Travelling with a toddler or two in tow this summer? Have no fear. A well-planned day trip is a great way for families with young children to get out and experience something new, but still be home in time for the kids’ afternoon nap! Side benefit: an action-packed morning of fun makes for an extra long nap time, an advantage that’s sure to be appreciated by mom and dad.
Start planning your toddler-approved Great Canadian Day Trip by checking out our summer offers, then follow these easy steps.

 

STEP 1: GET THEM INVOLVED IN THE FUN
A few weeks before you go, have a dinner time conversation about the day trip. Ask a question like:

“If we could hop in the car and do something that we’ve never done before for a morning, would you rather do something in or near the water, with animals, with some kind of train, or have it be a complete surprise?”

If they’d like to do something in or near the water, consider Wild Waterworks’ Little Squirt Works in Hamilton, filled with wading pools, small slides, sprays, mists and fountains that are perfect for young children. They’ll also love floating with mom or dad on the Eazy River. If you’d like to spend more than just the morning, consider renting a Cabana, which will provide some afternoon shade and comfy lounge chairs where little ones can nap.

If they’d prefer to have an animal encounter, there are several great ways to spend a few hours with furry friends.

If they love farm animals, there are several hands-on barnyards located in Hamilton Halton Brant. In Milton, visit Chudleigh’s or Springridge Farm. In Oakville, make a stop at Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Playbarn, where in addition to meeting farm animals, kids can climb and jump in the Play Loft. In Stoney Creek, stop by Puddicombe Estate Farms to meet the horses, cows, goats, chickens, emus, and pigs that call the farm home. In Campbellville, Mountsberg Conservation Area’s barn has Percheron horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens. Mountsberg is also home to a herd of bison.

If you think they’d like a more exotic animal adventure, consider a trip to African Lion Safari. Ride the Nature Boy Scenic Railway so little feet get a rest while you take in amazing wild animals and birds on the 16-hectare reserve. Be sure to pack swim gear so they can end the day with a splash at the Misumu Bay Wet Play area, which has sprinklers, spouts, tumble buckets and all kinds of wet and wild fun that’s well suited to toddlers. Read about one blogger’s trip to African Lion Safari with her four-year-old twins.

If they’re tried-and-true train fans, there are all kinds of day trip options in Hamilton Halton Brant that they’ll love, including riding through a forest to an ice cream shop on a vintage street car, taking a trolley tour of Hamilton’s waterfront, or riding on a miniature steam engine. View our complete collection of train-themed day trips.

 

STEP 2: BUILD THE SUSPENSE
There’s no reason a day trip can’t be just as exciting as an away-from-home vacation. Once you’ve determined where you’re going on your Great Canadian Day Trip, create some excitement around it. Show them on a map where you’ll be driving. Check out some books or movies from the library that are related in some way to the activity you’ll be doing. Let them help you choose a restaurant where you’ll stop for lunch.

 

STEP 3: PACK IT UP
A well-stocked day pack can be a lifesaver when travelling with toddlers. Be sure to pack the old standards like sunscreen, hats, healthy snacks, wipes, water, and bandages, but also toss in a few unexpected items to break out during your day like bubbles, a stamp so you can purchase a postcard and mail it to a grandparent to share in the adventure and some crayons, and a sketch pad so they can draw a picture of their travels on the way home.

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One Axe Pursuits: Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing

One Axe Pursuits

7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON

Dates: May to October Duration: 6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm) Price: $250/person Contact to book...

Now thru December 31

Private Date Night Painting for 2

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The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Whenever Date Night is! Event Price: $165.00 + hst per couple.

July 10 - August 4

Adventures in the Valley Summer Camp

Dundas Valley Conservation Area, 650 Governors Road, Dundas, ON, Canada

Dates & Times: July 10th - 14th July 17th - 21st July 24th - 28th...

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Grand Experiences: Bruce Trail 2 Day Hiking Package (Guided Trip)

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River Street North, Paris

Dates and Times: Available every day of the week - book in advance! Price: $525.00...

Now thru October 20

Grand River Rafting: Five Oaks Trip (Self-Guided)

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford

Date & Times: Various across Seasons and Days Price: $35 to $50 per person depending...

Now thru December 31

Road to the Ridge: Taste of the Escarpment

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour is a 4.5 hour all-inclusive self-guided tour with all food, sips,...

July 1

Fireworks from the Rooftop

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Date & Time: July 1, 7:30pm to 10:30pm Event Price: $50.00/person Event only for adults...

Now thru December 31

Music Bingo at Flux

Flux Brewing Company

185 Oakland Rd, Scotland, ON N0E 1R0

Date & Time: January 17th (1st bingo night of the year) $5 cover to join

July 13 - August 18

Pick Your Own Blueberries at The Blueberry Patch

The Blueberry Patch

289 Brant County Hwy 53, Brant, ON N0E 1A0

Picking Season: mid-Jul to mid-Aug Call ahead to check picking conditions!

Now thru June 26

Trivia Nights at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.

Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.

65 Hatt Street, Dundas, ON, L9H 0C1

Dates & Times: Every Wednesday (Unless otherwise), 7:00pm - 8:30pm Free but reservations are recommended

July 13 - August 18

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Pleasant Berry Blueberry Farm

Pleasant Berry Blueberry Farm

445 Ellis Ave, Brantford, ON N3R 0B8

Picking Season: mid-Jul to mid-Aug Call ahead to ensure picking is available!

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

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