How to Keep Your Kids Engaged and Entertained this Summer
In between overnight camps and holidays, summer is a great time to gather the troops and play tourist in your own city. Whether you’re at home during the week or hitting the ground running on weekends, there is a ton you can do as a family from June to September that will keep kids of all ages entertained – and engaged.
Here are a handful of fun and educational activities you can do with your kids this summer:
Visit a National (or Provincial) Park
Canada is abundant in natural beauty and the warmer months offer families the perfect opportunity to explore the stunning country we call home. From outdoor play to sensory exploration, National and Provincial Parks are jam-packed with educational opportunities for the whole family. Grab the kids and pack a picnic lunch for a lazy, sun-filled afternoon complete with a nature walk or visit an animal sanctuary and learn a little more about Canadian wildlife. Feeling adventurous? Map out a hiking trail or grab a kayak and head to the lake!
Visit the Parks Canada website to find a National Park near you.
Flowers, cheese, fresh fruits, antiques or baked goods; there are dozens of reasons to visit a farmer’s market near you this summer! Go local and support your neighbourhood farmers while enjoying an excursion that brings the whole community together! Get the kids involved in choosing fresh ingredients and encourage them speak with local producers of incredible Canadian goods.
Farms.com provides a comprehensive list of Farmers’ Markets across Canada.
This summer, explore local talent at a festival near you! From festivals that celebrate music, art, innovation and natural history to those that take you on a culinary tour around the world, Canadians always find a reason to celebrate. Whether you’re in PEI, Victoria, Sudbury or Quebec, there are countless family-friendly events happening across the country.
Visit MundialMontreal for a list of summer festivals taking place throughout Canada.
Step out of the sun and back in time at one of Canada’s amazing museums. With interactive activities the whole family will enjoy, spending a day at the museum is a great way to continue learning beyond the classroom.
From the ROM in Toronto to the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, visit this list of kid-friendly museums from CTV for some summer time inspiration!
From A-Z, what better place to continue your child’s education than at your local library? Libraries across Canada offer drop-in activities for kids of all ages over the summer months. If you are unable to attend a planned activity, a self-guided visit still provides hours of entertainment as children take a deep dive into the magical world of books. From singalongs and sensory play to book readings and literacy workshops for all ages, ready yourself for a rainy day by obtaining a library card and finding a schedule of activities taking place at a branch near you.
After a long, cold winter, the time to create some amazing family memories starts now!