Are you on the hunt for indoor family activities for the fall & winter? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. For a fun and educational activity that the whole family can get excited about, look no further than ROM! 

There are galleries spanning art, culture, and nature, plus a host of dedicated spaces with hands-on learning that’s perfect for even the most rambunctious visitor. 

Even if your little ones are very little, there’s something for them to enjoy! 

One of the biggest draws for families and children of all ages is WonderWorks, a play-based learning space that encourages kids to experiment and connect with the Museum in a hands-on way.

Family-friendly galleries at ROM
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WonderWorks offers a wide variety of interactive activities, including a storytelling nook, tabletop puzzles, building block stations, a giant noodle wall, and more. It’s a great way for kids to interact with the Museum’s vast collections in a way that’s fun and intuitive to their learning style.

But WonderWorks is just the tip of the iceberg! The entire Museum is your playground, with tons of galleries and family-friendly activities designed to inspire and educate.

WonderWorks at ROM
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Here are the top family-friendly activities for kids to check out at ROM.

Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity

This gallery is all about exploring the diversity of life on Earth. Kids can get up close and personal with touchable specimens interactive displays, and trained facilitators are available to share more about the biodiversity of our world.

The Bat Cave

No, not Batman’s bat cave. This gallery takes visitors on a journey through the world of bats, showcasing their unique adaptations and behaviours. Kids can explore a replica bat cave and learn about how these animals hunt and the important role they play in our ecosystem.


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Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Take your kids to the Schad Gallery to explore the intricacies of life on earth. Learn about the planet’s recent past, present, and future. Discover the role humans play and the impact we have on all life. It’s a great way to get the little ones involved in sustainability and raise their awareness of our place in the world. 

Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life

Time travel might not be a thing yet, but picture this gallery as your portal to the origins of life on our planet- spanning a whopping 4 billion years! Enter a bright and colourful world of incredible fossils, ancient sea creatures, and prehistoric predators- ranging from massive all the way to itty-bitty. Video projections, interactive games, and touchable objects bring the story of life’s evolution to life.

If the kids still have some energy to burn after checking out all these galleries, ROM also offers a variety of kid-specific programming. Sign up for camps, workshops, and special events that will keep your kids engaged and learning – all while having a great time!


Where: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto