Hello, winter. Vancouver has been getting hit hard with the chilly weather recently and needless to say and we've finally received our first big snowfall of the year. While we would love to be out and about, it's a good idea to have some indoor activities in your back pocket. To make sure you’re not bored out of your wits this winter, we came up with a list of fun Vancouver winter activities inside that will all help you avoid the cold.
This last little bit of winter has been especially intense. From 120km/h winds to massive snowfalls that made Metro Vancouver look like a snow globe, we've really seen it all in a pretty short period of time.
Just because it's a little snowy and icy out there doesn’t mean you have to barricade yourself inside and watch Netflix.
There are some seriously awesome indoor activities to do that will keep you warm and entertained.
From go-karting and mini-putt to new foodie adventures, Vancouver has epic indoor activities and we came up with a diverse list of them for you to enjoy.
The awesome part is that many of these activities are super cheap which means you can treat this as a bucket list until Mother Nature decides to warm up the atmosphere.
Now all you need to do is gather your friends and start knocking activities off the list.
Get Arts at a Cake Decorating Workshop
When: Multiple dates from now until April 2020
Address: 4010 Main St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This Vancouver cake decorating workshop is bound to keep you warm this winter and their cakes are seriously cute. From Pikachu to pineapples, the cakes taste even better than they look, so be sure you come hungry.
Go Climbing at The Hive Bouldering Gym
Address: 520 Industrial Ave., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: The best way to stay warm in the winter is to keep moving. Test your strength and see if you can climb to the top of their many bouldering walls. The massive space has tons of all-level routes to try out.
Race Your Friends on Go-Karts
Address: 13471 Crestwood Pl., Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: If you’re an adrenaline junky with a nostalgic vibe, then this is for you. Strap yourself to one of their many go-karts and see if you can make it to first place. All those years of Mario Kart have finally paid off.
Snap Unique Photos at Chaos Space
Address: 140 6851 Elmbridge Way, Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: This space is completely dedicated to you getting the perfect Instagram photo. There are 24 spaces to choose from that are made to take selfies and each one is more epic and interactive than the last.
Try and Escape at Smarty Pantz
Address: 100 289 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Start rounding up your smartest friends and hit up an escape room. You’ll need all the brainpower you can get but it’s worth it in the end.
Get Sporty at Westcoast Mini Putt
Address: 7391 Elmbridge Way, Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: Get out of the cold and into a glow in the dark mini-putt. It reminds us of all the birthday parties we used to go to as a kid and it’s just as fun now as it was then.
Explore Moon & Back Gallery
Address: 9 12800 Bathgate Way, Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: This interactive mirror and light exhibit is everything. Get in from the cold and into the gallery to take some seriously wicked pictures. It’s constantly expanding so there is always something different to look at.
Trade Blood For Ice Cream
When: Now until January 31, 2020
Address: Rain or Shine, 3382 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC and Oak Street Clinic, 4750 Oak St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: All of January, you can trade blood for ice cream at Rain or Shine Ice Cream. This #pintforapint event is to promote life-saving donations. While it may be cold outside, you can warm your heart knowing you did some good. Plus, ice cream!
Sip All the Cocoa at the Hot Chocolate Festival
Price: $5 per drink
When: Saturday, January 18 to Friday, February 14, 2020
Address: Various locations around Vancouver
Why You Need To Go: Warming up in the winter and hot chocolate are pretty much synonymous. There are over 100 different flavours of hot chocolate during the Hot Chocolate Festival and you should try as many as you can.
Experience Both Bubble Tea and Cats
Price: $5 per drink
Address: 666 E. Broadway St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Bubble tea and cats. What more could you need to warm up this winter? Catoro Cafe has over 24 different cats listed for adoption and you can snuggle all of them during your visit.
Feel Fancy with a Ferris Wheel of High Tea
Price: $55 for Ferris wheel
Address: 1601 Bayshore Dr., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: H Tasting Lounge has some seriously scrumptious high tea and it's all served in a Ferris wheel. It’s the perfect mixture of adorable and high class and their tea and goodies will definitely warm you up.
Eat Everything at Afuri Ramen + Dumpling
Address: 140 7971 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: This is one of Vancouver’s newest restaurants and it's totally yummy. They have tons of ramen dishes to choose from and all of their hot broth will warm you up, right down to your frostbitten toes.
Play a Round of Archery tag
Address: 13180 Mitchell Rd., Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: This indoor playground is awesome and you can actually shoot your friends with arrows. It sounds more gruesome then it is, it's actually totally safe. And with all the adrenaline, you’ll warm up super fast.
Eat All the $15 Meals During Dine Out Vancouver
When: Multiple dates
Address: Multiple locations
Why You Need To Go: There are 16 restaurants in Vancouver that are doing $15 lunch and dinner menus for this epic annual foodie event. Form Indian to Korean you can try it all, so be sure to come hungry.