Summer is finally here and if you are like me you are stressing about things to do with your family. Between work and children’s activities it can be hard to figure out what the heck you can do with the kids while they are off from school. So to help, I have compiled a short list of activities in the GHA (Greater Hamilton Area). They are not the usual touristy things to do. I mean, we all know about African Lion Safari, Canada’s Wonderland, and Niagara Falls but we don’t want to deal with the crowds. So hopefully, in this post, you can find one thing that would interest you and help cut down on planning time so you can focus on the time with your family!
Binbrook Conservation Area– It’s a bit out of the way for a lot of people but that’s what makes it great. There are lots of things to enjoy here and it’s not usually too busy because of its location. Here you can try out wake boarding (on a cable) and Fun Splash Sports Park with inflatable obstacle courses. This year, they added a smaller one in shallow water for the little adventurers (ages 4- 6). To top it all off, new this year, they have opened treetop trekking! Try out the aerial courses and zip lines with a smaller course for kids 5 and up. Tell me this all doesn’t sound amazing. https://npca.ca/parks/binbrook
Adventure Village at Confederation Park– There are a lot of things to do here for the kids and adults! From miniature golf to batting cages, outdoor laser tag to a bungee trampoline, you’ll find lots to do. There’s also crazy cars and rock wall climbing and gemstone mining for the littles! https://www.adventure-village.com/
This also directly ties into the next stop on the list:
Hamilton Waterfront– Take a stroll down the waterfront path, set up a spot on the beach and enjoy a beautiful day. Catch some sun, swim in the lake and just relax. With Hutch’s Fish and Chips and Baranga’s on the Beach within walking distance there’s no need to pack a lunch.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park– I know, I know. Another park. But you really can have a great time on a day trip to this park. With a huge 1.8 acre pool you’ll have a great spot to cool down after hiking one or more of the 5 trails in the park. There is also a children’s farm with animals and disc golf. They have ghost walks in August if that’s your kind of thing! If you aren’t going this summer, keep in mind they have a Maple Syrup Festival in March and Homestead Christmas in December. https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/brontecreek
Supercrawl 2019– Okay, so this one does have crowds and it’s not until September but it’s an amazing event in Hamilton that showcases indie music and artists. And it’s free! There is lots to see and do for the whole family from music and fashion shows to amazing vendors and food trucks. It would also be great as a date with your significant other. This year it runs from Sept 13-15 and as always on James St. N. Check out the local businesses and enjoy a pint at Merit Brewing, my favourite local brewer. They obviously have amazing craft beer and delicious food! https://www.meritbrewing.ca/
Here are some other ideas from Team Messy Hair:
- Dundurn National Historical Site and the Hamilton Military Museum – if you have a Hamilton public library card then you can get in for free! Go for a tour, explore the fun play room in the upstairs military museum and go for a tour in the garden. https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/hamilton-civic-museums/dundurn-national-historic-site
- Drive-In! What’s better than sitting under the stars, watching a new movie with your family with blankets and munchies?! Best. Family. Night. Ever. It’s cheap and a great night out! What other time can you allow your kids to sit in your trunk without people judging you? https://www.premiertheatres.ca/starlite
- Mancala Monk – it’s a game room for people of all ages and skill levels. They’re awesome at sitting down and explaining the games if you’re unsure how to play them. They have homemade desserts, snacks and a london fog to die for. https://www.mancalamonk.com/
- Chedoke Stairs – we love taking the family to “the stairs” for the 289 step hike up the escarpment. The leg burn is great and the view at the top is beautiful.
What are your favourite things to do in the summer? We would love to hear!