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9 Outdoor Waterparks You Must Visit This Summer

Visiting a waterpark in the summer is one of the more exciting things to do with your kids. We’ve rounded up all of the waterparks near Hamilton, Niagara and the GTA to help you plan an awesome summertime day trip with your family.

Wild Waterworks in Hamilton: A Thrilling Aquatic Adventure

From exhilarating water slides to lazy rivers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In this article, we’ll take you on a detailed journey through the park, highlighting its attractions, amenities, and everything else you need to know for an unforgettable day of fun and adventure.

Paletta Lakefront Park and Mansion

Nestled behind a stone wall and manicured shrubbery sits Paletta Mansion, at Paletta Lakefront Park in Burlington. The grounds make for a peaceful place to stroll, and the mansion is

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Spend the Day in Stratford, Ontario

Have you been to Stratford, Ontario? I hadn’t been in years, so when a friend inspired me to visit again, I did. I took the kids on the road and we spent the day in this adorable small town. Here’s what we did.

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Where To See Trains: 8 Places in Halton, Hamilton & Beyond

Wondering where to see trains nearby? If you’re a train enthusiast or simply love the charm of locomotives, you’re in luck! There are several fantastic places near you where you can witness the beauty of trains up close. Here’s a list of must-visit locations.

Bird Kingdom: Get Up Close With Exotic Birds and Creatures

A day trip to Niagara Falls is not complete without a visit to Bird Kingdom, the World’s Largest Free-Flying Indoor Aviary. Kids and adults will love this immersive experience that gets everyone up close with birds, turtles, snakes and more!

5 Beautiful Lavender Farms Near Halton, Niagara & Beyond

Visiting lavender farms like these can be a relaxing and photographic summer outing for your family. Spend some quality time together surrounded by fields of lavender in every shade of purple and violet blue. Go for a walk where the lavender grows, have a picnic, snap some photos, and treat yourself to some honey lavender ice cream.

Family Pride Events

Family Pride Month events provide a platform for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, parents, and allies to connect, share stories, and amplify their voices. It is a time to reflect on the progress made, acknowledge the challenges faced, and envision a future where every family is valued and respected.

Watch Free Outdoor Movies This Summer

Back for 2024! Enjoy free outdoor movies near you this summer! Nothing tells you it’s summertime like the release of the movies in the park schedule. We’ve got the whole line-up here for you, so start popping that popcorn!

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Kid’s Birthday Party Entertainers

Are you planning a birthday for your kiddo and need a birthday party entertainer? Hiring someone is such a great way to offload some of the hard work to a

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries in Niagara

Our guide to Niagara region pick-your-own strawberry farms provides you with all of the info we could track down online. As farms release more info, we will be back to update our guide – so stay tuned!

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Strawberry Picking in Hamilton

One of our favourite early summer activities is strawberry picking in Hamilton at a local fruit farm. FInd all of your options, plus pricing and info here.

Pick Your Own Strawberries Near Burlington, Oakville and Milton

Make the most of the early days of summer by taking the family to pick your own strawberries in Halton! Strawberries are at their peak sweetness in the early days of summer vacation – June and July – and we know where you can find the best farms for strawberry picking near Burlington, Oakville and Milton!

Splash Pads, Outdoor Pools and Wading Pools in Burlington

Spend your summer cooling down at a Burlington splash pad (sometimes called splash parks or spray pads). Most of them are free summer activities! If you need a bigger refresh, we love the outdoor pools in Burlington. They offer waterslides, climbing walls, and they feel like local water parks.

Adventure Village – High Energy Excitement Awaits

Nestled amidst lush greenery and boasting a myriad of attractions, Adventure Village promises an action-packed day out for parents and kids alike. Read on for details and enjoy our Adventure Village photos, too!

The Coolest Mini Golf Courses in Niagara

Grab your putters and get ready for an adventure that’s sure to delight both kids and adults alike. Whether you’re a mini golf pro or just looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, Niagara’s mini putt courses won’t disappoint.

2024 Victoria Day Fireworks, Events and Festivals

Hellooooo Summer! Victoria Day is the (un)official kickoff to our Canadian summer, and it couldn’t come at a better time! This weekend you can enjoy Victoria Day fireworks, festivals and more fun events happening all weekend.

