Canada Day BBQ’s are great, but what if you’re looking for other ways to celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday?
The sun is shining, the kids are excited to (finally!) be out of school, and parents are looking for ways to enjoy the holiday as a family.
Here are four great ways to spend Canada Day that are fun for kids and parents alike.
Explore the True North Strong and FREE!
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada is offering FREE admission to all national parks and national historic sites. You’ll need to order a Free 2017 Discovery Pass, and then just pick which of Canada’s many national parks you’ll explore. Take a boat ride through gorgeous Thousand Islands Park (2.5 hours from Oshawa), or explore the turquoise glacial lakes of Banff National Park (1 hour north of Calgary).
Don’t forget impressive (and educational!) historic sites like Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site, just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria. Spend a day touring the historic fort, and exploring historic battlements and weapons.
Check out Parks Canada’s site to find a National Park or Historic Site near you!
Everything old is new again, and that applies to board games as well! Classic games like Candy Land and Snakes and Ladders are making a major comeback. Parents get the nostalgia of revisiting a childhood favourite, while kids get to discover these games for the first time.
Plus, board games are a great way to keep kids occupied if the weather happens to be less than stellar.
Get Busy in the Kitchen
Is there anything better than the smell of fresh-baked cookies?
Great news! Baking cookies is a fantastic way to keep kids busy. We recommend sticking to unfussy drop cookie recipes that kids can mix with their hands.
Or pick up some silicon baking cups and try an easy and fun cupcake recipe.
Cupcakes have the added bonus of letting kids express their creativity in decorating their creations. Premade frosting + food colouring + a few kinds of candy = hours of delicious fun!
Friction Can Be Fun
Science centres combine hands-on learning and fun, and cater to kids of all ages. Parents will likely find themselves learning new things as well – especially if it’s been a few years since your last chemistry class!
Science Gallery & Planetarium
Toronto and GTA:
Ontario Science Centre