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It’s Raining, Now What? Activities for Kids in Whistler

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Weather in Whistler can be unpredictable. If you’re coming to Whistler with your family it’s smart to think about what to do in Whistler in the rain. Come here in spring and it may be raining one minute and bright and sunny the next. Come in Autumn and you can expect pretty much the same. Sometimes it can be raining in Whistler Village whilst bluebird skies bask the tops of the mountains.

Rainfall can be particularly high in September through November (take a look at the monthly data here) so if you’re visiting Whistler during this rainy season, you’re likely get the experience of Whistler in the rain.

Top Kid Friendly Rainy Day Activities: 

Forged axe throwing 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqmcWPiELSc

Of course, the first thing parents think of when they are asked ‘kid-appropriate holiday activity’ is axe-throwing. But, you know, just in case a parent needs persuasion we’ll spell it out here.

Forged Axe Throwing is not just an adults game. Yes, the tots need to be over 10 years old to participate and have a legal guardian accompanying if under the age of 16, but if within those requirements kids are more than welcome at our venue.

Forged Axe has been so well received because it responds to people’s desire for a healthy dose of competition, physical activity, and ridiculousness. Bringing kids to Forged when you’re in Whistler in the rain gives them a chance to get active, figure out if they are natural-born lumberjacks, and feel like they have the coolest parents on the planet.

Price:

  • Drop in price: $35
  • Small group (up to 16 players) why not book the whole place at $450/hour.

Hours:

  • 11am-11pm. (Drop in sessions only between 11am-8pm, scheduled on the hour).

Climbing Gym 

Man climbing at an indoor gym

If you want to keep the kids active, even in the rain, check out Whistler Core

If you’re looking for a way to introduce the kids to a new sport (aka. leave them somewhere whilst you grab a beer) then The Core, Whistler’s climbing gym, has a variety of different classes and camps tailored for the young’uns.

In both winter and in summer kids can be enrolled in climbing camps. Guided climbing sessions are available throughout the year and are suitable for kids ages four and up. Friendly guides will be in charge of the technical and safety aspects (e.g. belaying and coaching) and sessions are sold in one-hour blocks.

A climb and dine evening program is available to kids (6-14). This is a chance for kids to learn how to climb during the evening hours. A kid friendly dinner is provided, and this is a fantastic chance for kids to meet others from all over the world.

Prices:

  • Climb & Dine Evening Program costs $70 + GST
  • Guided climbing sessions costs vary depending on the number of participants. For one kid = $60 and four five = $25 each.

Hours:

  • General opening hours are Monday-Friday 7am-10pm, Weekends and holidays 8am-8pm (enquire directly for kids courses timings).

Public Indoor Pool 

Whistler Indoor pool - boy sitting on the edge

Rainy? Bring those crazy kids to the pool!

Meadow Park Sports Centre is an award-winning recreational facility just four kilometres north of Whistler Village. It has a number of facilities (including an indoor skating rink and a fitness centre) but it’s swimming pool really is a fantastic kid-friendly choice for parents thinking about what to do in Whistler in the rain.

If laps are on the cards then the 25 metre, six-lane lap pool should fit the bill. An eight-foot slide and basketball net are a few of the fun features integrated with the lap pool.

There is a dedicated kids’ pool which contains a lazy river and spouting bears- yes bears! Pretty cute and colourful decoration really makes the kids’ pool feel inviting and there are shallow areas specifically for the smallest of the small people.

Also in this facility you can find a hot tub, steam room, and a sauna. Plenty for all the family!

Prices:

  • drop in rates for a child (4-12): $4.50
  • drop in rates for youth (13-18): $5.25
  • drop in rates for adults: $8.75

Hours:

  • 6am-10pm daily. View the pool schedule for detailed public swim times.

Visit the Candy Store! 

Great Glass Elevator Candy Store

Did someone say CANDY?!

In Whistler Village there is a very special place. Dentists hate it. Children and guilty adults love it. Its name is the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop and it’s 1,000 square feet of sweetness.

Whilst we don’t endorse expensive trips to the dentist, what’s a family holiday without a fair divvy-ing out of ‘let’s treat ourselves’ statements? Nostalgic for a candy of your childhood? Browse the giant wall of bulk candy and you may very well find your sweet memory there.

This candy store isn’t subtle. Its walls are painted bright colours and it’s a draw to kids of all ages. You can find candy in stock from the US, the UK, and of course Canada. If you’ve got a party coming up check out one half of the store which is dedicated to party related goods such as greeting cards, balloons, and other party supplies.

