Fresh air, sunshine, snow and swimming! Whistler resort offers outdoor activities throughout the year which are both kid- and family-friendly. Take a look through the summer and winter activities to see what you and your kids would like to try together.
For a change of pace or when the weather calls for a break having options for indoor fun is important. There's a host of great ideas on our Indoor Activities page for ways to keep the kids entertained within four walls. (Note that many of the outdoor activities in Whistler go ahead rain, snow or shine. So pack a good set of snow or waterproof gear for everyone and you will be able to get outside and explore no matter what the weather is doing.)
From the free summer Concert Series and the Whistler Children's Festival in summer to the Holiday Experience and Family Après in winter, there is always something going on to entertain your little ones. The Event Calendar is the best resource to find family friendly events on during your stay.
The Whistler Visitor Centre creates scavenger hunts for different seasons. It's a great way to get kids active and interacting with the environment. Drop into the Whistler Visitor Centre for a copy or download them here:
Exploring the Winter Wonderland
Snow days provide endless entertainment for kids. Wrap them in snow jackets and spend hours discovering the simple joys of making snow angels, snowmen and snowballs and catching snowflakes. Whistler Olympic Plaza is a great place to visit, with a Snow Zone for play and sliding, a firepit, ice skating and plenty of coffee shops nearby when you need to warm up. Winter nights are the best time to wander the Village, taking in the sparkling light displays which change every year.
Each year during the holiday season the Whistler Conference Centre transforms into a huge indoor, winter wonderland complete with entertainers, crafts, holiday maze and more. There's no cost for admission, and parents will be glad to know there's a cafe inside where they can chat while kids burn off energy.
The following are a small selection of large, family-friendly events that happen over winter, but there's something happening every day with plenty of smaller events during the holiday season. Check out the Event Calendar in season for more.
Family Adventure Zone
The Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is packed with fun for kids big and small with mini golf, climbing walls and a luge ride, just for starters. Enjoy a few activities, stop for lunch on a sunny patio, then try a few more. Prepare for some exhausted kids at the end of the day!
The Adventure Zone is now closed for the season. Please check back for Summer 2023 dates and hours of operation.
Kids can get active, parents can enjoy a coffee and a chat on the sideline. There are playgrounds scattered throughout Whistler including:
A miniature golf course, open from mid-May to mid-October, features a ten-hole traditional course that is fun for the whole family. Rates are $3.50 per child, $5.50 per adult or $12 for a family pass (2 adults and 2 children). Putters are available from the resort office directly across from the course which is located at Riverside RV Resort and Campground, 3 km north of Whistler Village.
Think golf, played with frisbees. There are tw0 disc golf courses in Whistler. An 18-hole course is located at Whistler RV Park and Campground with discs available at the main office. The Whistler Disc Golf Course is 27 holes and stretches from Spruce Grove Park to Lost Lake Park. It's a combination of wooded and open terrain with lots of challenging elevation changes. Bring your own discs or rent some in the Village. Don’t forget the bug spray!
The following are a small selection of large family-friendly events that happen over summer, but there's something happening every day. Check out the Event Calendar in season for more.
There’s an enormous range of children’s summer camps in Whistler from classic outdoor activities like biking, skiing and snowboarding (yes, even in summer) to arts and music.
Insider's Guide: Whistler Summer Camps for Kids