Family Activities for the Long Weekend

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Before every long weekend, the same question comes up: how can we keep the kids occupied and find time to relax? Lucky for you, we have the answer. Whether you want to switch up your routine or make unforgettable memories, we’ve put together a list of fun activities for the May long weekend.

1. Botanical Gardens

Little girl in front of a pond
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Kids love nature and are happy to learn new things. That’s why a trip to the botanical gardens is number one on our list. A day trip walking through flora and fauna will be relaxing for you and will lend beautiful backdrops for pictures of your excited little ones.

2. Water Parks

View of an aquatic park in Vancouver
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Sure, summer hasn’t officially arrived but that doesn’t mean a day at a water park is completely out of reach. Take out your bathing suits and beach towels but leave the sunscreen at home because we suggest trying an indoor water park this weekend. Between wave pools and towering water slides, the whole family will have a good time.

3. Movies in the Park

Kids and parents getting ready for an outdoor film projection
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Movie nights are fun no matter what time of year, but as soon as you can have one outside, it adds a magical touch to the activity. Check out your town’s website for upcoming outdoor movies or organize your own movie night. All you need is a projector, a screen and a way to share the event with friends on social media.

4. Weekend Getaway

Flatlay of a geographic card, pictures and a camera
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We have three full days ahead of us; that’s more than enough time to squeeze in a short road trip. The trick is choosing a destination that is only a few hours away from home to reduce your travel time. Our tip: plan ahead and make sure to schedule your days wisely. Your trip will be even more memorable if you involve the kids in the planning process. They’ll be delighted when you ask them what they would rather do when given a few options.

5. Rock Climbing

Deux kids on a climbing wall
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If your family is always full of energy, making the trip to an indoor rock climbing gym is always a good idea. There are usually walls for all fitness levels—even beginner walls for the kids. It’s excellent exercise and offers a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Whether you decide to stay home or go out on day trips, the important thing is not to put too much pressure on yourself. Vacations and long weekends are the best time to have fun and relax!

What’s your favourite way to spend time off? Tell us in the comments below.

Adapted from French by Kylee Ross.

Written by Ariane Gagnon

Ariane holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and has worked for the past few years to establish herself as a web writer. Her favourite topics to cover include literature, beauty & fashion. She refers to herself as a Mini-Wheat: part wholesome writer, part delightfully sweet fashionista. Publishing her first poetry collection, a dream she has focused on since her teenage years, has recently come true. During her free time, she likes strolling from secondhand bookstore to vintage clothing shop, coffee in hand.

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