Price:

  • free to visit
  • prices of candy vary

Hours:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 10am-7pm
  • Friday and Saturdays: 10am-8pm

Visit the Library 

Whistler public library

Whistler’s public library is about more than books

The library is a peaceful, comfortable, and QUIET way to spend time with your family when you’re in Whistler in the rain.

First off, the library is a fantastic piece of architecture (take a look at it here). Huge cedar beams prop up a slanted roof in a style which harks back to traditional west coast First Nations longhouses. It’s a special hub within the Whistler community and deserves a visit.

If you’re bringing kids along with you there are a number of activities on offer for kids of various ages.

  • For babies: ‘Singing with the Babies’ has got to be the most adorably named activity we’ve come across so far. Parents learn songs and ‘tummy tickles’ (yep that is what they say!) to encourage early language development. Adorable. Almost too much.
  • For kids aged 5-12: kids can earn a special SRC (Summer Reading Club) medal if they take part in the annual Summer Reading Club. Great way to get kids reading and making new friends.
  • For teenagers: creative writing camps occur each summer over a period of three days, usually towards the end of August. At these camps teens can get involved for one or all days, getting a snapshot of what life is like as a writer, learning about the skills of creative writing, and given opportunities to practice.

Price: free!

Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am-7pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Weekends: 11am-5pm

Try Escape! 

Whistler has it’s very own escape rooms. An escape room is a type of real life gaming experience where groups are challenged with puzzles in order to find the key to get them out of the room.

In Whistler’s escape rooms groups of two to six people compete at a time and all the rooms are indoors, which makes it a great option for a family considering what to do in Whistler in the rain. You get to choose from four themes and then you have 45 minutes to figure your way out of the rooms.

Whilst kids over 12 can be left alone for the escape rooms, kids 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (19years+). The challenges are, funnily enough, pretty challenging, so having an adult on standby is both useful and hilarious. Kids four and under go free, which is great because how useful could they really be, let’s be honest.  

Prices:

  • $30/per player (except for kids four and under).

Hours:

  • 1pm-8pm, daily

Go to the Movies 

movie reel

A night at the movies is a perfect way to wind down after day in the rain

When you’re in Whistler in the rain and you’re also pretty exhausted from whatever action-packed adventures you’ve been doing on or off the slopes, the local cinema located in Whistler Village is a pretty great and kid-friendly option.

Village 8 Cinemas plays a surprisingly large selection of (mainstream) movies. At any one time there are usually several options directed at younger viewers.

Grab some popcorn, definitely don’t sneak in any candy from the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop (…), grab a seat, and enjoy a few hours of non-active leisure in one of the most active leisure communities in North America.

Prices:

  • child (3-13): $10
  • general (14 and over): $13
  • Tuesdays: $8 all day!

Show Times: (hold on guys, it’s about to get complicated)

  • Mon, Wed, & Thurs: 3.30pm-7.45pm
  • Tues & Fri: 3.30pm-10.15pm
  • Saturday: 12:15pm-10.15pm
  • Sunday: 12:15pm-7.45pm

Phew.

Kid Friendly Lunch Options

Kid working with dough

Get the kids involved with their own pizza at Carumba

LUNCH! Kids love lunch! Adults love lunch! The following restaurants make lunch with kids when it’s raining in Whistler even more special.

  • Earls: this local favourite is in a perfectly central Whistler village location and offers a small kids menu making lunch (and dinner) decisions that bit easier. The kid menu has been known to include crispy ribs and avocado super toast. Super toast!
  • Caramba! Restaurant: if you’re craving some Italian cuisine head to this fun and delicious eatery. If they’re lucky, kids may even be invited to sit at the bar and play with pizza dough.
  • PureBread: this bakery probably produces the most delicious baked goods on the west coast. That’s our personal feeling, but we’re pretty sure it’s not just us. This is a kid and adult dreamboat. Think: every kind of brownie you didn’t realize you wanted until you saw its label and then you realized you needed it. For example: caramelized banana brownie. Caramelized banana brownie. One more time: caramelised banana brownie. Have you got the idea?!

Get Wet Anyway! 

You know what, if you’re in the Pacific North West, it’s highly likely you’ll experience at least a shower if not a deluge. That’s why our trees are so damn lush!

If it’s raining you don’t have to be a coach potato or flock to the inside-world. There are many outdoor activities that continue to be fun if not epic in the rain. For example: why not go ziplining at one of two fantastic zipline tour companies in Whistler? We’ve written about them here.

Another option: take a stroll through the village and around Lost Lake. The rainforest in the rain is a beautiful site. Don’t take our word for, go out and explore.