7 Fun Things for Kids to Do in Victoria

Keeping the kids happy is paramount while on vacation. Here's 7 fun things for kids to do in Victoria BC:

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1. Cadboro-Gyro Park

You don’t get voted one of the most unique playgrounds in the world if you’re just ho-hum. Cadboro-Gyro Park, located on the eastern side of the island at Cadboro Bay received that distinction by Fodors Travel Guide in 2018. And for good reason. The park boasts accessible play structures, a zipline, a giant octopus that welcomes children to slide down its tentacles and much more all situated on a sandy, log strewn beach overlooking picturesque mountains. It is simply breath-taking. There are so many fun things for kids to discover, you’ll have a hard time getting them to leave!

2. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

NOTE: Hours are impacted by Covid-19. Check their website for details.

Located on the waterfront in the beautiful Town of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is an aquarium and learning centre that focuses on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea encompasses the Puget Sound, the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Strait of Georgia which are the coastal waters off the south coast of British Columbia. The Centre’s aquariums are home to over 3,500 animals from over 150 species from the Salish Sea. 

You’ll also get to see a marine mammal exhibit that includes the skeleton of an orca! Not just for the kids, the aquarium is a place for the whole family to experience the wonder of the sea. 

3. Victoria Bug Zoo

NOTE: Hours are subject to change on a seasonal basis and with holidays. Check their website when planning your visit.

Possibly the smallest zoo you’ll ever go to but it also is home to the smallest creatures – bugs! The zoo houses Canada’s largest ant colony as well as praying mantis, tarantulas, glow-in-the-dark scorpions and approximately 50 other fascinating species from around the world. The Bug Zoo is interactive and the adventurous bug lovers are welcome to handle the animals. Teenagers are less likely to find it as awe-inspiring as younger kids will.

4. Butterfly Gardens

Winner of 2020 Travelers' Choice Award from Tripadvisor

It’s not just thousands of tropical butterflies flying freely throughout the facility that await you. The tropical jungle at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens is also home to flamingos, tortoises, poison dart frogs, iguanas, parrots and so much more. And if that wasn’t enough, in 2017 the new Insectarium exhibit opened with an array of insects and invertebrates to delight you. Soak in the atmosphere as you stroll through the lush gardens and if you’re lucky, experience an exotic butterfly landing on you! Sorry, they’re not allowed to hitch a ride home with you! 

5. Harbour Ferry Ballet

Sunday mornings at 10:45 am from April through October (some Saturdays too), the Inner Harbour is the place to be! The entire family will enjoy the beautifully choreographed synchronized performance of the harbour ferries (the little boats that scoot around the Inner Harbour and Gorge Waterway). This is an absolutely delightful routine that will bring a giant smile to your face – which is the perfect way to start a Sunday in Victoria! 

Watch the famous ballet now:

6. Wildplay

NOTE: Days and hours of operation may be impacted by Covid-19. Check their website for details.

If you’ve got active kids that would enjoy climbing, jumping and ziplining through nature, chances are Wildplay is for them! Wildplay Elements Park located at the Westshore Parks and Recreation complex is an obstacle course built into the trees with rope swings, wobbly bridges, cargo nets, ziplines and more. There are two courses, one just a few feet off the ground suitable for kids and one much higher up for older kids and adults. 

Book your Wildplay adventure now!

7. Children’s Petting Zoo at Beacon Hill Park

NOTE: The Petting Zoo may open later in 2021. Visit their website for details.

Beacon Hill Park is an awesome park located just steps from downtown. With splash pads, ponds and 2 recently renovated children’s playgrounds, the fun things for kids to do seemingly never ends! It’s a kid’s paradise and there’s more! There are free roaming peacocks, eagles and herons in the trees and the beloved petting zoo at Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. Get there when they open and be treated to the daily “goat run” when the goats are let out of their overnight pens and run down the path towards the goat enclosure. Once safely inside, people of all ages are welcomed inside also where they can pet, cuddle and be licked by adorable goats.  

Enjoy these fun things for kids in Victoria and make your family vacation memorable.

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