I know the official first day of summer was technically a couple weeks ago but now that school is out it feels like it finally is really summer!
It feels like a long time coming and we are MORE than ready to soak in every warm summer day this year. Growing up as a kid in Halifax is a privilege. Clean air, sparkling lakes and ocean beaches, forests for days...the possibilities for fun are endless.
Every year our family creates, what we call, our Summer Fun List, also known as a Summer Bucket List. This year we were driven by our plans for a simple, retro-inspired summer (along with a few new favourite places to visit) that also celebrates our region.
Here are thirty ideas to get started!
Roll down Citadel Hill
Walk on the ocean floor on the Bay of Fundy (though we'll probably save riding the highest tides till they're a little bigger!)
Build a sand castle on any of our amazing beaches and check out the Clam Harbour competition for inspiration (we love the beaches all year round!)
Visit Peggy’s Cove and fly a kite or climb the rocks (just stay away from those dark ones!!)
Go on a whale watching boat and try to spot some ocean wildlife
See ALL the parades happening this summer
Kayak through the Shubie Canal
Spend a day wandering the waterfront taking in as many Busker acts as possible
Go on a VIA Rail train ride to Truro or Moncton and stay overnight there (kids ride cheap in the summer!)
Watch a movie outside, under the stars, at either one of the Atlantic Film Festival kids' offerings or at the drive-in theatre in the Annapolis Valley
Re-visit our local museums, the Discovery Centre and Pier 21
Watch fireworks over the harbour
Do a train focused weekend and visit all the spots on our train list here, as well as ride the new Halifax waterfront train
Walk across the newly reopened Macdonald Bridge walkway
Attend Peter Pan at Shakespeare by the Sea in Point Pleasant Park
Visit Atlantic Playland and go on as many rides as possible
Take the ferry back and forth across the habour and visit the playgrounds on either side.
Ride our bikes as a family on a Rail Trail or one of the many parks in the region
Get french fries from Bud the Spud and people-watch while we eat them
Sail the harbour on one of the boats that go to McNab's Island
Read one hundred books per kid through Halifax's free summer reading club.
Visit all the splash pads around the region, including this one which has become a summertime staple in our family!
Go to all of the local tot-friendly animal adventures from our list here
Visit a local Farmer’s Market (or even a working farm!) and buy supplies for lunch direct from the farmers.
Go to the Commons and play on the Oval
Eat ice cream on the waterfront boardwalk in Halifax, Dartmouth, or Eastern Passage (or all of them - there's never too many ice cream moments!)
Visit the Public Gardens and have a picnic while enjoying music at the bandstand (plus Woozles does story time there every Tuesday too)