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We have officially survived the first week of summer holidays! Keeping young kids busy and having fun (without spending a fortune) is always a challenge. I’ve put together a bucket list of places we hope to visit this summer, in Ontario, and am looking forward to crossing most if not all of them off our list. Follow along this summer and I will post about these places as we end up visiting them. Take a peek below and maybe you’ll see something fun to try with your family too! Happy Summer!
1. Ontario Science Centre – Toronto, ON
As its name indicates – this is a science museum. When I was a child we went here a couple of times but we have yet to take our children. Our daughter has taken quite a liking to science since starting school 2 years ago, so we can’t wait to explore this museum and have a fun and secretly educational day trip.
2. Storybook Gardens – London, ON
This is one of our favourite places to go in the summer. We have been twice and the kids have loved it both times. A perfect place for young children, it has rides, a large splashpad, great playgrounds and entertainment! We can’t wait to go again this summer.
3. This Wee Space – Fergus, ON
This is a new place that just opened in our town and we can’t wait to check it out. It is a space where kids can create and explore their creativity. It has a craft space, a treehouse and a stage – sounds like the perfect place for a day when you can’t be outside.
4. Sauble Beach Sandfest – Sauble Beach, ON
Taking place August 11 & 12, 2018 is an annual fun-filled event at Sauble Beach. There is a sandcastle competition and a classic car show. The event takes place right on the beach and should be a blast for our car loving, dirt loving children.
5. Sauble Speedway – Sauble Beach, ON
Sauble Speedway is a race track in Sauble Beach, ON. To say our son has become very fond of cars over the last year is to put it lightly. He is too young to attend a large race like Nascar, so we thought a much smaller race would be a fun summer experience for him.
6. Truck & Tractor Pull– Elora, ON
This is a must attend summer event for our family since moving to Fergus. We initially checked it out when we first moved here and our son instantly fell in love. We can’t drive by the Grand River Raceway without him talking about the Truck & Tractor Pull. This year it is happening August 24 & August 25.
7. Belwood Lake Park – Belwood, ON
Despite living extremely close, we have yet to check out this conservation park. It has been recommended to us by a lot of locals and we can’t wait to check out the “beach”, which is said to be great for young kids.
8. Mapleton’s Organic Dairy Farm – Mapleton, ON
This is a family owned and operated dairy farm that crafts all of their own ice cream. You can explore the farm facilities and activities (including a cedar hedge maze). I think our kids will love visiting a dairy farm especially if ice cream is involved.
9. Centre Wellington Derby Nights – Elora, ON
The Grand River Raceway is presenting Derby Nights this summer with events for children including : driving a racehorse, a barn tour, and other kids’ activities. My husband and I went here on a date night at the beginning of June and think our children would enjoy watching the horses so this event sounds perfect for our family!
10. Go Bananas – Kitchener, ON
This is a kid-friendly indoor climbing gym. It was created by the founders of Grand River Rocks and comes highly recommended by several of our friends. All of the photos we’ve seen look like so much fun and make this a summer must for us this year!