Fun for Kids, Indoors and Out

Oh, to be a kid in Victoria. This is one place where kids will never get bored. Children in Victoria can explore an entire world in miniature, enjoy ice cream and milkshakes by the waterfront, and even have up-close and personal encounters with all sorts of creatures, from the tiniest insect to the largest barnyard animal. All of these activities also come at prices any family can afford. And since it does rain from time to time in Victoria, this itinerary includes both indoor and outdoor options, so you can have a great day with your kids, no matter what the weather is like.

Morning in the Sun: Pet the Goats at the Beacon Hill Children's Farm

The best way to start a sunny day for any kid in Victoria is to visit the goats at the Beacon Hill Children's Farm. On the way there, you're likely to pass by one of Beacon Hill Park's many resident peacocks. Inside the children's farm, you'll find all sorts of animals from birds to pigs to goats to llamas. The goat pen is a highlight for most children. There, kids are invited to pet, interact, and play with the goats, which come in all shapes and sizes.


The Children's Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Insider's Tip: If you can, plan to be at the farm at either 10:10 a.m. or 5:10 p.m. to witness one of their famous “goat stampedes.”

The Children's Farm is an easy walk from downtown. From the inner harbour, head east on Belleville Street (away from the Legislature) and turn right on Douglas Street. Next, enter Beacon Hill Park via Bridge Way (across the road from Michigan Street). After you cross a lake, you will come to an intersection with two roadways (tip: this is a good place to stop and play at the playground). Then take a right on Chestnut Row, which will take you to the entrance of the farm.

If you're driving, take the same route up Douglas Street, and take a left on Circle Drive. This will take you straight past the Children's Farm. Pay parking is available in several areas around the park.

Morning in the Rain: IMAX Victoria and the Royal BC Museum


A rainy day is a great excuse to check out an IMAX film (or two). Located just inside the Royal BC Museum, IMAX Victoria offers 45-minute films focused on educational themes, on a screen that's over six stories high. You can buy family passes for a double feature, or combine a film with admission to the Museum.

The Royal BC Museum is located at 675 Belleville Street, across the road from the Legislature, and just a short walk from the inner harbour.

Lunch: Stop for a Sweet and Tasty Lunch at the Soda Shoppe

For a convenient and kid-friendly lunch, stop in at the The Soda Shoppe. At 801 Government Street, it's just off of the inner harbour (across the road from the Empress Hotel). Kids will love their selection of ice creams, milkshakes, floats, and sweets. Also on the menu are kid-friendly meal selections like sandwiches and hot dogs.

If you're planning on driving here, you can find street parking in the area, or park at one of the pay parking lots around the inner harbour.

Afternoon in the Sun: Seek Adventure on the High Seas with a Pirate Ship Ride

Pirate Adventures:
For many kids who visit the ocean, sailing away on a pirate ship is a life-changing adventure they can only dream of. But for kids in Victoria, it's a real-life possibility. Pirate Adventures gives kids a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail on a pirate ship around Victoria's inner harbour. On this cruise, young mateys will encounter enemy pirates, hunt for hidden treasure, and live the pirate life out on the water. They might even be lucky enough to witness someone walk the plank.

The ship sails daily at 2:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and sails at 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Tickets are $24 per person and $12 per child aged 2 and under.

Pirate Adventures is located at Fisherman's Wharf, which is a 20-minute walk or a five-minute drive from the inner harbour. To get there, simply follow along the waterfront on Government Street and then Belleville heading west until you reach the entrance to Fisherman's Wharf Park.

Afternoon in the Rain: Explore a World in Miniature and a World of Bugs

Miniature World:

Miniature World

If you remember what it's like to be a kid, you'll likely remember the joy of building tiny cities out of toys and building blocks. Victoria's Miniature World is a place to celebrate that joy and discover what it's like to be a kid again. The exhibits at this “tiny” museum are enchanting and educational. Here, children will find wonders like the Great Canadian Railway, the World of Dickens, Frontier Land, and Fantasy Land, all in minute scale. This attraction even includes the world's smallest operational sawmill.

Miniature World is located at 649 Humboldt St., which is only a two-minute walk away from the Soda Shoppe, just behind the Empress Hotel.

The museum is open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. every day of the week throughout the summer. Admission ranges from $8 for children to $12 for adults.

Victoria Bug Zoo:

What's slimy, creepy, gross, and loads of fun? A trip to the Victoria Bug Zoo! This next stop is only a short jaunt away from Miniature World. Just cross over to the other side of Humboldt Street and take a stroll through Nootka Court, where signs will direct you to the entrance of the Bug Zoo. This zoo is home to a whole host of slimy, crawly creatures including beetles, crickets, millipedes, walking sticks, tarantulas, and scorpions. This attraction gives kids the chance to get to know these insects through interactive and guided experiences in a fun and safe environment. All in all, this is a wonderful and strange way to end your day.

The Bug Zoo is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays). Admission ranges from 7$ for children ages 3 to 10 and $10 for adults.

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