It’s official: summer 2020 is the summer of the staycation. With borders closed, restrictions on the size of group gatherings and many families keeping a close eye on their spending, more of us will be opting to find fun that’s a little closer to home.

Crowdsourcing is the practice of getting input by enlisting a large number of people to share their ideas. In the same way that the app Waze creates a better driving experience by asking users for input on what’s happening on the roads, we’re tapping into the collective creativity of Hamilton Halton Brant residents to create the ultimate list of ideas for local and affordable family fun.

As you get out and enjoy your favourite affordable summer activities within Hamilton Halton Brant, snap a picture and share the details on your social media channels of where you went and what you did for less than $25. Be sure to tag your posts the hashtag #hhb25funchallenge. Our team at @heartofontario will be closely monitoring our social feeds and sharing your ideas to help spread even more local love. If you’re a local business owner with a product or service that’s perfect for a family outing, join in the fun and share your suggestions too.

To help get you thinking, here are some easy, affordable options for family outings that are safe, fun and ready for your crew to enjoy right now.

Don’t forget to share your family fun activity ideas with us by tagging them with #hhb25funchallenge.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring your Stay and Play outing is 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. Find out how you can support local businesses and taste a true close to home brew.

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