Since today is the first full day of summer I thought I would share some ideas of WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS! Fortunately my children are older now and all have summer jobs to keep them busy. But, it wasn’t that long ago when my kids would get up in the morning and say, “Hey Mom, what are we doing today?” It was a challenge to keep the kids busy during their summer vacation, and doing it without going broke.

I must give all the credit to my wife, Karen, who was always on the go with our children all summer long. On hot days like today she would take the kids to one of the many splash pads in the city, or when they got older it was the Wild Waterworks at Confederation Park. Other activities would be to pack a picnic lunch and go to one of the many conservation areas and go for a hike, or go to the Children’s Museum at Gage Park, they always liked going there.

Another popular outing was Bronte Creek Provincial Park. The kids enjoyed the farm setting as well as the very large jungle gym apparatus in the barn.

Summer day camps was another thing our children liked to do as they were always different and the kids all had different interests such as horseback riding, the arts, and basketball, etc. The following are links to the City of Hamilton Summer Camp programs as well as the City of Hamilton outdoor pools:

What parents need to remember is, the children just want to be active and the activities can be as simple as going for a walk or bike ride. Be creative, look up different children’s crafts on the internet, plant a small vegetable garden or ask your children to come up with ideas of their own.

Here is another website that has a great list of things to do in the Hamilton Area:

So get out there, be active, have some fun, and don’t let your kids drive you crazy!!



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