Skip to Content

The Ultimate Guide to all of the Best Things to do in Whistler with Kids

Sharing is caring!

Whistler is one of the best resorts in North America and the number one resort in Canada. It definitely earns that title and offers so many things to do with kids. Its pedestrian-only village vibe, its epic snowflakes, its laid back attitude, and its wealth of activities all contribute to making it one of the best mountain vacations you can take in the summer and in the winter!

If you are looking for the best things to do in Whistler with kids, then you are in the right place! By the time you get to the bottom of this post, your itinerary will be packed full of fun family activities, whether you are visiting in the summer or the winter!

Best Things to do in Whistler with Kids

things to do in Whistler with kids.

Winter Activities to do in Whistler with Kids

Skiing and Snowboarding

The Number 1 reason that most people come to Whistler in the winter is to ski! So skiing or snowboarding with kids has to be the top winter thing to do with kids in Whistler.

For your beginner skiers, if they are not in lessons, consider getting your family tickets for the Magic Chair. These heavily-reduced lift tickets allow access to the Yellow Brick Road Green Run and are in the beginner zone. If you want more than just the Magic chair and are a BC or Washington resident, if you register early, kids in grades K-5 can ski free! Read how in this post: Kids ski free in Whistler

Planning a family Christmas getaway? Read this Whistler Christmas Guide.

Skiing Whistler Blackcomb Magic Chair

Tubing at the Whistler Blackcomb “bubly” Tube Park

Fun for all riders 3 years old and older (and 36″ tall), the Whistler Tube Park offers 8 lanes of thrilling slides and no equipment is required! This is one of the best things to do in Whistler with kids, especially if you are not a ski family! You can get the same thrill as those skiing down the mountain, with no ski skills required!

Things to note: Children under 12 have to be accompanied by an adult. Children between 36″ and 41″ use the mini lanes that are half as long as the full runs. Tickets can only be bought at the Tube Park to manage capacity. Hours are subject to change based on conditions.

What to Wear: Masks are mandatory. Wear warm clothes and dress for the conditions. Snow pants are recommended, as are good winter boots, you will be walking on snow. Helmets are recommended, but not required.

Hours: Weekends and Holidays 10am-6pm, Weekdays 11am-6pm

Pricing for 2020/21: Adults 1 hour $26.50, 2 hours $38.00 | Seniors 1 hour $24.50, 2 hours $35.00, Youth (12-18) 1 hour $24.50, 2 hours $36.00 | Child (7-12) 1 hour $20.50, 2 hours $24.00 | Mini (3-6) 1 hour $15.50, 2 hours $19.00

Location: The Whistler Bubly tube park can be accessed by the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola from Whistler Village. Guests can load from the exit of the Gondola. There is signage directing you to the tube park line. You do not have to wait in the skiiers line (if there is one). Make sure you exit the Goldola at mid-station (the first stop). Once you arrive you cross the ski hill towards the parking lot and have some stairs to climb (quite a few actually) to get to the actual tube park entrance. If you want to drive, you can park at Lot 8 which provides direct access to the tube park.

Whistler Tube Park with kids.

Sledding

Anywhere that you can find a pile of snow, the kids are bound to want to climb it! Bring up a sled and your little ones will never run out of things to do in Whistler in the winter!

In the Olympic plaza (where the Olympic rings are), snow is piled up and it makes the perfect size sledding hill for all ages. The littles and the bigs (and moms and dads too) can get in on the fun!

After hours, you can also sometimes walk up the ski hill at the Blackcomb gondola in the upper village and slide down the ski hill there.

Whistler - Kids Sledding in Whistler Village Olympic Plaza

Ice Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza

Whistler Olympic Plaza, in the heart of Whistler Village, transforms from a large green space to a winter wonderland with the sledding you can see above, and an outdoor skating rink full of twinkling, festive lights.

The rink opens in November and closes in late March (weather permitting).

Hours: 11am – 8:30pm (closed for cleaning 1:30pm-2:30pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm)

Prices: The admission fee is $2.00 per person (with your own skates) or $8.00 per person (with a skate rental.)

Things to Note: Free helmets are available (limited supply). It is recommended to bring your own skates if you have them. No hockey sticks are allowed. No spectators are allowed in the lobby area. No in / out privileges. Masks are required in the lobby area.

Whistler - Skating in Winter with Kids.

Experience Vallea Lumina

Legends speak of a long-lost trail that leads to a secret valley. Join a twilight expedition to explore its mysterious beauty. Just 10 minutes drive north of Whistler village, experience a range of activities from TAG Whistler. Vallea Lumina is a sound and light experience that takes you through the forest, telling a story along the way.

The winter experience runs from November to April and is much more kid friendly than the summer experience because the show times are much earlier (since it gets dark much earlier in the winter months).