Budget Friendly Summer Camps in Hamilton

Finding affordable summer day camps for your children can be a challenge. These budget-friendly summer camps in Hamilton offer a variety of engaging, educational, and fun activities without breaking the bank.

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Visit Lowville Park in Burlington Every Season

The amount of fun, fresh air and family time you can get from a visit to Lowville Park in Burlington is limitless! We try to visit a few times every summer, at least once in the fall and we even come back for tobogganing in the winter!

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Farmers Markets in Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton

Visit a Farmer’s Market in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville. It’s a great way to support the hardworking folks who grow and make our food, and to show the kids where their dinner ingredients *really* come from!

7 Niagara Farmer’s Markets Worth Visiting

These Niagara region summer farmer’s markets are a great opportunity to buy fresh local produce and meet the people who lovingly grow the fruit and vegetables. Treat yourself to some fresh grown faire grown close to home.

The Best Mini Golf Courses To Play Right Now

Mini golf is a classic pastime that’s been enjoyed by people of all ages for decades. It’s a fun and easy activity that’s perfect for a family outing or a date night. In this article, you’ll find some of the best local mini-golf courses in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville.

Kids Bowl Free This Summer! Here’s How To Score This Deal

Select bowling alleys across Canada and the US offer free bowling for kids during the summer. Register on the website (linked below) to receive coupons for 2 games of bowling every day, all summer long. Read on for where and how to take advantage of the program in Halton and Hamilton.

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African Lion Safari: Ontario’s Wildest Safari Adventure

Great news for fans of African Lion Safari – they are open for the season and have lots of WILD fun in store for you and your family! We have the inside scoop on what you can expect when you visit this summer, updates on the new African Lion Safari ticket prices plus some tips and important info for visitors.

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Now Open! Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

Twin Valley Nature Park ranks high on the list of must-visit destinations for so many reasons. Read on for those reasons, plus some helpful hints for your day with the animals.

Oakville Summer Camps With Single Day Booking

Summer camps are a great way for kids to stay active, learn new skills, and have fun during the summer months. If you’re located in Burlington and are looking for summer camp options for your children, you’re in luck!

Dive Into These 5 Indoor Water parks in Ontario

Escape the winter blahs when you visit one of the best indoor waterparks in Ontario! We have several to choose from, so our guide will help you compare features and amenities, plus prices.

Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer Programs in Hamilton

Discover the best cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics programs for kids in the Hamilton area with our comprehensive directory. Find the perfect fit to keep your child active, engaged, and having fun.

Pier 4 Park in Hamilton Has a Tugboat!

Meet me at the pier – Pier 4 that is! This waterfront destination in Hamilton is full of reasons to visit from an amazing nautical-themed playground and is just a hop, skip and a jump from the famous Theodore Tugboat Too!

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LaSalle Park in Burlington – You Gotta Go Here

LaSalle Park in Burlington’s west end is one of our favourite parks to visit. It’s got an upgraded playground that kids love, vast amounts of green space and of course, easy access to the marina and waterfront.

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Norton Park Burlington

One of Burlington’s largest parks, Norton Park is home to something for everyone, at every age, during every season. You’re going to love playing here at this park & playground.

Brant Hills Park Has A New Splash Pad!

Brant Hills Park in Burlington is a park and playground full of possibilities for kids who love to climb, run, splash and play! And that’s most kids, right? Thanks to

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The 5 Coolest Skate Parks in Oakville, Ontario

Oakville is home to five outdoor scooter and skate parks, spread throughout the town. They vary in size and style, but all pack a punch of fun and exercise for kids on wheels. We have details on what each one offers so you can choose the coolest one for your little thrashers.

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Skateboard and Scooter Parks in Burlington

Burlington has 10 skateboard and scooter parks spread out across the city. Each one has different benefits, and we’ve laid it all out here to help you choose your next

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Glamping in Ontario at Four Corners Algonquin

One of the best summer getaways we’ve had so far is glamping in Algonquin with Four Corners Algonquin. The comfort level and 5-star accommodations made this a vacation to remember. If you’re thinking of glamping in Ontario, you need to check out everything that Four Corners has to offer.

