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Keeping Kids Busy in Burlington this Summer

by Linda Cvetanovic

It’s been just over a week since school finished – have you heard this phrase uttered yet?  “I’m bored!” – don’t despair, we have some great ideas for keeping kids busy in Burlington this summer.

Beachway Park - raft 2

Enjoying Burlington Beach

1. Pack your sunscreen, sand toys and towels and head to Burlington beach!  Beachway park features a beautiful white sand beach (check water results for swimming) perfect for cooling off during the hot days of summer. Young kids will love playing in the sand and exploring the beach while older kids (and adults) might prefer to rent a paddle boat or SUP for some on water fun.  The pavilion at the beach provides change rooms, outdoor showers, seasonal concession facilities and washrooms.

Things to do with kids - CrawfordLake

Visiting the longhouse at Crawford Lake

2. Visit the parks of Conservation Halton.  Explore the reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village at Crawford Lake; take in a Birds of Prey show at Mountsberg, enjoy the beach or rent a kayak at Kelso or explore the trails and other activities at any of their 7 parks.

Things to do with kids - Ireland House

Enjoying the grounds at Ireland House at Oakridge Farm

3. Take a guided tour of the Museums of Burlington Ireland House at Oakridge Farm.  The homestead illustrates three distinct time periods that represent the generations of Irelands who lived in the house: 1850s, 1890s and 1920s and over 90% of the furnishings are original to the family that lived there.  Extend your stay by packing a picnic and enjoying it under one of the many spots on the 4 acre wooded grounds.

things to do with kids - pool

Cooling off in the pool at Bronte Creek Provincial Park

4. Get outdoors and spend a day (or a few hours) at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  Kids will love the children’s playbarn, farm animals and don’t forget the 1.8 acre outdoor pool (one of the largest in Ontario) plus there are daily activities – check out the full schedule here.

Explore the Wise as an Owl Exhibit

Explore the Wise as an Owl Exhibit

5. Enjoy the Art Gallery of Burlington with the interactive family guide.  Pick up a copy at reception and then check out the The Wise as an Owl exhibit to see if you can find all the pieces pictured, complete a fun drawing activity plus there is a map of other areas to explore in the Gallery.  Did you know the AGB is always free to visit and home to Canada’s largest collection of contemporary ceramics?

Things to do with kids - wading pool

Playing in the wading pool at LaSalle Park

6. Cool off at one of the many public pools and splash pads in Burlington.  Many of these are located in parks with playgrounds which means the kids can also burn off some energy playing outside making this a doubley fun activity.

Things to do with Kids - Natural playground at RBG

Playing the natural playground at RBG

7. Explore the blooms at the Royal Botanical Gardens.  The gardens are alive with colour in the summer and offer a great chance to explore nature.  In Hendrie Park see the roses, imagination grove and the always popular veggie village.  Be sure to keep your eyes open for works from the Earth Art exhibit which are on display through the RBG.  The indoor gardens also offer beautiful blooms plus a koi pond (younger kids can spend a lot of time watching these fish!) and just outside is the natural playground for some active fun.

Tractor ride at Springridge

Enjoying the tractor ride at Springridge

8. Head north to visit Springridge Farm.  Kids will love the fun farm yard with it’s climbers, slides and giant sandbox not to mention the farm animals and tractor ride.  Parents will love the gift barn, market and scratch bakery.  Pick up lunch in the cafe or pack your own – there are lots of shaded picnic tables for taking a break.

Visit the library - join the summer reading club

Visit the library – join the summer reading club

9. Visit the library.  Everyone loves a good book and kids will enjoy not only the opportunity to find a quiet place to read (and maybe borrow some books for reading later) but also the programs available daily for a variety of age groups and interests – check online for details

Visiting the Burlington Mall Farmers' Market

Visiting the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market

10. Stop by a farmers’ market and pick up some fresh local ingredients for your lunch/dinner.  Even the worst of cooks (that would be me) can have some fun putting together a snack or meal with their kids and you can find inspiration for cooking with kids all over the web.  The Burlington Mall farmers’ market runs Wednesday (8a-2p), Friday (8a-4p) and Saturday (8a-2p) and the Centro Garden Market is open Sundays (9a-noon).

These are just a few ideas to keep you busy this summer…don’t forget there are also lots of family friendly events happening including:

Ongoing

Mon June 30-Mon Sept 1: Season of the Three Sisters, Crawford Lake
Mon June 30-Mon Sept 1: Summer Days in the Country, Mountsberg Conservation Area
Various dates in June & July: Burlington Bandits game days, Nelson Park
Thursdays starting July 10-August 14: Movies Under the Stars, Various Parks in Burlington
Saturdays June 21-August 30: Saturdays in the Street, Downtown Burlington
Weekends in June: Season of Many Frogs Peeping, Crawford Lake
Weekends in June, July, & August: Weekend Wildflower Walks, Royal Botanical Gardens

July

Thurs 10: Biggest Little Night, Brant Hills Community Centre
Fri 11: Burlington Student Theatre Camp “Tarzan”, Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Sun 13: Confederation Marine Modellers’ Model Boat Regatta, Rotary Centennial Pond
Fri 18-Sat 19: Flounder Festival, Student Theatre Centre Grounds
Sat 19: 60th Anniversary Celebrations, Streetcar Museum
Sat 19: Family Fishing Derby Day, Robert Edmondson Conservation Area
Sat 19: 60th Anniversary Drive-in Theatre, Streetcar Museum
Sat 20: National Parks Day in Canada, Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Thurs 24: Burlington Student Theatre Camp “The Jungle Book”, Burlington Performing Arts Centre

August

Sat 2: Pajama Night, Crawford Lake
Sat 2-Mon 4: The Enchanted Garden Weekend, Royal Botanical Gardens
Sun 3 & Sun 17: Ghost Walk at Spruce Lane Farm, Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Mon 4: Joseph Brant Day Festival, LaSalle Park
Fri 8, Fri 15, Fri 22, & Fri 29: Family Outdoor Movie Night, Kelso
Sat 9: Ice Cream & Starlight, Streetcar Museum
Sat 16: 50 Things To DO Before You Are 12, Mountsberg & Crawford Lake
Sat 16-Sun 17: Children’s Festival, Beachway Park & Spencer Smith Park
Sat 23: Marques d’Elegance Exotic Car Festival Streetfest, Downtown Burlington
Fri Aug 29-Mon Sept 1: Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Spencer Smith Park

*This is not a comprehensive list and events are subject to change, please check with event organizers for details

 For more information on planning your visit to Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook.  Also look for our travel counselors on site at select festival and at the waterfront – we’re always happy to help.

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