What to Wear: Full snow gear is recommended for kids. Dress in layers with warm coats, gloves and hats. Snow boots are recommended for walking on snow. Masks are required.

Things to note: Strollers and sleds are not permitted. There are stairs to walk down at the beginning and a bridge to cross. Those with young children should wear them in a carrier. The walk is about 30 minutes but you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Pets are not permitted.

Pricing: Adult $29.99 Child $24.99 (5 and under are free)

Whistler Vallea Lumina with kids.

Zip Lining

Zip Lining is a perfect year round activity for those thrill seeking kids!

Snowmobile Tours

Snowmobile tours are for all ages! You can even get kid sized snow mobiles!

Whistler Sliding Centre

Another one for the thrill seekers, Whistler sliding centre allows sliders to go down on a bobsled, skeleton or luge. More info coming soon!

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a fun family activity to take in in whistler with the kids! More info coming soon!

Cross Country Skiing

Whistler Olympic park offers cross country skiing just south of Whistler. It is one of the Olympic legacy projects. More info coming soon!

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing can also be done at Whistler Olympic park. More info coming soon!

Year Round Activities to do in Whistler with Kids

SLCC Squamish Li’wat Cultural Centre

Open year-round, the SLCC brings together the vibrant cultures of two local Indigenous groups in one beautiful space. It offers a glimpse into the traditional life of the Indigenous people (the Squamish and the Li-wat people) who inhabited the region that Whistler is part of.

There is an hourly guided tour that is the perfect length for kids! On the main level you can find a gift shop, perfect for local souvenir shopping, as well as a cafe.

In the Summer months, you will find the Whistler Farmers Market right outside the SLCC on the weekends.

Location: 4584 Blackcomb Way

Hours: 10am to 5pm. Tours are hourly on the hour from 10am-4pm

Prices: Adults $20.00 Students (13-18) $7.00 Children (6-12) $5.00 Family Pass $45.00 (up to 2 adults and 2 youth under 18)

Indoor Rock Climbing

Swimming

Ice Skating (indoors)

Escape Whistler

Axe Throwing

village 8 cinemas

Things to do in Whistler with Kids Summer Activities

Vallea Lumina

Taking a short break in the spring, Vallea Lumina is also open for the summer months. Just 10 minutes drive north of Whistler village, experience a range of activities from TAG Whistler. Vallea Lumina is a sound and light experience that takes you through the forest, telling a story along the way.

Things to note: Strollers and sleds are not permitted. There are stairs to walk down at the beginning and a bridge to cross. Those with young children should wear them in a carrier. The walk is about 30 minutes but you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Pets are not permitted.

Dates: 2021 summer dates TBD

Pricing: Adult $29.99 Child $24.99 (5 and under are free)

whistler train wreck hike

bike park

paddle boarding

skate park

swimming

kayaking

downhill biking

whistler farmers market

river of golden dream

white water rafting

More Whistler Resources

What to Pack for Kids in Winter

Packing for a ski trip can be daunting, especially with kids. My top tip is to make sure you get good quality gloves and have two pairs. We like these ones because my kids hands stay dry inside them!

You are also going to want snowsuits and boots. My kids have a good quality base layer so I know they are not cold outside! Instead of a dedicated snow boot, I always get rain boots that are good for cold weather. They are much more versitile.

I have a whole post about what to wear in Whistler. It has a complete packing list for all members of the family!

Where to Stay with Kids in Whistler

Below I have listed some popular properties in Whistler to stay with kids. They either offer in house babysitting or special amenities for babies and kids.

Four Seasons Whistler – The Four Seasons is one of Whistler’s luxury 5 star properties. They offer playpens or cribs and high chairs for guests. They also offer childproofing items, art class, a seasonal playroom and little luxuries like kids bath robes. The Four Seasons Whistler has a swimming pool and hot tub. I also love the ski valet option where you can leave your skis at the ski hill instead of having to bring them back to the hotel. Four Seasons is located in the Upper Village near the Blackcomb Gondola.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICES AND AVAILABILITY

Delta Hotel Whistler – The Delta is another family-friendly property that offers rooms with full kitchens. When traveling with kids, this is a definite plus. There is coin laundry on site which may be needed to dry out wet ski gear. The Delta offers babysitting services as well. There is a heated indoor/outdoor pool as well as a hot tub. The Delta is in Whistler Village close to everything.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICES AND AVAILABILITY

AirBNB‘s are another great option as they offer more space for families. Most are deigned for 4 or more people making them perfect for families. You can read more about Whistler AirBNB’s or check out my go-to favorite here.

Best Things to do in Whistler with kids.
10 Beautiful Islands in Canada You Should Have on Your Bucketlist
← Previous
30+ Perfect Quotes about Vancouver Instagram Captions
Next →