Whistler summer activities with kids

Travelling with Children

On and -off the mountain, Whistler is the ultimate family friendly destination. The mountain offers dedicated family zones, an enchanted Tree Fort and Magic Castle and an excellent Whistler Kids Snow School program. The Village is packed with family-friendly activities from the playground and skating rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza to the soapstone carving classes at Fathom Stone Gallery and cultural experiences at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Read on to discover more family fun activities available during your stay in Whistler.

winter activities

Winter Activities

Looking for some more adventureous activities to do as a family? Check out our winter activities page and choose from zip lining, dog sledding, tubing, and snowmobiling to name but a few.

Family Après

Family après is all about experiencing winter outdoor fun with the kids, the Canadian way. Activities range from snowman competitions, tobogganing, storytelling, music, hockey, snacks, hot beverages and more.

Family après
Kids Ski School

Kids Ski School

Whether your child is a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier/rider, Whistler Blackcomb has the perfect lesson to match your child’s needs. Whistler Ski School is home to some of the best instructors in the world!

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza

Whistler Olympic Plaza, the site of the 2010 Winter Games’ Victory Ceremonies, offers free skating starting mid-December. $8 skate rentals and free helmets are available.

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Vallea Lumina adventure

Vallea Lumina

An otherworldly adventure, perfect for the whole family, with an immersive light show set in an enchanted forest.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre celebrates the joint history of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. The art & exhibits on display showcase their histories.

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Fire & Ice Show

Fire & Ice Show

Whistler’s best skiers and riders hit a big air jump through a blazing ring of fire every Sunday night during the winter months! Spend your evening with family and friends, and enjoy the free live entertainment and fireworks!

The Core

Kids climbing the walls? Bring them to The Core’s rock climbing gym. Choose a program, or just drop in. Guided programs, day camps, summer camps, climbing lessons, climb & dine & more are available!

Kids climbing the walls
Whistler Olympic Plaza Playground

Whistler Olympic Plaza Playground

The interactive playground features a large treehouse with a slide, a toddler treehouse with a slide, a rocking boat, swings and a padded play surface. Conveniently located in the Village, this area is close to a variety of coffee shops.

Magic Castle & Fort

The Magic Castle is located on Blackcomb in the Children’s Adventure Park above the base of the Catskinner Chair; accessible via Easy Out. The Tree Fort on Whistler is located just off Bear Cub trail, near the Big Red Express.

Magic Castle & Fort at adventure park
Whistler Museum

Whistler Museum

Located in the heart of the resort, the Whistler Museum is the place to discover Whistler’s history and unique mountain culture. The Museum offers a variety of exhibits and interactive activities suitable to all ages.

Meadow Park

This multipurpose facility provides a wide selection of services and amenities including a six-lane pool, kids’ pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. The complex also houses an arena, squash courts, weight room and a fitness studio.

kids at swimming pool in Meadow Park
Babysitting & Nanny Services

Babysitting & Nanny Services

Let us help arrange babysitting, childcare or a nanny during your holiday. Nannies and babysitters come to your home to provide safe, fun and active care of your children.

Soapstone Carving

This is a great off mountain activity for all ages 3+. Classes include the 1 hour pendant, 1-2 & 3 hour inukshuk, 3 hour 2-D wildlife, 4 to 6 hour 3-D bear, or 6+ hour freestyle classes. You get to take home your completed soapstone carving.

Soapstone Carving with kid
kids at beach on Summer Activities

Summer Activities

With so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors on and off the mountain in Whistler, the biggest problem our guests often face is choosing which activity to try first. Listed below are, in our opinion, some of the best activities currently on offer.

10 commonly asked questions about travelling with kids to Whistler

1. What is the best time to visit Whistler with children?

Summer (June to August) or Winter (December to March) are the best times to visit Whistler with children with seasonal programs running just for kids.

2. What activities are suitable for children in Whistler?

Whistler offers activities for children such as snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, ziplining, mini golf, hiking and more.

3. Are there any kid-friendly restaurants in Whistler?

Yes, there are several kid-friendly restaurants in Whistler such as Crepe Montagne and Creekbread, Pasta Lupino, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Gone Eatery, and Purebread.

4. What is the best way to get to Whistler with kids?

The best way to get to Whistler with kids is by car or bus. Expect approximately 90 minutes in drive time from Vancouver.

5. Can kids ski or snowboard in Whistler?

Yes, Whistler offers ski and snowboard lessons and camps for kids of all ages.

6. Are there any kid-friendly accommodations in Whistler?

Yes, there are many kid-friendly accommodations in Whistler such as vacation rentals, holiday homes, and condos.

7. Can kids participate in snow activities if they have never done it before?

Yes, Whistler offers beginner lessons for kids who have never skied or snowboarded before.

8. Are there any indoor activities for kids in case of bad weather?

Yes, there are several indoor activities for kids in Whistler such as Escape Rooms, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Whistler Public Library, the Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Gym, and more.

9. Is there a kid-friendly ski school in Whistler?

Yes, Whistler Blackcomb offers a ski school for kids.

10. Can parents rent baby equipment in Whistler?

Yes, baby equipment can be rented from various shops in Whistler such as Babies on the Go.