Activities don't need to be expensive or complicated - little things go a long way.

Activities

Here's a list of activities that are great fun and mostly free or cheap, engaging and challenging.

Many people say: "But I don't have time for all this". True, it's not always easy to find time after/before work. If you want some inspiration, watch a great video about work-life balance: Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

Family vacations

  • Blue mountain
  • Sandbanks
  • 1000 islands
  • Pinery
  • Wasaga Beach
  • Disneyland

Media

Songs, vidoes, movies, books, stories, TED talks, etc.

Events

Attractions

Group activities

  • Science center sleepover
  • Sleepover at friend's house
  • Girl scouts and boy scouts
  • Exchange student

Broadening horizions / abstract

  • Listen to quality radio programmes
  • Listen to different music genres
  • Read news (online / newspapers)
  • Quality TV programs, movies
  • Read books
  • Learn about countries (flags, location, people, language, etc)
  • Travel
  • Ride subways, buses, streetcars
  • Come to work
  • In charge of
    • breakfast
    • games
    • cleanup
    • grocery list
    • map
    • dogs
    • plant
  • Buy train / bus tickets
  • Post letters
  • Pay bills
  • Order food at restaurants
  • Answer phone
  • Plan a trip, weekend, menu, grocery list
  • Charity (grocery stores, clothing donations, SPCA, value village, children's funds)
  • Social skills
    • kindergarten
    • daycare
    • playdates
    • playground
    • playhouse
    • interact with adults and children in a variety of situations
  • Learn about family history
  • Conflict management

Summer camps and classes

  • Sleepover camp
  • Theatres for young children
  • Halton Parks Conservation Area - ways of the woods
  • Music classes
  • Drama
  • Sports
  • Nature
  • Oxford learning
  • Animals
  • Ireland House
  • YMCA
  • City of Burligton
  • Taekwondo in Oxford learning plaza (also Omac at Walkers and Hwy5 and one by Brant and Mountainside)
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Climbing gym

Long-term

  • Take care of plants
  • Save and manage money
  • Play instruments
  • Collect stamps, coins

Skills / creativity / construction

  • Using tools (saw, hammer, drill, knife, screwdriver, etc)
  • Knot tying
  • Design and build a
    • playhouse
    • boat
    • shelf
    • birdfeeder
    • planter
    • wagon
    • plane, etc
  • Map reading
  • Use a slingshot
  • Crypography
  • Grocery shopping
  • Write a story

Activties

  • Play Grow Learn magazine
  • Indoor climbing
  • Circus
  • Santa claus comes to our house
  • Elf on the shelf
  • Watch sports / games
    • Soccer
    • Baseball
    • Hockey
    • Etc..
  • Ping pong
  • Birdfeed
  • Carwash
  • Library
  • Walk
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Ping pong
  • Mini putt
  • Treetop climbing
  • Segway ride
  • Mountsberg Owl Prowl
  • Bake
  • Go to downtown Burlington for a sandwich or just to wander around
  • Look at christmas lights
  • Climbing gym
  • Maple festival
  • Puppet show
  • Tea party
  • Songs
  • Gym (toddler gym?)
  • Make juice
  • Theaters
  • Concerts
    • Children's performers
    • Roy Thompson Hall
    • Massey Hall
    • Live concerts of any genre
  • Lemonade stand
  • Garage sale
  • Day trips Canada
  • Summer activities
  • Ontario Parks
  • Ontario outdoor adventures and events
  • Hiking trails near Burlington
  • Every Trail website
  • Halton Parks
  • (Bumper) bowling
  • Momstown
  • Passport fest in Toronto
  • Buskerfest
  • Puddicombe farm
  • Modern's farm
  • Make skating rink in the back yard
  • Back yard obstacle course, mud kitchen, etc.
  • Dog parks / walks
    • Bronte Park (2 parks)
    • Mt. Nemo
    • King Road
    • Walk on leash
    • Exercise at back yard
  • Skiing / snowboarding / skating
    • Public skating rinks: Mountainside is 15m walk
    • Glen Eden
    • Blue Mountain
    • Bronte Park skating rink (where else?)
  • Geocaching
  • Birdfeeding
  • Gore Park Christmas (mini train rides and possibly horsie carousel)
  • Water related
    • White water rafting
    • Beach
    • Pool at Bronte Park
    • Canoeing (Ontario canoe trails map)
      • Rouge Park
    • Inflateable raft
    • Swimming - not just lessons: Mountainside Arena is 10m walk, Angela Coughlin is 15m walk
    • Nelson pool
    • Splash pads - Aldershot
    • Wild Waterworks
    • Earl Haig Park in Brantford
    • Beaches (Burlington beach + boat rental)
    • Fifty Point
    • Valen's Lake (boat rental available)
    • Swimming lessons
    • Wilderness Adventures (non profit club that organizes 2-3 day trips)
    • 16 mile creek / Lions Valley Park
    • Grand River Country (river and area)
    • Grand River - paddling, including books
  • Bronte Park play barn (open all year excapt stat holidays until 4pm)
  • Mountsberg play barn
  • Fly a kite
  • Hiking
  • Tobogganing
  • Build a snowman
  • Make own bow and arrow
  • Campfire
  • Camping
  • Pony rides / camp on Hwy 5 east of Appleby
  • Sleep outdoors under the sky / in tent
  • Shooting stars / stargazing
  • Picnic (any park!)
  • Bicycle rides
  • horseback riding
  • Tricycle, push bike

Computers, email, internet, video games

  • Computer basics
  • Xbox or playstation - when?

Cook, foods

  • Learn to cook popsicles first :-)
  • What foods are healthy, what foods aren't
  • Crack eggs, stir, measure, mix, etc.
  • Cook together

To do around the house / crafts

  • Artzooka on CBC
  • Cards
  • Board games
  • Play dough (home made too)
  • Pinterest for craft ideas
  • Cook jam
  • Squeeze juice
  • Peel beans / peas
  • Make a book (blank or with pictures, etc)
  • Crack walnuts
  • Water in a bin
  • Play with vegetables, fruits and other food
  • Battleship
  • Painting birdhouse, on paper, etc
  • Tea Party
  • Chestnut animals
  • Colouring
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Play house
  • Tightrope walking
  • Stamps
  • Free play (unstructured)
  • Photo album - print pictues and put them in albums (the old fashioned way)
  • Chess
  • Puzzels
  • Press leaves
  • Fort from blankets or tent
  • Record voice
  • Stop-the-bus
  • Sorting games
  • Smells (spices, etc)
  • Dress up
  • Grow vegetables
  • Gardening (kid-friendly gardening)
  • Cook
  • Freeze water in balloons in the winter - add food colouring
  • Naked egg experiment (with vinegar)
  • Build a house using straws and tape
  • Sprikle salt on ice cubes
  • Draw
  • Watch great movies
  • Colour
  • Lego
  • Take pictures
  • Sing
  • Memory games
  • Flick football
  • (Science) experiments (Do Try This at Home)
  • Hide and seek
  • Young House Love