I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I’m SUPER excited that Spring has finally arrived. For some reason, we have the tendency to go into “hermit mode” as the cold and snow intimidates us from getting out and enjoying the city. If you’re excited for spring and looking for some fun, unique and memorable things you can do with the family, check out the list below!
1. Take a walk, hike or picnic in one of the many breathtaking parks!
Springbank Park is one of my family’s favourite places to go and it’s just stunning in the spring. There are so many walking/hiking trails it’s like you can never do them all. Great for family photos, walking the dog, bird watching or just “unplugging”. It feels like you’re not in the city anymore because it’s so quiet and peaceful…a must visit for sure!
You could easily spend a day your family will never forget in Gibbons Park. There are smooth paths for walking, biking or rollerblading. You can snack in a picnic shelters, feed some ducks and geese, play tennis and capture some amazing views, especially from the bridge!
2. Watch some exciting local sports!
The London Majors open their 2017 season on Friday, May 12th against the Burlington Herd at Labatt Memorial Park
3. Hit the links with friends, family or co-workers on the best courses around!
Hickory Ridge Golf and Country Club was the first golf course in London I ever played and had a blast. It was tough, but not intimidating as a rookie like me who, well is terrible…still enjoyed myself and shot my best round ever! Oddly enough, never ran into any lizards…
Whether you’re a…well what’s less than a rookie…like me or an avid golfer looking for an exciting and beautiful course. Fanshawe Golf Club will not disappoint!
4. Shop for the best local food, clothing and unique gift ideas!
There is just something about buying local. You feel better, the food smells & tastes SO MUCH BETTER and you can get some really unique/handmade items for your home…to avoid duplication with all of your friends! There are two amazing markets: Covent Garden Market & London’s Farmers Market and you could easily spend a whole morning there…unless you bring your kids, then you got 20 mins before meltdown tops!
5. Escape the hustle and bustle and take the family camping!
Some of my best memories are going camping with my family. Trying to skip rocks in the lake, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows in the fire, trying to catch crayfish with a cheap little net (never did get one)! Fanshawe Conservation Area is great because it’s beautiful and peaceful and right here in our backyard so you can avoid that dreadful long drive!
6. Take a step back and show the family the rich history of the city!
If you’re looking to tear your kids away from the screens that run their life, you should take the chance to show them the history of the city. “Back in the day” doesn’t have to be boring, as there are exciting ways to show how people lived (WITHOUT SCREENS). A great place to go is Fanshawe Pioneer Village with old homes, clothing, artefacts and even the War of 1812 re-enactments!
Another must see is the stunning Eldon House. Built in 1834, it’s London’s oldest home!
7. Immerse yourself in some of London's rich culture with a tour of a museum!
There are so many amazing museums in London, here are a few of the ones that “speak to me” most.
As a Dad with two young kids, London Children’s Museum is awesome as it’s so hands-on. When you think of museums you think “Don’t touch”, but the kids can jump in a play, colour, build and learn how things work!
Let’s face it, I watched Top Gun about 100 times growing up and the fascination with planes is still going strong. If you or your kids have this passion and want to be up close to the coolest planes, you could get some amazing selfies at the Jet Aircraft Museum!
A great mix of art and architecture, there will be a lot of WOW moments with a tour around Museum London!