In Hamilton Halton Brant, family-friendly fun is literally around every corner. Choose from animal-filled excitement, wet and wild water fun, time travelling adventures, outdoor exploring and so much more.

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    African Lion Safari

    This Canadian original in Hamilton is the place for exotic animal adventure – whether it’s taking in amazing wild animals and birds on a drive through the 16-hectare reserve, watching elephants take an afternoon bath, or riding the Nature Boy railway. Pack swim gear to end the day with a splash at the wet play area. With children eight and up, get behind-the-scenes access with the Wake Up The Wild experience, an unforgettable open-air truck tour where you’ll watch lions devour their breakfast and hand-feed a giraffe.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    The new baby Asian elephant! During the 2019 season, African Lion Safari celebrates its 50th season, and baby “Sunita” is coming to the party. Born in November, she is now on view to the public, making this summer the perfect time to join African Lion Safari as they celebrate 50 years of history, conservation and family fun.

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    Wild Waterworks

    Cool off and splash the day away in one of Canada’s largest wave pools in Hamilton’s Confederation Park. Zoom down four tube slides, float the Easy River and brave the six-storey body slides. Little Squirt Works, filled with wading pools, small slides, sprays, mists and fountains, is perfect for the littlest ones.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    The park’s “Sundown” rates. Arriving late in the day can make for amazing savings! Admission after 4 p.m. is only $10 for ages 3-10 and $15.50 for ages 11 and up. You can also save $2 when you buy your tickets online.

  • 3

    Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

    Head to Hamilton to introduce train fanatics to a steam engine that puts Thomas the Tank Engine to shame. Train fans will get a true sense of the power of steam at this National Historic Site housed in a historic waterworks.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    Behind-the-scenes tours. On most Saturdays in July and August, you can discover this marvel of engineering from an entirely different perspective when you roll up your sleeves, put on your hard hat, and get up close and personal with the pumping engines, walking beam, surge tanks and oil cups. The tours are suitable for all ages.

  • 4

    Puddicombe Farm

    Break for the barn in Winona, where you can hop on board and enjoy a train ride through fruit fields and stop by to meet the horses, cows, goats, chickens, emus, and pigs that call the farm home. Leave time to pick your own fresh in-season fruit, including sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, apples, pears and pumpkins. Thrill your train lovers with an overnight stay in the farm’s very own caboose!

    This summer, don’t miss:
    “Mom and Me Day”, every Thursday through September. Enjoy morning activities for ages 2+ for one price — take a train ride, visit the play area, snack in the café (strudel/muffin & tea/coffee for mom, cookie/fruit & juice for children) and receive a gift for each child.

  • 5

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    Give your kids the ultimate lesson in physics and a thrill at this indoor flight-themed museum in Mount Hope. After checking out the more than 40 aircraft on exhibit, navigate the legendary Lancaster bomber or supersonic CF-101 Voodoo jet on a flight simulator, or climb right into the cockpit of a fighter jet.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    Flying inside a Lancaster bomber! Be part of the crew on a bombing raid with the BBC 1943 Berlin Blitz virtual reality experience. This unique cinematic experience is only offered until August 31 and is suggested for ages 13 and up.

  • 6

    Dundurn Castle

    Guided tours at this Hamilton estate reveal stories about the affluent family that once lived within its walls, as well as the people who lived downstairs and served their every beck and call. Once you’ve toured the 40-room castle, be sure to check out the Hamilton Military Museum, also on site, so the kids can see original uniforms from the War of 1812.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    The Canada Day Military Tattoo. The Regimental Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipes and Drums perform at this spectacular (and free) military musical celebration on July 1st.

  • 7

    Westfield Heritage Village

    With over 30 carefully restored heritage buildings, costumed interpreters and fun events throughout the summer, this is an amazing place to visit to give kids a great sense of what life was like for pioneers. The guides donning historically accurate garb and authentic demonstrations will have you stepping back in time.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    The Ice Cream Carnival. On August 4-5, don’t miss a delicious family outing with Edwardian carnival games, foods, amusements and music. Hand cranked real ice cream making demonstrations and samples are always the highlight.

  • 8

    iFly Toronto

    Step into the wind tunnel at this indoor skydiving experience in Oakville and you’ll feel just like you’re experiencing an authentic plane jump. Kids over the age of four will get a thrill out of experiencing wind speeds of 300 km/h and the sensation of freefalling in a safe environment wind speeds.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    The Tuesday to Friday promo. This introduction to indoor skydiving during the week is valid Tuesday to Friday only, and is priced at $62 per person for two flights.

  • 9

    Royal Botanical Gardens

    Biology lessons don’t get any more beautiful than a trip to Canada’s largest botanical garden in Burlington. Its 1,100 hectares are filled with trails and exhibits that make for a really fun day of exploring. Kids will love the Rock Garden, the Mediterranean Garden and the newly installed model train display.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    Fairies in the gardens. At Enchanted Evening Sunday, August 4, experience fairies in the twilight with this pre-registered program. Be enchanted with fairy stories, fairy folklore and a candle-lit walk. “If your eyes are quick and light is just right…you may see the fairies about to take flight.”

  • 10

    Bell Homestead National Historic Site

    Teach them the roots of that smartphone they can’t stop staring at with a trip to Brantford. Even tech-obsessed teens will enjoy learning about one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history, the telephone, at Alexander Graham Bell’s childhood home.

    This summer, don’t miss:
    The Summer Theatre Festival. The Bell family’s front veranda provides the stage for performances presented on selected summer Sundays. Pay-what-you-can productions include kid-friendly shows like Puss and Boots.

If you’re planning to pack a lot of fun into your family’s vacation to Hamilton Halton Brant, we’ve got insider tips and tricks to save serious cash on your next trip. And don’t forget to check our full calendar of events and festivals before you head out for even more ideas to keep the little ones entertained.

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June 21 - September 15

Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Fee: $10 + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register by September 15**

July 18 - August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

June 26

June Wildflower Walk

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

10am - 12pm.

August 20

Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $325 (Half must...

Now thru June 26

Talons and Tailfeathers

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

Now thru May 29

Margaret Watkins: Black Light

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Tickets required

July 16

Learn 10 Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

9am - 12pm

July 10 - September 11

Summer Mindfulness Walks

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

June 4 - September 24

Special Exhibition | Beyond Human Limits

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Joseph Brant Museum Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Special exhibition is included with...

Now thru November 30

Camping at Valens Lake

Valens Lake Conservation Area

1691 Regional Road 97, Flamborough, ON, N1R 5S7

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