Get Your Family Out of The House! Free or Cheap Things to do This Winter in the GTA

We get it, money can be tight around this time of the year. You just started to recoup from the money you spent during the holiday season, but Valentine’s Day and March break are just around the corner so many people are looking to get the most out of their hard earned money. Well even if you want to save money, you still have to have fun right?

Here’s a list of great Cheap or Free things to do this winter.

Enjoy Great Music


The annual Winterfolk Music Festival is back for another year taking over five venues on the Danforth from February 12 to 14 2016. The festival is an all-ages event that showcases amazing urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music. There are over 150 artists performing and festival passes are just $10 if you buy them before January 30th.

Get Outside

If you’re looking to do something for free, people often forget about the great outdoor areas located in Toronto. We suggest going tobogganing or skating on one of Toronto’s many free skating rinks.

While the snow has hampered the tobogganing season a little bit, what’s great about Toronto is that there are potential tobogganing hills in almost every neighbourhood. Check out Christi Pitts Park downtown or Centennial Park in Etobicoke.

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Skating is another great way to get your family out of the house for cheap. You can check out a full list of great skating rinks through the City of Toronto website.  We suggest checking out the skating rink at Evergreen Brickworks, or go to the DJ night at the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront. Both venues offer a different take on traditional skating and is great fun or the whole family.

Experience Winter Art

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Source: Winter Stations

If you’re looking for a really unique and cultural experience (or someone in your family loves taking awesome Instagram photos) Winter Stations is a must see.  Located in Toronto’s east end, various artist and designers transform lifeguard stations on the waterfront into temporary art installations. If you’re really looking for an experience check out Winter Stations opening ceremony event on February, 15th 2016.

Go to a Library


Toronto has beautiful libraries. If your family loves to read why not get lost at the Toronto Reference Library. It’s truly massive, and unless you are a university student, people rarely go in there just to experience it. The architecture is amazing, and you can find extensive collection great Canadian authors. Sometimes going to the library can be some of the most fun, especially if you learn something new.


Go to an Indoor Garden and Explore


There are three free indoor gardens in Toronto, and they are great for getting your family out of the cold and see amazing plant life. While maybe not the most exciting of activities, again indoor gardens are great places for amateur photographers.