Air Conditioned Places Around Victoria To Take Kids & Beat The Heat!

Published Aug 3, 2017

With temperatures soaring and smoky skies, it might be a good idea to find a nice cold place to take the kids instead of playing outside. Here's some air conditioned and fun areas in and around Victoria BC.

It's a scorcher!

I never thought I'd be saying this, but the heat has finally beat me. A hot day usually has me dreaming of the beach, a hike, or a visit to a splash park (or anything involved with the outdoors). But with the smoky skies and 30 degree weather, I hear the A/C calling!

For many Victorians our homes don't have air conditioning since the unbearably hot days don't come around too often. But when they do... Having some place to go during the peak hours of sun, or even the muggy evenings, can be a life saver!

So if you're looking for some ways to beat the heat, I've listed indoor facilities that are great for you and your kids but also keep a nice and cool temperature. 

You'll feel that immediate relief when you walk through any of these doors!

1- Langford Lanes Bowling Alley has a great promotion- Kids Bowl Free! Children under 15 can play two free games for only the $3 shoe rental fee.

2- Challenge your mind at Victoria Escape Games. Their spacious, air-conditioned rooms present a web of puzzles you have to solve in order to get out!

3- Visit Crumsby's in Royal Oak or Estevan Village for a tasty cupcake, you can sip at a coffee while your kids have fun in their play area.

4- Check out a new movie at SilverCity Cinema or from a recliner seat at the Odeon.

5- Go ice skating at Oak Bay Recreation or Panorama Recreation during their drop in times.

6- Visit your local library and pick out some new books to read.

7- The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is Greater Victoria's only aquarium. It's a fun hands-on way to learn more about the creatures in our oceans.

8- Play the day away at PlayZone in Langford.

9- The Board Game Cafe is $5 and you can stay and play as many board games as you'd like! They have over 800 to choose from, and serve delicious milkshakes.

10- Stroll around Mayfair Mall. To make it fun for the kids, have a pit stop at Sweet Factory and maybe even let them ride the motorized stuffed animals.

11- Swim in the wave pool and go down the giant water slide at Commonwealth

12- Check out the new Flying Squirrel indoor trampoline park.

13- Channel their inner Picasso at a drop in art class. Fired Up! Paint Your Own Ceramics, Crafty, or Playful Pencil are all fantastic.

14- Watch an IMAX at the Royal BC Museum. 

Other ways to beat the heat:

Blog: Splash Parks in and Around Victoria

Blog: Best Beaches Around Victoria

More ideas for things to do with kids:

Calendar: Upcoming Family Events

Blog: Summer Bucket List: Things To Do in Victoria

Comment below with more ideas!

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