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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November 21 - January 3

Christmas in Pioneer Spirit

Battlefield House Museum & Park – National Historic Site

77 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8G 5E5

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM...

Now thru October 15

Guided 2 day /1 night Youth River Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113

Starting point at 113 Grand River St N, Paris; Starting time at 9 am; Canoe...

Now thru September 17

Full & New Moon Beach Yoga

Burlington Beach Rentals

1094 Lakeshore Rd Burlington, Ontario

$27.00 + HST Held every Full Moon Beach Yoga 8 p.m. July 5th & August...

Now thru October 15

Overnight Grand River Canoe Camping Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Starting at 113 Grand River Street North, Paris.

October 30 - November 29

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Drury Lane Theatrical Productions

2269 New Street, Burlington, ON, L7R 1J4

Evenings 8 PM Oct 30, 31, Nov 6, 7, 12, 13, 14,19, 20, 21, 26,...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Griffin House

Griffin House – National Historic Site

733 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9H 1A1

Now thru October 30

Friends & Family Float on the Grand

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris - various times available 8:30 am to...

Now thru October 2

MINIATURE GOLF

Adventure Village

580 Van Wagners Beach Road Hamilton, Ontario L8E 3L8

Mon - Thurs 10 am - 9pm, Friday 12 - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm;...

Now thru November 15

Grand River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Starting point at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:30 am Canoe - Regular...

Now thru October 30

Slither & Crawl Private Adventure Tour

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Milburough Line Campbellville, ON

Tour Times: 10-11am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-2:30pm, 3-4pm $75 (for groups up to 10 people) + HST...

Now thru October 31

Stay At Home with Theatre Aquarius

Theatre Aquarius

190 King William Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1A8

Free - 7 days a week

Now thru October 2

BATTING CAGES

Adventure Village

580 Van Wagners Beach Road Hamilton, Ontario L8E 3L8

Mon - Thurs 10 am - 9pm, Friday 12 - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm;...

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