Banish summer boredom with a family road trip to Hamilton.
To help you plan when and where you should visit, we've pulled together these kid-approved events you won't want to miss.
1. Themed Days at Wild Waterworks
Various Dates in July and August
Make a splash this summer at Canada's largest wave pool and race down thrilling waterslides. Get into the summer spirit with special themed days like Superhero, Carnival or 80's music days.
2. Enchanted Garden Weekend at Royal Botanical Gardens
August 3 – 5
Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! RBG's stunning Rock Garden is transformed into a magical destination full of magic and whimsy.
3. Ice Cream Carnival at Westfield Heritage Village
August 4 – 5
This living history museum that brings early Canada to life is always a family favourite. But throw in some hand-cranked ice cream treats and carnival games and you've got some guaranteed happy campers.
4. Winona Peach Festival
August 23 – 25
Enjoy Hamilton's pretty country-side, midway rides, crafts, and live entertainment at this hugely popular annual festival. Trust us when we tell you won't want to leave without trying their famous peach sundaes!
5. HMCS HAIDA's 76th Birthday Celebration
Climb aboard the Canadian Navy's "Fightingest Ship" docked at Hamilton's waterfront for the HMCS Haida's 76th birthday celebration! Explore every nook and cranny for a sense of how sailors lived, worked and fought. Become an honorary sailor and get your very own anchor tattoo.
September 13 - 15
Supersize your end-of-summer fun with a visit to Hamilton's biggest block party. This music and arts street festival is renowned for engaging creative spirits of all ages. The whole family will love wandering James Street North to experience art installations, vendors, food trucks and music. And don't miss their popular Family Zone.
7. Family Fun Days at Art Gallery of Hamilton
The region's oldest and largest gallery makes art fun, accessible and inspiring for its young visitors. Visit on the last Sunday of every month for family-friendly mini-tours and hands-on art-making activities inspired by current exhibitions like this summer's This Is Serious: Canadian Indie Comics.