Rainy day ideas for indoor fun in Toronto

Stuck inside on a rainy day in the 416? Don’t let the dreary forecast put a damper on your fun. Toronto has a wide variety of entertaining indoor activities that are sure to make you forget all about the wet weather.

TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

Film buffs can escape the bleak outdoors in front of the big screen at this cultural hub on King Street West. You could spend all day at this complex, which features five cinemas, two galleries, three learning studios and a number of different dining options. The screens cover a range of cinematic tastes and show everything from new releases and cult classics to insightful documentaries and obscure foreign flicks.

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

111 Queens Pk, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Avoid the throngs of tourists at the nearby Royal Ontario Museum and check out the impressive artifacts on display at Canada’s national ceramics museum. The permanent collection features close to 3,000 ceramic treasures from around the world and includes everything from delicate porcelain teacups to Ancient American clay tools. The specialty museum also hosts rotating exhibitions throughout the year and showcases avant-garde sculptural works by contemporary artists. Those who want to take a turn at the pottery wheel can sign up for hands-on classes and workshops led by professional ceramists.

St Lawrence Market

92-95 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C2

If the wet weather has ruined your daytime picnic plans, head on over to this historic indoor market in Old Town where you can shop for (and nibble on) a diverse range of fresh produce, meat, cheeses and baked goods. Visit the different vendors to pick up all the groceries you need for an indoor picnic — there are plenty of tables and chairs on both the lower and upper level where you can set up camp. The sprawling market is also home to a variety of prepared food options that’ll curb your hunger.

Design Exchange

234 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5K 1B2

You’ll find this funky downtown design museum housed inside the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building. The galleries focus on innovative and historic examples of furniture, architecture, fashion and graphic design. The permanent collection spans over fifty years of industrial design from Canada and abroad and rotating exhibitions showcase guest curators and cutting-edge installations. Be sure to check out the Magic Pony shop for weird and whimsical design-inspired gifts to take home.

Joe Rockheads Climbing Gym Ltd

29 Fraser Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 1Y7

This indoor climbing facility in Liberty Village features over 22,000 square feet of artificial rock to tackle. Comprehensive three-hour beginner lessons teach newbies all the technical aspects of the sport and the skills you’ll need to climb and belay safely. Experienced climbers can purchase a day pass for a recreational climb or sign up for advanced lessons to learn new climbing techniques. If you get hooked, monthly and annual memberships are also available.

The Bata Shoe Museum

327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7

Want to get a glimpse of Marilyn Monroe’s heels or Justin Bieber’s high-top sneakers? Footwear fanatics can seek refuge inside this colourful shoe mecca on Bloor Street West. The museum displays more than 12,500 permanent artifacts and rotating exhibitions with footwear from a diverse range of geographic areas, time periods and cultural groups.

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