If you’re like most Ontario parents, you’ve had more than your fill of sharing bad news with your kids. Whether it was the return to online school, a long pause of their favourite sport or the cancellation of a vacation, parents have had to be the messenger for disappointing news far too often over the past year.

While the summer may still seem a little uncertain, the sunny weather gives parents an opportunity to prove to their kids that they haven’t forgotten how to pass on positive news too. This summer, make a plan to inject a series of unexpected little surprises into your family’s routine. Here are some easy ideas to get you inspired.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring your surprises are  a success. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with businesses and places you plan to go to ensure they are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting.

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