Holiday Activities


Sixteen days at home with all of the kids begins today! While most of us will have some holiday events at some point, there may still be a lot of down time to fill up and keep the kids busy. Here is what is open and when:


Kidscape is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  They are running a day camp for $22/day on December 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, and January 2. For more information and to register, visit HERE.


Adventures on Wonderland is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

December 24 and 30 they close at 4pm. AOW is CLOSED on December 25, 26, 31 and January 1.


All three indoor city pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre, South London Community Pool, Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre) are open over the holidays with added recreational swim times.

Note that all three pools close at 11:00am on December 24 and December 31 and are CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1. For a full schedule of swim times, see HERE.


The city skating rinks are open and ready for you! For skating times and locations, see the full schedule HERE. For Tim Hortons free skate times and locations, see HERE.

Weather permitting, the FREE rink at the Covent Garden Market is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Victoria Park is also FREE and open from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily, closed between 5:30-6:30 for ice resurfacing.


Storybook Gardens is open for your skating adventures around the park. For their full schedule and hours of operation, see HERE.


The Children’s Museum is open for visiting and they are also hosting day camps for children 3 to 12 years old. Camps run from 8:30am to 5:30pm on December 22, 23, 29, 30, and January 2.

The Museum is closing early at 2:00pm on December 24 and January 31, and is CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1.  Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa through art and exhibits. For full hours and schedule of events, see HERE.


Let’s all go to the movies! The Family Favourite movie at SilverCity this morning (December 20) at 11:00am is Fred Claus. There is no Family Favourite currently scheduled for December 27.

If you want to take your kids to the movies, there are some great kids movies playing over the holidays, including:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

Annie (PG)

The Penguins of Madagascar (G)

Big Hero 6 (PG)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 (PG)

Into the Woods (PG) *opening December 25

For the Cineplex schedule (SilverCity in Masonville or Westmount & VIP) see HERE. For Rainbow Cinemas see HERE.



Public Skating in London


The cold weather means it is time to strap on your skates and find somewhere to skate. Come on, you’re in Canada. Skating is practically mandatory.


The City of London has begun it’s Public Skating schedule and there are many arenas open daily for parent-toddler (PT) skates (children under 5 years old), after school skates, or weekend fun. Please make note that all children aged 5 and under must wear a CSA approved helmet at all times while on the ice, for all programs. All people on the ice during any of the Shinny skates must wear a CSA approved, full caged helmet.

For the full schedule, see HERE.

Unfortunately, sometimes skate times must be cancelled. For a list of schedule changes, see HERE.


Children (12 and under): $3.25

Youth (13-17): $3.50

Adults (18-54): $4.25

Seniors (55+): $3.50

Family (with up to 2 related adults): $8.00

PT Skates are FREE


Skating passes are good for 20 skates and are a great way to save on admission for those who visit the arenas regularly.  They also make a great Christmas gift!

Children (12 and under): $49.44

Youth (13-17): $54.24

Adults (18-54): $69.21

Seniors (55+): $54.24

Family (with up to 2 related adults): $108.48

Taxes are included

Financial assistance may be available for families unable to afford a pass. Please call 519-661-5575 for more information.


Outdoor Skating is scheduled to begin in early December. Check back for more information!