eastbourne Drive)​
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 12 pm – 10 pm.
    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.
  • Morris Kerbel Park Outdoor Skating Rink – artificial ice
    Location292 Conestoga Drive​ (North of Bovaird Drive East and Conestoga Drive)

    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 12 pm – 10 pm.
    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.​
  • Flower City Community Campus Skating Rink – artificial ice
    Location8870 McLaughlin Road​ (Southwest Corner of McLaughlin & Queen Street West)

    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 12 pm – 10 pm.

    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.

  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre
    Location: 100 Commuter Drive in Brampton (North of Mount Pleasant GO Station) 
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm
    ​Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates..

Ice Skating in MISSISSAUGA: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Under current provincial lockdown measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, capacity limits and a reservation system has been implemented at outdoor ice rinks.  


HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION

  • Please create an account on ActiveMississauga.ca, or by clicking here
  • Select “New User” and follow the prompts
  • Once your account is made, you will be able to add the drop-in skate programs to your “basket” and check-out (note: Admission is free)
  • For assistance during the process, you may view video tutorials. Read FAQs, send an email, or call the Customer Service Centre at 905-615-4100 during business hours
  • Reservations can be made up to 7 days in advance of the program date. Registered participants must check-in at the gate 15 minutes prior to start time.
  • Reservations will only be held for 5 minutes past the start time before being cancelled.
  • WAITLIST is disabled and not monitored, when a program is full no further online registration will be considered.
  • The rink can accommodate a maximum of 60 people at one-time with skating sessions starting every hour on the hour.
  • Program times allow for physical distancing and current safety protocols.
  • Skate rentals are available from 4 pm to 9 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 9 pm on weekends; please scroll for more rental information below.
  • Public washrooms will be accessible during skate times.

Please note that COVID-19 health & safety protocols are in place; please review mask and distancing requirements below to plan your visit.

Locations:

  • Celebration Square
    Location: 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm
    Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.​

City Skate – Skate Rental and Sharpening Services
Skate Rental Hour
Weekdays: 4 pm to 9 pm

Weekends: 10 am to 9 pm

Skate Rental Holiday Hours from December 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Open daily: 10 am to 9 pm

Please Note – Christmas Day (December 25) and New Years Day (January 1) open from noon to 9 pm

Prices
Skate Rental – Children (12 and under): $5
Skate Rental – Adults: $10
Helmet Rental: $5
Skate Sharpening: $8
*pricing is based on 2 hour rentals

  • Burnhamthorpe Community Centre Outdoor Rink
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
    Change rooms and skate rental will not be available at this location.  Public washrooms are available Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. 

Reservations are required. You can reserve your time up to seven days in advance online at activemississauga.ca. Registered participants must check-in at the gate 15 minutes prior to their start time. 

  • Woodhurst Heights Park Outdoor Rink
    Location: 3499 Ash Row Crescent
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Change rooms and skate rental will not be available at this location.

Reservations are required. You can reserve your time up to seven days in advance online at activemississauga.ca. Registered participants must check-in at the gate 15 minutes prior to their start time. 

Community Neighbourhood Rinks:

Under the current Grey-Lockdown measures, you should only have close contact with people in your household or essential supports. Keep a distance of two metres (six feet) away from others as much as possible. Also, even when outdoors, wear a face covering if physical distancing cannot be maintained.

These rinks are not maintained by the City of Mississauga and also do not require reservations. Resident volunteers donate their time to maintain these rinks and help us provide these amenities where conditions allow.  All rinks will be open by December 15 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, subject to weather conditions.

