Family Road Trips: Fun Family Stops

Active Parents is here to help fill your summer vacation with fun. We are putting together ideas for family road trips to keep the whole family entertained. We’ll cover local and short distance jaunts, and we hope you’ll suggest some fun stops, too!

This week we bring you selections based on doing things together. Because after all, you guys are a great team!


Try an Escape Room – Confundrum is brand new and just opened in Burlington, so the drive is nothing to complain about! Work as a team, solve the clues, and escape Blackbeard’s Brig or Cyberspace before time runs out! Confundrum is offering BurlingtonParents readers the chance to win an escape room challenge for 5!

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Go to the Drive-In – With two drive-in theaters so close, all you need to do is get your comfy clothes on, pack a snack or two, and enjoy a double- or triple-feature!


Board Game Cafes – Gameopolis, in Hamilton, welcomes guests to come on in, have something to eat and drink, and play any of their 800+ board games! You’re guaranteed to find a new family favourite, or three!


Get Creative – Visit a paint your own pottery studios, Crack Pot Studios, 4Cats, or our newest addition, Medium Arts Studio and paint your own pottery. We were just at Medium last week, and 6 of us painted for under $50!


Visit an Indoor Amusement Park – Drive into Toronto and play all day at Fantasy Fair in Woodbine Centre. With 20+ rides and amusements, including the 1911 Charles Loof carousel. Plus, discount ticket sites like WagJag often have deals for play all day passes!


Laser Tag Challenge – Splittsville in Burlington has an awesome laser tag set up. Many families have raved about the sizing of the vests being the best they’ve seen for kids (those vests can be too big for wee ones some times!), plus their course is a ball!


Climb a (Simulated) Mountain – Tighten your harness, and secure the ropes – it’s rock climbing for family fun! Visit Gravity Climbing Gym in Hamilton, or Burlington’s own Climber’s Rock for an adventurous time with the fam.


Movies Under The Stars – Burlington, Oakville, and Hamilton all show movies outdoors throughout the summer. Family-friendly flicks are scheduled, bring your own blanket and snacks, and save some energy to carry the sleepy ones up to bed.


Be Cookie Monsters – The only thing better than cookies, are fresh cookies at prices that can’t be beat! Visit the Voortman Cookie Factory store for a full selection of these local treats, and of course a few samples!


These ideas are sure to spark a few of your own – share them below for other readers to enjoy! And be sure to read other other posts in the Day Trips Series!



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