When my husband told me he wanted to go on a trip to Whistler for his Christmas gift, I was open to it but a little concerned about what I would do to keep our young toddler occupied while he was skiing. When we arrived in Whistler, however, I was pleasantly surprised by all of the activities that were available for children of all ages.
Whistler Family Vacation – Things To Do With A Toddler in Whistler
Whistler Olympic Plaza Inclusive Playground
We were only in Whistler over a long weekend but, a big chunk of our time was spent at the Whistler Olympic Plaza Inclusive Playground. This is such a great area to take children of all ages. This wooden playground features slides, ladders and so much more to help your kids burn off some energy. Added bonus – it is located next to a couple coffee shops and a great bakery called Purebread (get a crack bar!).
Whistler Olympic Plaza Snow Zone
We bought a toddler sled (aff link) before our trip to Whistler because I was sure there would be some place for me to take my little guy sledding. While I was researching the trip, however, I saw many people posting about how hard it was to find a place to sled and having to find places off the beaten path.
I was completely prepared to go on a search for these random sledding locations but when we went to visit the Whistler Olympic Plaza, right in the middle was a giant Snow Zone! This area is perfect for sledding, building snowmen and having snowball fights. If you are hesitant about sending your little one down the hills, there is a great area around the mountain of snow that is perfect for just pulling a sled.
Whistler Fire & Ice Show
If you are lucky enough to be in Whistler on a Sunday night, don’t miss the Fire & Ice Show! With fire dancers, fireworks and world-class skiers performing daring stunts, this is a must-see attraction for families.
Most of the hotels in Whistler have heated swimming pools so make sure to bring your swimsuit on the trip. I dressed my toddler in swim trunks with a rash guard to help give him some extra warmth.
There are only so many things you can get done during a long weekend in Whistler but below are a few other toddler and kid-friendly things I would like to try out during our future trips:
- Outdoor Ice Skating Rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza – Skating, helmets and push bars are free. Rent skates for $5.
- Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre – Art and exhibits celebrate the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.
- PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola – Guinness World Record breaking ride lets passengers get 360 degree view of the mountains.
- Family Après at Whistler Olympic Plaza – Free kid-friendly activities and entertainment in Whistler Olympic Plaza on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
- Coca-Cola Tube Park – Located on Blackcomb Mountain, tubing hill for ages 3+.
- Magic Castle on Blackcomb and Tree Fort on Whistler – Once my little guy starts skiing, these will be fun play areas to visit on the mountains.
Have you been to Whistler with children? What are some activities that you liked to do while you were there?