A Family’s Guide to Markham

There is no better way to spend the day than with your family! No matter what type of family you are, there is something in Markham that your whole family will enjoy! Check out these family friendly activities below to find something everyone will love!

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Pride of Canada Carousel

Pride of Canada Carousel

Hop on this one-of-a-kind carousel and choose 1 of 44 Canadian Inspired characters to ride on. Created by a famous junk artist, each character was created to represent a different part of Canada’s history and culture. The Pride of Canada Carousel is open year-round, so whenever you are in town, stop by for a spin.

Where: 8080 Birchmount Rd, Unionville
Website: https://downtownmarkham.ca/community/carousel/
Instagram: @downtownmarkham

Pan Am Centre

Built in 2014 for the Pan American Games that were held in Toronto, the Pan Am Centre boasts an Olympic sized swimming pool and a gymnasium that has enough space for 15 badminton courts, 7 volleyball courts, and 3 basketball courts. The Pan Am Centre is now open to the public for swimming and gym programs. Visit the Pan Am Centre and feel like an Olympian for the day!

Where: 16 Main St Unionville, Unionville
Website: http://www.markhampanamcentre.ca/
Instagram: @markhampanamcentre

Pan Am Centre

Joyride 150

Joyride 150

With over 10 areas of different biking tracks and obstacles, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced cyclist, Joyride 150 has an area for your skill level. The whole family can enjoy biking together here. At Joyride 150 you can choose between doing big jumps, exploring the street plaza, or enjoying a cross country route. The mix of indoor and outdoor spaces make this the perfect place to cycle year-round with your family.

Where: 150 Bullock Dr #1, Markham
Website: http://www.joyride150.com/
Instagram: @joyride150


Beat the clock to escape in one of 7 escape rooms at Omescape! The rooms have different themes and difficulty levels, so you can choose which would be the best fit for your family. After you escape, grab a table at their board game café and enjoy a snack while learning a new game.

Where: 7501 Woodbine Ave #7, Markham
Website: https://www.omescape.ca/
Instagram: @omescapecanada


Paint Lounge

Paint Lounge

Don’t be afraid to get messy at Paint Lounge! Sign up for a family workshop to create one masterpiece as a family or pick a different painting and see how each person recreates the work of art. Grab a paint brush and see what you create at Paint Lounge with your family.

Where: 118 Main St N, Markham
Website: https://paintlounge.ca/
Instagram: @paintlounge


If your family loves video games, then Denthreesixty is a must place to visit! This video game arcade has 14 different systems and over 100 games to choose from. Pick a table and play a classic game or choose to play the latest and greatest video game! Sneak into the back room and give some old-fashioned arcade games a try and see who can beat the top score!

Where: 60 Main St N #3, Markham
Website: https://www.denthreesixty.com/
Instagram: @denthreesixty


Hub Climbing

Hub Climbing

Reach new heights with a visit to Hub Climbing! From bouldering to top rope to virtual games, Hub Climbing has any climbing experience you can think of. This 20,000 square foot facility has routes set up for everyone at every level from beginners to experts. Bring the family and race to the top and see who the best rock climber is!

Where: 165 McIntosh Dr, Markham
Website: https://hubclimbing.com/markham
Instagram: @hubclimbing

Claw and Kitty

Bringing a classic carnival activity to our everyday lives, Claw and Kitty presents the claw machine! Choose from a dozen different machines to ensure a prize that you want and see how many goodies you can walk away with. To finish your games, take a picture with the store mascot and share on social media!

Where: 3255 Hwy 7 #220, Markham
Website: https://www.clawandkitty.com/
Instagram: @claw_andkitty

Photo: @claw_andkitty

Claw and Kitty

Visit a Museum

Visit a Museum

What better way to spend the day than to learn something new at a museum? Well, you’re in luck! Visit the Markham Museum, Varley Art Gallery, or the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery. Explore the Markham Museum to learn about the history of Markham. Visit the Varley Art Gallery to be amazed by Canadian artists. And wander through the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery to see the many mediums that can be used to create beautiful art.

Markham Museum

Where: 9350 Markham Rd, Markham
Website: https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/arts/markham-museum/

Varley Art Gallery

Where: 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham
Website: http://www.varleyartgallery.ca/

Remington Contemporary Art Gallery

Where: 169 Enterprise Blvd, Markham
Website: https://downtownmarkham.ca/community/art/

Visit a Farm

Pretend to be farmers for the day and visit the different farms around Markham! From visiting animals to picking fresh fruit and vegetables, you can do it all at these farms. Carma Farms has many animals to visit and a fresh market from local farms. Reesor’s Farm has a seasonal market for locally grown produce as is open for pick-your-own produce during select times of the year. Organics Family Farm is the only organic farm in the GTA and opens for select pick-your-own produce throughout the year. And Judy’s Tropical Garden opens to the public for produce in their market or pick-your-own of the unique tropical and international inspired fruits and vegetables.

Visit a Farm

Carma Farms

Where: 11471 Ninth Line, Markham
Website: www.carmafarms.com

Reesor’s Farms

Where: 10825 Ninth Line, Markham
Website: www.reesors.ca

Organics Family Farms

Where: 7550 19th Ave, Markham
Website: www.organicsfarm.ca

Judy’s Tropical Garden

Where: 7297 Reesor Rd, Markham
Website: https://judystropicalgarden.com/

Walk on a Trail

As a family, discover the many walking trails and parks in Markham. Make it an extra special outing by creating a scavenger hunt of things to find and do during your time exploring Markham. Below is a list of just a few of the places to discover in Markham.

Berczy Park
Where: 447 The Bridle Walk, Markham

Bob Hunter Memorial Park
Where: 7277 14th Ave, Markham

German Mills Settlers Park
Where: 2001 John St, Markham

Markham Park
Where: Markham Road and Steeles Ave E, Markham

Milne Dam Conservation Area
Where: 8251 McCowan Rd, Markham

Pomona Mills Park
Where: 244 Henderson Ave

Rouge Valley – Forest Therapy Trail
Where: Tuclor Ln, Markham

Swan Lake Park
Where: 25 Swan Park Rd, Markham

Toogood Pond
Where: 280 Main Street, Unionville

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