August is around the corner and before you know it, summer vacation will be over! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids before that happens (and don’t want to deal with the chaos of going to Toronto), here are 5 fun things you can do in Waterloo Region with them.
Play in water
There’s no better place to visit if you’re trying to beat the heat this summer than Bingemans Big Splash Waterpark in Kitchener. Along with 11 water slides, a Spray ‘n’ Play complex and a wave pool to stay in cool in, they have an arcade, two 18-hole mini golf courses, a bowling alley and camping options.
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A day pass runs $27.95 for anyone over 48” tall and $19.95 for anyone under 48” tall and seniors 65+. Kids two and under are free and if you attend after 4 p.m. tickets are only $16.95 per person. For more information, visit bingemans.com.
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a magical indoor tropical setting with over 5,000 butterflies and a selection of birds and fish to check out. They also have live terrariums, a moth exhibit and a honey bee observation display. My kids love going there as there’s always something new to see and do (the last time we were there I ate fried crickets and grossed them out).
Admission to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is $13.25 for people between the ages of 13 and 65, $11.25 for seniors (65+) and $7 for children 2 to 5. Children under 2 are free. For hours and more information, visit cambridgebutterfly.com.
Go to the drive-in
Believe it or not, there are many drive-in movie theatres still standing across Canada, including Guelph’s Mustang Drive-in and the Oxford Drive-in in nearby Woodstock. The Mustang screens new releases daily for the rest of the summer (and has special all-night screenings on long weekends) while the Oxford plays recent, but not new, titles. Either way, kids think it’s cool staying up late watching a movie in a car and it’s cheaper for a family than going to a real theatre.
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Check out their websites at mustangdriveinguelph.ca and thestarlite.ca for ticket information and to see what’s playing. If you’re outside of the Waterloo Region, take a look at my Map of Canadian Drive-ins to find a drive-in near you.
Go back to our pioneer roots
I discovered Doon Heritage Village after my son had a field trip there last year. It’s a 60 acre living historical look at life in Waterloo Region in 1914. Equally educational as it is interesting, it will get your kids asking many questions about the past and how pioneers lived.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children 4 and under are free. For more information, visit waterlooregionmuseum.com.
I frequent Chicopee in the winter often to go tubing with the family and never realized they had so many fun things to do in the summer until recently. You can go zip-lining, bounce 25-feet into the air on the Eurobungy trampoline, climb a spider web tower and even go tubing on a special waterless tube run! For ticket pricing and more information, visit chicopeetubepark.com.
Are you planning to do anything in Waterloo Region before summer ends? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.