18 amazing indoor activities that'll keep you entertained in Toronto this winter

Dec 2 2017, 4:33 am

Cold, slushy, snowy days are ahead in Toronto and while the urge to hibernate is strong, there are plenty of fun things to do inside if you still want to socialize.

Here’s a guide to the great indoors in Toronto.

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Get your game on at The Rec Room

A 40,000 square foot entertainment and eats complex opened its doors at Toronto’s Roundhouse this summer. The Rec Room is known to bring together live entertainment, gaming, and dining all under one roof.

Address: 255 Bremner Blvd
Instagram: @therecroomca

Full lanes of Cornhole await you at Bangarang

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Head to Bangarang and get in on obscure billiards games like Sjoelen (AKA Dutch Shuffleboard), Rebound, and more, along with two full lanes of Cornhole, a classic backyard bean bag toss game.

Address: 552 College Street, Toronto
Instagram: @bangarangbar

Board games and beers at Snakes & Lattes

The collection of board games is massive at two location from this licenced board game cafe. Get competitive over a few hands of Pit or ruin your friendships over a game of Monopoly, all while sipping craft beers and snacking on nachos.

Address: 600 Bloor Street West, Toronto, and 489 College Street, Toronto
Instagram: @snakesandlattes

Lawn games at Track & Field Bar

Lawn games are no longer just a summer-specific activity. At this College Street bar, play shuffleboard and bocce as you drink draught cocktails and tall cans.

Address: 860 College Street, Toronto
Instagram: @trackandfieldbar

Simulated Racing at RaceSim1

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Adrenaline junkies take note, this one-of-a-kind arcade is equipped with five custom-built cockpits where realistic racing games will let you hit the racetrack without the worry of winter tires.

Address: 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @racesim1

Arcade Games at NightOwl

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Toronto is home to plenty of arcades, but these aren’t like the pre-teen populated venues of yesteryear. This Little Italy bar houses classics like Big Buck Hunter and Whack-A-Mole while slinging booze-spiked milkshakes and bowls of mac ‘n cheese.

Address: 647 College Street, Toronto
Instagram: @nightowltoronto


Make a masterpiece at Paint Cabin

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The studio on the east side offers instruction as well as use of its open studio to artists of all levels. Walk-ins are accommodated based on availability, and $20 to $55 (depending on canvas size) includes access to the studio, community table, easels, acrylic paints and supplies.

Address: 723 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Instagram: @paint_cabin


Go surfing at Surfset

Surfs up at this niche fitness studio where you can channel your inner Pete Devries. Ride the wave core-engaging workout all the way to your dream beach body.

Address: 2481A Yonge Street, Toronto
Instagram: @surfsetto

Rocking Climbing at BaseCamp

Repurposing a former adult theatre, this climbing gym boasts 7,000 square feet of climbing surfaces and almost 60 routes up. All skill levels are welcome and can access slabs, flat wall climbs, overhang climbing, a large prow and walls nearly 40 feet tall.

Address: 677 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @climbbasecamp

Break some sh*t at Battle Sports Inc.’s Rage Room

If you’re feeling a little stir-crazy and the seasonal depression has officially kicked in, consider releasing all your pent up aggression with a session smashing plates, fax machines and more.

Address: 26 Ashwarren Road, Toronto
Instagram: @battlesportsinc

Table Tennis at Smash Ping Pong Lounge

Work up an appetite playing ping pong then kick back over pizzas, wings and siders with a beer in hand.

Address: 672 Queen Street East, Toronto
Instagram: @smashpingpong

Axe Throwing at BATLGrounds

Toronto’s original Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) has caught on and now boast three locations in the GTA. Public drop in lessons and casual axe throwing are offered on weekends meanwhile private bookings and league membership are also available.

Address: 33 Villiers Street, Toronto; 1245 Dupont Street, Toronto; 153 Bridgeland Avenue, Unit 15, Toronto
Instagram: @batlground

Archery Tag at Archer’s Arena

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The 10,000 square foot arena outfitted with two courts, a shooting range, sniper towers and lounge where players can take lessons ($30 per hour) or partake in combat sessions ($25 for 90 minutes).

Address: 1140 Sheppard Avenue West, Unit 3, North York
Instagram: @archersarena

Knife throwing at TKTO

Need a unique indoor date idea? “Knife Fights & Chill” is what TKTO considers date night, and it’s just one event offered in addition to a weekly schedule of league, practice and open throw sessions.

Address: 6 Curity Ave, Unit 22, Toronto
Instagram: @torontoknifethrowing

Knock some pins down at Danforth Bowl

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Old school bowling are a dying breed. Ontario kids that want to relive the nostalgic birthday parties of their youth should head here pronto.

Address: 1554 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @danforthbowl

Ride the course at JoyRide Indoor Bike Park

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Take a mountain bike or a BMX for a spin around this indoor park with tiered courses for all skill levels. Also noteworthy: you can ride you bike up a ramp and drop into a foam pit.

Address: 150 Bullock Drive, Markham
Instagram: @joyride150

Go Trampolining at SkyZone

Feel like you’re literally crawling the walls? Perhaps some bouncy time is just what you need. Saturday nights are 16+.

Address: 45 Esandar Drive, Unit 1A, Toronto; 2839 Rutherford Road, Vaughan; 3636 Hawkestone Road, Mississauga
Instagram: @skyzone_toronto

Lose yourself at the IMAX VR Centre

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This new centre features a mind-shattering VR experience with insanely immersive visuals and 360 sound, launching you into a virtual world more realistic than anything you’ve ever imagined.

Address: Scotiabank Theatre

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