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Rainy Day Activities in Burlington

by Pam Belgrade

Every once in a while some rain must fall, it’s good for our gardens and gives us a reason to stay indoors and enjoy some of these fun rainy day activities.

Leap like a Frog at Rockin’ Jump

There is a place in Burlington where you can soar in open jump arenas, dive into pools of soft foam cubes, play trampoline dodgeball, and do flips and somersaults. It is a great  location for birthday parties and family gatherings, with on site prepared food and private party rooms where kids can safely play while parents  socialize.  Our staff did a site visit recently and we had such fun.  If you haven’t been to the newly opened Rockin’ Jump indoor trampoline park, plan to visit soon.  

Rockin Jump

Explore the Indoor Gardens at the RBG

When the weather is too wet to enjoy the beauty of the outdoor gardens, move inside to the RBG Centre.  The Mediterranean Garden provides a tranquil oasis to relax and escape.  Wander among the plants and flowers, enjoy the serenity of watching the koi fish swim and look for the train display in the upper level gardens.  Finish off with lunch at the Greenhouse Café, open daily from 11:30am-3:00pm.

rainy day activities - RBG

Have some fun Bowling

If you haven’t been bowling lately, give it a try.  No matter what your skill level or age, bowling is a great way to get some activity in your day and have fun at the same time.  Here in Burlington you can try your luck at getting a strike at Burlington Bowl or Splitsville Entertainment.  Both locations also offer food service and additional games areas. We sent our summer staff to Splitsville recently, you can read all about their experience here.

rainy day activities - bowling

Sit back and enjoy a Movie

Who doesn’t love watching movies on the big screen with some movie theatre popcorn? Head to downtown Burlington and see first run films at Cinestar Burlington for $6.00 or less (pricing varies by day/time).  Visit their website for showtimes and what’s playing.

rainy day activities - cinestar

Try to Escape

Head out to one of the escape rooms located in Burlington for some teamwork and fun! Check out Confundrum Escape Rooms (2pm-9pm), or Mission Possible – reservations are recommended.

Grab a coffee and relax with a book

Sometimes the best rainy day activity is the quietest.  Stop at one of the many cafes in Burlington to grab a coffee/tea then visit one of our local libraries or a quaint independent bookstore like A Different Drummer located in downtown Burlington and grab a great read.

a different drummer

Take in some history

Burlington is home to Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, a local museums will give you a feel for our history and specifically at Ireland House you will have the opportunity to learn more about the life and times of the Ireland family.  We visited Ireland House recently as part of a National Tourism week event and here’s a link to what Margaret Bourne, a local travel blogger has to say about her visit to the museum.

rainy day activities - ireland house


Admire the works of art at the AGB

Visiting the Art Gallery of Burlington is a great way brighten a rainy day.  Spend some time admiring the many exhibitions presented throughout the gallery.   Be sure to make time to view the permanent collection, which is the largest comprehensive collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world (DYK it includes a Picasso?).  Be sure to stop into the Art Etc. Gallery Shop to see the Canadian handmade items available for purchase and maybe get a little something for you.

rainy day activities - AGB

Enjoy a good meal

 Opt for a window seat and watch the rain while you enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in Burlington.  If you don’t mind the rain, grab and umbrella and take a walk in the rain.

Son of a Peach

Rain or shine, we are always here to help, for more information on what to see and do in Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook.



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