Summer Fun for Families in Waterloo Region

by Amy Allen-Muncey

Summer event season is here! Again this year, I’ve compiled a list of events that my family has either
attended or plans on attending this season. The downtown cores have a wide variety of family friendly
activities all summer long, so in addition to this short‐list, be sure to check out the Explore Waterloo
Region events calendar ‐ something that we do regularly throughout the year to make sure we haven’t
missed anything.

#ONTARIOST Block Party and Movie in the Lane

June 5, July 3, August 7, 2018 5 ‐ 8:30pm
Ontario St, Downtown Kitchener
Ontario Street in Kitchener has really blossomed into a ‘go‐to’ place downtown. The adjacent Goudies
lane is home to a vibrant scene surrounded by street art and lots of special events all summer. One in
particular that sounds like a ton of fun for the kids is the Movie in the lane. We’re excited for the lineup
which can be found on their facebook page.

Open Streets ‐ Uptown Waterloo

June 17, July 15, August 19, Sept 16 2018 12‐5pm
Waterloo Public Square (Waterloo Park in August)‐Streets.asp
Always a fun and interesting place to bring the kids for the afternoon, Waterloo Public Square (and
Waterloo Park in August) are home to a livable cities movement! Our kids have always loved these
events because they bring out our diverse community for a relaxed drop‐in activity. Uptown Waterloo
has a ton of yummy local restaurants to stop by before heading to the Square, and with a full belly the
kidos will enjoy some live music, interactive play and art activities.

Splash Pads in Waterloo Regionchild playing in a splashpad in Waterloo Region

All summer long
At a loss on a sunny afternoon for something interesting and FUN to do with your kids? There’s always a
splash pad a short drive from anywhere in our region, just check out the awesome google map in the
link above. Your kids will seriously thank you for it, ours have a blast every time!

Lazy River Tubing at Canoeing the Grand

Freeport Bridge, 3734 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario
Lots of rate options, visit their website for more information

For an especially lazy day, the older kids will absolutely love the trip down Grand River’s Lazy river. Take the stress off by parking in the Freeport Bridge location and then taking a shuttle to your drop‐off point. From there, soak up the sun on your personal raft down the river. Cooler tubes are available if you’d like to pack a lunch and you can even hook all of your tubes together so that no one gets separated. Be sure to block off a good amount of time for the day as this excursion takes about 3‐4 hours.

Elora Quarry Conservation Area

From the first Saturday in June until Labour Day
319 Wellington County Rd 18, Elora, Ontario‐recreation/Elora‐Quarry.aspx
Park Fees: Age 5 and under FREE, age 6‐14 $3, age 15‐64 $7, age 65+ $5.50

A pristine turquoise lake surrounded by the gorgeous Elora Quarry and Conservation Area is a majestic
short drive north of Guelph. A large sandy beach meets the water and if the kiddies have had enough
swimming, there are always nature walks to recharge the soul. If you’re up for it, there is also camping
available nearby.

Aviation Fun Day at Region of Waterloo International AirportA pilot, fire fighter, and some star wars characters standing on the tarmac in front of a fire truck and and airplane at the Region of Waterloo International Airport's Aviation Fun Day

Saturday, August 25th, 10 ‐ 4pm
1‐4881 Fountain Street N, Kitchener, Ontario‐ykf/aviation‐fun‐day.aspx
FREE but please bring a non‐perishable food item for the Food Bank

This is the Region of Waterloo International Airport’s 4th Annual Aviation Fun Day and it is the perfect
place to bring your little flying enthusiasts this coming August. At the event, you’ll find flight simulators,
REAL pilots to talk to and ask questions, flight information and for an extra fee, Helicopter and Fixed
Wing Aircraft sightseeing flights. To travel between Centres and Terminals, walking is required, so be
sure to plan as needed.

Doon Heritage Village at the Waterloo Region Museumchild at Doon Heritage Village

Open Daily 9:30am ‐ 5pm
10 Huron Rd, Kitchener, Ontario‐heritage‐village
Adult ‐ $11, Senior & Student ‐ $8, Age 5‐12 ‐ $5, Age 0‐4 ‐ FREE, Family (2 adults + dependant children) ‐$25
While the Museum itself is a great destination for a rainy day, be sure to bring the kids to the Doon Heritage Village during the nice weather this summer! The village is home to a 1914 homestead with live guides dressed in authentic clothing to help walk you through the garden, home and farm (which includes chickens, ducks, horses and pigs!). Take a little stroll through the covered bridge to the town where you’ll learn about the general store, blacksmith, fire hall and many more. Our young ones especially enjoyed the farm animals as well as the handmade authentic toys that they found in the home.