Things To Do on a PD Day – Winter Edition

A day home with the kids is an opportunity to do something great together…but what?! We have some fun ideas for things to do on a PA Day!


Have Fun at Home

Staying home can be awesome! We have some great ways to make home fun again…

  1. Build a pillow fort – kids of every age love this one. I know a few grownups who do, too.
  2. Watch a movie or TV show together, bonus points if it is Christmas related.
  3. Set up a hot chocolate bar: marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, cookie crumbles, and more! Just a few bucks really goes a lot way.
  4. Have you written to Santa yet? You have until December 10th to drop those letter in the mail if you’re looking for a letter in return.
  5. Put up your tree and decorations! It’s never too early for Christmas cheer – especially this year!
  6. Send some love through the mail. Everyone loves mail and this time of year, a Christmas card goes a long way.
  7. Facetime or have a driveway visit with the old folks in your life. They’ll appreciate it more than you know.
  8. Play a board game or build a craft kit.
  9. Create your own advent calendar, we’ve got some great ideas!
  10. Bake! Bake for dessert, bake for a gift or bake just to experiment. Either way, it’s delicious!
  11. Take a virtual tour of Ireland House museum and see what life was like in our region back in the
  12. Find more ideas for Fun At Home here.


Have Fun Outdoors

Being outdoors is a great way to tire the kids out, and you’ll be fine if you dress for it (I promise!) Here are a few ideas to get your outside…

  1. Have you seen the lights at Spencer Smith Park? They’re beautiful this time of year, and only around for a short time, so don’t miss them.
  2. Do “nothing”. Kind of. Give the kids some loose parts and let them create the fun today.
  3. Ice excavating is soooo much any time of year. Buy yourself time to drink your tea when the kids are “hard at work”
  4. Cut your own Christmas tree down! These local Christmas tree farms can accommodate, or they can sell you a Canadian-grown masterpiece pre-cut and ready for your roof rack!
  5. Geocaching is such an underestimated activity. It’s free, outdoors and filled with adventure. Plus, you can (literally) do it anywhere in the world!
  6. Parks aren’t closed, so go climb, slide, swing and play all day at a new-to-you park or playground
  7. Wander your ‘hood or drive to another area and check out the houses with the best Christmas lights with our map!


Have Fun Indoors, But Not At Home

  1. There are indoor locations who can safely accommodate families/bubbles with a private rental to make sure you can still play
  2. Shop for the ones who need it the most. Buy some food items or a toy for families who are struggling this year.
  3. Santa Claus is still making appearances, and you can see him at these locations. Bring your mask!
  4. The Gage Park Greenhouse is a tranquil garden oasis in the heart of a vibrant city. Your kids will love the water creatures and the cool plant life.
  5. Have you ever been on a tour of Dundurn Castle? We just went in a few weeks ago and LOVED IT. And now, with the residence being fully decorated for the holidays, you’re sure to be impressed!

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