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Free Things To Do With Kids This Month

This month brings us a sandbox full of free things to do with kids, too. Whether you’re looking for educational outings or fun adventures, there’s something for every family.

2024 Solar Eclipse – Where And How To See It

A total solar eclipse is heading your way! On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be able to be seen across parts of Mexico, the US, and Canada and we have front row seats here near Burlington! 

18 Easy Easter Activities

I love any holiday that involves crafts and baking, and Easter is no exception. But I always have bigger dreams than I can execute. I envision myself a mini-Martha Stewart,

Hamilton Area Summer Camps With Single Day Booking

Summer camps are a great way for kids to stay active, learn new skills, and have fun during the summer months. If you’re located in Hamilton and are looking for summer camp options for your children, you’re in luck!

Burlington Summer Camps With Single Day Booking

Summer camps are a great way for kids to stay active, learn new skills, and have fun during the summer months. If you’re located in Burlington and are looking for summer camp options for your children, you’re in luck!

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C Hotel By Carmen’s

We love a great staycation! So when we heard about the March Break getaway promotion at C Hotel by Carmens, we knew a mini getaway to close-by Hamilton was in our immediate future.

Win Family Passes To SpringFestTO 2024!

SpringFest offers Greater Toronto families an indoor fun park with the latest in children’s entertainment, games and activities. SpringFest is thrilled to be back for another year of quality family entertainment.

Springridge Farm in Milton, near Oakville and Burlington

Opening Thursday! Springridge Farm: A Must-Do For Little Farm Fans

Springridge Farm is a long-time family favourite place to visit. This is a great place for multi-generations to visit together. The grandparents have as much fun as the kids do! Let us show you why Springridge Farm in Milton is always a great way to spend a day.

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13+ Things to Do At Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville is just one of the 340 Ontario Parks. We visit multiple times a year in every season because there’s always something fantastic to do at Bronte Creek. Here are some highlights of what you can expect when you visit.

Hamilton Area Summer Camps

Niagara Region Summer Camps 2024

Summer is a great time for kids to take a break from the academic year and engage in fun, exciting, and educational activities. Summer camps in Niagara are a great

Parent Support Groups and Social Programs

Parent support groups and social programs for new parents are a great way to connect with parents in the same stage of parenthood as you are. New parents, experienced parents,

Digital Dilemmas: Parenting in the Age of Screens

Parenting in the digital age is challenging. As a parent, I understand the difficulty navigating the delicate balance between harnessing the benefits of technology and mitigating its potential drawbacks. Thank you to Susie Beghin, RECE, Author, and owner of Alpha’s Discovery daycare centres for providing her experience and expertise on this topic.

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2024 Guide To Easter Egg Hunts And Events

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about fun activities to do with your family and friends. One of the most exciting events of the season is the Easter egg hunt. And lucky for you, there are plenty of options right in your local area.

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Summer Camps in Burlington

Summer camps are a great way for kids to stay active, learn new skills, and have fun during the summer months. If you’re located in Burlington and are looking for summer camp options for your children, you’re in luck!

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Milton Summer Camps 2024

Summer is just around the corner and for many parents, that means finding fun and educational activities to keep their kids occupied during the long break. Milton summer camps offer

Family Day 2024 – Fun Things To Do With Kids

Celebrate Family Day with the kids! Below you’ll find a long list of great things to do in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Hamilton! Family-friendly events, all in one place to help you make the most of this long weekend.

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The Hamilton Aviary Bird Sanctuary

A visit to The Hamilton Aviary is a great way to feel tropical while supporting this wonderful, volunteer-run bird sanctuary in Dundas, Ontario.

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Outdoor Birthday Party Venues

If you are lucky enough to have a summer birthday, take your party outside to one of these outdoor birthday party venues.

Maple Syrup Festivals 2024: Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and More

Is there anything more Canadian than visiting a Maple Syrup festival and eating freshly-poured-on-snow maple syrup candy? We don’t think so, either! That’s why Active Parents has rounded up these local Maple Syrup festivals in Ontario that you should visit. Bon appetite!