Updated February 2022

It’s Family Day in BC on Monday, February 21 and we’ve put together some ideas for how you can spend the day with the fam jam in Whistler (these could also double up for some unique Valentine’s Day experiences).

Sled the Snow Zone

Head to Whistler’s Olympic Plaza where there’s the outdoor ice rink and the adjacent Snow Zone. Bring a sled and your skates, grab a hot chocolate (there are several places right by the plaza) and have some fun playing with the kids.

If you fancy drinking your coffee in peace while you stroll the village, send the kids off on a scavenger hunt. Do you know where you can find a wall of Jelly Bellys? A Canadian Mountie? A capoeira dancer? You might have to dive in yourself to tick a few things off the list.

Outdoor Adventures

Did you know that there’s a forest filled with stardust just north of Whistler Village? Vallea Lumina is a multimedia light show set in the forests of Cougar Mountain. The shows start in the early evening and it takes about an hour to walk – kids five and under are free.

Do you have kids that like a bit of brraaaappppp? Kids aged 5 to 12 go free on family snowmobile tours, so if you have a speed demon on your hands this one’s for you! Head out first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon for the best sledding conditions.

Get out into the wide-open spaces of the Callaghan Valley by taking the kids for a cross-country ski or snowshoe at Whistler Olympic Park. You could learn together and opt for a private lesson and if your children are at least 12 years old, you could add on the biathlon shooting experience for even more fun!

You can also bring the furry member of your family to Whistler Olympic Park, check out A Doggy Date at Whistler Olympic Park for more details.

Kids like to slide down things and secretly adults do too. The only gripe is typically the balance of uphill climb to sliding fun, but that’s where the bubly Tube Park comes up trumps – all the sliding fun, no sweat equity needed.

If your kids have been annoying you lately, you could always push them off a bridge – with a bungee cord attached of course! Or, maybe they might want to push you off the bridge…

Everyone’s being told to get fresh air and ziplining ensures that you get lots of that, sometimes a warp speed (good for kids ages six and up).


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Art & Culture

The Audain Art Museum is free for kids aged 18 and under all year round. Show the kids the impressive collection of Indigenous masks, Emily Carr paintings; you could try giving them a pad to do their own sketches and see which artists resonate with them!

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre typically runs special programming for families over the weekend and on Family Day, with extra performances and crafts. This is a great way to connect with Whistler’s Indigenous culture, learning about the history and vibrant future of the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation.

Sweet Treat Foodie Fun

Support your favourite bakery, coffee shop and dentist, by taking the kids for a sweet treat. If you’re down in Creekside, pop into Confetti where they’ll let you design your own gelato or grab a vegan cinnamon bun from Ed’s BReD. Whistler Village favs include purebread, Cows and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop. Check out the Sweet Treat self-guided tour on the free app, Go Whistler Tours.

Grab your family’s favourite takeout and munch on it at one of the new shelters (lovingly called acorns) dotted around Whistler Village. For more picnic-based ideas, take a read of 5 Ways to Winter Picnic in Whistler.


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Puzzles and Games

Head to Escape! Whistler for some family problem-solving fun. For those of you not familiar with an escape room, you’ve got 45 minutes to crack codes and clues to get out! This is great for families who enjoy a puzzle or two.


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Get ready to dodge and weave at AvaLaunch Snowball Blitz. Located at the Whistler Racket Club this activity is like paintball but with snowballs. Good for the family with a bit of a competitive streak!

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You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.