Summer feels long gone and the cold is here. The snow has been falling, the slush has been forming, and you can see your breath when you breathe. It’s not always easy to get outside in the colder months, especially with little ones at home. But, don’t worry- we’ve put together some family-friendly fun places to eat and play all winter long. No boots or gloves required.
HEARTWORKS CHILDREN’S STUDIO
471 Laclie Street, Orillia
The perfect place to allow imaginations to run wild. Heartworks is an art and creative space for children 3 months up to 10 years old. They have drop-in art and play programs that allow you two hours of sensory play, and enough materials to create and bring home 1-3 pieces of unique art. They also offer preregistered programs for specific age groups that allow your kids the creativity and space to really explore and have fun. You may even discover you’re raising the next Picasso!
945 Innisfil Beach Road #8, Innisfil
Kids Ville isn’t just adorable, it’s also the ultimate place for play. This child-sized town is equipped with a grocery store, bakery, salon, animal hospital, construction zone, and more. While your kids are playing you can sit back and relax in their café – the ultimate win/win! Did someone say birthday party?! Yes, they even have a private party room. Birthday packages can include juice boxes for the kids and coffee for the adults, as well as plates, napkins, tablecloths and clean-up.
X-Play Trampoline Amusement Park
30 N. Village Way #5 (Park Place), Barrie
If your kids need to shake (or jump) their sillies out, this place is for you. X-Play has a trampoline park, a foam pit, a battle beam, laser tag, and dodgeball. Don’t be surprised if your entire family goes to bed early after spending some time here. All ages welcome! (With the exception of laser tag, which is 8+). Want a bonus tip about this place? They offer discounted rates on Tuesdays- go ahead and mark your calendar!
109 Mississaga Street E., Orillia
This place proves you can have fun without any play equipment. Craving sweets? This place won’t disappoint. Did you know their bakers wake at 3 am so you can have FRESH donuts and treats to go with your morning coffee? Come hungry because their breakfast and lunch menu is filled with fresh ingredients and wholesome food. Even if the whole family can’t join, there are so many goodies you can bring home with you. There are breads and baked goods, and they even have a cute little shop with everything from kitchen gadgets to gift items. They also offer beautiful gift baskets. Looking for dessert? Their cake selection is vast. From birthday cakes to photo cakes, and even wheat-free and vegan- there’s a cake for everyone. You won’t leave this place empty-handed. The cherry on top? This wonderful family business resides in a 110-year-old building with so much charm. It is as quaint as it is sweet. You really must check it out.
Grilled Cheese Eatery
53 Dunlop Street E., Downtown Barrie
Grilled Cheese. YUM. This place takes this classic sandwich and turns it gourmet (you can also stick with the classic if that’s what you prefer). They have so many variations including pierogi, mac and cheese, avocado, dill, and even pulled pork. As appealing as it is to your sense of taste it is also appealing to your eyes. On their walls, they usually feature various local artists’ work and usually have a fun window display.