When the winter months roll around, parents with young children, families, seniors… all of us are often on the hunt for fun and engaging activities to keep entertained and active during the frigid winter months.
From exploring local parks and skating rinks to visiting museums and markets, there are countless ways to stay active and connected in Kitchener.
The best part? Many of these activities are free or low-cost, making them accessible to all.
Here are some free family activities to enjoy in Kitchener in 2023:
- Winter Farmers’ Market at the Kitchener Market.
- Festival of Trees at THEMUSEUM.
- Skating at Victoria Park or Carl Zehr Square.
- Winter walks on the Walter Bean Grand River Trail or at Breithaupt Park.
- Tobogganing at McLennan Park.
- Visit the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.
The Kitchener Market
The Kitchener Market is a popular destination for families throughout the year, but it’s especially fun in the winter months. On Saturdays from November to February, the market hosts the Winter Farmers’ Market, featuring local food vendors, artisans, and live entertainment. The market also hosts special events and workshops for kids, such as cookie decorating and craft workshops.
Location: 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2L3
Contact information: (519) 741-2287
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THEMUSEUM is a hands-on museum that is perfect for kids of all ages. During the winter months, they often host special exhibits and events, such as the Festival of Trees and the Gingerbread House Challenge. Kids can explore, learn, and have fun while staying warm indoors.
Location: 10 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3
Contact information: (519) 749-9387
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Go Skating Kitchener has several outdoor skating rinks that are open to the public during the winter months.
Victoria Park is a popular destination, with its large outdoor rink and picturesque setting. The rink at Carl Zehr Square is also a great option, with its urban setting and proximity to restaurants and shops.
Location: Victoria Park – 80 Schneider Ave, Kitchener, ON N2G 1K9;
Carl Zehr Square – 200 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A9
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Take a Winter Walk
Take a Winter Walk Kitchener has several beautiful parks and trails that are perfect for a winter walk. The Walter Bean Grand River Trail is a great option for families, with its paved trails and stunning views of the Grand River. Breithaupt Park is another popular destination, with its tree-lined paths and playgrounds for the kids.
Location: Walter Bean Grand River Trail there are various entry points throughout the city.
Breithaupt Park – 80 Schneider Ave, Kitchener, ON N2G 1K9
Watch “Grand River Walter Bean Trail Winter Solstice, Kitchener Canada”
Tobogganing is a classic winter activity that kids love. Kitchener has several hills that are perfect for sledding, including the hill at McLennan Park.
Be sure to bundle up and wear a helmet!
Location: McLennan Park – 901 Ottawa St S, Kitchener, ON N2E 3G8
Watch “TOBOGGANING … A Fun Winter Activity at McLennan Park Kitchener Ontario Canada”
Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum
The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is a great place to take kids in the winter. The museum features interactive exhibits, educational programming, and special events throughout the year. Kids can learn about the history of the region while having fun and staying warm indoors.
Location: 10 Huron Rd, Kitchener, ON N2P 2R7
Contact information: (519) 748-1914
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It’s important to stay active and connected to your community during the cold winter months. Not only does this help to combat the winter blues, but it can also provide valuable opportunities for kids to learn and grow.
By taking advantage of the many resources available in Kitchener, families can stay busy and engaged throughout the winter season.
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