The countdown until the end of school is on – with mere days left. The children are getting restless and excited and us parents are getting panicked and a smidge excited. I mean, what on earth are we to do to occupy our children ALL summer while the teachers get their much deserved break. Our kiddos have two full-time working parents which means there is no end to making lunches or morning rushes. They still need to get out the door to day camps with the exception of the days their teenage sitters come or the bit of time we take off work, but there is still plenty of time for us to check items off our new bucket list. This years bucket list is complete and it’s here for you below – add these items to your list too, or let me know of some of the items on yours, we are always looking for new adventures and experiences to take on as a family.
1.Play-A-Latte Cafe – Kitchener, ON
This cafe has been all the hype with Moms in the KW area and we need to make a trip back to our old stomping grounds to check it out. It’s a cafe with an indoor play structure – such a brilliant idea and a more likely way to enjoy a hot coffee with a friend or spouse.
2. Frankenmuth – Michigan, USA
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been to this town but the only time we took our children they were too young to remember. This quaint German town in Michigan keeps us coming back for more with it’s charm and character. This trip we are going with another family and are staying at Zehnder’s Splash Village. Can’t wait for our return!
3. Elora Quarry – Elora, ON
The Quarry draws thousands of tourists every year – and maybe that’s why we have yet to check out an attraction less than 10 minutes away but it is on our list this year. It’s about time we head to the place that everyone is talking about.
4. Park Crawl – Anywhere, ON
This summer I’ve decided we are going to do a Park Crawl (sorry, no alcohol involved). We will hit up several parks in a day and pack a picnic lunch. No idea where we will end up yet but I will post about it once we’ve done it. Such a fun, inexpensive summer activity – and our kids go bananas for any park so it should prove a good time.
5. Grand River Raceway – Elora, ON
If this looks familiar, it was on our list last year. We went on a date night last year and this year at the Raceway but didn’t bring the children. So, it’s back on our list so we can finally check it off with them. We are hoping to check out one of the Community Derby Nights but they have a children’s tent every Friday so they should be entertained regardless of when we make it here.
6. Ontario Science Centre – Toronto, ON
Also on our list from last summer, we became too busy to squeeze this one in. We can’t wait to finally make it to this Science themed Museum for a fun and secretly educational trip (shhh – don’t tell the kids).
7. Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games – Fergus, ON
The largest event in our town by far is the Fergus Scottish Festival. We went as a family a couple of years ago but the kids were a little too young to take it in and last longer than a couple hours. We are going to make a return this year with hopes of watching more of the actual games.
8. The Children’s Art Factory – Guelph, ON
The Art Factory is all things Art. Kids are able to explore their creative outlets in a fun environment. It’s a drop-in studio for children and a great activity for those rainy or too humid summer days.
9. Canada Day Soap Box Derby – Elora, ON
Last year, we went to Elora for a couple hours in the morning to celebrate Canada Day. When our children (and my husband) saw the Soap Box Derby they decided instantly we had to do it next year. Well, next year is here and they’ve been hard at work (only our daughter is racing since you have to be 6). This will be our summer kick off event and we can’t wait!
We wish you all a fun and safe summer!!!!