Wow, May was a blur - a fun and sunny blur! If this is any indication as to how summer will go, we're in for some good stuff.
Right now, parents are thinking about summer and so are we. On top on the priority list is summer child care. Fun summer day camps are being held at the resorts and attractions and offer some really neat programming that children will love. Camp activities include golf and sports, art, museum fun, adventure and fun, horses and ranch fun, swimming, biking and more!
We also recommend parents consider day camps even if you are cottaging in these areas. It's not just for local kids. Summer day camp is a great way to keep your child entertained in times of bad weather and it's a great way for them to make new friends while parents enjoy some quiet time as well.
Kids and family events and activities for the weekend ahead, by area:
These events are within one to three hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family-friendly accommodation and extend the fun.
Barrie Waterfront Festival: The 2013 ninth annual Waterfront Festival is set to kick off the summer season on Saturday, May 25 to Sunday May 26. A great free entertainment line up will surely draw a large crowd as we welcome the warm sun and clear skies.
Katiebear Family Fun Day: Activities include KatieBear Idol, two divisions for kids & adults and a KatieBear Craft Show with up to 50 vendors, Ottawa Valley RC Addicts, Remote vehicle display, a balloon artist, display by OPP and Bonnechere Valley Fire Dept. and games and prizes for kids and adults.
Shave your head for KatieBears, enjoy Frisco's food and drinks, fresh popcorn and cotton candy, a silent auction, Crown & Anchor, a dunk tank, a photo booth and MyFM will be on-site
Parents Night Out: Parents let us entertain your children while you take a few personal hours. Your children will enjoy pizza or hot dogs, movie and a swim! Pre-registration required by Thursday, May 23.
Annual Fish Derby: Through contests, events and of course, fishing, we guarantee there will be something for everyone! Tickets are just $25 or $55 for the family, show your
bracelet throughout the Derby and get in on the savings and the fun! Tickets available at Lake Huron Rod & Gun in Underwood, Kincardine Canadian Tire or online at kincardinechamber.com.
All Board for Kids Fun!
Model Train Show: As one of the biggest model railroad shows in all Ontario, kids can see many setups and even be conductor on a table or two!
Downtown Shops and Docks: Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and stroll around with the kids while checking out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.
Georgian Bay Cruise: Experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka/Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands on a cruise aboard the 300-passenger Miss Midland - Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attraction. Kids will love the big boat with covered and wide open spaces to explore.
Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival: Two days of fun and fantastic savings from downtown merchants! Live entertainment, children's activities, great dining and more! Downtown Orillia, 325-3261 (Fri: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There's free parking in downtown lots.)
Doors open: Many good stops for kids here. This year, Doors Open Orillia is partnering with the Downtown Management Board and Peter Street Arts District with events that include a sidewalk sale, live music, art markets, dance, vendors, food and family games.