  • Ashwood Park, 2414 Cliff Road
  • Beechwood Park, 4139 Ottewell Crescent
  • Bruce Reynolds Park, 2175 Springbank Road
  • Camden Park, 495 Camden Circle
  • Charles ‘Bud’ Brennan Memorial Park, 6181 Edenwood Drive
  • Cherry Hill, 828 Flagship Road
  • Churchill Meadows Community Common, 3333 McDowell Drive
  • Deerwood Park, 1100 Rathburn Road West
  • Dellwood Park, 598 Arbor Road
  • Forest Park, 6810 Forest Park Drive
  • Garnetwood Park, 1996 Rathburn Road East
  • Garthwood Park, 3245 Colonial Drive
  • Golden Orchard Park, 1170 Tynegrove Road
  • Gordon Lummis Park, 236 Paisley Boulevard West
  • Harold E. Kennedy Park, 20 Rosewood Avenue
  • Hindhead Park, 1944 Hindhead Road
  • Knotty Pine Grove, 835 Knotty Pine Grove
  • Laughton Heights Park, 1519 Sherway Drive
  • Lewis Bradley Park, 1901 Orr Road
  • Meadowwood Park, 1620 Orr Road
  • Palette Green, 615 Renshaw Court
  • Promenade Meadows, 7099 Danton Promenade
  • Ron Searle Park, 1494 Parkridge Road
  • Serson Park, 1100 Pelham Avenue
  • Sherwood Green Park, 1864 Deer’s Wold
  • Silverthorn Park, 3373 Cawthra Road
  • Spruce Park, 280 Angeline Street
  • Thornlodge Park, 2405 Homelands Drive
  • Union Park, 6627 Tenth Line West
  • Vanessa Park, 1355 Wateska Boulevard
  • Vista Heights Park, 5779 Turney Drive
  • West Acres Park, 2166 Westfield Drive
  • Whiteoaks Park, 1450 Truscott Drive
  • Woodeden Park, 1538 Woodeden Drive

Ice Skating in Halton Hills – GEORGETOWN/ACTON: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre (LOCATED IN BRAMPTON BUT CLOSEST RINK TO GEORGETOWN)
    Location: 100 Commuter Drive in Brampton (North of Mount Pleasant GO Station) 
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm

    ​Washrooms are available. Non-medical masks are required in washroom facilities. Benches are provided in designated areas for changing skates.

  • Weather permitting, Town staff will construct and maintain natural outdoor ice rinks at the following locations (subject to change):

    • Prospect Park – Acton
    • Fairgrounds Park – Georgetown

    Where possible, the Town will assist neighbourhood volunteer groups in their efforts to establish and maintain natural rinks at other park locations in the community. Interested individuals or groups are invited to contact the Manager of Parks and Open Space at 905-873-2601 ext. 2274 for further information.

    Tubing or Tobaganning in Brampton

2. ✧ Go Tubing or Tobaganning

Tobaganning in Mississauga:

  • Birchwood Park, 1075 Clarkson Rd. N
  • Brookmede Park, 2254 Council Ring Rd.
  • Castlegreen Meadows, 2829 Castlebridge Dr.
  • Erindale Park, 1695 Dundas St. W
  • Jack Darling Memorial Park, 1180 Lakeshore Rd. W

Tobaganning in Brampton:

  • Major Oaks Park, Williams Pkwy and Hwy. 410, Brampton
  • Mount Chinguacousy, 9050 Bramalea Rd, Brampton,

Tobaganning in Caledon:

  • Albion Hills Conservation Area, 16500 Peel Regional Rd 50, Caledon

Tobaganning in Georgetown, Halton Hills:

  • Sir Donald Mann Park, Acton
  • Cedarvale Park, 181 Main Street South, GeorgetownCross Country Skiing in Halton Region

3. ✧ Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing

Cross Country Skiing in Brampton: 

As part of the The City of Brampton Winter Wonderland campaign, they have introduced a cross-country skiing recreational trail and a snowshoeing recreational trail, located at Chinguacousy Park, weather permitting. These recreational trails are available for independent use by residents during regular park operating hours and offer additional opportunities for residents to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months while maintaining safe physical distancing. Please note that equipment rentals are not available at this time.

The trails can be accessed from the Sandra Hames Centre Parking Lot (Bramalea and Goodwood entrance). Please follow posted signage guidelines and maintain safe physical distancing.             

