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, get the latest in virtual tours and experiences and taste a true close to home brew.

Stay and Play Experiences & Tours View All >>

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton & Scourge War Ships

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – The Hamilton Military Museum

The Hamilton Military Museum

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Griffin House

Griffin House – National Historic Site

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

Now thru November 30

Go Karts and Paintball Fun

Cameron Speedway & Amusements

2633 Upper James St. Mount Hope , ON L0R 1W0

Mon - SUN: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm All prices are per driver, no splitting...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton Children’s Museum

Hamilton Children’s Museum

1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6

Now thru October 2

Feed the Alpacas

Alpacas From Eighth & Mud

232 8th Rd E, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 3M2

For the summer months we will be open: Thursday to Sunday 10:00 to 4:30; To book...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9G 1L8

August 1 - September 27

Sunflower Kingdom

Andrews Scenic Acres

9365 10 Side Road Milton, ON L9T 2X9

OPEN DAILY FROM 10am-5pm

Now thru September 7

African Lion Safari – Drive Thru Game Reserve

Guest must purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets will NOT be sold onsite.

Take it Outside

Take it Outside

Spend An Art-filled Afternoon Enjoying Outdoor Art

Plan Your Creative Escape
Take out, eh?

Take out, eh?

6 Creative Ways to Up Your Takeout Game This Summer

Plan Your Next Meal
Sunday Funday!

Sunday Funday!

4 Retro Ways to Win The Last Day Of Week

Learn More
Connect And Compete

Connect And Compete

The Ultimate Stay & Play Scavenger Hunt

Get The Hunt List
The $25 Family Fun Finder Challenge

The $25 Family Fun Finder Challenge

Share Your Favourite Affordable Stay And Play Ideas

Learn More

Stay and Play Stories View All >>

Trade FOMO for JOMO: Easy Swaps For More Summer Joy

Get on the fast path towards a more joy-filled summer.

Read More

Forest Bathing 101: 4 Reasons To Take A Woodsy Walk

This Art is Outside: Get an Outdoor Art Fix

Find creative ways to blend an art experience with some fresh air and sunshine.

Read More

6 Ways to Turn Up Your Takeout Game

Kick your takeout game up a notch with these six easy ideas.

Read More

Sunday Funday: 4 Retro Ways to End The Week

Bringing back the concept of simple Sunday fun.

Read More

The Stay & Play Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt that needs to be on your summer bucket list.

Read More

8 Ways To Have a Blast on a Canadian Long Weekend

Add some spark to your long weekend this summer.

Read More

4 Fun-Filled Field Trips

Surprise your “class” with an end of the year field trip!

Read More

Get Travel OffersEvent Details and Planning Ideas for Your Next Trip

Sign up to receive the latest Hamilton Halton Brant travel news delivered right to your inbox.