School is out for the summer and the kids are excited. It has been a long and busy school year and everyone is ready for the break. The weather has been decent and as we get further into the summer break people are going to be soaking in the sun and trying to bank the heat for winter. However, by mid-July you are going to start hearing “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do”. Here are five tips to fill your summer days and keep your kids busy!
An afternoon at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
We have a lot of great green space in and around Prince George. Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park is right on the edge of downtown and can easily entertain your family. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic. The kids can keep entertained on the playground, the waterpark or by throwing a frisbee in one of the large fields. When you are at the park make sure to catch a ride on the Little Prince. The Little Prince is a working steam engine that was used to help build the railway and was decommissioned when the railway was built.
After your train ride, you can grab a scoop of ice cream from the Frozen Paddle Scoop Shop. While all the ice cream is good, if you can get a scoop of the North Roast Coffee Ice Cream you will not be disappointed!
Have an adventure at Huble Homestead
If you’ve been following along with my blogs, you will know that I am a big fan of Huble Homestead. This historic site is only 40 km from town and is worth the drive. I would encourage you to visit their website and plan to head out on an event day. There is so much more to do outside of events and you can easily spend a full day out there. My favourite summer events are their Dominion Day celebrations on July 1st and Kid’s Carnival happening in July.
If it’s a beautiful day out you can extend your trip by stopping for a dip in the Salmon River or the Salmon Valley Campground to grab a treat.
Fill your Park Passport
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This summer, the City of Prince George and Engage Sport North are once again hosting the PG Parks Passport Program. Throughout the summer City staff will be setting up activities in local parks for kids of all ages. Kids play days will rotate throughout different parks to ensure programming happens in most neighbourhoods. Activities will be designed for kids aged 2-12. Fill your passport by August 29th for a chance to win prizes.
Find your favorite ice cream
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I love ice cream! Prince George has some great places to get ice cream. Try to make it to each of these this summer and let me know who has the best. Some of my regular stops are Frozen Paddle, Dairy Queen, the Ice Cream Express (soon to be opening in Strike Zone) and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. You can also grab ice cream at Purdys and Served by Robots in the Pine Centre Mall, the Prince George Roll-a-Dome and Marble Slab & Poko Popcorn PG.
Create a lake passport
There are so many lakes within a short drive of Prince George. Create a list of lakes you want to visit this summer. Every time you head out, make sure to visit a different lake for a day of exploring and splashing. Have questions about what each lake has to offer? Hop on Facebook and visit Questions and Answers of PG. Local citizens will be happy to help you out!
Keep sharing your summer stories by tagging #moveuppg. You can also connect with me on Twitter or Instagram at @tiben12.
Have a great summer everyone!
Until next time,