 Please check trail status updates here before your visit.​

Locations:

  • Chinguacousy Park Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Trails​
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm​

Cross Country Skiing in Halton Region:

Get Outdoors and enjoy tall trees covered in fresh snow and the quiet sound of crunching snow below your feet.  You can find Cross Country Skiing in Halton Hills using  the trails at Conservation Halton and Credit Valley Conservation parks which are inviting and exciting. A great way to exercise, cross-country skiing is also a fun way to see Mother Nature in her finest winter dress. Cross-country ski trails are available at Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, and Mountsberg Conservation Areas. Trails are regularly groomed at Hilton Falls and rentals are also available at this location.

Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions).

Locations:

  • Terra Cotta Conservation Area
    Address: 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd, Halton Hills, ON L7G 0N9
    Hours: 8-5pm

This area now offers 6km of groomed cross-country ski trails suitable for beginners to the more advanced. The trails take you through hardwood bush and past a frozen lake and over varying terrain. Admission fees or membership apply.

Cross-country ski rentals include the following:
– Fischer skis with bindings
– Fischer poles
– Fisher boots

Rental Fees**

  • Adult – $27 plus HST
  • Children (6-14) – $17 plus HST
  • Seniors (60+) – $17 plus HST

**$200 deposit per family applies

  • Hilton Falls – Over 15kms of trails, 3 trails to choose fro
    Address: 4985 Campbellville Road – Milton, ON
    Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm October 19 – April 4
    Park Enterance Fees: Adult (15-64)$6.50
    Senior (65 & over)$5.00
    Child (5-14)$5.00
    Child (4 & under)Free

Hilton Falls has beautiful trails through escarpment woods and beaver meadows. A highlight of your skiing adventure is the beautiful falls waiting for you. It is stunning in winter!
Trails are suitable for all levels of skiers to enjoy. Ski rentals are available for those who want to try it for the first time – * Rentals are available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday ONLY when trail conditions permit.

Type Rental Fee/3+ hours Rental Fee/3 Less than 3 hours Notes
Adult

(ages 15+)

$    29.00  $    21.00 15% discount to members
Child

(up to 14 years of age)

$    19.00  $    14.00

For Adventurers looking to get the heart rate up, head out and do all 15 km. For those Explorers looking to get a great photo of the falls, head out on the yellow trail.Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions).

Cross Country Skiing in Halton Region

  • Crawford Lake – Over 5kms of trails, 3 trails to choose fro
    Address: 3115 Conservation Road Milton, ON L9T 2X3
    Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm October 19 – April 4
    Park Enterance Fees: Adult (15-64)$6.50
    Senior (65 & over)$5.00
    Child (5-14)$5.00
    Child (4 & under)Free

Crawford Lake offers cross-country ski trails on escarpment trails through woods and fields. It is also the site of a rare meromictic lake and reconstructed Iroquoian village. The Pine Ridge Trail offers beautiful pine plantations and open fields perfect for wildlife viewing while enjoying this winter wonderland. Although the trails are easy to moderate, they are not groomed so folks are often Adventurers and are willing to break their own trails. Be sure to pack your own skis.

Cross Country Skiing in Halton Region

  • Mountsberg – Over 14kms of trails, 32 trails to choose fro
    Address: 2259 Milburough Line Campbellville, ON
    Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm October 19 – April 4
    Park Enterance Fees: Adult (15-64)$6.50
    Senior (65 & over)$5.00
    Child (5-14)$5.00
    Child (4 & under)Free

Cross-country ski trails run along shoreline, through woods and sugar bush, and along the Wildlife Walkway with bison, elk, and birds of prey enclosures. The Lakeshore Lookout Trail follows the shoreline of the Mountsberg Reservoir and features three smaller loops that take the visitor through plantations, wetlands and woodlands.Trails are great for Family Fun folks and beginners, although they are not groomed. Be sure to pack your own skis.

