We love when our favourite places to play up the fun factor when the holidays come around. For any Toronto kid, the ROM is a sure-bet for fun and fascination any time of year, but their Winter Break line-up, known as ROM for the Holidays, packs in extra programs and extended hours for families and visiting families between December 26, 2016 and Sunday, January 8, 2017.

And — for year-round unlimited ROM discovery, we’re giving away one (1) ROM Annual Family/Dual Membership to one Kids in T.O. reader! (Contest closed.)

Can’t wait to win? I know, ROM Members get express entry, plus unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries, exclusive previews and members-only discounts to name a few perks. Until December 31, 2016, use promo code HOLIDAY to save $20 on a Family/Dual Membership for up to two named adults and four kids under 17.

Alright, let’s get planning. Here are some just of the special activities to keep your kids busy and learning over the holidays:

  • Last chance to see the CHIHULY – the jaw-dropping glass works by American sculptor Dale Chiluly. It closes on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
  • Check out the new Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, featuring 100 striking wildlife and landscape images.
  • Be wow-ed by the creative inflatable sculptures by world champion balloon artist “Jungle Jack.”
  • Touch REAL specimens from the collections like volcanic glass and a polar bear skull.
  • Play some collections-inspired video games with friends and family in the ROM Arcade in the Earth Rangers Studio.
  • Get some face painting or do some digital spray painting.
  • Jam with family-friendly rockstars Sonshine and Broccoli.
  • Decorate a holiday tree with origami creations, creatures, and crystals

Check out the full line-up.


Getting thereDriving, some paid street parking ($3/hr) and parking lots in the area. There is a discounted (ask for parking voucher at admissions desk) on Bedford Ave. By TTC, walk from St. George subway stop or get off right at Museum stop along University Ave. (If you haven’t already seen it, the Museum Station platform is ROM-inspired.) The main entrance is on Bloor Street through the Crystal.

Low-down: Admission prices and hours. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (December 31 is 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) ROM for the Holiday programming hours are from 10:30 to 6:30 (and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.) Be sure to check out the schedule, as some activities are available on certain days and times. 

Keep in low-key: The Early Learners’ Lounge (in the classrooms on Level 1) is a special quiet space for families to rest, nurse, change diapers and play.


100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C6