Whether it’s drinking like a bootlegger in hidden bars or exploring and solving your way through intricate escape rooms, there are a ton of fun things to do in Edmonton that don't require your parka. We found a few of the hottest and most unique things to do in the city this winter that are perfect for getting a break from the cold.

Edmonton is staring down record-setting temperatures and we’re waiting it out inside where there's heating. It’s hard to get out when the air hurts to breathe and half an hour means frostbitten fingers and toes.

Even though the city’s taking advantage of the cold with beautiful ice castles and movie theatres made entirely of ice, sometimes you just want to spend your time indoors.

Lucky for you, we’ve combed through the best indoor activities in the city and compiled the top nine things to do.

Staying warm doesn’t mean staying bored, and that’s the last thing you’ll be feeling when you’re having the time of your life playing trampoline dodgeball or the other activities below.

We’ve all been to the West Edmonton Mall, so we made sure to include activities you’ve hopefully never tried. Why not experience something new and expand your horizons?

Here are nine indoor activities to avoid the cold:

Outwit and Outrun at Escape Hour Edmonton

Price: $24.99 to $29.99

Address: Unit 326 10025 102A Ave. NW., 

Why You Need To Go: Explore vivid dreamscapes and solve twisting puzzles in five unique and challenging rooms.


Arcade Games and More at the REC Room

Price: $20+

Address: 1725-99th St. NW., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: From augmented climbing walls to multi-sports simulators to two built-in restaurants, you'll never be bored here.


Touch the Sky at Launchpad Trampoline Park

Price: Variable. $16.50 for 1 hour

Address: 6142 50th St. NW., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Defy gravity in trampoline dodgeball, dive into the foam pit, and more.


Uncover Hidden Stories at Old Strathcona Antique Mall

Price: $5+

Address: 10323 78th Ave., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: Discover hidden gems and forgotten histories in Western Canada's largest antique mall. This place was even in Amazing Race Canada once.


Drink Like a Spy at Alchemy

Price: $12+

Address: JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, 10344 102 St. NW., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This secret bar is literally behind a bookcase. Perfect for vodka martinis, shaken, not stirred.


Walk Indoors with Dinos At The Museum

Price: $19 admission, Free on Family Day

Address: 9810 103a Ave. NW., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: You're never too old to love dinosaurs. Relive being a kid again at the museum and get your steps in while staying toasty.


Jam Out At Winspear Centre

Price: $32

Address: 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: There's always something happening at the Winspear Centre, the home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and countless other shows.


Pump your Adrenaline at Fast Track Karting

Price: $21.95 per person per race on weekdays. $24.95 on weekends.

Address: 11771 167 St., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: No better way to get your blood pumping and adrenaline flowing than racing at this in-door kart track.


Chill over Board Games at The Gamer's Lodge

Price: $12+

Address: 10459 124 St., Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you get into board games, you'll have a hobby for life. Plus, playing games with your friends means that everyone lets their true colours shine.

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