Cross Country Skiing in Halton Region

4. ✧ Go on a Winter Hike

Brampton:

Peel Region has tons of winter trails to enjoy a scenic hike. 

  1. Heartlake Conservation Area – 10818 Heart Lake Rd, Brampton, ON L6Z 0B3
  2. Clairville Conservation Area – 8180 Hwy 50, Brampton, ON L6T 0A6
  3. El Dorado Park – 8520 Creditview Rd, Brampton, ON L6Y 0G4
  4. Professor’s Lake – 1660 North Park Drive – Enjoy a snowy walk around the lake, you will often spot wildlife among the snowy background

Mississauga:

  1. Riverwood Conservation Area – 4300 Riverwood Park Ln, Mississauga –  I would recommend Culham trail which is a scenic route that extends approximately nine miles and breaks away into three different sections. This pathway allows you to connect with the sights and sounds of the forest in the winter.
  2. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area – 180 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga – Enjoy a walk along the boardwalk while enjoying the nature of the winter lakefront bog.

Halton Region:

  1. Mountsberg – 2259 Milburough Line, Milton – Winterlit- An illuminated Walk in the Woods
    We’re shaking off 2020 and hiking into a brighter 2021 with two illuminated trails! Stroll the Illuminated Sugar Bush Trail and then make your way over to the Winterlit Trail for an experience with a little extra sparkle. Here’s to a brighter, greener 2021!
    Dates: Dec 26th – Feb 15th, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pmCost: Adults $15 plus HST
    Children (5-14 years) $11 plus HST 
    Children (4 and under free)
    *1.5 hour self guided experience, timed reservations

Winterlit at Mountsberg

 

5.Learn to Ski or Snowboard

Mount Chinguacousy offers a bunny hill for skiing and snowboarding in Brampton. This is a great place for kids to learn the basics before tackling bigger ski hills in Ontario like Blue Mountain, or Horse Shoe Valley. If you are looking for a little bit bigger than take a drive to Glen Eden in Milton.

COMING SOON!!!!

6. ✧ Snow Shoeing

 

Fun Winter Activities that can be done Inside if the Weather is Too Cold to be Outside:

1. ✧ Have an Indoor Snowball Fight

We bought these awesome plush snowballs for Thumper’s First Birthday for the kids to play with and we have gotten so much use out of them since. We often head down to our basement and have a indoor snow ball fight using these awesome plush soft snowballs that do not hurt when they hit you. Some of our family snowball fights have gotten so extreme that we have built forts out of our foam play mats. Our preschooler loves to play with these snowballs and they are great gross motor practice as she practices throwing and kicking.

Here are a couple different options in different price ranges:

2. ✧ Create your own Fake Snow:

This is a great sensory activities for 3 year olds and under, as it allows them to stay warm and build their own snowman. Children love to play in the snow but hate the cold so this fake snow is the perfect solution to keep your little ones entertained for hours. Checkout our Sensory Play Ideas Blog for the Recipe.

3. ✧ Make Homemade Hot Chocolate:

Winter and hot chocolate, two things that go together hand in hand.  As much as I love winter, I am always cold. However I do have a good solution for warming up my hands while holding a cup of hot chocolate.  Doesn’t matter if I just came in from shoveling snow or was playing outside in the snow with the kids, hot chocolate always hits the spot and warms me right up.  This time I decided to kick it up a notch with this Double Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

Check out our Double Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

4. ✧ Create a Snow Sensory Bin:

Bring the outdoors inside by creating a snowy sensory bin. Sensory Play is messy, interactive and fun and allows children to explore new textures and materials in a safe environment and encourages your child’s development. Sensory play encourages brain development, language, motor skills, problem solving, and adaptability. To create an indoor Snow Sensory Bin, I bring our outdoor water table inside and place some towels underneath and fill the bin with snow. I have added measuring cups, small sand toys, little people and small plastic animals in the past and allowed my daughter to play with the snow inside…. she loved it!

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